Brain size in birds is related to traffic accidents Royal Society Open Science (Re Silc).
How Uber Uses Psychological Tricks to Push Its Drivers’ Buttons NYT (Hubert Horan). Of these tricks, the FT’s Izabella Kaminska remarks: “The whole concept of ‘nudging’ is abhorrent to my mind and agency/autonomy compromising. The new feudalism.” At this point, we remember that Obama’s Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Cass Sunstein, was a big “nudge theory” proponent. So Obama and Trav share a special bond.
Europe’s False Choice Jacobin
Trump administration stops disclosing troop deployments in Iraq and Syria Los Angeles Times (Furzy Mouse).
What should Xi and Trump talk about? Asia Times
Asian collision course Le Monde Diplomatique
Imperial Collapse Watch
F-35 Continues to Stumble Project on Government Oversight. Brutal. I especially like this passage. Remember the $600,000 custom-fitted helmet pilots wear?
[T]he helmet visor displays the flight instruments and the target and threat symbols derived from the sensors and mission system. … Then there is the matter of pilots actually seeing double due to “false tracks.” There is a problem with taking all of the information generated by the various onboard instruments and merging it into a coherent picture for the pilot, a process called sensor fusion. Pilots are reporting that the different instruments, like the plane’s radar and the EOTS, are detecting the same target but the computer compiling the information is displaying the single target as two. Pilots have tried to work around this problem by shutting off some of the sensors to make the superfluous targets disappear. This, [the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation] says, is ‘unacceptable for combat and violates the basic principle of fusing contributions from multiple sensors into an accurate track and clear display to gain situational awareness and to identify and engage enemy targets.’
So imagine you’re driving your car wearing your helmet and there’s a truck coming at you. But your helmet’s lidar, visual, sound, and heat sensors display four truck-like digital blurs, not one. That’s what’s happening on the F-35, except a lot faster, up in the air, and in a squillion-dollar death-dealing machine. How on earth did the project get so far without meeting the most basic of requirements?
The Most Expensive Weapon Ever Built LRB. Compare to the previous. Is it just me, or has the LRB gone a bit mushy in the last few months?
Sacramento Report: Atkins’ ‘Delicate Dance’ on Single-Payer Health Care Voice of San Diego
New Cold War
Ratf*ck A Go Go! Atlanticists and MI5 Go After Trump! China Matters. Entirely speculative, but I like the breezy tone.
The deep state now works for the ‘good guys’ Al Jazeera. From the content, “deep state” should have air quotes, too.
Democrats Want to Impeach Trump? That’s a Terrible Idea & Here’s Why… John Laurits (MR).
Donald Trump in his own words FT. “An edited transcript of the Financial Times interview with the US president ,” not pay-walled and Trump on Merkel, Twitter and Republican infighting — FT interview FT. Coverage, pay-walled. Nice get.
The Republican Identity Crisis The Atlantic. “[V]irtually everyone who wrote to me shared a common complaint: The traditional “Left ↔ Right” spectrum used to describe and categorize Republicans has become obsolete in the age of Trump. The question now is what to replace it with.” Democrats face the same issue — or would, if those darn Russkis weren’t such a bright, shiny object.
How a Hillary Superfan Ended Up Inside Trump’s Treasury Bloomberg. A “Hillblazer” from Black Rock. I’m shocked.
The Trump-Hate Weather Vane New York Magazine. The Ossoff campaign in GA-06: Policy-light candidate with great press, anti-Trump message, millions in fundraising, appeal to affluent suburban Republicans, celebrity endorsements… Something seems familiar, here. Then there’s this. Ossoff on how his speaking style resembles Obama’s:
[OSSOFF:] Maybe the reason he [Obama] spoke in some way kind of like this is because he was trying to do the same thing, which is to be precise and accurate and thoughtful and substantive and say what you mean and what you feel and what you think is right without serving up something that the opposition can easily slice, dice, and throw up against you…. It’s important that you understand that I’m not saying you don’t say what you really mean. What I’m saying is your brain is working at 300 percent all the time because you need to both do that and parse your words in such a way that it can’t be used against you… It’s challenging.”
Can anything be gleaned from this pile of mush? Where’s Ossoff on #MedicareForAll? Running his brain at 300 percent to avoid taking a stand?
Former Obama staffers run for office to protect the progressive policies they built Guardian (MR). As opposed to, say, #MedicareForAll?
2016 Post Mortem
The destruction of Hillary Clinton: sexism, Sanders and the millennial feminists Guardian. “As I watched Sanders enchant the crowds, it was something of a deja vu experience to see a charismatic male politician on stage telling women which issues are and aren’t progressive.”
Middle-aged women are leading the anti-Trump resistance Axios. Via Dem pollster Celinda Lake, of anti-single payer fame.
It’s possible — but difficult — to build wealth while earning the minimum wage Business Insider. “For a single parent or for someone supporting an ill family member, circumstances are considerably more difficult.” And we live in a society that seems optimized to create ill family members and prevent or destroy marriages.” So good luck doesn’t figure at all!
Oligarchy in America Counterpunch (GF). This is why the Democrat cries that “Trump is conflicted!” leave me cold. Oligarchs are conflicted, by definition. Are “their” oligarchs worse than “ours”?
The Freedom Foundation wants to fight Democrats by busting a California homecare union Orange County Register
Falling The Hedgehog Review (Kokuanani). From 2014, but still highly relevant today.
Why you should worry that your browsing history is now for sale New Scientist. Google and Facebook (presumably), which are not infrastructural, don’t have access to your banking data. Your ISP, which is, could.
Eroding the Presumption of Innocence in USA Another Word For It
With Floating Farm, New York Looks to the Future of Public Parks Bloomberg. Permaculture makes the big time. For good or ill.
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Bonus antidote (SF):
This is the best video on the Internet currently. pic.twitter.com/KPNZddth5S
— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) April 1, 2017