Week InReview
Friday | Oct 9, 2020
Strategic napping.
On Wednesday, the Army released new guidelines for optimal soldier performance — and they include strategic and aggressive napping. The recommendation is part of an overhaul of the Army’s physical fitness training field manual, which was rebranded this week as the FM 7-22 Holistic Health and Fitness manual. No longer is the guide focused entirely on grueling physical challenges like long ruck marches and pull-ups. Now it has chapters on setting goals, visualizing success, “spiritual readiness” and, yes, the art of the nap.

The New York Times
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A Securities and Exchange Commission committee proposed that the regulator adopt new reporting standards aimed at helping traders decide which electronic marketplaces to frequent. (The Wall Street Journal | Oct 7)

Minutes from the Federal Reserve's Sept. 15-16 meeting reveal policymakers were divided over how to apply their new framework to any economy battered by Covid-19. Some officials also believed they would eventually need to clarify their intentions around their purchases of Treasurys and mortgage-backed securities. (The Wall Street Journal | Oct 7)

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is closely watching a plan being considered by U.S. stock exchanges to move their main electronic trading systems from New Jersey if the state levies a trading tax, according to Brett Redfearn, the SEC’s director of trading and markets. (Reuters | Oct 7)

The financial industry is likely to keep many of its more than $40 billion in regulatory cuts as Democrats prioritize more pandemic aid, healthcare, tax reform, and financial rules that address racial injustice, environmental, and inequality issues, rather than attacking banks, according to nearly a dozen lobbyists and policy experts in Democratic circles. (Reuters | Oct 5)

The pandemic is disproportionately affecting women and threatening to wipe out decades of their economic progress. These setbacks – characterized by some economists as the nation’s first female recession – stand in sharp contrast to the dramatic progress women made in the expansion following the last financial crisis. (Bloomberg Economics | Sep 30)
the cyber cafe
“Cyberspace in 2030 could be a very different place than it is today, for good or ill,” writes former White House counterterrorism and cybersecurity chief Richard A. Clarke. How we deploy artificial intelligence and machine learning to attack and to defend networks will make the difference.
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The Wall Street Journal
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Who struggles most with remote work?
group of researchers has been checking on roughly 700 employees every two weeks since shortly after the start of the pandemic. What they found is that extroversion or introversion weren’t indicators of whether someone could successfully work from home. But other factors were.

Deepfake democracy: Here's how modern elections could be decided by fake news
The emerging threat of deepfakes could have an unprecedented impact on this election cycle, raising serious questions about the integrity of elections, policy-making, and our democratic society at large.

Timebenders: Why some people are perennially late and why it may not be their fault
“Research shows that 20% of the population finds it hard to be punctual,” says Pacie, who identifies as a Timebender. “Time seems to work differently for us. We bend time; sometimes it stretches and sometimes it shrinks.”
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