Honey bees navigate using magnetic abdomens Physics World (MR). MR: “[D]on’t miss the penultimate paragraph.”
A timeline of when self-driving cars will be on the road, according to the people making them Quartz. Handy spectrum of shill to scholar, with — speaking of public money — Elon Musk pinning the bogometer on the “Shill” side.
Elon Musk’s Billion-Dollar Crusade to Stop the A.I. Apocalypse MoDo, Vanity Fair
Is Europe an optimal political area? (PDF) Brookings Papers on Economic Activity. From the abstract: “Compared to observed heterogeneity within member states themselves, or in well functioning federations such as the US, cultural diversity across EU members is a similar order of magnitude. The main stumbling block on the road to further political integration is not heterogeneity of tastes or of cultural traits, but other cleavages, such as parochial national identities.”
Aiding Saudi Arabia’s Slaughter in Yemen Consortium News
9/11 families seek Justice Department probe of Saudi lobbying that enlisted U.S. veterans Michael Isikoff, Yahoo News
China outpaces India in internet access, smartphone ownership Pew Research Center
What does China really want in the South China Sea? Nikkei Asian Review
Ivanka Trump – the US president’s new China charmer-in-chief South China Morning Post
The Odds Against Antiwar Warriors The American Conservative. World War I.
New Cold War
Flynn offers to cooperate with congressional probe in exchange for immunity WaPo. Read for the detail.
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Democrats: “Russia Ate Our Homework” Moon of Alabama
Former NSA director says Russia was involved in 2016 election CBS. “Involved.” Because at this point I scan the qualifiers first, and then the story, I went to the lead: “Former National Security Director Gen. Keith Alexander told members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in a Thursday afternoon hearing on Russian in the 2016 election cycle that he the country indeed .” Remember that in December 2016, 52% of Democrats believed that it was definitely or probably true that “Russia tampered with vote tallies in order to get Donald Trump elected President,” and compare that to mushy words like “involved” and “interfered.”
Why More Democrats Are Now Embracing Conspiracy Theories NYT. From February, still useful, although it leaves out the financial incentives for Kos, the Times, etc.
What Constitutes Reasonable Mainstream Opinion Current Affairs
Conspiracy Theorists Welcome in Corporate Media–if They Have the Right Targets Adam Johnson, FAIR. Like W and Dick Cheney, conservative MP Louise Mensch has been promoted to liberal icon.
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I worked for Jared Kushner. He’s the wrong businessman to reinvent government. WaPo (MsExPat). Well worth a read (though the author doesn’t seem to see the ongoing crapification of the Mac).
Republican disarray deepens as Trump attacks rebel conservatives Reuters. “Democrats in disarray” is a trope. So it’s refreshing to see it applied to Republicans…
Trump administration appeals Hawaii judge’s order against travel ban Los Angeles Times
Trump and Healthcare Scott Adams. Not really about the headline.
John Conyers’s Medicare for All bill gains steam in the wake of Trumpcare’s failure The New Republic. Now 80 co-sponsors.
Unveiled – SB 562: The Healthy California Act Path to Comprehensive Coverage, Low Cost for All Californians Healthy California (MR). And the text of the bill (PDF).
Help Wanted: Cost-Effectiveness Research For Health And Wellness Health Affairs. Important:
Recent estimates suggest that health care contributes a modest 15-20 percent to health outcomes, and the literature is full of accounts of communities living next door to one another with disparities in life expectancy ranging from 8-15 years, reinforcing the understanding that it is the social and physical environment people are exposed to that most influences health…. The new panel’s report is not unaware of health care’s opportunity costs and how it crowds out non-health sector investments. Investments, in housing, education, wages, safe environments, and communities have been shown to be cost efficient in addition to supporting the strength and vitality of individuals, communities, and the nation overall.
We’re seeing this play out right now as “deaths from despair” gets reframed to “the opioid crisis,” and medicalized (ka-ching).
2016 Post Mortem
Bernie Sanders: DNC ‘Absolutely’ Needs Massive Overhaul CNBC. Sanders: “If the Democrats are going to be successful, in fact that party is going to have to appeal to a whole lot of Independents.” Let me revise this to reflect the DNC view: “If the Democrats are going to be successful, in fact that party is going to have to appeal to a whole lot of
Independentssuburban Republicans, especially women.”
In the end, liberalism must lose Carl Beijer
Meet the Midwestern Contractor That Appears Hundreds of Times in the CIA WikiLeaks Dump The Intercept (MR). Workplace alienation as a motivation for leaking. I wonder what the DNC was like in the cubes?
Police State Watch
Policing the Colony: From the American Revolution to Ferguson The Nation. Visualizing the flyover territories as colonies of the metropolis is a useful point of view.
When Warriors Put on the Badge The Marshall Project
Disabled, or just desperate? WaPo. “Rural Americans turn to disability as jobs dry up.” “Dry up.” Like a natural phenomenon.
Vegetable and fruit farmers receive hardly any agricultural subsidies Tree Hugger (Re Silc).
Browsing Histories Share Lab. From January, but a must-read.
Antidote du jour. O felix culpa:
Bonus antidote. Cat heaven:
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