Links 9/4/2016

In 1975, a cat co-authored a physics paper Science Alert

Snakeskin identified as anaconda’s – but is it Wessie’s or a hoax? Portland Press-Herald

Armadillos’ Northern Expansion Torments U.S. Gardeners WSJ

Exclusive Interview With Vladimir Putin Bloomberg

RBS diverting billions from NatWest to support riskier operations FT. What could go wrong?

What’s a few missing billions among friends: Why Malaysia 1MDB scandal might not dent US ties CNBC

Legal loophole on tax evasion to be debated at Westminster The Herald

Bank Groups Weigh Legal Challenge to Fed Stress Tests WSJ

Looking beyond the iPhone’s boom years FT

Why isn’t your old phone getting Nougat? There’s blame enough to go around Ars Technica

Vice shows how not to treat freelancers CJR

Professors Locked Out of LIU Brooklyn Amid Contract Fight for More Pay DNAinfo. Locked out on Labor Day weekend! Oddly, or not, LIU Provost Gale Stevens Haynes has three relatives on the payroll (see page 50 of LIU’s IRS Form 990). Nice! And August 11 letter from city and state officials Long Island University Faculty Federation.

UMass-Amherst preparing to abolish Labor Center Radical Political Economy


Confrontations Flare as Obama’s Traveling Party Reaches China NYT. URL: “obama-xi-staff-shouting-match”.

Obama, Xi Showcase Climate Change as Rare Point of Accord WSJ

To understand Jeremy Corbyn, look first at Vladimir Derer New Statesman


Turkish tanks roll into Syria, opening new line of attack Reuters

Saudi Arabia’s oil industry has an overlooked risk Business Insider


Where Has Hillary Clinton Been? Ask the Ultrarich NYT. Well worth a read, but make sure you have a bucket handy.

Clinton isn’t doing better than previous Democrats with Latinos — even against Trump WaPo. Once again, the “Obama Coalition” is a crock.

FBI report’s striking revelations on Hillary Clinton CNN

Ethics wall between State, Clinton Foundation didn’t extend to staff McClatchy

Trump gets warm welcome in black church – protests outside McClatchy. WaPo’s coverage has a somewhat different tone….

Trump ramps up minority outreach with Philadelphia visit AP

Good news for the GOP: Most Clinton voters say they’ll split their ticket USA Today

Dueling Campaign Stops Show Paths for Winning a Divided Ohio Bloomberg

The Republican National Committee is doubling its field staff. Will it be enough? WaPo

Inside the Republican creation of the North Carolina voting bill dubbed the ‘monster’ law WaPo

Ted Strickland gets fundraising boost from Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren McClatchy

Democrats counting on Indiana as they eye Senate takeover AP

Gary Johnson’s Unfair, Expensive National Sales Tax Bloomberg (Re Silc).

When Exchanges Collapse, ObamaCare Penalizes You Even If Coverage Is Unaffordable Forbes

How big business lost Washington Steven Perlstein, WaPo. Aw, c’mon, Steve. Now you’re just trolling us.

Guillotine Watch

Summer in the Hamptons: Only Slightly Less Hellish than Westeros Vanity Fair

Deep Trouble: Hamptons Police Submarine Scuttles Montauk Party Boat Dan’s Papers (AF).

Class Warfare

Standard of Living Ratings Rise During Obama Presidency Gallup

Low-income shoppers are in worse shape than you thought CNBC

How Shrinking Occupations Could Explain Rising Economic Anxiety WSJ

The Criminalization of Poverty: Woman Describes Fines & Arrests After $1.07 Check Bounces Democracy Now!

The Formula for a Richer World? Equality, Liberty, Justice Deirdre McCloskey NYT. Because US workers were rich by world standards, it’s OK that they bore the costs of bringing up global averages, while the 1% cashed in. Will Doctor Pangloss please pick up the white courtesy phone?

From the Battle of Seattle to the Financial Crisis Foreign Policy in Focus

Free As In Health Care blarg?

No, the Internet Has Not Killed the Printed Book. Most People Still Prefer Them. NYT

Oklahoma Quake Matches Record Even After Fracking Waste Restricted Bloomberg

‘Preemption’ Is Major Obstacle Across the Country as Progressive Laws Like Fracking Bans Passed in Liberal Cities Are Immediately Crushed by Right-Wing State Legislatures Alternet

Inuit Are Embedding Sensors in the Ice Because It’s Getting Dangerously Thin Vice (Re Silc).

The Breathtaking beauty of Our Planet’s Destruction Foreign Policy

Antidote du jour:


Bonus antidote (Furzy Mouse):

[I have removed the auto-playing bears. Sad!]

I dunno if encouraging bears to play in your back yard is a good idea. But those cubs sure are cute!

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du jour here.

