Apologies for the lack of original posts. The site was down for a while overnight.
Vandana Shiva: Agri-Corporations Attempt to Hijack COP21 EcoWatch (furzy mouse)
Amazon Selling $40 Android Tablets That Come With Pre-Installed Malware International Business Times
Depo-Provera, HIV and the WHO: Forsaking Science for Special Interests? Truthout (Doug S)
Apple Inc. Wants To Be Your Bank, And The Big Banks Should Be Worried International Business Times. I don’t buy the concern at all. Banks have been entering into co-branded arrangements for years; I did a series of projects for Amex on this business nearly 20 years ago. Apple won’t get the other skills, like risk management or credit underwriting, from this exercise.
Myanmar Generals Set the Stage for Their Own Exit New York Times
China warns US B52s over South China Sea Financial Times
Report: Torture is routinely used in China to obtain confessions and silence human-rights lawyers Business Insider (furzy mouse). Quelle surprise!
‘Vale and BHP were completely careless’: Brazil levies initial fines of $93 million over Samarco tragedy Sydney Morning Herald (EM)
Eurozone Economy Slows as Exports Weaken Wall Street Journal
Labour’s share Andrew Haldane, Bank of England (Vlad)
How do you smuggle 48,000 cans of Heineken into Saudi Arabia? Disguise it as Pepsi. Washington Post (furzy mouse)
Revealed: Saudi Arabia’s manifesto for change in the face of rumours of coup plots Telegraph. Margarita: “And they will do this as soon as the war against Yemen wraps up…?”
Yes, the Islamic State’s attacks on the Yazidis constitute genocide, new report says The Washington Post (furzy mouse)
Benjamin Netanyahu Defends The Israeli Occupation At Progressive Think Tank Huffington Post (furzy mouse). A close-to-MSM outlet uses the word “occupation” in the headline. Wow.
CodePink Delegation to Palestine David Pera, OpEdNews
Imperial Collapse Watch
U.S. Airstrike Targets ‘Jihadi John,’ Terrorist in ISIS Beheading Videos Wall Street Journal. This isn’t just a news story. The Journal saw fit to send this as an alert, meaning one of the half-dozen “must read now” stories of the day, and the BBC has it as its lead story now. This is a sign of how far the US has fallen. Things like major battles in progress are the stuff of headlines. Targeting one guy? And in another element of importance inflation, those “airstrikes” are with drones, and we haven’t gotten the Bad Guy yet, although the media barrage strongly suggests that he is actually already dead or so cornered that he is certain to be dead. And we are using gee-whiz super tech that still makes red mist out of a lot innocent bystanders. This is awfully reminiscent of the “we got Osama Bin Laden” media campaign. I wonder what Wag the Dog embarrassment The Power That BE want to crowd out of the headlines right now.
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Did the FBI Pay a University to Attack Tor Users? Tor Project. William B: “Note also that Carnegie Mellon is on the NSA’s list of ‘Centers of Academic Excellence’ (a polite way of saying ‘NATSEC Minions’).
Documents Expose FBI’s Targeting of School of the Americas Watch Institute for Public Accuracy
Trump Was Right About TPP Benefiting China David Dayen, Intercept
Time for GOP panic? Establishment worried Carson or Trump might win Washington Post (Jeff W). I’ve said for a while that like 2012, this election was for the Republicans to lose….and they are setting out to do it again.
Leaked Emails From Pro-Clinton Group Reveal Censorship of Staff on Israel, AIPAC Pandering, Warped Militarism Glenn Greenwald, Intercept (furzy mouse)
Postal Workers’ Union Endorses Bernie Sanders for President Associated Press (furzy mouse)
Nina Turner changes her mind on Hillary Clinton, endorses Bernie Sanders for president Cleveland.com (furzy mouse). An important development.
Why Jeffrey Lacker Is Worried About Inflation New York Times (resilc)
Blackstone buys $3bn of property funds from Calpers Financial Times (Gary B). We don’t have the terms, but this could prove to be a very good move for CalPERS. Blackstone has a nasty history of doing big real estate deal at the top of the market, and its foray into rental housing is not looking so smart. CalPERs is not exiting for market timing reasons, but cool-headed people were telling me the commercial real estate market looks overheated six months ago and it has only gotten worse.
Voluntary disclosure of offshore tax evasion VoxEU (Vlad)
Beyond Banking: funds’ talent pool dries Financial Times
What Peter Drucker Had to Say About Automation Harvard Business Review
Split emerges among US holiday shoppers Financial Times
Tech companies, labor advocates, and think tankers of all stripes call for sweeping reforms to the social safety net Washington Post. Not to help workers or stimulate demand, but to facilitate the growth of the “sharing” economy.
Antidote du jour. The famous Hachikō: