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Lambert and I recognize that the caliber of reporting from both the MSM and independent news outlets has in many cases moved in a crazypants direction as Election Day nears. Unfortunately, the commentariat has taken far too much of this up, as in has featured links to dodgy stories and theories and has treated them with far more dignity than they warrant.
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At Last, a Black History Museum New York Review of Books (Kevin C)
Playboy model charged over locker room ‘body-shaming’ image BBC. Don’t go to a gym if you are so precious that you can’t look at the bodies of normal people.
Ford unveils crazy hoverboard spare wheel for your car ThaiTech (furzy)
Why ethnic Chinese leader in Indonesia is sitting on a tinder box of religion and politics South China Morning Post
The Future of the Euro Area The Bullet (Sid S). From last month, still germane.
— Gavin John Adams (@gavinjohnadams) November 4, 2016
Dozens arrested at Million Mask March in central London Guardian (furzy)
Tsipras Caught Between EU and Voter Demands Der Spiegel. Margarita: “‘The charm wears off’… I thought it wore off the minute he flipped on referendum results.”
Europe protests against Turkish arrests Thai Visa (furzy)
Ominous news for Aleppo as Russian frigate reaches Syrian coast Guardian (furzy)
Russian “Volunteers” and Egyptian Army in Syria? Sic Semper Tyrannis (Chuck L)
Imperial Collapse Watch
Selling ‘Regime Change’ Wars to the Masses Common Dreams (RR). From last week, still germane.
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Will ‘foot-dragging’ trip Clinton up? Gillian Tett, Financial Times (David L)
Computers with Clinton’s schedules stolen from SUV in Northern Liberties 6ABC. Edward O: “You can’t make this stuff up. Putin again?”
Trump Rushed From Stage at Nevada Rally Bloomberg
Chris Christie’s Bridgegate Noose Tightens Vanity Fair (furzy)
Transcript of Peter Thiel’s Speech on Trump Ian Welsh. Tom H: “As Ian writes, this isn’t a crazy speech. I voted for Sanders and plan to vote for Stein, and I think “not a crazy speech” is an understatement. However, Thiel conveniently omits anything about global warming or civil rights.”
Something has been going badly wrong in the neighborhoods that support Trump Washington Post (furzy)
Want to Understand Trump’s Rise? Head to the Farm Wonk Wire (furzy)
I do not believe that most of the people who are thinking about voting for Mr. Trump are racist or sexist.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) November 5, 2016
Dogs Predict the Election 2016 YouTube (furzy). Results apply only to Cleveland, IMHO
Can The Oligarchy Still Steal The Presidential Election? Strategic Culture (Chuck L)
Five ways the internet will go wrong on Election Day ZDNet (furzy). Not keen re the tone of this piece.
So my 25-year-old Michael DeLong has applied for a Firearms Safety Policy job at CAP… Wikileaks. Mike M: “In case you miss it- explains a great deal about DeLong’s behaviour this election cycle.”
As bill dies, specter of an oil train explosion haunts residents and The bureaucrats strike back Baltimore Brew. Katharine R: “Having looked up THIRA, I am more than ever amazed that Mr. Maloney thinks it somehow exempts him from dealing with potential oil train disasters. I know Baltimore has a long history of hiring incompetents, but this seems really exceptional.”
Atlanta Fed President Open to “Relatively Mild Form of Extremely Hot “ Michael Shedlock (furzy)
The Coming Plague of Poverty Among the Elderly: Clinton’s Plan For Gutting Social Security Counterpunch (J-LS, Glenn F). Today’s must read.
Antidote du jour (Kittie Hall via Lawrence R):