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About Lambert Strether

Readers, I have had a correspondent characterize my views as realistic cynical. Let me briefly explain them. I believe in universal programs that provide concrete material benefits, especially to the working class. Medicare for All is the prime example, but tuition-free college and a Post Office Bank also fall under this heading. So do a Jobs Guarantee and a Debt Jubilee. Clearly, neither liberal Democrats nor conservative Republicans can deliver on such programs, because the two are different flavors of neoliberalism (“Because markets”). I don’t much care about the “ism” that delivers the benefits, although whichever one does have to put common humanity first, as opposed to markets. Could be a second FDR saving capitalism, democratic socialism leashing and collaring it, or communism razing it. I don’t much care, as long as the benefits are delivered. To me, the key issue — and this is why Medicare for All is always first with me — is the tens of thousands of excess “deaths from despair,” as described by the Case-Deaton study, and other recent studies. That enormous body count makes Medicare for All, at the very least, a moral and strategic imperative. And that level of suffering and organic damage makes the concerns of identity politics — even the worthy fight to help the refugees Bush, Obama, and Clinton’s wars created — bright shiny objects by comparison. Hence my frustration with the news flow — currently in my view the swirling intersection of two, separate Shock Doctrine campaigns, one by the Administration, and the other by out-of-power liberals and their allies in the State and in the press — a news flow that constantly forces me to focus on matters that I regard as of secondary importance to the excess deaths. What kind of political economy is it that halts or even reverses the increases in life expectancy that civilized societies have achieved? I am also very hopeful that the continuing destruction of both party establishments will open the space for voices supporting programs similar to those I have listed; let’s call such voices “the left.” Volatility creates opportunity, especially if the Democrat establishment, which puts markets first and opposes all such programs, isn’t allowed to get back into the saddle. Eyes on the prize! I love the tactical level, and secretly love even the horse race, since I’ve been blogging about it daily for fourteen years, but everything I write has this perspective at the back of it.


  1. Bill Markle

    Just opened this in Hangzhou, China, and got music from some ad at an inappropriate time. I know advertising helps pay the bills, but please see if you can eliminate the automatic music on clicking on links page.

    1. PlutoniumKun

      The music isn’t from an ad, its from the bonus antidote, the one with the bears (I’m getting this in Biarritz, France)

      1. McKillop

        Fine. The ad I have is for local businesses and comes with cutesy music. Thanks for explaining its source. Even posting this gets me the ad. I have live bears in my neighbourhood so am put out by these additions.

    2. paul Tioxon

      Yeah Lambert, get rid of the multi media onslaught to my senses. And while you are at, please post more comparisons to the origin of WWI and WWII due to banking, haute finance and the International Gold Standard! And get it done before noon, I have a Bar B Q to attend. And no! it’s not a Hillary feast in the Hamptons! Chop Chop

    3. Lambert Strether Post author

      Well, the bears are cute. I can take them out. However, I have the sound on my computer turned down at all times, except in the very rare instance when I actually want to listen to something. (Otherwise, I open thirty tabs and get a cacophony of newscasters and talking heads.)


          1. Pat

            Lambert, sorry. I meant visitors/commenters like me can find a way to turn off the sound. I found a button on my browser which was easily hit and during the period I was responding to a few comments I just turned the sound off completely for a while. But I do realize that the use of bandwidth thing might also be an issue not so easily solved.

            Sad we lose the bears, but understandable.

      1. NotTimothyGeithner

        It’s 2016. I think turning the sound off except when required is just a reasonable expectation, and if a computer is having difficulties with one auto play video, the computer has bigger problems.

        1. Eureka Springs

          Not complaining about the N.C. crew… but as a rural citizen I have a perfectly good mac mini with third world (Verizon wireless) internet speeds at first world prices. An N.C. page can take a minute on a good day (often two to three) to load/reload without ads, audio or video.

          So no, please don’t pile on or simply dismiss it out of hand.

        2. Tom Allen

          I suppose if a site wants to keep its readers happy, it would avoid doing annoying things (like including pop-up ads or autoplay videos) rather than shift the burden to the reader to find ways of counteracting them.

          There certainly are ways to combat autoplay, but that should be a big clue that users really hate the tactic. (Of course, many sites — like the NY Post, apparently — are more interested in keeping their advertisers happy than their readers, which is why autoplay is becoming ubiquitous.)

        3. hunkerdown

          Who cares what number year it is? Just because some Progress Monkey in Silly Con Valley finds a new obnoxious way to be “proud” (as if sticking out and being irritating were something to encourage) doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be punished for their self-aggrandizing idiocy.

          A simple <a> is just fine.

          1. JoeK

            Some times you have to have the audio on for other reasons while your browser(s) is/are open (i.e. a Line/Skype etc call comes in). Not in this case, but often enough a news website will have auto-play videos which refresh so you have to turn them off again.

            I say push back against the ever-more aggressive advertising on web pages; there are sites (I’ve generally stopped going to) that surround the bit of text you’re reading with ads of all sorts–we’re all seeing that, I’m sure. Turning your audio off just gives websites the impression this kind of behavior is okay.

            I’m no IT guy but maybe if as soon as auto-play audio/video comes on people close the window such websites will get our drift?

            NB: Silly Con Valley, I love it.

      2. temporal

        Autoplay in an iframe might be turned on via a url at the site’s discretion but cannot be turned off in the iframe tag.

        ?autoplay=0 doesn’t do anything

        Personally I keep a head phone plugged in all of the time and listen when I feel like it. I also do a lot of Javascript blocking by default so I didn’t even know what the blank square was until I turned it on. Tricky folks put an image that once clicked hits the url.

      3. fresno dan

        Lambert Strether
        September 4, 2016 at 10:08 am

        I keep the volume on my computer cranked up 24/7, lest I start obeying the voices in my head.
        Besides, my computer keeps telling me beautiful Russian babes are just dyin’ to meet me….

    4. Vatch

      Is it possible to provide the link to the video, but with the video in the paused state, instead of in the running state?

    5. ewmayer

      I don’t see any of the ads, here or anywhere else. Then again, many years ago I actually spent some time figuring out to setup and setttings-customize my browser properly, rather than whining online about intrusive ads assaulting my delicate senses.

  2. JSM

    From ‘Where Has Hillary Clinton Been?’

    “[Clinton] has fielded hundreds of questions from the ultrarich in places like the Hamptons, Martha’s Vineyard, Beverly Hills and Silicon Valley.”

