The Capitalocene LRB
Viral cat videos and the true carbon cost of spiralling data use Izabella Kaminska, FT
Update: 11-hour AWS failure hits websites and apps ComputerWorld
Uber CEO argues with driver over falling fares in video The Hill (TZ). Looks like Trav’s PR teflon is starting to flake.
Tesla employee’s lawsuit levels sexism accusations USA Today (MR).
Target’s CEO says a ‘seismic shift’ in retail is forcing the company to spend billions of dollars Business Insider (DL). The photo of the Sears at bottom is appalling. Third World stuff, without the charming exoticism.
2nd child policy won’t cure China’s demographic woes Macrobusiness
Signs of drug resistance found in new bird flu strain after H7N9 kills 94 in China this year South China Morning Post (J-LS).
GDP data: The plot thickens Business Standard (J-LS).
Our Famously Free Press
Mainstream Media’s ‘Victimhood’ Robert Parry, Consortium News
Black Injustice Tipping Point
Barack and Michelle Obama Sign Book Deals Hollywood Reporter. Ka-ching. Michelle is a co-author, so at least we won’t have to cope with a third Obama autobiography.
Collapse of the American party system Le Monde Diplomatique
The Socialist Takeover of the Democratic Party Is Proceeding Nicely New York Magazine. “The DNC race was a testament to the Democratic left’s vitality, not its impudence [sic]…. This isn’t to say that leftists should stop worrying and learn to love Andrew Cuomo. But they should appreciate the fact that he’s learned to fear them.” It’s not enough simply to drag a few liberals (temporarily) left. A few of ’em need to be forced out of politics entirely, pour encourager les autres. Booker, a consummate opportunist and con artist who can’t pass a mirror without checking his head to see if it’s still sufficiently buffed, would still do. So would Cuomo.
Cory Booker Joins Bernie Sanders In Backing Drug Re-Importation Bill HuffPo. Doesn’t matter. What has Booker done for us lately?
Trump’s first speech to Congress — annotated FT. Annotation is a now a thing!
Trump, in Optimistic Address, Asks Congress to End ‘Trivial Fights’ NYT. Note the headline. Does anybody else think that the Trump coverage has moderated since The Blob got its way on war with Russia and had Flynn defenestrated?
Trump highlights victims of crimes by immigrants, new office in joint address CNN. Very bad idea.
‘We will never forget him’: Trump addresses widow of slain SEAL as doubts linger over mission Yahoo News. Standing O.
Bernie Sanders rails against Trump after speech Boston Globe. “Rails,” as opposed to expressing fully justified outrage at the yadda yadda yadda. Post-Flynn defenestration normalization continues apace.
Meet Donald Trump’s Propagandist Der Spiegel (Re Silc).
FCC chairman says net neutrality was a mistake The Verge (CL).
NSA risks talent exodus amid morale slump, Trump fears Reuters. Somebody call the whaaaambulance!
Dimon Says U.S. Future ‘Very Bright’ If Trump Can Enact Reforms Bloomberg. So this is the thanks Obama gets for standing between Dimon and “the pitchforks”?
March 8: A Women’s Strike for the 99 Percent Moyers and Company. Sharp’s #57: Lysistratic Non-Action.
Is Pa. pipeline fight on Amish farm the next Standing Rock? ‘We’re prepared to be here for months’ Penn Live. Pennsylvania was one of the first sites for anti-fracking activism.
Solidarity ends 10-month Honeywell lockout Workers World (TG).
Future life expectancy in 35 industrialised countries: projections with a Bayesian model ensemble Lancet. Making any fall in life expectancy in the United States quite…. exceptional.
When Evidence Says No, but Doctors Say Yes The Atlantic. If you’ve got time to do the research and the confidence to take on an expert (10% on up), you can say “No” to your doctor. Otherwise, not so easy.
5 new brain disorders that were born out of the digital age The Week (Re Silc). Really?
Antidote du jour (TH):
TH: “I just love a good tasty flower!”