Greenland: how rapid climate change on world’s largest island will affect us all The Conversation (J-LS).
Climate Change May Shrink the World’s Fish National Geographic
Uber driver ditches app, plans new taxi business Chilkat Valley News (Hana M).
Hackers Are the Real Obstacle for Self-Driving Vehicles MIT Technology Review (DL). Subject matter experts and NC readers who have followed this story know this headline is not news.
Identity Thieves Hijack Cellphone Accounts to Go After Virtual Currency NYT. Wait, now. Silicon Valley brainiacs forced me to give them my phone number for “two-factor identification,” and now hackers have stolen it?! To be fair, the phone was a dumb burner, but still….
It’s Hard to Keep Up With All That Lithium Demand Bloomberg. For batteries.
Imperial Collapse Watch
How Trump swallowed a bitter Afghanistan pill Politico. “A spoonful for lithium makes the medicine go down, the medicine go down… ” [whistles].
Trump Surrenders To The Generals The American Conservative
Back to Nation-Building in Afghanistan. Good. Max Boot, NYT
$8.5 Billion U.S. Counter Narcotics Effort in Afghanistan Boosts Opium Production Judicial Watch. From February, still relevant.
The U.S. is Fanning the Flames of Violence in Mexico Counterpunch (MT).
Pyongyang missile footage is a dagger to Xi’s throat Nikkei Asian Review. Harshing the mellow, there, dude.
Hi-tech hired muscle: Chinese firm launches rent-a-bodyguard app South China Morning Post (J-LS). Uber for goons!
Grenfell Tower: Council asks survivors to ‘bid’ against each other for permanent homes Independent. “How typical of a Harkonnen fief, the Duke thought. Every degradation of the spirit that can be conceived.”
Tracking how many key positions Trump has filled so far WaPo. Of 591 key positions requiring Senate confirmation, 368 have no nominee.
Trump Threatens Shutdown, Attacks GOP Senators During Angry Rally Roll Call. Perhaps Trump, Truman-like, will run against a “Do Nothing Congress.” And Trump would have a point. How is it even possible that the Congressional Republicans, after eight years in opposition, did not have legislation to repeal and replace ObamaCare already teed up?
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Repatriation Tax Holiday Would Lose Revenue And Is a Proven Policy Failure Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (2014). Still relevant.
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Renegotiating NAFTA Is Putting Lipstick on a Pig In These Times (MT).
Trump aides plot a big immigration deal — that breaks a campaign promise McClatchy. Interesting, though I tend to avoid court gossip about what the administration might do.
How Not to Handle the Opioid Crisis Foreign Policy
Democrats in Disarray
The Democratic National Committee’s abysmal fundraising WaPo. I can’t imagine what the trouble is….
There’s No Simple Way to Unite the Democratic Party Kevin Drum, Mother Jones. Wrong. There’s no easy way.
Can Democrats overcome the left wing? Dallas Morning News. Betteridge’s Law…
Can Medicare for All Succeed? The Nation
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Science shouldn’t stop at the border Institute of Physics Blog
Defending Internet Freedom through Decentralization: Back to the Future? (PDF) MIT Media Lab. Via Nieman Lab. Important.
Police State Watch
Maine Gov. Paul LePage: Civil War was initially fought over land, not slavery CNN. The Maine Democrats could be doing some soul-searching on how they could possibly lose to this guy, but n-o-o-o-o-o….
The Book that Explains Charlottesville Boston Review. Or rather, the University of Virginia.
Ambrosia: the startup harvesting the blood of the young Guardian (altandmain).
Industrial hack can turn powerful machines into killer robots TechCrunch. Headline is accurate.
Chill: Robots Won’t Take All Our Jobs WIRED. URL: “robots-will-not-take--job.”
Americans are still haunted by the recession. These 4 charts show why World Economic Forum (altandmain).
Revisiting the Meidner Plan Jacobin
Social Security: Still The Most Efficient Way To Provide Retirement Income Dean Baker, HuffPo (GlennF). GlennF: “Topic needs to be paid attention to occasionally in order to keep privatizers at bay.”
Old Dog, New Spliffs: Senior Citizens Get Schooled on Cannabis WestWorld. As if!
MIC’s Drop The Outline. “How Mic.com exploited social justice for clicks, and then abandoned a staff that believed in it.”
‘The leading edge of a much larger iceberg’: New Jersey high school disbands football team WaPo (Re Silc). Head injuries, among other things.
The Rise of Market Power and the Macroeconomic Implication (PDF) Jan De Loecker and Jan Eeckhout. Important. From the abstract:
We document the evolution of markups based on firm-level data for the US economy since 1950. Initially, markups are stable, even slightly decreasing. In 1980, average markups start to rise from 18% above marginal cost to 67% now….
We then evaluate the macroeconomic implications of an increase in average market power, which can account for a number of secular trends in the last 3 decades: 1. decrease in labor share; 2. increase in capital share; 3. decrease in low skill wages; 4. decrease in labor force participation; 5. decrease in labor flows; 6. decrease in migration rates; 7. slowdown in aggregate output
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