    Well at least we know where the missing press conferences went. Zing!

    1. Jim Haygood

      A description of the anti-Hillary:

      Oh, I’m rollin’ flowin’ through the whole population
      (Mr Skin, you know where you’ve been)
      Oh, the high and the low born are my friends and relations
      (Mr Skin, you know where you’ve been)

      — Spirit, “Mr. Skin” (1970)

      Hillary don’t have a populist bone in her body.

    2. Steve H.

      “Best way to make a bad story go away is to come up with a better story and sell it hard. This is one of the cornerstones of American foreign policy…”

      – Narcos, Season 2 Episode 9, with a cameo by the Clintons in the middle of the speech.

      I’ve been everywhere, man.
      I’ve been everywhere, man.
      Crossed the desert’s bare, man.
      I’ve breathed the mountain air, man.
      Of travel I’ve had my share, man.
      I’ve been everywhere.

      (Tocapillo, Baranquilla, and Perdilla, I’m a killer.)

  3. fresno dan

    In my ongoing review of the Simpsons:

    Marge Simpson: “You know the courts might not work anymore, but as long as everybody is videotaping everyone else, justice will be done.”

    Seems relevant as videos of police misconduct become so common. One wonders how many videos of poor police conduct there has to be before the public is ready for some greater accountability of police misconduct.
    The episode is number 9 from season 6, where Homer is accused of groping the babysitter when in reality he was just trying to remove an ill gotten gummi bear from her bottom. And the episode has Dennis Franz in it.

    1. paul Tioxon

      fresno dan
      You’re my kinda guy. If you ever find yourself near Philly I’m gonna treat you to a steak the size of a toilet seat!

      1. fresno dan

        paul Tioxon
        September 4, 2016 at 9:51 am

        I used to go to Philly all the time – I had a couple of friends from the Air Force who lived there, and and one who married a woman from the Philadelphia environs. I remember marching in the Mummer’s parade one year because the one friend’s family had – oh, what were those things called – ?brigades? comic division. I was in a Michelin man costume – which was good cause it was soooo COLD (this is before global warming, its so long ago)….but was bad because a lot of beer drinking goes on in the comic divisions….so waddling to pee behind the buildings was challenging, and it was time consuming unbuttoning the costume….
        and I lived and worked in Washington DC for near 30 years after my air force days so I made it up to Philly at least a couple of times a year when I lived near Washington DC.
        And the only Philly steak I eat is cheese steaks! YUM-YUM!!!!

        1. Lambert Strether Post author

          I love Philly. And the Mummers!

          And what better, more touching memory for a small child than being thrown Mardi Gras beads by a drunken longshoreman en travesti?

        2. Jess

          Heard this Philly story once, don’t know if it’s true but supposedly they have a Polish Pride parade honoring Von Clauswicz and this particular year the guy leading it took a wrong turn and led it down a dead-end street.

          Can anyone confirm?

  4. EndOfTheWorld

    RE: Gary Johnson—nobody likes him, so he’s smart in staying out of sight and not saying anything. The “libertarian” party is in no way libertarian if they nominated this guy. They could have won the presidency, perhaps, with Jesse Ventura.

  5. nobody

    Private security working for the companies building the Dakota Access Pipeline used dogs and pepper spray to attack protesters yesterday. Democracy Now! report here; Amy Goodman was on the scene when it happened.

    AP writeup is entitled “Oil Pipeline Protest Turns Violent in Southern North Dakota” and is framed by quotes from the Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier and the Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Donnell Preskey asserting that “four private security guards and two guard dogs were injured after several hundred protesters confronted construction crews” and that “[a]ny suggestion that [the] event was a peaceful protest, is false.”

  6. allan

    From the Deidre McCloskey piece:

    Even in the United States, real wages have continued to grow — if slowly — in recent decades, contrary to what you might have heard. Donald Boudreaux, an economist at George Mason University, and others who have looked beyond the superficial have shown that real wages are continuing to rise, thanks largely to major improvements in the quality of goods and services, and to nonwage benefits.

    ` …major improvements in the quality of goods and services, and to nonwage benefits ‘. Hahahahaha.

    Crapification, taxes on time and soaring copays and deductibles apparently don’t exist in whatever alternate universe these people claim to live in.

    You have to admire the Koch Industries -> Mercatus Center -> GMU rebranding. A stroke of genius.

    1. Pat

      Even with the increased deductibles and copays, there have probably been premium increases. Unfortunately, there are likely accurate in that real wages have grown, but you are also accurate in that only seeing one side of it means that the fact that despite that wages have not only not kept up with the cost of living, they have fallen far behind is also missed and gives an inaccurate view of the economy.

      I guess because it would be the destruction of a whole segment of business, every other business in America is willing to take a hit to avoid Single Payer. I frankly don’t understand it. Logically, most would have been much better off if Nixon had gotten his comprehensive health care plan, and it might have been able to morph to something even better

      1. Left in Wisconsin

        I frankly don’t understand it.

        It almost seems as if US business leaders (and the politicians they own) are class actors acting in the best interests of the class, as opposed to the best interests of their own businesses (and employees!!). But that couldn’t possibly be true – this is the USA and we don’t have economic classes.

      1. John Zelnicker

        Lambert – I found your comment to be a bit surprising; it doesn’t seem like you. Why do you think that McCloskey’s gender identity is relevant here?

        1. pe

          I think Lambert is saying that if we multiply The Matrix by the Identity matrix it leaves everything the same ?

