2 questions and a prediction with a disinformation specialist

Thomas Huchon is one of the foremost specialists of disinformation. Thomas is a Paris-based journalist and director of noted documentaries Conspi hunter (2015) and Trumping Democracy (2017). He is also a lecturer at the Sciences Po Journalism School and a host of the “Anti Complot” weekly show on LCI news channel.

I reached out to Thomas to discuss Q Anon and its globalized rollout.

1- Q Anon has gone global and is weaponizing its disinfo to destabilize democracies in Europe and Asia after America. You’ve been studying disinfo, what’s an immediate method of slowing it down ?

If Q Anon…


Exclusive excerpt from Jacques Attali’s book

Jacques Attali is a rare voice on the global stage: special Adviser to French President Mitterrand for 10 years; founder of 4 international institutions: Action contre la faim, EUREKA, BERD and Positive Planet; his more than 80 books are available in 22 languages and have sold 9 million copies worldwide.

His 1990 book Lignes d’Horizon (Millennium in the English version) famously served as an inspiration for Sun Microsystem’s Java programming language. On a more personal note, I read Lignes d’Horizon as a 16 year old and Attali’s vision of “nomad devices” inspired part of my career path in mobile telecoms.


1- 2 questions to Jacques Attali 2- revisiting 2020 forecasts around Jack Ma’s fate and a plea for a Climate Reconstruction Bank

(cross posting from my Substack newsletter Perspective And Context, with updates from today)

Jacques Attali is a rare voice on the global landscape: special Adviser to French President Mitterrand for 10 years; founder of 4 international institutions: Action contre la faim, EUREKA, BERD and Positive Planet; his more than 80 books are available in 22 languages have sold 9 million copies worldwide.

His 1990 book Lignes d’Horizon (Millennium in the English version) famously served as an inspiration for Sun Microsystem’s Java programming language.

Attali is a columnist for French daily Les Echos and on attali.com. He recently turned his keen…


2 questions and 1 prediction with Elizabeth Spiers

Media bubbles were a decisive factor in the 2016 Presidential election and remain an element of division between rural and urban America.

Elizabeth Spiers lives in New York but hails from rural Alabama where she is spending time right now and tweeted a very interesting observation last week:


2 questions and 1 prediction with Noah Rothman

Space billionaires are everywhere in the media coverage but the core questions their feats open up are not.

Noah Rothman is the Associate Editor at Commentary Magazine and an MSNBC/NBC News contributor. He is the author of “Unjust: Social Justice and the Unmaking of America”. Noah is a voice of reason in this news cycle around the privatization of space travel.

I reached out to Noah to engage in a conversation on what space commerce could entail in terms of regulation and more.

Frederic Guarino: Untold economic output will come from this space exploration you’re one of the few voices who has pointed to that fact so thanks for doing that if you can expand on that and…


a window into boundless opportunities in 2 questions and a prediction with Jason Pontin

2015 onwards will likely be remembered as an inflection point in US corporate history as the accelerating culture wars dragged businesses into the political arena.

I covered this in 2020 before businesses descended into politics The silence from US business in this disruptive era has deep roots (Oct) and “It can’t happen here”

I reached out to Jason Pontin to get his insights on this and on the next wave of technology innovation.


A dive into interop, digital events and much more with 2 questions and a prediction with Alistair Croll


Mackenzie Scott is rewriting the rules and it’s time

Jeff Bezos will have unwittingly helped rewrite the rules of philanthropy and college donations by divorcing Mackenzie Scott. She has started to effect change by sending her billions to under-donated clusters of higher education institutions and is hopefully inspiring others to stop donating to Ivy League universities who have enough for centuries:

With donations ranging from $20 million to $50 million to colleges routinely overlooked by major philanthropists, MacKenzie Scott has set herself apart by focusing on institutions that serve students of color and those from low-income backgrounds.

She is finally doing what must be done — giving back to…


It’s the sum of collective greed and evil

(re-publishing from Sep 2020)

American media, particularly its DC/NY political media, has many virtues: doggedness like David Fahrentold who uncovered Trump’s grifting, righteousness like Eugene Robinson and Mike Barnicle whose opeds are useful chronicles of our “interesting times”. What it fundamentally lacks is the ability to think outside itself and to call out, forcefully, how we got here, with a Trumpified GOP and Roger Stone calling for Trump to imprison the Clintons, Mark Zuckerberg and even Gen. Mattis.

Murdoch destabilized democracy on 3 continents

Rupert Murdoch will be remembered as the man whose greed and cunning destabilized and upended democracy…

Frederic Guarino

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