From reader Vatch in Water Cooler yesterday:
I just learned that Ajit Pai, the primary opponent of net neutrality on the FCC, is up for reappointment for another term. I guess I should have been aware of this, but there’s too much to know, and some of it slips through the cracks in my mind.
People who care about net neutrality ought to contact their Senators, and ask them to vote against the reappointment of Ajit Pai to the FCC. Senators’ contact information is here:
Focus Turns to North Korea Sleeper Cells as Possible Culprits in Cyberattack New York Times. Bill B: “‘Similarities exist between the ransomware used to extort computer users into paying the hackers and previously deployed North Korean malware codes.’ And now we know why the NSA recycles malware created abroad.”
Tales From the Crypto Community Foreign Affairs. Resilc: “Moldy oldy. USA USA is the leader in exporting chaos around the world.”
Xi’s wild geese chase the Silk Road gold Asia Times (resilc)
China builds a new world in which *it* is the great power Fabius Maximus (resilc)
An easier path for EU trade agreements Financial Times. But notice the subhead: “The European Court of Justice ruling has little impact on Brexit”
Tom Crewe · What will be left?: Labour’s Prospects London Review of Books (resilc)
Imperial Collapse Watch
Jigsaw, Beyond the CIA and Soros Near Eastern Outlook (Micael). Warning: this piece makes some very strong claims which it does not prove. So I would take it as a hypothesis worth considering, as opposed to something to be relied upon.
Was Israel behind US laptop ban on Mideast airlines? Al Jazeera (resilc)
David Vine, Trumping Democracy in America’s Empire of Bases TomDispatch. Resilc: “What we do best, instead of promoting a Silk Road 2.”
Navy Chief Says U.S. Needs More Ships Quickly to Stay Credible Bloomberg (resilc)
Trump told Comey to consider jailing reporters publishing leaks The Hill (UserFriendly). Let us not forget: If Donald Trump Targets Journalists, Thank Obama James Risen, New York Times
There’s a Logic to Trump’s War On the Media American Prospect (resilc). Oddly omits that media declared war on Trump first, in no small measure because it was good for ratings.
Justice Department: We Are Ready to Find and Prosecute Leakers Daily Beast (furzy). Emphasis here is on gov’t leakers.
Donald Trump ‘asked James Comey to shut FBI investigation into Michael Flynn’ Telegraph. Live blog
Voters Favor Impeaching Trump by 7-Point Margin New York Magazine (resilc)
Chaffetz demands Comey-Trump memos in letter to FBI Politico. Chaffetz is one of the few who in the GOP who is not voicing some to much unhappiness with Trump. He’s also not running for re-election and was one of the leaders on the Benghazi investigation, which makes him a hero to Republicans and a goat to Dems. Will be very interesting to see how this plays out.
‘Seriously? This is Not News’: Readers React to Trump’s Disclosure of Classified Intelligence New York Times (furzy)
How Did Russiagate Start? Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone. Important.
A Soft Coup in the Offing? American Conservative (resilc). Lambert recognized this was the play as of November last year.
Following advice, potential FBI chiefs steer clear of job under Trump Reuters. Resilc: “Would rather be waterboarded.”
The pathetic story behind Donald Trump’s one-page tax plan. Slate (resilc)
‘Patriot’ Dimon dodges calls to disavow Trump policies Financial Times
Does Donald Trump Have a Fully Developed Theory of Mind? Science of Us
Was the Election Rigged Against Bernie Sanders? DNC Lawsuit Demands Repayment for Campaign Donors Newsweek. MSM finally takes notice.
N.Y. Single-Payer Health-Care Bill Passes State Assembly Wall Street Journal (Abigail)
One Day, Three Serious News Stories That Turn Out To Be False Moon of Alabama (Huey Long)
Jainism and Ethical Finance Tax Justice Network
Study: Journalists’ Fear of Appearing Biased Benefits Special Interests Pro-Market (resilc). Important.
Hedge Fund Managers Don’t Always Beat the Market, but They Still Make Billions New York Times (resilc)
The Scathing Federal Ruling Against Harris County’s Bail System Is One for the Ages Houston Press (martha r). Late to this but still germane….
How Republicans Are Blocking Cities From Raising the Minimum Wage New Republic (Dan K)
My Family’s Slave Atlantic (Romancing the Loan). Today’s must read.
Antidote du jour (Kittie Wilson via Lawrence R, a red-breasted grouse):
And a bonus video antidote (Will C):