        2. DJG

          John Zelnicker: Because so many people in U.S. society believe that they can inoculate themselves. Apple can’t be ripping off Ireland, because it has a gay chairman! Peter Thiel can’t be a contemptible reactionary, because he’s gay! Any woman who doesn’t vote for Hillary is a traitor to womynness and has earned a special place in hell!

          In a country where class warfare is going scorched-earth, we see many many people trying to pre-exonerate themselves by doing a “the personal makes my politics palatable” moral triple axel.

          Tell that to Antonio Gramsci, who wasn’t allowed to pre-exonerate himself.

            1. John Zelnicker

              @DJG and Lambert – Thank you. Now I understand. The idea of people inoculating themselves against criticism because of their personal life is something that just didn’t occur to me. I guess when those people try to use that tactic I just ignore it, or outright reject it as irrelevant. I think that’s why the comment surprised me. I see her gender identity as completely irrelevant to McCloskey’s arguments. And Thiel doesn’t get a pass for being gay. (That one actually makes me chuckle.)

              BTW, Tim Cook is a local boy. Grew up on the other side of Mobile Bay from me, in Robertsdale, AL.

              1. JE

                Inoculation through race, color, sex and orientation is the modus operandi of the DNC. Somewhere alone the line, expect a doubling up of Teflon coatings. After Hillary’s second term, look for African-American female (e.g. Michelle Obama) to run – or perhaps a gay Latino.

                The possibilities are near endless . . . .

            1. cwaltz

              I’m going to assume you have never met a transgender person so I’ll catch you up to speed……imagine living in a body every day and being uncomfortable with it because it feels wrong then try to exhibit a little compassion.

      2. cwaltz

        The term is transgender.

        You’re being kind of rude….gender identity and sexuality are two separate issues which is why the term was changed to reflect that fact.

      3. Skippy

        I thought the PK perspective wrt McCloskey was value added Lambert, not to mention the importance of the Cambridge Controversy and her everything is a metaphors rhetorical device dismissal.

        Still not grokking the spambot action…

        Disheveled Marsupial…. and if when push hard enough resorts to evoking science of all things…. shakes shoe… done and dusted….

    2. John Wright

      The McCloskey piece seems to be pitching her book and was not apparently widely read by NYTImes readers.

      Only 54 comments were logged before comments were shut down, and 9 of the 54 comments are replies from Deidre McCloskey herself.

      One of McCloskey’s comments asks “May I ask you to reflect on the dangers of envy?”

      And three of her comments encourage readers to look (buy?) at her (new) book.

      She suggests ” We need (the very word is not an economic one) entrepreneurship, that is, people taking risks opening restaurants and computer factories and so forth.”

      Of course with all countries following the same “entrepreneurial” path (China for example) and the USA having a defacto policy of making the world less financially risky for American businesses to tap overseas labor markets, and move/conduct business overseas (military support, trade law enforcement), having American labor trust in the status quo seems misguided

      Perhaps Deidre views American corporations as not sufficiently entrepreneurial, as they conduct stock buybacks, lobby for government favors, and perform acquisitions rather than invest in R&D and physical plant?

      One measure of the well-being of the USA population could be the savings rate, which was above 10 percent for most of the 1960’s to 1985 and then has moved to 5.7% now.

      But this is the aggregate average, not the median savings rate


      “Approximately 62% of Americans have less than $1,000 in their savings accounts and 21% don’t even have a savings account, according to a new survey of more than 5,000 adults conducted this month by Google Consumer Survey for personal finance website

      If one does not have a cushion of savings, then one is either very confident that the future will be rosy OR one cannot accumulate savings due to economic circumstances.

      Exactly how does one monetize the improvement in consumer goods quality if one, with little savings, wants to raise money, by selling possessions, to start a small business?

      The pawn shop or Ebay will not pay extra for the quality improvement of one’s consumer goods.

      The McCloskey piece begins with a the French Revolution reference which was preceeded by the “Let them eat cake” elite statement, which seems to be updated to “let them eat advanced consumer goods”.

      1. jsn

        No one asked the hundreds of millions of American workers if they wanted to raise the living standards of peasant and industrial labor around the world.

        Had they been asked its possible a way could have been found to maintain American living standards (while nominal standards as economists measure them have been flat, factored for stress and insecurity this is a bald lie as attested by recent rising mortality rates) while lifting those elsewhere as has been done.

        Such an arrangement would have prevented the inequality and corruption here and may well have maintained US legitimacy around the world.

        McClosky still believes in the great American “Field of Dreams” fantasy that “if you build it they will come” fantasy that people taking economic risks somehow creates self fulfilling demand. Reality constrained Americans are taking huge economic risks just staying alive, as is the Neoliberal ambition for them.

        1. Jess

          Thanks to the Depression, my father never finished high school but he read a lot and was a very smart man. I remember being a kid, maybe 7 or 8, the first time I heard him say, “We can either bring the rest of the world’s standard of living up to ours, or they will bring ours down to theirs.” Of course, the global elite have managed to bring ours down to that of third world countries without bringing up the conditions in those countries.

    3. fresno dan

      September 4, 2016 at 8:18 am

      Totally agree.
      Hedonics…..from the esteemed Ph.D of irreproducible economic nonsense & Bullsh*t, Dr. Candide….

      I am surprised McCloskey doesn’t say that we are incalculably better off because economic calculations show that radiation from Fukushima failed to awaken Godzilla, thereby preventing the premature squishing of billions of humans….when this very, very valuable set of circumstances and critical criterion is added to economic data sets, the value is trillions upon trillons of dollars…

  7. Eureka Springs

    major improvements in the quality of goods

    My first “shop vac” took a daily commercial beating for nearly fifteen years. My second didn’t last three years with sporadic gentle use around the house. Just bought my third yesterday and what walmart dot com said about price and features online grossly misrepresented what was actually on their shelf. And the cashier tried to sell an two year extended warranty. I told her the damn thing should come with at least 5 years.

