Aug 22, 2017

08/22/2017: "I woke up this morning in a bad mood and decided to kick them off the Internet."

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The CEO of an important but semiobscure technology company sent an all-staff email last week. Before Charlottesville, that wouldn't be news, but this note was a little different: "I woke up this morning in a bad mood and decided to kick them off the Internet. ... It was a decision I could make because I’m the CEO of a major Internet infrastructure company." The "them" in this case is The Daily Stormer, a white supremacist site. "Having made that decision," Matthew Prince continued, "we now need to talk about why it is so dangerous." Today, we called up Prince to do just that. Then: If chart performance and YouTube streams are any indication, and most would say they are, "Despacito" by Puerto Rican stars Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee is the song of the summer. But will its success spill over into tourism dollars for the beleaguered territory? Finally: Oregon becomes the first state add an extra tax on bikes.

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New bike? In Oregon, that could mean a $15 tax

Aug 22, 2017
Cyclists in Oregon will soon pay a tax for their new wheels — the first bike tax in the nation.
Bike mechanic Barb Bohm-Becker hopes Oregon’s $15 sales tax will diffuse claims that cyclists don’t pay their share for infrastructure. 
Amanda Peacher/ for Marketplace

Britain's farmers have second thoughts on Brexit

Aug 22, 2017
They face U.S. competition and the loss of EU subsidies.
A dairy farmer looks out of the milking parlor at Newlands Farm in Bozeat, England.
Rob Stothard/Getty Images

Can the super catchy song "Despacito" help increase tourism in Puerto Rico?

Aug 22, 2017
Is the song stuck in your head now, too?
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee perform onstage at the Billboard Latin Music Awards at Watsco Center on April 27, 2017 in Coral Gables, Florida.
Sergi Alexander/Getty Images

Cloudflare's CEO wants to talk about who censors the internet

Matthew Prince terminated the account of extremist website The Daily Stormer, but he's still worried about censorship.
Matthew Prince, CEO of Cloudflare, says the company has tried to be neutral.
Anthony Harvey/Getty Images for TechCrunch

Costs of Afghanistan recommitment are hard to quantify

Aug 22, 2017
President Trump has unveiled his new policy for Afghanistan. The president outlined the new plan in a prime-time address Monday night and said he will authorize a small increase in the number of U.S. troops deployed there. The Pentagon will determine the specific numbers. The president didn’t set any timetable or deadlines for getting those […]

Canceled coal study means less data on health risks of mountaintop removal

Aug 22, 2017
The Interior Department is stopping a two-year study on the health risks of mountaintop-removal coal mining for people who live nearby. The study was looking at the connection between mining waste and reported increases in heart and lung disease, cancer and birth defects. Some see an end run around industry regulation. Industry says there’s not […]

The CEO of an important but semiobscure technology company sent an all-staff email last week. Before Charlottesville, that wouldn’t be news, but this note was a little different: “I woke up this morning in a bad mood and decided to kick them off the Internet. … It was a decision I could make because I’m the CEO of a major Internet infrastructure company.” The “them” in this case is The Daily Stormer, a white supremacist site. “Having made that decision,” Matthew Prince continued, “we now need to talk about why it is so dangerous.” Today, we called up Prince to do just that. Then: If chart performance and YouTube streams are any indication, and most would say they are, “Despacito” by Puerto Rican stars Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee is the song of the summer. But will its success spill over into tourism dollars for the beleaguered territory? Finally: Oregon becomes the first state add an extra tax on bikes.

Music from the episode

Realize Matilde Davoli
Afria Talks to You Delicate Steve
Despacito - Remix Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber
Saxy Beast Wuh Oh
Dawn Chorus Boards of Canada