Dear patient readers,
You are getting a big dose of Links today to make for the lack of original posts by me (although Richard Smith has another episode from his ongoing international fraud gumshoe work). The reason for that is I spent four hours on tech issues that are still unresolved and will probably not be wrapped up until the weekend at best. They are yet another illustration of crapification, but I need to calm dawn before I can write it up properly (assuming I determine that there are enough implications to be worth discussing). BTW this is despite the help of a very able and good natured expert.
Tracey Emin announces she has married a rock Telegraph. Wow, the Telegraph has turned into the Daily Mail, save the wonderfully long headlines.
World Makes Final Attempt To Try To Understand This Shit Onion (David L)
Nude with seafood: Mark Rylance and Emma Thompson pose for marine protection Telegraph. We all need to eat further down the food chain….
What SeaWorld’s striking decision to end its orca breeding program means for other exhibits Business Insider (furzy)
Map of Europe 1000 AD to present day YouTube (Scott). In just over three minutes! It then runs again much slower for those who want to see more detail.
Global Warming Could Yield Catastrophic Effects Sooner Than We Think Fortune (David L). I never know who “we” is. I’ve always assumed tail risks are much greater than are widely assumed (or put it another way, the impact of positive feedback loops are too often ignored or underestimated).
For Chronic Low Back Pain, Mindfulness Can Beat Painkillers NPR (David L). This is two-decade old news, but not surprising that this has taken so long to get mainstream attention.
Caribbean nations make styrofoam illegal Business Insider (furzy)
Zero-Sum in Brussels: the Savage Vision Driving a Terror-Ridden World Counterpunch (resilc, Judy B)
Brussels attacks: live blog Politico
China’s struggle for a new normal Martin Wolf, Financial Times
Judge Orders Lula da Silva Case to Supreme Court Wall Street Journal
From poetry-lover to genocide suspect, Karadzic faces verdict Reuters (furzy)
WikiLeaks reveal that Schauble was afraid of the collapse of eurozone failed evolution. Gives some important detail from 204, but its interpretation re 2105 is off. As we discussed in detail contemporaneously, and reconfirmed after the fact by looking at the IT issues in depth, Greece not only was not even seriously considering a Grexit, but operationally it was simply impossible at anything less than catastrophic cost. And yes, we are fully aware of the cost of implementing the memorandum as a fallback. Many observers sympathetic to the Greek people (as we are) fail to appreciate that there are situations, and this was one, where the key actor is faced with only terrible choices.
The Ever-Curiouser MH-17 Case Robert Parry, Consortium News
“Families Were Blown Up” — Scenes From a Saudi-Led Bombing in Yemen Intercept (resilc)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Apple Win Comes With Cost Wall Street Journal
Palantir, Credit Suisse venture targets rogue traders Financial Times (David L)
Imperial Collapse Watch
Sanders Lags Clinton Despite Winning Two State Caucuses Wall Street Journal. Testament to the effectiveness of the big media wall of silence.
Hillary Clinton won big in Arizona, but she might not win again for three weeks. New Republic (resilc)
Sanders is the king of credibility in 2016 The Hill (martha r)
The ACTUAL Likely Reason That Clinton Won Ohio by 15 Points: Blue-Collar Whites Voted in Large Numbers for Kasich Against Trump. (This matters. Maybe a lot.) Beverly Mann, Angry Bear. I love the Daily-Mailish headlines.
Why Paul Krugman’s Attacks on Bernie Sanders Miss the Mark Salon. More people starting to call out Krugman’s Dem/elite tribalism.
Bernie Sanders Walks a Tightrope in First Middle East Speech Mother Jones (Judy B)
Why We Support Bernie Sanders Over Hillary Clinton for President Pam Martens and Russ Martens (Scott)
Top Experts Confounded by Advisers to Donald Trump New York Times
How Trump Became a Master of Manipulating the Media Vanity Fair (resilc)
The Rule-or-Ruin Republicans Patrick J. Buchanan (Chuck L)
Jeb Bush Backs Ted Cruz for President Bloomberg (resilc). As if anyone will care.
Democracy Struggles To Recover From Betrayal Paul Craig Roberts (Wat)
Nuclear Plant Leak Threatens Drinking Water Wells in Florida New York Times (David L)
Black Injustice Tipping Point
10 housing markets where first-time buyers have no chance Business Insider (furzy)
Why we should fear a cashless world Guardian (Chuck L)
A new study says elderly Americans aren’t working nearly enough Fiscal Times (furzy). By Cato, ‘natch.
Forty millionaires ask New York to raise taxes on wealthy in ‘1% plan for fairness’ Guardian. Millionaires, not billionaires, but still a good sign.
Union ‘Persuader’ Rule to Be Unveiled Wall Street Journal
For Beacon Hill immigrant, American dream turned foreclosure nightmare Seattle Globalist (Steve M). Key statement: “… trying to navigate programs meant to help her avoid foreclosure in the eight years since has been even worse.”
Why Voters Will Stay Angry Bloomberg. Today’s must read.
Antidote du jour. Lawrence R sends this note with a Kittie Wilson photo:
A bit of a challenge, but our birders helped to figure this one out! The short conical bill, the whitish eyebrow streak and the thick brown streaking on white underparts all identify this as the Female Purple Finch. But, just to add a sense of mystery, the Stokes Field Guide reminds us that a first year male looks like the adult female, but may have a pinkish or yellowish tinge. A close look at this bird does show a yellowish tinge, so it is probably a First Year Male Purple Finch. Congratulations!