AP Interview with Adam Tanner

For the AP’s The Big Story, Adam Tanner was interviewed about “the promise and pitfalls of big medical data in his upcoming book Our Bodies, Our Data.

Question: What’s the worst case scenario for the future?

Answer: The risk is that all of these anonymized profiles which have detailed histories of people become easily identifiable in years to come. Why would you want to re-identify medical data? Perhaps you’re a political opponent of someone and you want to destroy them. Perhaps you’re a romantic rival of someone at work. Perhaps you’re a foreign government that wants to control a legislator. In recent years, we’ve seen a big upswing in medical records theft and hacking. All those kinds of things put more and more information out about us. [AP.org]

Read Matt Taibbi’s NYT book review of Brave New Weed by Joe Dolce

Joe Dolce’s Brave New Weed has been reviewed in the New York Times by author and journalist Matt Taibbi.

On the same evening Donald Trump became the president-elect, four states — California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada — voted to legalize recreational marijuana, and three others voted to allow it for medicinal purposes. It was one of the few things liberals weren’t depressed about. Should the legalization trend not be challenged by the new Trump administration, a huge new industry surrounding the care, consumption and enjoyment of weed will hit the cultural mainstream. “Brave New Weed,” a loving rethink of all things marijuana by the former Details editor in chief Joe Dolce, is likely to be a trusted hitchhiker’s guide to this new universe. [NYTimes]

Tim David writing at HuffPo now

Check out Tim David’s profile at The Huffington Post for all his articles. Most recently he wrote a piece called, “Confident or Cocky? How Others See You.”

“Where do you see yourself in five years?” asked the interviewer. “I’ll have your job in three,” replied the millennial applicant. Confidence is a good thing, but this wasn’t confidence. It was arrogance. This is a true story I heard from an attendee of one of my leadership seminars. Needless to say, he didn’t get the job. In fact, the interview ended right there. “Thank you very much. Don’t call us, we’ll call you.” This is a balance so many people struggle with – How can you have confidence without being seen as cocky or arrogant? [HuffingtonPost.com]

Clyde Prestowitz at The Atlantic: “Globalization Doesn’t Make as Much Sense as It Used To”

Clyde Prestowitz has penned a new piece for The Atlantic.

A large number of American voters are tired of globalization—that much is clear. With Donald Trump calling for the abandonment of the North American Free Trade Agreement (or, more commonly, NAFTA) and Hillary Clinton turning her back on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) free-trade agreement she herself had originally helped launch, both major-candidates abandoned what had come to be the standard pro-globalization position of those vying for the nation’s highest office. Most economists and many think-tank researchers have bemoaned this development, insisting that globalization generally leaves most nations—and most people—better off. But a review of American economic history suggests that something fundamental has changed: Increased globalization may make less sense now than it did in the recent past. [TheAtlantic.com]

Jay Newton-Small at Vice on “Why Washington can’t compromise”

Jay Newton Small has published a new piece for VICE ahead of a special program airing tonight on HBO, “A House Divided.”

When people have asked me what it’s like to cover Congress, I used to recount a story from July 2006. Republicans were in the waning weeks of the last time they controlled both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue. Congress was about to break for August recess ahead of the midterm elections, in which the GOP would lose both chambers. So, there was a rush to get through as much of George W. Bush’s legacy-building legislation as possible. [VICE.com]