Bloomberg Businessweek published a fascinating investigation about a successful Chinese operation to plant tiny microchips on the servers of the U.S. government and dozens of U.S. businesses. 😱

"The chips had been inserted during the manufacturing process, two officials say, by operatives from a unit of the People’s Liberation Army. In Supermicro, China’s spies appear to have found a perfect conduit for what U.S. officials now describe as the most significant supply chain attack known to have been carried out against American companies."

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-10-04/the-big-hack-how-china-used-a-tiny-chip-to-infiltrate-america-s-top-companies


This week I attended a talk by James Chung, who is the founder of Reach Advisors, a data science firm based in Wichita, Kansas. Chung spoke at the State Historical Museum of Iowa as part of the Tomorrow Plan Speaker Series presented by the Des Moines area Metropolitan Planning Organization. Lots of great statistics about Des Moines' recent success and a few of the challenges it faces in the near future. You can download his presentation here:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/npjdtxasumr0cfl/Why-Des-Moines-James-Chung.pdf?dl=0


I had a podcast recommended to me by friend. The First Things podcast by Mark Mark Bauerlein had Trump speechwriter F. H. Buckley on to discuss what he calls The Republican Workers Party. Buckley's views are equal parts frustrating and insightful.

https://www.firstthings.com/media/the-republican-workers-party


I smiled at the following cartoon from The New Yorker. I love public radio. Just sayin'.

https://www.newyorker.com/cartoon/a21842


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