FUNNY: Fast ostrich chases after cyclists in Africa Accuweather (David L). Impressive stamina.
Syntax is not unique to human language PhysOrg (Robert M)
Marine Life Thrives in Unlikely Place: Offshore Oil Rigs New York Times (David L)
You’ll Eat Bugs. These Investors Are Betting Millions on It Wired (resilc)
The world’s first full-fledged ‘water bar’ is about to open in Minneapolis MinnPost (Chuck L)
The actor who played Borat just nailed this Apple product launch parody Business Insider (David L)
A battle for the future of the App Store is brewing Business Insider (David L)
Taking Baby Steps Toward Software That Reasons Like Humans New York Times. Um, I’ve been hearing for at least years that AI is around the corner. First, I’m not sure we should welcome the arrival of Hal and Skynet. Second, humans are so variable and impulse in their behavior, and AI is modeled on human intelligence, which is close to an oxymoron, that I’m not sure it can (or should) be replicated. Certain tracks and tropes, yes.
China’s Expansion Spells Nicaragua’s Destruction World Policy Institute (resilc)
IMF issues warning as China exports fall Financial Times
China: The Trilemma and Reserves, Again Menzie Chinn, Econbrowser
China is turning to Reaganomics to fix its economy Business Insider (David L). Wow, can’t they see what this produced 30 years later? And part of why Reganomics appeared to work is that short-term interest rates went from 21% to IIRC under 7% in a bit over a year. That gave a big boost to investment. China does not need more investment. Cutting taxes increases inequality, and China does not need more of that either.
How Turkey held the EU for ransom Politico
Tsipras Must Purge Cabinet to Lift Economy, Greek Industry Says Bloomberg (Sid S)
Canada Bars Goat-Sacrificing Blood-Drinking US Senate Candidate Sputnik News (Chuck L)
The Unholy War in Yemen EA WorldView (resilc)
Saudi Arabia’s Exploding Christmas Gifts From Hillary Clinton Truthout (resilc)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Locked iPhones, Apple, and changing law Eclectic Light Company (guurst). Important.
Daniel Ellsberg: Nixon Sent CIA Operatives To ‘Incapacitate’ Whistleblower Mint Press (furzy). You can be sure, plus ca change…
2016. The campaign is eating Links!
Trump tightens grip on White House race BBC. See Lambert’s story this AM for the part yet again not getting the main play: “Bernie Sanders pulls off a shock Democratic win in Michigan.” Notice unflattering and similar pictures of Trump and Sanders put side by side.
Donald Trump Holds Three-Point Lead Over Ted Cruz in GOP Race, WSJ/NBC News Poll Finds Wall Street Journal. The poll also finds than anyone beats Trump in a 1:1 match, but this poll was surprisingly small, only 397 respondents, when most polls I’ve read of this sort have a sample of 800 to 1000.
Louis C.K. on Donald Trump: ‘He’s an Insane Bigot, He Is Dangerous’ Variety (resilc)
Millions of ordinary Americans support Donald Trump. Here’s why. Thomas Frank, Guardian (margarita)
How Trump is jolting Silicon Valley politics in unexpected ways SF Chronicle (Donna M)
Trump takes aim at corporate targets Financial Times
Bernie Sanders beats Hillary Clinton in stunning Michigan primary upset Guardian. Haha, and Bernie was supposed to be over. Reader Phil Davis adds: “Read the comments below the article! I’ve never seen anything quite like the unanimity among Guardian readers.”
The Washington Post ran 16 negative stories on Bernie Sanders in 16 hours Common Dreams. Thomas Palley: “When elite media behave in this way, we lose the ability to believe in any news source and it legitimizes Fox News and Hate Radio which become merely the other side of the same coin..”
CNN, TV One to host presidential town hall – CNN. This is gonna be interesting. Even though Bernie misses some punches, he’s still gotten better with each debate. Will he continue on that trajectory? And will Clinton start breaking a sweat as Bernie keeps making her match his spending as he keeps gaining ground on her in the polls? Yes, there are those superdelagates, but many are elected officials, and a campaign targeting them would flip many if the primaries and polls keep moving in Sanders’ direction.
An Open Letter to Bernie Sanders Show Me the Votes. Pat: “Electronic voting machines and election rigging. ”
Senior U.S. immigration judge says 3 and 4 year old children can represent themselves in court Boing Boing (resilc). Only in America.
L.A. officials seeded clouds during El Nino storm in hopes of more rain Los Angeles Times (David L)
Pipeline investors hit by US court ruling Financial Times
The Noxious Legacy of Fracking King Aubrey McClendon Intercept (resilc)
Citigroup warns of fall in revenues Financial Times
Goldman: commodity rally unlikely to last Financial Times. Warning Jim Haygood! But Goldman’s record on its calls has been really poor this year.
Inside the Collapse of Fairway, New York’s Favorite, Failing Grocery Store Grub Street. Adrian: “A local story (if you are a New Yorker) of private equity crapification.” Moi: I shop at Fairway almost every day. It didn’t help them (in my ‘hood) that a Whole Foods opened a block and a half away (I never shop there, I go to Whole Paycheck only when on the road when they wind up being the default option).
2008 Revisited? Nouriel Roubini, Project Syndicate. From last week, still germane. Roubini produced numbered lists pre-crisis of scary stuff, typically 8 to 12 in number. So the fact that it is merely 7 this time is reassuring by his standards.
More than 2,000 Boston public school students walk out of class to protest budget cuts Boston Globe (Judy B)
Our Economy Is Obsessed with Efficiency and Terrible at Everything Else Harvard Business Review (guurst)
Antidote du jour (Lawrence R). A spring bunny!