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By Lambert Strether of Corrente.
The demand was for Hong Kong Chief Executive C.Y. Leung to step down; that has not happened, as China National Day (October 1) celebrations continued [Asian Correspondent, live blog].
Leung: “It is my fundamental and constitutional duty to work towards the goal of electing the chief executive by universal suffrage within that legal framework” of the Basic Law [CNN].
Explainer from country risk firm: With patience, the protests will fizzle. But there are far worse scenarios, listed [Asia Sentinel].
Hong Kong police chief to force on tear gas: “I just want to tell everyone that you did no wrong” [Channel News Asia].
Mainland media on protests: No story here, illegal, instigated by foreigners, bad for business, and “extreme” [ABC].
“It doesn’t matter if a cat is black or white, as long as it catches mice” [HBR]. What mice is Hong Kong catching for the PRC, and will it continue to do so? For example, a viral post from a popular Weibo user: “Treat Hong Kong a little better. Everyone still wants to go there and buy the iPhone6” [Bloomberg].
Hong Kong protesters recommend p2p technology, since cells are jammed: @telegram or @Firechatapp (and not WeChat Qq Skyp) [Reddit]. FireChat (San Francisco) does not have encryption [The Week]. Telegram (Berlin), however, does [GigaOm]. Telegram was recently hit with a DDOS attack [TechWorm]. And protesters’ Apple devices have been hit by malware [PCWorld].
Note: It seems that there’s a real, almost explosive, demand these days for social media apps that are less compromised than the majors; Ello and ProtonMail are other example. So stop whining about lack of investment opportunities, wouldja, squillionaires? Sheesh.
2014 and 2016
ObamaWar demotivates the Democratic base. 2010, here we come? [The Week]. Interestingly, Ryan Coole shifts focus at the end to this conclusion:
But let’s face facts: expecting our jalopy institutions to successfully navigate the rapidly shifting tangle of alliances in Syria is ludicrous. America is a country where the Secret Service doesn’t notice the White House has been shot until four days after the fact, and is apparently unfamiliar with how door locks work.
It sounds like Cooper’s been reading Naked Capitalism, or Golem XIV, or the Archdruid, all of whom would concur on our “jalopy institutions” (“corruption” is far too narrow a frame). Will institutional rot and demented and sclerotic elites become an issue in 2014 or 2016? Seems unlikely, but then what Ryan Cooper wrote above would have seemed unlikely too, until quite recently. It was also unlikely that Emperor Cuomo would have been challenged, but you can see Teachout and Wu working these same issues in their interviews with Naked Capitalism (the PayPal button is to your right), and they came out of nowhere to take 30% of the vote. So you never know! And remember that the legacy parties are jalopies, too, despite their fearsome appearance and noisy operation.
Hillary Clinton rolls out “evidence-based” talking point [WSJ]. NC readers know this phrase — this exact phrase, “evidence-based” — is a steaming load, at least in the Clintonian context.
Republican super-PAC America Rising: “Stop Hillary 2016, Obama’s 3rd Term” [The Hill]. Unsurprising. Obama was Bush’s third term.
And Ready for Hillary will probably stick around anyhow, even if Clinton declares in 2015 (they said they would disband) [MSNBC].
City of Ferguson makes record access hard in Mike Brown shooting with ginormous fees [AP]. In a way, this is not surprising; as Mark Ames has shown, lots of people have caught the brain bug propagated by libertarian Robert Poole that government should be funded by fees, not taxes, because freedom. Which is one reason Ferguson arrests so many of its inhabitants [Pando]. But the fees probably violate Missouri’s sunshine law [Sunlight Foundation].
It’s also not surprising Ferguson would make record access hard, given that the use-of-force record for the incident where the cops whacked Michael Brown and then left his body in the street, in the summer sun, for four hours, is missing or was never filed [VICE].
Officer Darren Wilson didn’t show up to testify at a hearing into a drug bust in which he participated and for which he had been scheduled to testify [Chicago Tribune]. Odd, since he received an award for the bust [LA Times]. In the same article, according to the defense lawyer in the hearing: The smart money thinks that Wilson won’t be indicted. This is looking more and more LA Confidential all the time, isn’t it?
If ISIS is not the successor of Al-Qaeda, then the 2001 Bush AUMF does not authorize the strikes in Syraqistan. In fact, ISIS is probably not; its organizational structure differs significantly from Al-Qaeda’s [Just Security].
ADP employment report, Septemer: Above consensus at 213,000 vs. 200,000 (USA Today says 207,000) (private payroll only) [Bloomberg]. Manufacturing: 35,000. Service sector: 155,000. Construction 20,000 [WSJ].
News of the Wired
- Arduino will sell a 3D printer kit for $800 [Engadget].
- A drone that wraps around your wrist, flies off at touch, and comes back [Visual News]. Will the Apple Watch do that? If not, why not?
- New media prof bans devices in class, very sensibly [WaPo].
- Hoboken school staff drafting resolution to landfill the the school district’s laptops, quite sensibly [Hechinger Report].
- Lingo of Lambda Land [Another Word for It]. How do you recognize a poem when you see one?
- Black kid kept three years in Rikers waiting trial [New Yorker].
- Forgotten atrocities mired in the courts [Foreign Policy].
- Management is not about sorting apples [rc2.org]. As we know from the “few bad apples” of Abu Ghraib, among many examples.
Readers, feel free to contact me with (a) links, and even better (b) sources I should curate regularly, and (c) to find out how to send me images of plants. Vegetables are fine! Fungi are deemed to be honorary plants! See the previous Water Cooler (with plant) here. And here’s today’s plant:
I’m indulging myself with this photo from my own garden, because I’m amazed that poppies are still blooming in October; we had a few hot days before the current chill.
Talk amongst yourselves!