Bees Are Bouncing Back From Colony Collapse Disorder Bloomberg (David L). Some rare good news.
Bitcoin Just Split Into Two Different Versions Motherboard (furzy)
Your weight can affect how “American” you look Quartz (resilc)
U.S. Plans Trade Measures Against China Wall Street Journal
China Has Had Enough of Trump’s ‘Emotional Venting’ New York Magazine (resilc)
China Has ‘Confidence to Defeat All Invasions’: Xi Jinping Defend Democracy
Three things to know about North Korea’s missile tests Aljazeera. Micael: “…”could potentially hit the US base on the island of Guam as well as Alaska, although the naval base on Hawaii and the rest of the continental US are still out of reach“.”
Australia’s vanishing back yards a health risk MaroBusiness
Letters from India: How Bad Can the Crackdown on Cash and Tax Evasion Get? What’s Next? Michael Shedlock (EM)
>One Year On From the Brexit Vote
Oliver Wyman. Estimates 31,000–35,000 job losses in the financial services industry. Would be nice to know what % of total financial services employment that represents. Does not add in related shrinkage in support services (lawyers, accountants).
UK voters believe economic damage is price worth paying to get their way on Brexit Politico. Be careful what you wish for. The old saying goes something like: “A recession is when your neighbor loses his job. A depression is when you lose your job.” And amusingly, the polls answers reflect that too.
Hague backs transitional plan to avoid great Brexit ‘muddle’ Guardian. Guardian reported yesterday that No. 10 tried shooting this down.
#Lexit Fallacies Simon Wren-Lewis (micael)
Brexit and the corporate war on regulations designed to protect life itself The Ecologist (micael)
The US empire ready to stage another coup against Venezuela failed evolution
Blair escapes prosecution for the invasion of Iraq. What now for accountability? Middle East Eye (micael)
Can the US defeat the Taliban in Afghanistan? Aljazeera (micael)
New Cold War
The New York Times Pushes Propaganda War Against Russia by Publius Tacitus Sic Semper Tyrannis
Turkey, Russia and Interesting New Balkan Geopolitics Near Eastern Online
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Amazon Echo can be turned into a spying device, security researchers reveal AndroidGuys. Chuck L: “Apparently the vulnerability has been fixed on the 2017 version of the device, but owners of earlier ones should heed this advice:”
…in order to successfully hack the speaker, a hacker would need to have physical access to it. So you might want to lock your Amazon Echo away when your computer wiz cousin comes over for a visit. . . the attack can be carried out by removing the Echo’s rubber base to reveal 18 debug pads which can be used to easily debug the device. From there, hackers would be able to boot directly into the firmware by attaching an SD card or install malware without leaving any actual physical traces.
US lawmakers are trying to fix the security nightmare that is the ‘internet of things’ Business Insider (David L). It’s not fixable. For starters, manufacturers go out of business and there is no one to continue to be responsible for the device. And notice the article insisting we must submit to having spying devices. I’m going to continue to buy stupid devices. In fact, given the tone of this article, enterprising readers with attics should stock up on non-IoT-infested devices (anything that runs off electricity is expected to be chipped someday) for their own use and perhaps future sale. Or you could figure out how to turn your entire home into a Faraday cage and engineer carveouts for select devices.
Imperial Collapse Watch
A monster payday in Argentina shows a flaw in Trump’s NAFTA renegotiation Dave Dayen, Intercept
Republicans grow less fearful of defying Trump Financial Times. Erm, were they ever following him?
What Trump Has Quietly Accomplished Atlantic (resilc)
Homeland Security to Bypass Environmental Laws in Border Wall Work New York Times (furzy)
Tillerson Says He’s Comfortable in Job and With Trump Bloomberg (resilc)
Some Insurers Seek ACA Premium Increases of 30% and Higher Wall Street Journal
Covered California premiums will rise 12.5%, and Anthem Blue Cross cuts coverage Los Angeles Times. Jessmoney: “Blue Crucifix is abandoning ACA market in most CA counties next year; others raising rates ave 12.5%. Looks like Trump was right; all he has to do is wait for Obamacare to implode.”
Single-Payer is the American Way Health Care Blog (David D)
House Votes Unanimously to Extend VA Choice Program for 6 Months Military.com. JTM: “‘Choice?’ Privatization advances… ”
New book on CIA master-plotter Dulles, Sneak peek: Part 2 WhoWhatWhy (Sid S)
The Bane of Bain Corey Robin (martha r)
The big lie about California’s housing crisis San Francisco Examiner (Sid S)
— Daniel Funke (@dpfunke) August 1, 2017
Lawsuit Alleges Fox News And Trump Supporter Created Fake News Story NPR (furzy, JohnnyGL). Lambert provided the AP version if you want to not feed NPR page views. I need to read the filing but I can’t imagine what legal theories they are relying on. Businesses plant BS stories all the time. A big proportion of scientific studies are garbage (as in not just by being badly designed but by virtue of the funders wanting certain types of positive findings and the researchers finding a way to oblige). If the standards presupposed by this suit were actually observed, the volume of “news” stories would shrink by a bare minimum of 40%.
And separately, by now everyone who has heard of the Seth Rich story has their priors. So trying to debunk it by this peculiar route not going to convince anyone who thinks the official story didn’t add up, and it has the added PR negative of reviving the story. Although it may give Google justification for downgrading Fox News in its next algo redo.
Pulitzer-Prize Winning Reporter: FBI Report Shows It Was Seth Rich – Not Russians – Who Gave DNC Emails to Wikileaks George Washington. Note Lambert is nervous about the ongoing row over Seth Rich because the folks who are pushing the anti-party line side on the whole don’t have good track records as far as care with accuracy is concerned. And he was worried in particular about the audio that George Washington relies upon, since audios can be faked. So I’d treat this with caution until Hersh confirms it or publishes something generally consistent with this interview. Recall how Dan Rather got ruined by relying on a fake document which contained underlying information that was accurate, and the fact that the document was fake successfully created the impression that the story it told was inaccurate.
U.S. Auto Makers Report Steep Sales Declines in July Wall Street Journal
US regulator moves to loosen Volcker rule Financial Times
ROBERT SLOVAK V. WELLS FARGO BANK, No. 15-15881 (9th Cir. 2017) Justia (livewater). From a few months back but….Quelle surprise. Wells Fargo can’t find promissory notes.
Capitalism’s excesses belong in the dustbin of history. What’s next is up to us The Guardian (resilc)
In retrospect: Das Kapital Nature
Consumers fare better under class actions than arbitration Economic Policy Institute
Antidote du jour. From aleric over the weekend:
The bees have finally returned to my garden in large numbers! I took these pictures this morning on my giant hyssops…
The honeybee is also interesting – though there is a hidden menace as it races to collect pollen before the japanese beetle eats all the blossoms
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.