David Axe in Animal New York on the age of the drone: “Imagine police drones patrolling at treetop level down city streets, their cameras scanning crowds for weapons or suspicious activity. ‘Newsbots’ might follow in their wake, streaming live video of the goings-on. Drones belonging to protest groups hover over both, watching the watchers. In nearby zip codes, drones belonging to real estate agents scope out hot properties. Robots deliver pizzas by following the signal from customers’ cell phones. Meanwhile, anti-drone ‘freedom fighters,’ alarmed by the spread of cheap, easy overhead surveillance, take potshots at the robots with rifles and shotguns.”

Timothy Snyder in The New York Review of Books on the siege of Leningrad

The real Wire: how Baltimore police and prosecutors manipulate statistics to bring down the murder rate by David Simon on his personal blog, The Audacity of Despair

Yudhijit Bhattacharjee tells the story of Harold Nicholson, the most senior CIA officer ever convicted of spying. He passed his “vocation” on to his son

Compiled by @TomasRuta

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