Como se dança o merengue… Trust me. Watch this. You will thank me.
Ivory-Sniffing Dogs Are Running Down Poachers Across Africa Motherboard (resilc)
Researchers Taught Bees To Play Soccer In The Name Of Science (video) MSN. Dan K: “Not trivial.”
The Perils of Pot Farming: A Season on America’s Least Chill Weed Farm Men’s Journal (resilc)
Siberia permafrost: Over 7,000 methane-filled bubbles ‘ready to explode’ discovered in Arctic International Business Times (Dan K)
Global brands shun Google The Times
Lowest maximum on record (again) Arctic Sea Ice (Chuck L)
Atlantic City and Miami Beach: two takes on tackling the rising waters Guardian (UserFriendly)
Euro zone’s Dijsselbloem wants bailout fund turned into a European IMF Reuters. Wow, TPTB in Europe are confronting the idea that the IMF may not continue in future Greek bailouts, which means it is a not out of the question. Even though the excuse for broaching the topic is getting the ECB out, having two institutions with similar purviews is a prescription for turf wars.
Politics + time = No quick Brexit deal Politico. Consistent with what we have been saying from the get-go. But note that while treaties that are just about trade (as in traded goods) can be fleshed out in less than 2 years, services deals are an entirely different kettle of fish, and take much longer.
The road from Article 50 to Brexit: what happens next? Financial Times. Some key dates. Look how long before formal talks begin! However, the UK will get a quick indication at a high level as to how tough a line the EU plans to take pretty pronto.
Brexit, Nationalism and the Damage Done Counterpunch
Frankfurt takes early lead in Brexit race to poach City jobs Financial Times
The Great Game: Power Politics or Free Play? Counterpunch (resilc)
US: Team Up with Kurds Not Turkey to Destroy Islamic State LoebLob (resilc)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
UN Report on Mass Surveillance: “Trying To Appear Tough On Security By Legitimising Largely Useless, Hugely Expensive And Totally Disproportionate Measures Which Are Intrusive On So Many People’s Privacy” George Washington
China is fighting toilet paper thieves with facial recognition software The Verge (Dan K)
Imperial Collapse Watch
America’s Epidemic of Infallibility New York Times. Resilc: “He should read his own stuff.”
Meals on Wheels receives spike in donations after White House proposes cuts Independent (resilc)
Majority of Americans Oppose Trump’s Proposed Increases to the Defense Budget US News. Martha r: “3/8. Still germane.”
Donald Trump in Mar-a-Lago: Palm Beach Considering Tax Raise Fortune (resilc)
Can Chuck Schumer Check Donald Trump? New Yorker (furzy). Anyone pinning their hopes on Schumer needs his head examined.
Sheldon Whitehouse’s Shockingly Awesome Gorsuch Statement Matt Stoller, Medium (Keith F)
If Gorsuch is confirmed, the legitimacy of the US supreme court won’t recover Russ Feingold, Guardian (martha r)
James Comey, Mike Rogers Testify on Wiretapping, Russia: Live Analysis Wall Street Journal
The Missing Logic of Russia-gate Consortiumnews (martha r)
Ten times as many tweets about Russia and Comey as about SCOTUS or Gorsuch. Dem partisans obsessed with TV clickbait, not what matters.
— Matt Stoller (@matthewstoller) March 20, 2017
US curbs laptops and tablets on flights from Mideast Financial Times
Trump’s Budget is Actually a Press Release Barry Ritholtz (resilc)
FIONA HILL TO TAKE OVER PRESIDENT TRUMP’S RUSSIA DESK John Helmer. Hardy a Russia-friendly move.
Is Trump Trolling the White House Press Corps? New Yorker (furzy)
Why Bernie Is the Most Popular Politician in America Alternet (John Z)
The Public is Clueless About the Federal Budget and It’s the New York Times’ Fault Dean Baker (martha r)
Paul Manafort, Former Trump Campaign Chief, Faces New Allegations in Ukraine New York Times (furzy). This was greedy and stupid if these charges pan out. But anything coming out of the Ukraine government needs heavy-duty vetting.
Conservative House Republicans Say They Have Votes to Block Health Bill Wall Street Journal. It may be too much to hope, but this whole thing could come a cropper in the House, diminishing Paul Ryan.
A 40-year ‘conspiracy’ at the VA Politico. Important and depressing.
Persistence Puts Turner on Path to Education, Politics Diverse (martha r)
Is Preet Bharara’s Next Move Coming Into Focus? Vanity Fair (Marshall)
A 40-year ‘conspiracy’ at the VA Politico. Dan K: “Talk about click-baiting the headline… good article though.”
NYT’s ‘Tinfoil Hat’ Conspiracy Theory Consortium News (martha r, Sid S)
The big journalism void: ‘The real crisis is not technological, it’s geographic’ Guardian. Dan K: “Over a month old, but shouldn’t be missed. Healthy local journalism is a pillar of community, and an important and possibly essential compliment to community activism.”
Trump delay of the ‘fiduciary rule’ will cost retirement savers $3.7 billion Economic Policy Institute (resilc)
What could go wrong with a million-dollar wedding? Check out the million-dollar lawsuit. Washington Post (Kokuanani)
The revenge of the ‘Oxy electorate’ helped fuel Trump’s election upset Business Insider. Dan K: “The revenge of the ‘Oxy electorate’ helped fuel Trump’s election upset.”
Reactionary Working Class? The Bullet (Sid S)
Antidote du jour. Stephen L: “Neighborhood ‘possum.”