    We are way past crapification of everything.

    1. polecat

      Never buy anything considered ‘quality’ from Walmart ….. it simply doesn’t exist in that venue !

    2. Lord Koos

      Yep. I think that soon used older, better built stuff will sell for a premium, if it’s not already.

    3. Left in Wisconsin

      Walmart is known for asking its suppliers to make special Walmart versions of its products that are more inexpensive because they are made more cheaply. Some companies (IIRC John Deere is one) have refused.

  8. allan

    Protesters injured in North Dakota face-off with private security and guard dogs over oil pipeline [NYDN]

    A demonstration turned violent as security guards sicced dogs on at least a hundred demonstrators protesting a $3.8 billion oil pipeline through private land in southern North Dakota. …

    Tribe spokesman Steve Sitting Bear said protesters reported that six people had been bitten by security dogs, including a young child. At least 30 people were pepper-sprayed, he said. Preskey said law enforcement authorities had no reports of protesters being injured.

    [Strangely, or not, Morton County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Donnell Preskey] said law enforcement authorities had no reports of protesters being injured.

    If the private security does it, it’s not illegal.

    1. jsn

      A Pinkerton reprise as history begins rhyming again. Sadly/heroically this is how its done: only real physical, personal risk can resist the psychotic juggernaut our post capitalist system has become.

      1. allan

        Tribal leader: Avoid North Dakota towns after pipeline clash [AP]

        A South Dakota tribal chairman is urging members to avoid Bismarck and Mandan in North Dakota after a clash between private security guards and people protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline, saying he fears for his people’s safety.

        Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier said Sunday his members were among protesters pepper-sprayed by security officers and attacked by dogs at the pipeline construction site Saturday on private land north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. He urged tribal members to avoid traveling to or doing business in the area. … [emphasis added]

        Maybe a boycott of local businesses will concentrate the minds of the PTB.

  9. Pat

    Golly did you know that Clinton created the right wing media conspiracy by not disclosing everything on Whitewater? See the Washington Post. Unfortunately the people trying to tear the article apart are yes, true believers or paid trolls. Meanwhile once you get enlightened about how her only problem is her sense of privacy, you can also read “How the Obamas Rebranded Politics to Make it Cool”. Branded, that’s what they call it, excuse me while I go back to bed and pull the covers over my head and pretend for a few hours that our media are no longer paid boot polishers and propaganda organs.

    1. NYPaul

      Maybe, Americans really do want a Monarchy.

      First few comments from article in today’s NYT Re: Hillary, FBI interview:
      (Especially love #7 below)

      1. “Wow. Are we tired of beating this dead horse yet?”

      2. “She shouldn’t have used it. She admitted it and apologized. Move on………”

      3. “…wasted time and effort expended to make Mount Everest out of such a molehill.”

      4. “….gross witch hunt”

      5. “….these documents are supportive of Clinton.”

      6 “Hillary made a mistake, admitted her mistake and apologized. What’s the big deal?”

      7. “Let nobody ever claim again that Hillary Clinton gets special treatment.”
      Almost 3000 comments; that’s a lot of commas.

    1. barefoot charley

      Bummer, that was my favorite story this morning. How come nobody *ever* gets torpedoed in the Hamptons?

  10. mad as hell.

    I dunno but from the stories I read and the pantsuit pictures I see, Hillary Clinton appears to be morphing into a walking $$ bag!

    1. sleepy

      No room for private servers in the basement of a Hillary White House with all the cash registers down there.

  11. Jim Haygood

    Whoa, check out the photo (in the McClatchy article linked above) of Trump rocking a black church in Detroit, wearing a glowing white vestment with gold-embroidered sleeves and collar, and holding a mic.

    Praise be — it is the Return of Elvis! (and he’s aged well)

    1. apber

      Hard to believe the MSM polling that suggests Trump will get only 1% of the Black vote. Trump’s message of the condescension towards, and political abuse of African Americans by the Dems since the Great Society has resonated more than the liberal press would have you believe. If he gets anywhere near 15-20% of the Black vote, he will win.

      1. Anne

        Trump may not be entirely wrong about how Democrats have taken the AA vote for granted, but Trump is not winning them over by generalizing that they are all poor, all living in ghettos, and going to bad schools, and killing each other.

        There is no way Trump will get more than 4% – if he even gets that – of the AA vote.

      2. Jim Haygood

        Clearly Trump has some savvier advisers now. Reaching out to minority demographics is an obvious, and in fact essential, strategy. Nixon’s Silent Majority is a much smaller majority than it used to be.

        Trump appealed to hispanics by visiting Mexico’s president Peña Nieto. Then he promptly blew it by heading to a rally in Phoenix, where he invited victims of “illegal alien crime” onto the stage.

        This is the familiar Willie Horton strategy pioneered by George H.W. Bush in his successful 1988 race against Michael Dukakis. Naturally, the targets of this false stereotyping see right through it.

      3. Yves Smith

        No way will Trump get anything other than a teeny % of black votes. Aside from being a Republican, and blacks (save a very few right-wing blacks and entrepreneurs) do not trust Republicans as far as they can throw them, Trump did so much racist dog whistling that there is no way he can credibly walk it back. Has he yet to officially repudiate David Duke, for instance?

        A lot of blacks are legitimately concerned that if Trump wins, all sorts of bad actors will feel emboldened to target people of color.

