I’m So In Your Head

If the Russians hacked into my private conversations and then shared those conversations with Wikileaks who then shared that data with the media which then shared my words with the public at large, here's something you'd learn about me: I'm really worried about the normalization of the willy-nilly dissemination of leaked information and the way that data can be used to frame public opinion and potentially destroy a person. OK, there are a few other things you'd also learn, but I'm not going to share them here--because they're private (or at least they will be until my memoir comes out). We seem to have completely accepted the notion that there is no distinction between public and private discourse, and that the means by which once private information is obtained is entirely irrelevant. More on this from Mathew Ingram in Fortune: Publishing Hacked Private Emails Can Be a Slippery Slope.


Thanks Obama

As painful as some of the exchanges have been, this election has forced us to confront issues related to sexual assault and inappropriate discourse. Here's The Economist on the politics of sexual assault: It's not just the powerful.

+ It's good that we're talking about the issue. And it's better that Michelle Obama is talking about it. She gave a must-watch speech on the topic on Thursday. Now when I say, Thanks Obama, I mean Michelle.

+ Vox: A cop who's spent 30 years fighting sexual assault explains why victims often wait to come forward.


Weekend Whats

What to Consider: "We're attracting candidates so addicted to the spotlight that they'll endure terrible humiliation to hold it. Anthony Weiner running and running again isn't an abberation. It's an inevitability." Here's my latest piece on the election. It's mostly about us. 10 Things About This Election You Probably Don't Want to Hear.

What to Watch: As I mentioned yesterday, The What has an excellent guide to binge-worthy shows. From this list, I especially dig Fleabag and High Maintenance.

+ What to Fiction: The Nix by Nathan Hill. I'm only about a hundred pages in, but damn, this is good.

+ What to Weekend: This isn't exactly a new pick, but you should be watching SNL this season. Kate McKinnon is a national treasure. And Colin Jost and Michael Che are part of the best Weekend Update in the show's history. Trust me, the intersection of news and humor is in my wheelhouse.


Data’s The Ticket

"After a series of fatal encounters in places like Ferguson, Mo.; Charlotte, N.C.; Tulsa, Okla.; Baton Rouge, La.; Cleveland; Milwaukee; Baltimore; and Staten Island -- many involving unarmed black men and caught on video -- officials have struggled to gather basic information about how often such episodes occur and what can be done." From the NYT: The Justice Department to Track Use of Force by Police Across U.S.

+ Pricenomics: "Abolishing an unaccountable police agency with the stroke of a pen -- police reform advocates can only dream of such power." Could Rising Insurance Premiums Eradicate Unlawful Police Conduct?


Sewer Drats

"Around the end of high school, Sean Riley got hooked on using wet wipes as toilet paper. He first encountered them at a friend's house on the back of the toilet, and decided to give them a try." Now that's a lede! From Matt Kessler in The Atlantic: Are Wet Wipes Wrecking the World's Sewers?


Silicon Valley Fashion Week?

If you're in the Bay Area, you should check out Silicon Valley Fashion Week. It's weird, in a good way. It's futuristic. And it's presented by NextDraft's generous and very cool sponsors at Betabrand. So score some tickets to a 3-night show packed with futuristic clothing, drones, stage performances, and the unknown. (That pretty much sounds like Halloween at my house...)


A Total Disaster, Believe Me

On Friday, Trump responded to the latest accusations of sexual assault. "Believe me, she would not be my first choice, that I can tell you." He also denied "stalking" Hillary at the second debate: "I am standing at the podium and she (Hillary) walks in front of me. And believe me when she walks in front of me I wasn't impressed."

+ "If this were a boxing match, the referee would stop the fight and send Trump back to his corner." John Cassidy: The election may be over, but Trump's blowup is just starting.


Whoa Whoa Whoa, Feelings!

"When Copeland touches an object with the robotic hand, he can tell which finger the sensation is coming from and whether an object feels hard or soft." From NPR: A Brain Implant Restores Sense Of Touch To Paralyzed Man. So great.


Any Takers?

"That disjunction between, on the one hand, the market's lack of faith in Twitter and, on the other, Twitter users' profound engagement with the service, is really at the heart of what's happened to the company in recent years." James Surowiecki on why Twitter has never been stronger -- or weaker.

+ Salesforce just pulled out of talks and said they wouldn't be buying Twitter. Looks like we're gonna have to fix it ourselves.


Bottom of the News

The US just removed the limits on the amount of Cuban cigars and rum that tourists can bring back. There's so much pent up demand, I seriously wouldn't be surprised to see luggage sales skyrocket.

+ McSweeney's: Thanks, Cindy, For Making Eye Contact Through The Bathroom Stall And Making It Super Awkward During The Department Productivity Meeting.

+ A new site offers last-minute deals on buffet meals.

+ And the Internet's destruction of Ken Bone has begun.