The US State Department wants to counter Russian disinformation in Ukraine through video games

A grant posted by the US State Department wants to counter Russian disinformation in video games through video games. Here's a summary from the grant: 

"Leveraging the popularity and penetration of video games in Eastern Europe, the implementer will develop an eSports program at American Spaces in Ukraine. eSports athletes will need professional training to form a talent pipeline to professional teams in Ukraine. In tandem with traditional eSports training, these athletes will receive counter disinformation/conflict resolution training to confront foreign propaganda and disinformation in competitive online gaming spaces. The project will culminate with an eSports tournament and coalition-building event on the sidelines of the tournament."

Is this a good idea or a bad idea? 

Hedge fund to profit from 'market-moving' scoops

Two investors want to re-invent news. And it’s the worst journalism idea I’ve heard in a long time.

Nathaniel Brooks Horwitz and Sam Koppelman — both 27 years old — are creating a newsroom that will be monetized by investments based on “scoops” produced by the newsroom, according to exclusive reporting by the Financial Times.

In other words, their investment firm, the $100 million hedge fund Hunterbrook Capital, is using journalists to write stories designed to affect the stock market. They’ll buy or sell stock based on those “market-moving” stories before the market moves — before other investors know about the stories — thereby profiting.

Read it all on Mike's List.

Top shelf Oaxacan street food!

Yeah, I'm in Oaxaca again. My wife, Amira, went out with friends while I slaved away in the information mines. But she brought me this Tlayuda from the food vendor down the street -- tlayudas are what Oaxacans eat instead of tacos. And mezcal here is not only a great idea. It's the law. 

Silicon Valley's largest city is training AI to spot homeless vans, RVs and encampments

The Silicon Valley city of San Jose lashed cameras to city vehicles to record video of the streets, then they process that video through AI to identify potholes, illegally parked cars. Now, they've added a new element: The hunt for homeless vans, RVs and encampments. This proves yet again that California will do anything to the homeless except house them. (A resident would have to earn nearly $100,000 per year to afford a minimal one-bedroom apartment in San Jose.) 

The companies San Ho is partnering with include Ash Sensors, Sensen.AI, Xloop Digital, Blue Dome Technologies and CityRover. 

Phrase of the moment: “burglary tourism”

New trend: Chilean criminals are getting tourist visas to come to the United States for the purpose of burglarizing L.A.-area homes. The visas are easy to get and the homes are easy (and lucrative) burglarize — no bars on the windows, no fences, etc. Police are calling it “burglary tourism” and the perpetrators “crime tourists.”