By Lambert Strether of Corrente
Sanders coy on Colbert [WaPo].
Democratic sources expect Clinton announcement in January [NBC].
Already, we’re talking the “electoral map” [Salon]. Where’s that melon baller? I need it for my eyes.
Pelosi unanimously re-elected as minority leader [WaPo], as iron law of institutions continues operative.
Dana Milbank on the “tea party of the left” [WaPo]. Without the squillionaire funding and breathless press coverage, of course.
Celebrities speak out [Latin Times].
Three caravans to congregate in Mexico City November 20, day for which national general strike has been called [Al Jazeera] (#YaMeCanse; #AyotzinapaSomosTodos). Not clear on the leadership of the strike, or local expectations. Readers?
Caravan of relatives of 43 students stopped and searched by military and immigration officials (?) as they enter Oaxaca [Prensa Latina].
It’s the neo-liberals, stupid [Fox Latin News].
Nearly 60 percent of Mexicans work in the informal economy, and around half its population lives below the poverty line.
Jason Marzack, a Latin America researcher from the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C., told FNL, “In [Mexican President] Peña Nieto’s first two years in office, he’s done a remarkable job of putting reforms forward, but most of the benefits of these reforms aren’t being felt. The energy, electricity and telecom reforms should create jobs, but the benefits are a few years away.”
Gee. That sounds familiar. I wonder why?
Nobody counts police killings in the U.S. [St Louis Post-Dispatch]. What we don’t measure, we don’t want to manage.
Roundup of Ferguson coverage; good background [St Louis Public Radio].
Michael Brown: Missouri governor activates National Guard [BBC].
Anonymous vs. the KKK [ZD Net].
“Pants Up, Don’t Loot” [Talking Points Memo]. Stay classy, National Review.
Governor Nixon activates National Guard, establishes “Unified Command to protect civil rights” under St Louis Metropolitan PD [WaPo].
Some portions of Admiralty “cleared” after suit by state-owned Citic, Ltd.; most untouched [Roydon Ng].
Mong Kok to be “cleared” after suit by taxi and bus operators [Japan Times]. Poll: Two-thirds think students should leave sites; half say government should make concessions.
PPI (producer price index for final demand), October 2014: Monthly headline inflation up 0.2 percent vs. expectations of 0.1 percent down. “Inflation remains sluggish at the producer level on an average basis” [Bloomberg]. Services and food outweigh slump in oil [Bloomberg]. And the rise could be a “statistical quirk” tied to gas prices [Business Insider].
Redbook, week of November 15, 2014: Steady for the week, up year-on-year, down month-on-month, but November sales are back-loaded to Black Friday [Bloomberg].
Housing market index, November 2014: Up 4, best reading of the year and the “recovery.” Regional data shows wide gains led by Northeast [Bloomberg].
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
On the USA Freedom Act, best lead ever: “For those charged with gathering the information our government needs to keep us safe, the news has been grim” [WSJ]. Laurel & Hardy, Vladimir & Estragon, Mutt & Jeff, Hayden & Mukasey….
Imperial Collapse Watch
About that pivot to Asia [Asia Times]
The whole Eurasian landmass is likely to become a Chinese economic zone, especially now that Russia is more amenable to Chinese terms. That the Americans would have helped bring this to fruition by tilting at windmills in Ukraine baffles the Chinese, but they are enjoying the result.
We seem to be killing fewer children with drones [New Yorker].
News of the Wired
- “It’s just it’s just it’s just…” [Salon]. That Rosetta mission shirt.
- Philae comet lander finds organic molecules [Space Flight Now].
- Best abstract ever: “Naivety about promiscuous, assay-duping molecules is polluting the literature and wasting resources” [Nature].
- Apps are killing the web [WSJ]. No they’re not [rc3]. The Internet interprets apps as profit and routes into them.
- Disposable cellphone batteries made from cardboard [Fast Company].
- Report: Nation’s Gentrified Neighborhoods Threatened By Aristocratization [The Onion].
- The clock tower against the condos [Atlas Obscura]. I’m for the clock!
- Chair of Senate Republican Conference admits some climate change is anthropogenic [Business Insider].
- ISIS’s numismatic ambitions [The Atlantic].
- Salaita files suit against University of Illinois [Chicago Tribune]. Background from Corey Robin.
- Google automates caption creation for images [Google Research Blog].
- Jaron Lanier on the myth of AI [The Edge]. “The distinction between a corporation and an algorithm is fading. Does that make an algorithm a person?” Important piece.
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:
Talk amongst yourselves!