        Having said that, it’s still smart for Trump to be doing what he’s doing.

        First, the minority outreach effort makes it easier for whites to vote for him and tell themselves they are not supporting bigotry.

        Second, if he actually does win, and he really does want to do the stuff he says he wants to do, like rebuild cities and help minority communities, even this probably random outreach (as in who would be seen with Trump now and risk incurring the wrath of the Dem machine?) will get him down the learning curve.

        1. aab

          There’s another possible advantage here. If Trump manages to get the message through that he’s not some new form of evil, but no worse than Clinton, black and other marginalized voters might feel more free to vote third party or stay home. I know Clinton is seeking a low turnout election, but I presume she’s counting on black voters being herded to the polls for her as part of that equation. Wouldn’t a 10% swing in the AA vote away from Democrat — no matter where it goes — be a problem for her?

          I realize that’s a small slice of the electorate, but it will matter if things are close, won’t it?

          1. NYPaul

            Smart move on Trump’s part. If he gets only a small percentage of African Americans to begin pondering the question, “Really, what have these NeoLib Democrats done for African Americans,” it could prove quite beneficial.

            1. JTMcPhee

              Same thing the Lottery (“Powerball!” Get it?) does for the whole underclass –hope of a winning ticket to arriviste-land…

              It works for some of us mopes, I mean SOMEbody’s gonna win it all, you can’t win if you don’t play and think of all the billions redirected to Education! Major item in the syllabus is “There’s a sucker born every minute,” followed by “Never give a sucker an even break!”

      4. clarky90

        Full Speech: Donald Trump Speaks to African American Church in Detroit 9/3/16

        Personally, I was moved by Trump’s speech. He is subdued and respectful. The audience is listening to him and Trump appears to be genuinely reciprocating. Trump invokes the memory of Abraham Lincoln.

        Trump is the Red Pill, Clinton is the Blue Pill

        You take the blue pill, the story ends. You wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.” The term red pill refers to a human that is aware of the true nature of the Matrix.

  12. Steve C

    Regarding Gary Johnson’s national sales tax: I suppose a carbon tax would be radioactive to the people he’s trying to appeal to.

  13. Bob

    “The wealthy contributors who host Mrs. Clinton often complain about her opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership and express concerns that Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont pushed her to the left on trade and other issues. Mrs. Clinton reminds them she has both opposed and supported trade deals in the past.”

    Is there any doubt where Hillary really stands on this?

    1. Pat

      I’m pretty sure the only people with any doubts, or delusions, about where Hillary stands on anything have not been paying attention over the last sixteen years (or longer). Her only true allegiance is to those things that enrich people willing to grease her palm, and over the years the grease has gotten very expensive. While she will throw the public a bone, even those have to be given grudgingly or by force – see gay marriage. Otherwise it is always up for sale.

      Very few here, are taken in, but many times I have to bite my tongue when people talk about how much Clinton has gone through during her ‘public service’ to keep from asking ‘do you think she would still be doing it if she and Bill had not raked in over 200 million dollars, not counting the Foundation, in the last sixteen years?’

      1. TedWa

        I think it’s obvious that if she was really running to help the 99% she wouldn’t have rigged the primary against Bernie. She’s all about absolute power. If not, then why run at all? She could retire very wealthy. Gotta keep the grift and ponzi going….

        1. Pat

          You see that, and I see that. Now, yes a whole lot of folks are on her payroll or the payroll of people who know she will do their bidding and want her installed. And there are a bunch of people who will just hold their nose and hope for something better in 2024. But there ares still a lot of people who think that Hillary and Bill (and Chelsea) are filled to the brim with human kindness and are driven to help others, especially women and children in Hillary’s case.

          I just don’t get it. Just as I don’t get people who honestly believe that Obama has been a good President ham strung from doing even better by an obstructionist Congress. A Congress I give thanks for daily, because I don’t think most of America could handle that ‘better’.

    1. diptherio

      That video embed is the most annoying thing ever. Please don’t include “auto play” videos on NC anymore, for all of our sanity. (last comment on this page today, as I’m sick of pausing the video every time the page reloads…good thing I’m not on a phone with a data plan)

    2. sleepy

      Yes you are right. Those cubs will become habituated to humans and hang around when older, tearing up garbage, and begging and looking for food. They will then be considered a threat to humans and euthanized.

      1. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

        The long term strategy should be we humans retreat from bears.

        Let cubs hang around, get used to tearing garbage.

        Then, we retreat.

        And retreat (or strategically reposition ourselves) more.

        It’s OK our All-Nature Conquering Army is not Ever-Victorious.

        1. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

          In yesterday’s Links, there was an article about “Beneath the Tourism in Bali.”

          As we humans desire to, more and more, get back to more Nature, She’s saying, “I am not sure I want you humans back.”

          In the film, Gringo Trails, Are Tourists o (does the film maker mean Western Tourists only) Destroying the Planet, one Thai beach town is finally saying no to Global Reserve Currency Waving, party-going young Western tourists. These nature-loving youths left behind too much garbage by the ocean (I believe that was around 2010). It was said that the partying had since moved on to other, more exploitable locales in Indonesia, the Philippines, etc.

          They went to ‘get back to Nature’ and to ‘know other cultures.’

          The question remains, if they vote in a similarly superficial way.

