The tragic AirAsia crash may have to do with rapid growth in the travel industry in Asia; Chuck Todd, moderator of “Meet the Press,” has acknowledged that he lets Republicans lie on air; meanwhile, technology is creating a serfdom fueled by the desire for instant gratification. These discoveries and more below.

Supply, Demand, and Aviation Disaster in Asia The crash of AirAsia Flight QZ 8501, the year’s third high-profile aviation incident involving an Asian carrier, highlights an emerging trend: the surge in Asian air travel.

The News in Moscow The news in Moscow is that everyone has a new television and some people have a new car, but no one has any money or plans for winter vacation travel—or any plans for the future, really.

9 Reasons for Optimism for the Future of Journalism Education Back in October, I delivered opening remarks at the Reynolds Journalism Institute’s Green Shoots in Journalism Education event.

Subverting Lima Hopes that the so-called COP 20 (Conference of Parties 20) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) would deliver an outcome that would reverse the momentum towards climate catastrophe were dashed by an event that was announced three weeks before the delegates assembled in Lima, Peru: the so-called US-China climate deal.

Chuck Todd Defends Not Challenging Republican Lies On Meet The Press Chuck Todd explained that the mainstream media has sold out facts for access. Todd said that he allows guests to lie on Meet The Press, because if he didn’t, politicians (Republicans) would refuse to be on his show.

Rage Against the New Age Machine: Three Days at the Osho International Meditation Resort I went to India searching for spiritual enlightenment. I found a neoliberal heaven that catered to my worst possible self.

Singapore Wants a Driverless Version of Uber Singapore plans to let anyone test driverless cars in one of its busy neighborhoods in 2015.

Meet Tech’s New Concierge Economy, Where Serfs Deliver Stuff to Rich Folk The rise of Uber and possible Amazon deliveries by drone typify our regrettable need for instant gratification.

The Startup Meant to Reinvent What Bitcoin Can Do A company given $21 million by leading Silicon Valley investors aims to extend Bitcoin’s functionality so it can power much more than just payments.


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