Strange Pumping Effect above Asia Threatens the Ozone Layer Scientific American
Robot learns to play with Lego by watching human teachers NewScientist (Robert M)
Male birth control shots prevent pregnancy MedicalXpress (Robert M)
Placebo sweet spot for pain relief found in brain MedicalXpress (Robert M)
Study finds optimal walking and cycling speeds to reduce air pollution inhalation MedicalXpress (Robert M)
Apple’s Cook: ‘We’re going to kill cash’ CNET (Dan K). The hubris, it burns! Let us not forget that ApplePay is a mere app that sits on top of payment systems run by banks, and central banks have more than a little to say about how payment systems operate? And as Richard Smith notes:
Mind you, if it takes off, what could possibly go wrong? Oh…
For UK’s Europeans, post-Brexit attacks bring shock and fear Associated Press
It’s time for Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters to take on the unions New Statesman (Chuck L)
CETA Panic. The Walloons were snookered or lost nerve.
EU-Canada trade deal salvaged after Belgian regions concede Financial Times. Note the vote is today but everyone acts as if this is a done deal. The Walloons weren’t even given a real fig leaf:
A provision allowing the European Court of Justice to provide an “opinion” on the legality of the these courts was seized on as a victory by anti-Ceta campaigners, but officials briefed on the declaration said any such opinion would not be binding as there was nothing in the declaration to reopen the Ceta pact.
“The treaty itself has not been touched, not a comma has been touched,” Mr Michel told parliament.
The Beginning Of The End For Europe’s Natural Gas War OilPrice. Resilc: “So much for new Clintoon sanctions.”
Prospects for the Spanish Left Triple Crisis
Greece: Disaster after the capitulation Defend Democracy
Hungary’s PM threatens to sue EU over mandatory migrant quotas Reuters (furzy)
The “North Atlantic Financial Crisis” Heads South… Steve Keen, PropertyInvesting
ΝΑΤΟ, Russia and Cyprus Defend Democracy
Next US President Must Abandon Futile Effort to Isolate Russia Sputnik News (Wat)
Haiti’s Clinton Problem Jacobin (nycterrist). If Clinton loses Florida, this will be a big part of the reason why.
What is going on with WikiLeaks? Defend Democracy
The Perilous ‘Middle Ground’ That Clinton Represents American Conservative (resilc)
How Trump gave a voice to unheard America Financial Times
Trump makes Democrats feel less lonely in the lone star state Financial Times. First, Texas continues to become more and more Hispanic. Second, Dallas and I assume other parts of the state have seen a big influx of immigrants from other states. Those are often upper income professionals and managers and thus will skew less red than the natives. The density of traffic in Dallas has increased markedly in just the last three years.
Fool Me Once Jacobin (DWD)
Pence plane slides off runway at NYC’s LaGuardia Airport Associated Press
Wall Street ‘Influence’? Teachers Unions Request Probe Of Donations To Charter School Measure International Business Times
This Maine Initiative Could Shake Up the Two-Party System Nation (resilc)
General Motors Brings IBM’s Watson Into Its Vehicles Wall Street Journal
Amazon shares tumble as rising expenses weigh on online retailer Financial Times
Putting It Together: After CalPERS’ Board and Staff, Who ‘Runs the Train’? Tony Butka, CityWatch
The Progressive Tax Reform You’ve Never Heard Of American Prospect (Glenn F). Lordie. “You” does not include NC readers!
The Limits of Liberalism at Harvard Corey Robin (Dan K). Even when I was back at Harvard, students were regularly joining with the kitchen workers in strikes, as in the University’s disgraceful posture on pay is long-standing.
Uber is promising us flying cars TreeHugger. Resilc: “I am waiting for smellivision.”
Antidote du jour (Tracie H). A black-tailed prairie dog, courtesy the Los Angeles Zoo: