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The curtain-raiser is over. Now the power players have entered [Asia Times].
Hong Kong Chief Executive C.Y. Leung raked in £4 million in secret fees from Australian engineering company UGL [Sidney Morning Herald]. Ooooooh, oppo!
Live: Pan-democrats vow to impeach chief executive over alleged payments [South China Morning Post]. And back at ya! (And Xi hates corruption, so this is doing him a favor. Right?)
Students to meet with top government officials Friday, including Leung and Lam [South China Morning Post].
Tourism is up during protests [Quartz]. Could be holiday shopping. Still, one wonders what message Mainlanders will take home.
Female Voices about the #UmbrellaMovement [Matt Lemon Photography].
America the Petrostate
Opponents of fracking ban outspend proponents in Denton, Colorado [Record-Chronicle]. Almost 100 wells in the city already.
Cuomo administration “edited and delayed” a federal water study they themselves commissioned [Capitol New York]. If you want fracking, vote the straight legacy party ticket!
Methane emissions are fracking’s Achilles heel [New York Times]. So the industry shouldn’t be flaring it off, or letting it leak, as if they were sleazy con artists and bubble speculators out to make a quick buck, right?
Aerial photos of fracking in North Dakota [weather.com].
“Fracking rocks,” “Fracking is a good word” [WSJ]. Will George Orwell please pick up the courtesy phone?
Oil prices are plummeting. Here’s why that’s a big deal [VOX].
Susan G. Komen teams up with Baker Hughes, the ginormous oilfield service company [EcoWatch]. Who handles their PR, anyhow?
Burial teams go on strike in Liberia because of delays in receiving hazard pay [USA Today]. They need a helicopter drop. Why aren’t they getting one?
Ebola can’t be stopped at airports, or ship terminals or border crossings [Globe and Mail].
Economic impact from Ebola could reach $32.6 billion, says World Bank [CBS].
#Ebola on the Twitter; keen graphic [Time].
The moral of the ebola story is the need for effective global governance [BBC]. Hmm.
2014 and 2016
Somebody should really ask Mickey Kantor who his “Middle Eastern investors” were, when Hillary Clinton called Paulson with Kantor’s offer to buy AIG. I mean, it’s nice to see the elite rally round, but…. [Naked Capitalism].
Newest Democrat to throw Obama under the bus on ISIS: Jimmy Carter (!!) [Politico]. Next up, Dennis Kucinich?
The Great Game
“Whatever you do, don’t step off the curb. That’s where danger lies in American life. ISIS, not so much [Juan Cole]. Quite true. So why would anybody think differently?
Military town Fayetteville, NC and The Forever War [Reuters].
EIA Petroleum Status Report, week of October 3: Inventory builds, refinery output slows (maintenance season). Supplies at the wholesale level are thin, which could lead to a squeeze [Bloomberg (EIA)].
Greed and Fear Index: Fear still extreme, up 1 to 7 [CNN].
Rapture Index: Steady [Rapture Ready].
News of the Wired
- Origins of Big Data in Allende’s Chile [New Yorker]. (See here on Stafford Beers and “anarchist cybernetics”).
- Do casual users trust Apple with OS updates anymore? [Daring Fireball].
- Google search app can now find bills in your email and remind you to pay them [WSJ]. So I guess automatic withdrawal from your bank account is next?
- Raspberry Pi Irrigation Controller [Instructables].
- Julian Assange, “When Google Met WikiLeaks” (review) [Counterpunch]
- Man practicing open carry law robbed of gun [KOIN6]. “I like your gun. Give it to me.” Thanks, ammosexuals.
- “Curse of Columbine” [ABC]. Thanks, ammosexuals.
- San Francisco regulates AirBnB rentals with permitting, tax [Engadget].
- Coups are not a cheap way of replacing governments [Economist].
- University installs anti-homeless cages on outside heating vents [A Treat for the Eyes].
- Squillionaire Mexican cement king Carlos Slim advocates three-day work week [CNN].
- Kali Barbie [India Today].
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 (Barry B):
Talk amongst yourselves!