        2. polecat

          I woke up at 4:30 this morning …. to the sound of ungodly racket in our grape vines …. the local raccoons were have quite a Bacchus Festival, eating as many grapes as time allows before sunrise ….
          … so i get out of bed, pull up the window blinds, can’t see shit outside ….. but I did hear the f*ckers growl …. not hiss, but a sustained growling, at me !!
          …so I growled back ….. at which point they worked their way back onto the deck … and scampered off …… :'{

          the bright side of the ordeal was I had a prime sparkling view of Orion … before first light ;)

    3. Lee

      Access to human food and habituation to humans is the primary reason for attacks on humans by bears. See, for example, Bear Attacks: Their Causes and Avoidance by Stephen Herrero. Well researched and quite readable. There is an extensive discussion of differences between black bears and grizzlies. While the former are less aggressive, they are far from harmless. I’ve spent many pleasant hours watching bears but almost always through a telescope.

        1. Lee

          Bears can hit 35mph. General rule: with black bears, hold your ground and fight back if attacked. With grizzles, curl up on the ground and pray; offer no resistance. With the exception of protecting its cubs a black bear will not attack unless it’s starving and then it intends to eat you. They are forest bears with the ability to climb trees and tend to opt for flight rather than fight when threatened. Grizzlies on the other hand are open plains bears and have evolved to respond to perceived territorial incursions and other threats with aggression. Carry Bear Guard or other appropriate pepper spray product when hiking in bear country.

      1. GF

        Thanks for the link and thanks to Amy Goodman for going to the site and doing on-the-ground reporting! I didn’t see any other news media there.

  14. PlutoniumKun

    Re: Saudi’s Oil Industry risk

    I’ve found it interesting that the risk hasn’t been priced in to oil. The Houthi have shown an ability to go on the offensive in Saudi Arabia (albeit so far, only in the south-west corner, well away from the oil fields and terminals), but they’ve proven very capable so far, and they seem to have a good supply of modern weapons. I’m sure its occurred to them that the one thing that will really hurt the Saudi’s is to hit their oil exports. A little bit of me has been wondering if the US oil industry, desperate for a rise in prices, hasn’t been a little voice in Washington urging more weapons to the Saudi’s – the longer the conflict goes on, the longer it is likely to backfire on the Saudi’s.

  15. hreik

    There is still some joy to be had:
    From the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

    Join us in celebrating a new life

    Imagine the surprise for our Ithumba Keepers when yesterday, at the break of dawn, a new baby born to now wild living orphan Galana was revealed! There they both were, waiting outside the stockades, the baby born just hours before under the cover of darkness.

    She was escorted by five wild bulls and our dependent orphans Laragai and Narok were able to be the first nannies to the tiny baby once they left the confines of the night stockades.

    Then the ex-orphans arrived and pandemonium broke out! They were so excited and overcome with joy of a new baby in the fold, trumpeting and charging around celebrating. Throughout the day Galana was surrounded by ex-orphans and wild elephants alike who have taken on the role of nanny to newborn Gawa.

    Gawa means to share in Swahili, an apt name given how our ex-orphans always share the joy of their new born babies with us, their human family, and today was no different.

    These moments are testament to the success of our Orphans’ Project and we hope all of you who help make this lifesaving work possible, will join us in sharing Galana’s joy.

    If you do not know Galana’s own story, you can read it here:…/orphan_profile.asp…


    1. hreik

      This tidbit

      They were so excited and overcome with joy of a new baby in the fold, trumpeting and charging around celebrating.

      speaks to their incredible sentience.

  16. Arizona Slim

    Loved the story about Vice’s abuse of freelance journalists. Believe me, this story is just a small part of a bigger, uglier story.

    And it is why this long-time freelancer calls the gig economy the frig economy. Because it keeps frigging us over.

    1. Llewelyn Moss

      Ironic that vice has a reputation of ‘exposing corporate and government injustices’ against people who have little means of protecting themselves. Yet the article does a compelling job of exposing Vice as just another Corporate Predator. Another progressive media outlet loses all credibility.

  17. Jim Haygood

    Obamacare death spiral:

    Maricopa County residents may have only one Affordable Care Act option next year after a seventh health insurer announced it will exit the marketplace in Arizona’s largest county.

    Phoenix Health Plans Inc. will drop out of Maricopa County next year, which means more than 126,000 county residents who chose an “Obamacare” insurance plan will have only one option in 2017: Cigna.

    Phoenix Health Plans decided its financial risk would be too great to be one of two remaining marketplace options in the nation’s fourth most populous county.

    No Affordable Care Act health insurer has committed to Pinal County, where nearly 10,000 consumers are enrolled in a plan this year.

    Local insurers such as Phoenix Health Plans realize that when other players drop out, it means a surge of new-applicant refugees formerly covered elsewhere.

    Such a surge could double or triple their revenues, along with their liabilities. But if the coverage is mispriced, it could bankrupt them.

    Extreme growth rates are dangerous for small organizations. They would rather withdraw than be exposed to an uncontrollable enrollment surge, while obliged by law to accept all applicants.

    As this dynamic plays out, only big, publicly traded players like Aetna, with a nationally diversified portfolio of Obamacare markets, can take on the risk of local enrollment surges as Obamacare enters its sunset phase.

    This dystopian scene is playing out as intended by WellPoint lobbyist Liz Fowler, author of Obamacare under the doting eye of Montana’s Sen. Max Baucus, who wisely decamped for Beijing.

    1. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

      Is this going to be the November (Obamacare rate increases) Surprise?

      I wonder how many points will that translate into at the polls, and on the final election result.

    2. Arizona Slim

      Too late for single payer on this November’s AZ ballot. But watch for it next year, especially if it’s a winner in CO.

      1. Daryl

        Is it likely to happen in many other states than Colorado? I imagine it will be slow to acceptance. It’s been two decades since the first medical marijuana proposition passed.

