Exploring the Mysterious Life of One of Earth’s First Giant Organisms Scientific American
I invested early in Google and Facebook. Now they terrify me. USA Today. Must-read.
You Are the Product LRB. Also must-read, but grab a cup of coffee.
When altcoin life imitates art Izabella Kaminska, FT Alphaville. “The cryptocurrency market as a whole, meanwhile, is no more and no less than the ultimate expression of a luxury cult market.”
Twenty Years of Media Consolidation Has Not Been Good For Our Democracy Moyers and Company
Why Dicamba-Tolerant Soybean Technology Is in Trouble Successful Farming
Public stockholding programmes: What implications for food security? International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development
Intel CEO exits President Trump’s manufacturing council Axios. “‘I resigned to call attention to the serious harm our divided political climate is causing to critical issues, including the serious need to address the decline of American manufacturing,’ Krzanich said in a blog post. ‘Politics and political agendas have sidelined the important mission of rebuilding America’s manufacturing base.'” What we need, obviously, is a “government of national unity” (and maybe some generals playing a prominent role “above politics”). Seems strangely familiar… . Others: Intel, Merck, UnderArmour.
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— Derrick Lewis (@DerrickQLewis) August 14, 2017
The Statues of Unliberty The Atlantic
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On Charlottesville: Why the Center Is Okay with Nazis but Hates the Left Ian Welsh (Furzy Mouse)
What the Next Round of Alt-Right Rallies Will Reveal The Atlantic. These are protests against Google firing James Damore, “slated for Atlanta, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Seattle, New York, Washington, Austin, Boston, and Mountain View, California.” Not the same as the Charlottesville event organizers, apparently.
Is America Headed for a New Kind of Civil War? The New Yorker. This paragraph:
America’s stability is increasingly an undercurrent in political discourse. Earlier this year, I began a conversation with Keith Mines about America’s turmoil. Mines has spent his career—in the U.S. Army Special Forces, the United Nations, and now the State Department—navigating civil wars in other countries, including Afghanistan, Colombia, El Salvador, Iraq, Somalia, and Sudan. He returned to Washington after sixteen years to find conditions that he had seen nurture conflict abroad now visible at home. It haunts him. In March, Mines was one of several national-security experts whom Foreign Policy asked to evaluate the risks of a second civil war—with percentages. Mines concluded that the United States faces a sixty-per-cent chance of civil war over the next ten to fifteen years. Other experts’ predictions ranged from five per cent to ninety-five per cent. The sobering consensus was thirty-five per cent. And that was five months before Charlottesville.
“We keep saying, ‘It can’t happen here,’ but then, holy smokes, it can,” Mines told me after we talked, on Sunday, about Charlottesville.
I don’t think this paragraph means what the New Yorker author thinks it means. Certainly in Afghanistan, Colombia, El Salvador, and Iraq — not to mention Libya and Syria — the United States fomented and engineered these so-called Civil Wars. They didn’t just “happen.” The Daily Beast’s Justin Miller has a good thread in reaction to the article:
America is no closer to Civil War II than it is to Shariah law. https://t.co/6TL5ikgD0b
— Justin Miller (@justinjm1) August 15, 2017
“Experts estimate….” See above. The tweetstorm, however, is well worth a read. Nevertheless, if I ask myself what victory looks like to liberal Democrat 10%-ers, it’s not only a return to power, but secession, separation, a definitive walling off or ritual enclosure of some sort, perhaps the logical culmination of the Big Sort. That doesn’t mean I think such a victory is in any way achievable.
5 Things That Will Happen When California Secedes from the U.S. The American Conservative
China extends ban on imports from North Korea in line with United Nations resolution South China Morning Post
North Korea factories humming with ‘Made in China’ clothes, traders say Reuters (Re Silc).
DPRK leader Kim Jong Un briefed on Guam missile strike plans People’s Daily
The North Koreans show us a picture, as if we were extremely slow on the uptake, which is probably wise:
— Strategic Sentinel (@StratSentinel) August 14, 2017
Hyping North Korea To Relaunch Reagan’s Star Wars? Moon of Alabama. Ka-ching.
EXCLUSIVE: Saudi crown prince wants out of Yemen war, leaked emails reveal Middle East Eye (MT).
How did the UK austerity mistake happen Mainly Macro (MT).
As India turns 70, a sombre reminder of stolen freedom The Scroll (J-LS).
How Class in China Became Politically Incorrect Los Angeles Review of Books
Bitcoin secessionists’ fate hinges on Chinese ‘miners’ Nikkei Asian Review
Imperial Collapse Watch
When a Superpower leads with its chin Macrobusiness. Very good.
New Cold War
A Guide to Russia’s High Tech Tool Box for Subverting US Democracy WIRED vs. Dissecting Trump’s Most Rabid Online Following FiveThirtyEight. Guess which was more important?
Is Changing the Constitution the Only Way to Fix Washington? Pew Charitable Trusts (Re Silc). Good outline of the players and amendments. On the possibility of a Constitutional Convention, see NC here.
Loud Voices From Below Empirical SCOTUS. Data on how the Supreme Court accepts cases for review.
Why Are Drug Prices So High? These Politicians Might Have The Answer David Sirota, International Business Times
Rich CEOs are the big winners of Trump’s race war Matthew Yglesias, Vox
From Soviets to Oligarchs: Inequality and Property in Russia 1905-2016 (PDF) Filip Novokmet, Thomas Piketty, Gabriel Zucman World Wealth and Income Database
Polk Schools accused of ‘cafeteria classism’ after fundraising letter WFTS. “Letter: Kids can skip lunch line for $100.”
Umbrellas Don’t Make it Rain: Why Studying and Working Hard Isn’t Enough for Black Americans (PDF) Darrick Hamilton William Darity, Jr., Anne E. Price, Vishnu Sridharan, and Rebecca Tippett Insight Center for Community Development
The Good News on Wage Growth Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
The many-headed hydra (PDF) Peter Linebaugh and Marcus Rediker
What the summer book choices of the elites reveal about politics FT. On the (so-called) Thucydides trap, mass death, and behavioural economics.
The hidden environmental impacts of ‘platform capitalism’ The Ecologist (MT).
Antidote du jour:
this is what u needed to see today pic.twitter.com/9vmk56eBkl
— Ⓙⓔⓢⓢⓘⓒⓐ Ⓟⓐⓨⓝⓔ (@JP_1816) August 11, 2017
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.