For a better Memeorandum

I note that Memeorandum ignores the Cypriot deal and leads with some right-wing fantasy about Assad’s having been assassinated by one of his Iranian bodyguards.

Not knowing the Memeorandum technology, I don’t know how hard or expensive it would be to do the same thing without the Red-team tilt and the emphasis on whatever Drudge is pushing. Memeorandum fills an important niche, but fills it very badly. Right now, nothing else fills it at all.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com

4 thoughts on “For a better Memeorandum”

    1. I echo the question of Maynard Handley. Who produces it? Is it the same as Google News (i.e., collected automatically by an algorithm—perhaps as modified by personal preferences/selections about topics) or is it what they now bizarrely call “curated” news?

  1. Serious question — how is memeorandum different from Google News?

    Is it the pool of content is uses to form its clusters?
    Or is it that it filters out clusters that are considered not “news”, eg clusters relating to entertainment, sports, science, …

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