American investment banker accused of pushing London woman in front of bus is cleared in investigation NY Daily News (MF). Update from yesterday.
Silicon Valley under attack both from within and without CNBC And about high time indeed.
Police State Watch
Federal Court Rules Citizens Have No Right to Film Politicians & Police in Public Free Thought Project (Jess)
The Madman and the Bomb Politico
The War of Words that Could Go Nuclear Der Spiegel
Why a war with North Korea is unlikely Al Jazeera
China reaping rewards of Korea tensions Asia Times
Leading Progressive Dem. Congressman: War With North Korea Is Grounds for Impeachment AlterNet. If the US goes to war with NK, impeachment would be the least of anyone’s worries.
Flier’s battery caught fire on Lufthansa A380 with 410 people on board; all safe USA Today. Good thing it caught fire in the cabin and not in the hold.
Democrats in Disarray
Finally, Democrats are looking in the mirror. That’s reason for optimism Guardian. Thomas Frank.
If you’re wondering why Saudi Arabia and Israel have united against Al-Jazeera, here’s the answer Independent. Robert Fisk.
Yes Congress, Afghanistan is Your Vietnam American Conservative
New Cold War
Another Russia-U.S. Proxy War Looms Over Afghanistan Cipher Brief. resilc: “how stupid can we be? W, Obomba, Trump, clintoons, all of them.”
Why the Pope ❤ Putin Politico
Union throws wrench in self-driving works Reuters (resilc). This is very important. Despite the hype re cars, trucks would be the easiest place to start with self-driving vehicles.
The Fed Wants to Make Life Easier for Big-Bank Directors NYT. Gretchen Morgenson.
Commentary: Trump’s dysfunctional NSC a threat to national security Reuters (resilc)
Even Gingrich is criticizing Trump: “He doesn’t want to take responsibility” boing boing (resilc)
In Appalling Speech on Charlottesville, Trump Condemns Bigotry and Violence “On Many Sides” Slate. The violence seen in Charlottesville “has no place in America,” Trump said shortly after the Charlottesville mayor confirmed that at least one person had been killed by a car that plowed into a group of counter-protesters. “What is vital now is a swift restoration of law and order and the protection of innocent lives,” Trump said.
Resilc: “no place in America but everywhere we touch overseas…..violence is as american as apple pie, since 1492.”
James Alex Fields Jr. Wiki & Bio Everipedia Includes raw video footage.
“BTW two other things struck me as unusual: 1) why didn’t the airbag deploy in a 40-50 mph head on collision that crumpled the bonnet (was it disabled)?; and, 2) note the impressively straight and fast reverse egress of the Dodge Charger in the video (extreme presence of mind one concentration if the crash was panicked or heat of the moment)”
“The video gives strong indicators of premeditation. The acceleration appeared controlled, as well as the impressive egress. Hard to imagine that egress if the act was from panic or road rage. Note too the hands seemingly calm at 10 and 2 at the impact.
Seemed more like it was the plan to crash then back out. Then there’s the air bag. If it was planned, you would want to disable the system because an air bag can injure you or even knock you out.”
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See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.