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Animal Minds Chronicle of Higher Education (Robert M)
Photo: How Vermont does Autumn TreeHugger (resilc)
The universe is expanding at an accelerating rate—or is it? PhysOrg (Robert M)
Bike lock developed that makes thieves immediately vomit Guardian (Dr. Kevin). This will sell like hotcakes.
The Passenger Train Created to Carry the Dead BBC (vlade)
How schools are turning ‘joy’ into a character strength — and why it’s an awful idea Washington Post. Furzy: “Big Bro demands you be happy!”
Iraqi Twitter account reveals lost beauty of Baghdad AlAraby (Kevin C)
Thai research team discovers chemicals which can stop cancer from growing Thai PBS (furzy). Expect a host of dietary supplements to crop up within a year, regardless of whether the chemical will make it through your digestive system…
Australia Discovers the Cost of Blocking China Bloomberg (furzy). Rampant neoliberal boosterism in headline. Yes, independence often has a cost. A lot of young women would also make more money being high end prostitutes than in other lines of work. Would anyone write a headline saying, “Beautiful young women discover the cost of refusing rich men”?
Philippines protest at US Embassy in Manila sees demonstrators burn flag after van ran down protesters CBS. Resilc: “Pivot blowback”.
The Philippines Just Blew Up Obama’s Asia Pivot Bloomberg (resilc). Read further down. Makes clear how the US blew this one, big time.
Stop this stupid sabre-rattling against Russia Spectator (resilc)
The Aleppo / Mosul Riddle Pepe Escobar, Counterpunch (Chuck L)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
A massive cyberattack knocked out major websites across the internet Business Insider. Let’s hope the upside is that this kills the Internet of Things. But these sites don’t have more than one DNS server, or more accurately, a backup service of some sort? Admittedly, It takes some time for a new DNS to propagate, an in hours, but you’d think that Big Rich Companies That Depend on the Internet would have recognized DNS as a point of vulnerability. Can expert readers pipe up?
Cyber attacks disrupt PayPal, Twitter, other sites Reuters. EM: “Latest IOT-botnet attack … ‘officials refused to comment on several eyewitness reports claiming to have seen a shadowy figure resembling The Putin lurking around Dyn headquarters in the days prior to the attacks’.”
When the Entire Internet Seems to Break at Once Atlantic. Um, Twitter being knocked offline for a few hours is a cause for hysteria only for journalists (and Twitter’s management). Laurse: “Sounds like fishing for more support for war with Russia – “‘Oh noes! Russia broke my internets! Lets nuke the f*ckers!'”
EU Crafting New Security Rules After IoT Debacle PYMNTS (Richard Smith). Closing the gate after the horse has left the barn and is in the next county.
Canada-EU trade accord teeters on verge of collapse Financial Times. Freeland is an intellectually lightweight neoliberal ideologue, so her being reduced to tears is a teeny bit of karmic payback for her long history of promoting bad causes.
Waylaid by Walloons: EU Leaders in Emergency Session Over Collapsed Trade Agreement With Canada Michael Shedlock. EM: “Predictably, the piece quoted by Mish represents the view of the elite EU bureaucrats: ‘The turmoil over Ceta has damaged the EU’s credibility as a trade negotiator.’ Translation: Cushy future revolving-door career changes are under threat!” Moi: Brexiteers seem to be pointedly ignoring that this does not bode well for the nice treatment they fantasize they will get once they hit the Article 50 red button. EU leaders refused to speak to May after she gave them what she apparently thought was a tough talk, that there would be no second referendum, aAs if anyone was expecting that.
Failure of Canada trade deal proves Remainers point that negotiating an EU deal will be a nightmare & Leavers point that EU is dysfunctional
— Gideon Rachman (@gideonrachman) October 21, 2016
(Richard Smith). Funny how in all the pearl-clutching, few mention that the Walloons have some legitimate beefs.
Clinton E-mail Tar Baby
State releases new batch of Clinton emails The Hill (furzy)
Just Getting Started Vice (Lawrence R). As in the Clinton e-mail scandal. Keeping a lid on this through Election Day may prove to be be a Pyrrhic victory. The Republicans may manage to hamstring her even if they don’t go as far as impeaching her. But she seems to think the Evil Rooskies in general and perhaps war in particular are her trump cards….aieee..
What 130 of the Worst Shootings Say About Guns in America New York Times
Clinton Foundation Aide Said to Have Cited Conflicts of Interest Bloomberg (furzy)
WikiLeaks Show Rothschilds Grooming Clinton for Presidency — Months Before She Launched Candidacy Free Thought Project (David M). A huge caveat re this…the Rothschilds are no where near as powerful as they once were. Carlos Slim (a big Clinton backer), Goldman, Blackstone, and Carlyle have a lot more clout. For instance, there’s not a single Rothschild on the Forbes international billionaire’s list.
Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer Says Top Priority for Next Year Is Giant Corporate Tax Cut Intercept. Margarita: “With Democrats like this, who needs Republicans?”
How Making Adjustments to Entitlements Could Help Hillary Clinton Atlantic (resilc)
The 2016 Election Has Failed the Future Motherboard (resilc)
Facebook Employees Pushed to Remove Some of Trump’s Posts as Hate Speech Wall Street Journal
Poll Shows Republicans Less Committed to Trump in Defeat Bloomberg (furzy)
In Iowa, Clinton Campaign Tries to Sway Loyal Republican Voters Wall Street Journal
Hyperpartisan Facebook Pages Are Publishing False And Misleading Information At An Alarming Rate Buzzfeed (furzy). Linking to this and wondering why this is a story. Does anyone doubt that FB is full of pages that are full of garbage, from promoting bad MLM products to denying climate change, promoting creationism, and denouncing Edward Snowden as a horrible traitor who has done irreparable harm to US interests?
Release the Transcripts! “Journalist”/Clinton surrogate Ezra Klein nets $30,750 for a single speech Washington Bablyon (Timotheus)
How to Insult Me on Twitter Scott Adams (Chuck L)
Looming Banking Crisis? Michael Shedlock
WikiLeaks: Citigroup Exec Gave Obama Recommendation of Hillary for State, Eric Holder for DOJ Pam Martens and Russ Martens (Chuck L). This has been out for a few days, but worth not missing.
Here’s how a $50 drug ends up costing you $700 in America’s healthcare system Business Insider (Chuck L)
The Wells Fargo account scandal: How fast are they losing mobile customers? SurveyMonkey. Has other data on impact on Wells’ business.
Fed likely to tighten in December (video) Futures Magazine (furzy)
AT&T nears deal to take over Time Warner Financial Times. How does this not pose anti-trust issues given Time Warner’s local cable footprint?
Aroma: The New Building Amenity New York Times
New York governor approves Airbnb crackdown Financial Times. Seriously overdue.
Airbnb Fights to Stay Alive in New York Bloomberg. The legal arguments are really strained, particularly since the intervention point is fining people who rent out apartments against the new law.
The Future Hiding in Plain Sight Archdruid. Lambert and I agree this is a must read.
Antidote du jour (Tracie H):
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