Journal 142 — Trump vs Europe, Michael Flynn’s journey, content and data at Netflix, the humble parasite, and life as an Amazon seller.

President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House, April 27, 2018.

This week — Trump vs Europe, Michael Flynn’s journey, content and data at Netflix, and the humble parasite.

If you only read one thing — The Verge on life as an Amazon seller is worth the time.


Prime and punishment | The Verge | Business

An eye-opening look at the ruthless world of doing business on Amazon Marketplace, where rivals conspire to have each other fall foul of the company’s draconian and ever-shifting seller policies.

How Trump Made War on Angela Merkel and Europe | The New Yorker | Politics

An analysis of the troubled relationship between the Trump White House and European leaders, and perhaps most significantly with Angela Merkel. It is full of revelatory accounts of well-documented events, such as the German Chancellor’s preparation for her catastrophic first meeting with Trump in Washington — which included reading a 1990 Playboy interview and The Art of the Deal, and watching episodes of The Apprentice.

The Partisan Warrior | The Washington Post | Politics

A piece charting Michael Flynn’s path from army general and intelligence chief to hyper-partisan politics and being charged by Robert Mueller’s enquiry.

At Netflix, Who Wins When It’s Hollywood vs. the Algorithm? | The Wall St Journal | Business

A look at the creative tensions and compromises that come from content specialists and talent coming together with product and data teams to decide what to show on Netflix and how to promote it.

In praise of parasites | Knowable | Science

Some estimates suggest that nearly half of the species in the animal kingdom are parasites. This piece looks into the science around the key part they play in Earth’s ecosystems.


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