Readers, I apologize for the excessive number of links, but it’s like the world is running a spread offense on your humble aggregators.–lambert
Yves: Apologies for lack of original posts. I had a computer mess last night which was not as alarming as it looked but did lead to an emergency visit of my tech guy, which chewed up part of my day. Plus got bogged down in a longer-term story.
The Great Cold Spot in Jupiter’s upper atmosphere Geophysical Research Letters. A second “great spot”!
Rachel Whetstone leaves Uber because of “lack of appetite for… drama” (LOL) Pando Daily (Hubert Horan). “Head of Communications and Public Policy.” Additional to FT story in Links yesterday.
How Uber conquers a city in seven steps Guardian. Shout-out to NC!
US Support for Syria Strikes Rates Low in Historical Context Gallup. Too bad. And Democrats were working so hard to bring those numbers up!
Syria war: Anger after Russia vetoes resolution at UN BBC. China abstained.
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Trump Withholds Syria-Sarin Evidence Robert Parry, Consortium News
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In Pyongyang, plans for founder’s birth anniversary on track, no fear of US strike Asian Correspondent. I don’t set much store by the interviews with minders near, but I’m guessing a city that believes itself about to be assaulted feels one way at street level, and Pyongyang doesn’t feel that way.
Trump, Unorthodox as Ever, Offers Grand Bargain to Beijing Voice of America
New Cold War
Six Things I Think: Masters of War Edition Nina Illingworth
White House ends hiring freeze, mandates workforce, mission restructuring Federal News Radio. Important.
Donald Trump says Janet Yellen ‘not toast’ after her term expires Australian Financial Review
Scott Pruitt Requests Funds For a 24/7 Fleet of Bodyguards Government Executive
Being Anti-Trump Isn’t Enough Jacobin. Berlusconi comparison.
Our Famously Free Press
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Sees a “Russia Connection” Lurking Around Every Corner The Intercept. Ka-ching.
(Scorn) So You Read It in the Newspaper Ian Welsh (MR).
Is the United Airlines man being smeared in the media even the right David Dao? It shouldn’t matter Independent (FluffytheObeseCat). “There is presently confusion about whether the man on the United flight was actually David Thanh Duc Dao, quite possibly another person entirely to David Anh Duy Dao, the man with the criminal records.”
Oh. “Confusion.” What the heck’s happened — I’m speculating freely that a United PR effort planted the stories — to corporate PR these days? You’d think if they’re going to smear a guy, they’d at least make sure to smear the right guy. And you’d think they’d have staffers who don’t get confused by those tricky Asian names. And then there’s the press, who eagerly lapped up the scandal that — still speculating — they were spoon-fed, “confusion” or not. And if the brainiacs at Google had their groupthink-optimized algo flag this story as legit, will they now unflag it as fake?
United Removal Fiasco
2 more aviation cops on leave after United doc-dragging incident Chicago Sun-Times. “‘We have to embed a concept of caring, a concept of trust, a concept that large corporations do have a heart,’ [United CEO Oscar] Munoz said.”
United Airlines Is Not Alone NYT (Furzy Mouse).”Well, most of us don’t encounter the government on a daily basis. We do, however, live life as consumers.” Not, apparently, as citizens?
Aga app ‘could let hackers turn off oven’ BBC (Clive). The pictured Aga stove looks like it goes for $13,999. You’d think for that kind of money you could escape the Internet of Shit, but n-o-o-o-o-o. “The AGA Isn’t An Appliance. It’s a Way of Life!” Indeed….
Why I won’t date hot women anymore New York Post. Put down your coffee….
Yale refuses negotiations with Local 33 Yale News
More than 100 Sri Lankan peacekeepers had sex with children in Haiti, internal UN report reveals South China Morning Post. That, and introducing cholera. Plus the Clintons.
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