Honolulu targets ‘smartphone zombies’ with crosswalk ban Reuters (CL).
Oklahoma Police Chief Gives Himself A Ticket For Speeding HuffPo. So meta.
Earnings shenanigans underpin Wall Street record FT. “Return on invested capital paints much less flattering picture of company valuations.”
Foxconn Deal Lets Company Ignore Wisconsin Environmental Protection Laws David Sirota, International Business Times
Google’s chief search engineer legitimizes new censorship algorithm WSWS. Over the transom via email, we get this handy chart of the sites censored by Google:
Remember “Don’t be evil”? Good times…
LEGO Tests Bricks Made From Wheat in Effort to Ditch Plastic EcoWatch (MT).
Hardly Any Homes Are Selling in London Bloomberg
Why Brexit could be bad for Scotch whisky New Europe (MT).
Brexit border chaos will cause huge delays and cost £1bn a year, says report Guardian (Richard Smith).
Doklam is not about a road Indian Express
U.S. sanctions Venezuelan President Maduro and labels him a ‘dictator’ McClatchy. In this, of course, as with the Syrian drone strikes, The Blob will hail Trump for his singular blend of moderation, strength, and statesmanship…
Venezuela accuses Rubio, CIA of plotting to topple Caracas government Miami Herald. The fact that Venezuela has the world’s largest oil reserves goes oddly unmentioned in most coverage.
Venezuela in Crisis CFR. For perspective, an extract from commentary provided to NC in mail by a South American journalist who writes extensively about politics:
[M]y position on Chavismo right now is that its authoritarian turn is only going to get worse and the awful economic crisis is likely to continue for a long time because it doesn’t seem like they have any viable plan to get out of it. So the left will only look increasingly out of touch if it reflexively sides with the government. What needs to be done is contextualize Chavismo historically, explaining 1) why it was so wildly successful politically (it gave political participation, economic aid and so on to the country’s historically excluded majorities, it defied the historical imperial tendencies of the US in the region. and the classist control of the country by an elite that was much much better at self-perpetuation than at developing the country, etc.) BUT ALSO 2) what they got wrong economically and how they kept digging into that hole because it was easier politically to continue focusing rhetorically on evil enemies than to accept their own huge f*ck-ups, leading them into today’s escalating authoritarianism (though they still try to keep it democratic on appearance, but it’s less and less so).
How to deal with Venezuela The Economist. “The opposition, a variegated alliance long on personal ambition and short of cohesion, needs to do far more to become a credible alternative government. That includes agreeing on a single leader.” Idea: Ahmed Chalabi!
US Vice-President Pence Telephones Venezuela’s Leopoldo Lopez Venezuelan Analysis
New Cold War
Trump dictated son’s misleading statement on meeting with Russian lawyer WaPo. Sourcing: A goodbye kiss from Reince?
Imperial Collapse Watch
America Needs a New ‘Dreadnought Strategy’ Foreign Policy. Not an encouraging headline; the UK initiated its dreadnought program on the imperial downslope.
Jury to decide fate of CIA torture psychologists Al Jazeera. As usual, the little guys get the chop. Bad as I believe Mitchell and Jessen to be.
Why the Trump dynasty will last sixteen years Edward Luttwak, TLS. Well worth a read, although there’s plenty to disagree with.
My Party Is in Denial About Donald Trump Jeff Flake, Politico
* * *Who is John Kelly, Trump’s new chief of staff? FT
The Greatest Person then Living Andrew Bacevich, LRB. Presidents v. Generals.
* * *Did Melania and Ivanka knife the Mooch over his language? New claims his ‘c**k blocking’ tirade may have cost him his job Daily Mail
Could Kris Kobach get a position in Trump’s cabinet after White House reshuffle? Kansas City Star. The scum also rises.
Democrats in Disarray
Democrats Pitch a Kinder, Gentler Populism The Atlantic (Re Silc).
Democrats’ trust-busting hypocrisy The Week
Black Injustice Tipping Point
Airbnbigotry: Tech and Civil Rights Current Affairs
How We Make Black Girls Grow Up Too Fast Tressie McMillan Cottom, NYT
Hundreds attend free dental clinic at Duquesne University Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Bernie Sanders’ Drug Price Bill Would Save Billions, Congressional Analysts Say David Sirota, International Business TImes
* * *The trials of being a #workingclassphd Sean Richardson – PhD
Unpaid internships damage long-term graduate pay prospects Guardian (CL).
* * *Boeing offers more buyouts at North Charleston campus, layoffs could follow Post and Courier
Antidote du jour (Bob):
Bob: “Big bills only.”
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.