        Not to mention vastly more legal opposition from the FIRE sector.

    3. different clue

      Is there specific linkably findable evidence that WellPoint lobbyist Liz Fowler, was working to engineer this endgame outcome when she wrote the Obamacare Act?

    4. Skip Intro

      This is the road to Single Payer, albeit not the one we might hope for. Consolidation of private insurers through mergers and attrition will result in a single for-profit insurer with a monopoly in a mandated ‘marketplace’ They will be able to basically tap right into the government subsidy artery.

    1. Yves Smith

      He can’t. It’s an embed from the NY Post. Every story at the NY Post seems to have autoplay videos. so you’d get it native if you were to view it at their site.

  18. Jason Boxman

    On preemption there must be other approaches, similar to a union having members “work to rule” in a labor dispute. A municipality must have additional levers of inconvenience to pull.

  19. TedWa

    Re : Standard of living has increased under Obummer. I would like to see a correlation between the amount of credit available, the credit on everyone shouldering this recovery, and the standard of living claimed. There’s an indication in the report showing things are not so rosy when good paying jobs, economic confidence and consumer spending are down. I mean, isn’t this almost entirely a credit driven recovery?

    1. voteforno6

      That’s really horrible to contemplate. What about the street cleaners and burger flippers in the Hamptons? Do they really deserve to be lumped in with the rich a-holes there?

  20. allan

    Naked lobbying for moar warz is now so acceptable at the NYT that the editors don’t even try to camouflage it.
    At the end of what is ostensibly a review of two books on the GWOT in today’s NYT Book Review:

    It is worth noting that Syria has descended into nightmare not in the aftermath of American intervention, but in its absence. Perhaps the Afghanistan and Iraq interventions really were a terrible, irremediable mistake, but it is a delusion to imagine that these profoundly damaged places will survive, much less thrive, on their own. Americans have learned all too well that they can’t do everything in the Middle East; they are now also learning the dangers of doing nothing.

    Responsibility to Protect™ has become Responsibility to Not Do Nothing.

    1. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

      The important application of the Responsibility to Not Do Nothing is not about Syria really, but the coming election – the responsibility to not do nothing (to stop the Foundation).

    2. hunkerdown

      The Cartman Drama Triangle hasn’t worked its way around to “Screw you guys, I’m going home” yet.

  21. Paul Jurczak

    Where Has Hillary Clinton Been? Ask the Ultrarich NYT. Well worth a read, but make sure you have a bucket handy.

    I needed two. Big ones…

    1. Jagger

      I may call Walmart tomorrow and see if they have any guillotines in stock. Need to get ahead of the crowd. I imagine there will be a run on them shortly.

  22. allan

    The black firewall starts to crumble: Sean (Diddy) Combs says Obama ‘shortchanged’ black community, warns Clinton that she must earn African-American votes [NYDN]

    Sean (Diddy) Combs said Sunday that African-Americans were “shortchanged” by President Obama and encouraged the community to withhold its support from Hillary Clinton until she “comes for” their votes.

    “My number one thing, though, to be honest, is black people,” the rap mogul and charter-school founder said on MSNBC’s “Politics Nation” on Sunday. “I feel like we put President Obama in the White House. When I look back, I just wanted more done for my people because that’s the name of the game. This is politics. You put somebody in office you get in return the things that you care about for your communities.”

    “I think we got a little bit shortchanged,” he added. “That’s not knocking the President. There’s a lot going on, he’s done an excellent job, you know, but I think it’s time to turn up the heat because the black vote is going to decide who is the next president of the United States.”

  23. Jim Haygood

    Lawyers behaving badly:

    When she worked for Clinton at State, Cheryl Mills was not acting in the capacity of a lawyer – not for then-Secretary Clinton and not for the State Department. Moreover, as Clinton’s chief-of-staff, Mills was intimately involved in issues related to Clinton’s private email set up.

    That is to say, Mills was an actor in the facts that were under criminal investigation by the FBI.

    There is no way Mills should have been permitted to participate as a lawyer in the process of producing Clinton’s emails to the State Department nearly two years after they’d both left.

    But it is simply unbelievable to find her turning up at Mrs. Clinton’s interview – participating in the capacity of a lawyer under circumstances where Clinton was being investigated over matters in which Mills participated.

    One is reminded of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, in which the late Dr Hunter S. Thompson and his “personal attorney” drop acid, pitch a case in beer in the back seat, and hit the I-15 at 100 mph with the top down, watching imaginary dragons and lizards lurch across the desert in technicolor.

    Readers implicitly understand the narrator’s drug-addled delusion that an attorney who’s a participant in a lengthy list of criminal felonies can somehow protect him.

    In the world of gonzo journalism, this was an arch joke. In Clintonville, it’s an entirely serious proposition that the FBI accepts without batting an eyelash.

  24. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

    A cat co-authored a physics paper, in 1975.

    And a few hundred years ago, an apple did the same…in its own mysterious way.

  25. Shwell Thanksh

    [Zorn] advised its occupants, to “abandon ship if you want to live.” As the nude partiers dove into the ocean and swam in all directions, Zorn counted down from 10 and then launched a torpedo.

    “My existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. “Well, maybe not actual lives, but quality of life—and without quality of life, what do we have?” Zorn asked.

    To serve and protect.

  26. John

    My memory is bad and I can’t remember names nor find the necessary links…can someone tell me who Hillary’s economic policy advisers are?

  27. afisher

    Hmm, let’s see her: The H8 HRC gang hates everything and will vote for some person that is supporter by H8’ers. very interesting. And they appear to be misogynistic as well.

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