Dear patient readers, I am leaving it to Lambert to update you on Hurricane Matthew, which is bearing down on Florida in a bad way.
Giant Tortoises Happily Consume Pumpkins in Celebration of San Diego Zoo’s 100th Birthday Laughing Squid (resilc). Wow, once they figure out how to get into them, the tortoises inhale those pumpkins.
Chimps, bonobos and orangutans grasp how others view the world New Scientist (Robert M)
A Desert Full of Tomatoes, Thanks to Solar Power and Seawater MIT Technology Review (David L)
Recalculating the Climate Math New Republic (Sid S). From last month, still germane.
It’s not just environmentalists who think fracking is wrong New Statesman (J-LS)
‘Great Pacific garbage patch’ far bigger than imagined, aerial survey shows Guardian (furzy) :-(
IMF, global finance leaders fret over populist backlash Reuters. A little late for regrets after decades of shock doctrine.
Pakistan adopts new law to tackle ‘honour killings’ Al-Jazeera (J-LS)
Tears as last Ford rolls off production line today MacroBusiness
Pound plunges 6% in 2 minutes Financial Times
Forget Brussels, Brexit’s toughest battleground is the WTO Politico. Consistent with what we said months ago, that the WTO was not a default and a new deal would have to be negotiated which would take years (and we don’t mean two or even five) but with tons more very useful detail.
Hollande demands tough Brexit negotiations Financial Times
Britain sealing itself off? EuroTopics
TAKE BACK CONTROL: HOW BIG MONEY UNDERMINES TRUST IN POLITICS Transparency International. Money quote: “The research found that just 10 donors amounted to more than half of all donations to the various referendum campaigns, despite it being a huge vote for the future of the UK”
UK Tories provoke immigration storm MacroBusiness
Schools are asking parents if their children are immigrants New Statesman (J-LS)
UKIP MEP Steven Woolfe had ‘two seizures’ after party punch-up Sky. UKIP imitates Golden Dawn, except if memory serves me correctly, they attacked someone not in their party in their Parliamentary fisticuffs.
Russia Becomes Global Food Superpower Bloomberg. So much for killing Russia with those sanctions…
The Clinton Foundation’s Legacy in Haiti – “Haitians are more than upset…” Huffington Post (furzy)
Syria v. Yemen Analysis: Why One War Gets Attention and Another Does Not EA WorldView. Resilc: “Because USA USA runs world propaganda?”
Hezbollah Leader explains why Syria & Assad are crucial to Middle East war YouTube (Selva). From August, still informative.
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
How Big Pharma’s Shadow Regulation Censors the Internet Electronic Frontier Foundation. Important.
The biggest European impact of Edward Snowden’s revelations may be yet to come Washington Post (furzy)
Clinton E-mail Tar Baby
White House Coordinated on Clinton Email Issues Wall Street Journal
Sizing Up the Endgame James Howard Kunstler. J-LS: “Kunstler certainly has his flaws, but he occasionally gets things right (and is never boring). This is the best case I’ve seen for pulling the lever for HRC.”
Hey, Clintonoids, Stop Bullying Me About My Vote Ted Rall, Counterpunch (Judy B)
Inside Planned Parenthood’s Huge Ground War to Stop Trump Rolling Stone (furzy)
Wall Street Might Have a Blind Spot When It Comes to Trump Bloomberg. Li: “Clinton win priced in.”
Donald Trump: The Ugly American (with Apologies to Lederer and Burdick Vanity Fair. Resilc: “The hate on each side is amazing.”
Hillary Clinton Accepted Donations From Tax Avoiders, Slammed Donald Trump For Exploiting Tax Loophole International Business Times (Phil U)
News Analysis: The Donald’s Double Dip? Lee Sheppard, TaxAnalysts. Lambert linked to a summary on Business Insider yesterday; this is the underlying article. It’s very readable.
Former New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine Near $5 Million CFTC Settlement Wall Street Journal. Pathetic.
Accused Terror Financier Can Be Served Lawsuit via Twitter, Judge Rules US News (J-LS). Wowsers.
Merrill Lynch: Retirement Savers Must Pay Fees, Not Commissions Wall Street Journal. And of course they are blaming the change on regs.
Deutsche Bank as Next Lehman Brothers: Far-Fetched but Not Unthinkable New York Times. Pushes the line awfully hard that the DoJ should pull back on its fines because poor Deutsche if too fragile.
Retailers Are Now Blaming the Election for Poor Sales Bloomberg. Before it was just Putin’s fault. Now it’s Trump’s fault too?
Eating roadkill in West Virginia BBC (Dr. Kevin). From last week, still germane.
Uber meshes with US public transit in small-town drive Financial Times
Antidote du jour. Richard Smith, from Atlas Obscura, The World’s Fluffiest Wildcats Are Getting Their Own Park: