Wednesday What We’re Reading (Nov. 28, 2018)

The good news is, we’re on time this week. The bad news is, we didn’t spend much time on article-reading over the holiday week, so we don’t have many stories for you.

Defense

Technology

  • NASA extends the American dominance in terms of Mars landings – The Soviets technically succeeded in landing a probe on Mars, but it stopped working so quickly that you can’t really count it.
  • China’s social credit score isn’t real – In which Foreign Policy notes that sure, there’s a national system of blacklists and citizen information on anyone who has opened a credit card or taken a loan, and that system is often arbitrary and capricious and certainly totalitarian, but it’s okay because it’s not a single, unified, national system with a single top-line score. I dunno. Seems like an implementation detail to me.

2 thoughts on “Wednesday What We’re Reading (Nov. 28, 2018)

    1. Fishbreath Post author

      I’m in full agreement on the merits, but removing from mothballs and installing a VLS is a bigger job than just removing from mothballs.

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