News and Links in Bulk, 2018-06-21

1/ Pentagon Puts Cyberwarriors on the Offensive, Increasing the Risk of Conflict (via Leo Bolchanine). The Pentagon has quietly empowered the United States Cyber Command to take a far more aggressive approach. That is a change of position that might create a constant state of conflict.

2/ Skyscraper-climbing raccoon is a harbinger of deadly raccoon uprising (via Violet Blue who nicely saved it to the Wayback Machine so that us poor Europeans could bypass the Tronc GDPR EU ban. Thanks again!) That story offered respite as it unfolded on Twitter. I love Minnesota.

3/ Newsweek and the race to fill Google with suicide news (via Sarah Jeong) Warning: This piece contains language and content regarding suicide that some people may find sensitive or triggering. Pursuing search engine optimization that relentlessly skews one’s sense of responsibility. This is absolute garbage.

4/ The Lifespan of a Lie – Trust Issues – Medium (via Elizabeth Lopatto). The very famous Stanford Prison Experiment which was used to exhonerate the Abu Grahib guards will no doubt keep being used to exhonerate the contractors involved in the latest US prison camps scandals. It’s flimsy at best and at worst a down-right fraud where the experimenters worked backwards from their conclusion.

5/ How Amazon’s Jeff Bezos went from the son of a teen mom to the richest person in the world. He’s a folk hero, he’s beyond reproach… Not to diminish his achievement but the coverage rich people are getting has to change. Now. These puff pieces are a disgrace.

6/ Inside the 30-Year Quest for Babylon’s Ishtar Gate (via Moudhy Al-Rashid). Seeing the Ishtar Gate is one of the main reasons I wanna go to Berlin.

7/ What did ancient Babylonians eat? A Yale-Harvard team tested their recipes. Culinary cuneiform tablets are rare. The recipes do not include quantities often (just like my Mom’s).