Links 8/29/17

Abused Dogs and Cats Now Have a (Human) Voice in Connecticut Courts NYT

Business as Usual: The Long History of Corporate Personhood Boston Review

Uber’s New CEO May Get at Least $200 Million to Exit Expedia Bloomberg and New Uber CEO Khosrowshahi Faces Daunting Fix-It List Bloomberg. Like a business model that can’t ever show a profit.

Hedge funds see a gold rush in data mining FT

The age of AI surveillance is here Quartz

Boffins bust AI with corrupted training data The Register

Showing the Algorithms Behind New York City Services NYT

Facebook Figured Out My Family Secrets, And It Won’t Tell Me How Gizmodo

Facebook’s Fight Against Fake News Hits Pages and Business Listings Fortune. “The company recently partnered with third-party groups like Snopes, the Associated Press, and ABC News to identify stories proven to be fake.” First, it’s amazing to me that Fortune can mention AP and ABC in the same breath with a tiny firm whose owners are at odds, and keep a straight face. More centrally, would Facebook have been able to detect that Judy Miller’s WMD stories were fake? And if so, what action, if any, would Facebook have taken? Finally, it should be amusing to see the arms race between Facebook’s algos and Macedonian teenagers (or the Silicon Valley companies that are the real problem). This entire projects reeks of bad faith.

‘Economic censorship’: YouTube bans advertisers from Ron Paul videos RT

The great digital media culling of 2017 The Week

The Mayweather-McGregor Fight Shows It’s Impossible to Stop Social Media Streaming of Big Events Motherboard (Re Silc).

At Whole Foods, Amazon Takes Rare Lead in Cutting Prices WSJ. For 100 items? The average supermarket carries 39,500. And read the comments, if you can. They’re scathing.

Deficit Spending Should Be Counter-Cyclical (Not Pro-Cyclical) Barry Ritholtz (Re Silc).

Pensions May Yank Up to $1 Trillion From Stocks to Trim Risk Bloomberg

North Korea

North Korea fires missile over Japan for first time since 2009, escalating crisis South China Morning Post

Kim Jong Un’s theory of nuclear victory Australian Financial Review

South Korea’s show of force over missile The Australian

India and China are ending a months-long border standoff Business Insider

In defense of Japan’s misunderstood young generation Nikkei Asian Review


Brexit: Michel Barnier calls on UK to start ‘negotiating seriously’ ABC Australia. It’s not even clear the UK has the capacity to do that, let alone the will.

Would Remain win a second referendum? mainly macro

Theresa May has become a human shield for compromise FT. “She must sense a nation glancing at its watch and muttering about an early start tomorrow.”

Notting Hill carnival begins with ceremony to remember Grenfell victims Guardian


Why Russia Wants the US to Stay in Afghanistan The Diplomat (Re Silc). Re Silc: “To suck Uncle Sam dry.” Turnabout is fair play…

Shia Insurrection in Saudi Arabia; The Battle for Awamiya Counterpunch

Hurricane Harvey

Harvey Moves Back Over Water; Historic Rainfall Will Continue Weather Underground

Harvey’s rains shut in more U.S. refineries, sending fuel prices higher Reuters

As Catastrophic Flooding Hits Houston, Fears Grow of Pollution from Oil Refineries & Superfund Sites Democracy Now

Is Harvey Also a Threat to the Air We Breathe? Houston Press

Hurricane Harvey: Why Is It So Extreme? Scientific America

In Houston, Anxiety and Frantic Rescues as Floodwaters Rise NYT

Climate Activist: Harvey Could Prompt GOP Push For More Fossil Fuel Drilling Business Insider

Boomtown, Flood Town Pro Publica. What’s “natural” about natural disasters?

New Cold War

Trump Associate Boasted That Moscow Business Deal ‘Will Get Donald Elected’ NYT. Hard to see how anyone who matters in Russia would do business with Sater, since he’s a felon who ratted out. Even Russian crooks would avoid him.

Lurid Trump allegations made by Louise Mensch and co-writer came from hoaxer Guardian

Soviet girl draws her Soviet Childhood English Russia. Lovely images. Seriously, Dmitri told me that if I didn’t put this in, no rent for the dacha.

Trump Transition

Trump Cybersecurity Advisors Resign, Citing His ‘Insufficient Attention’ to Threats Fortune

Tillerson to ditch most special envoys, including on climate, Guantanamo Japan Times

Trump’s cascade of crises Axios

Top Trump ally says he can’t get a meeting with the president Axios. John Bolton, which speaks well of John Kelly.

Don’t count on ‘Trump’s generals’ to save us Matt Bai, Yahoo News

Roger Stone: Politicians voting for Trump’s impeachment ‘endangering their own lives’ The Hill

Police State Watch

Soul Snatchers: How the NYPD’s 42nd Precinct, the Bronx DA’s Office, and the City of New York Conspired to Destroy Black and Brown Lives (Part 1) Shaun King, Medium. Rather like Chicago’s Homan Square, which also happened under a Democrat mayor.

Trump rescinds Obama limits on transfer of military gear to police Reuters

Police Access to Military Equipment Needs More Oversight, Not Less Project on Government Oversight

Chicago cops get more Tasers, but red flags remain Chicago Tribune

Boyfriend’s betrayal: ABQ woman jailed after ATF informant lured her into drug deals New Mexico In Depth

A Federal Judge Put Hundreds of Immigrants Behind Bars While Her Husband Invested in Private Prisons Mother Jones

Democrats in Disarray

Bernie Sanders Is the Most Popular Politician in America, Poll Says Vice

Democrats’ 2018 gerrymandering problem is really bad Vox

Imperial Collapse Watch

No, USS McCain Probably Wasn’t Hacked. But What If It Was? Defense One

The Long Shadow of Sir John A. MacDonald Cable

Class Warfare

She eats out of dumpsters so she can afford long-term care for her husband Miami Herald. Because America is already great, and Medicare for All will “never, ever” come to pass.

St. Louis’ minimum wage is dropping today MarketPlace (Re Silc).

The Premium Mediocre Life of Maya Millennial Ribbon Farm (Re Silc). Better than the headline — they just had to get “Millennial” in there — and includes a handy diagram of the American class system, c. 2017.

Why Not Pay Women to Stay Home, Raise Children? The American Conservative

California Looks to Outlaw Sexual Harassment by VCs Bloomberg

Why Men Don’t Believe the Data on Gender Bias in Science WIRED

Definition of happiness in Japan remains a mystery Japan Times

So you didn’t win Powerball. Don’t worry, you can still be happy Boston Globe

Antidote du jour (via):

Alligator in Houston, seeking higher ground.

Bonus antidote:

I probably should have put this up with the Uber stories…

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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About Lambert Strether

Readers, I have had a correspondent characterize my views as realistic cynical. Let me briefly explain them. I believe in universal programs that provide concrete material benefits, especially to the working class. Medicare for All is the prime example, but tuition-free college and a Post Office Bank also fall under this heading. So do a Jobs Guarantee and a Debt Jubilee. Clearly, neither liberal Democrats nor conservative Republicans can deliver on such programs, because the two are different flavors of neoliberalism (“Because markets”). I don’t much care about the “ism” that delivers the benefits, although whichever one does have to put common humanity first, as opposed to markets. Could be a second FDR saving capitalism, democratic socialism leashing and collaring it, or communism razing it. I don’t much care, as long as the benefits are delivered. To me, the key issue — and this is why Medicare for All is always first with me — is the tens of thousands of excess “deaths from despair,” as described by the Case-Deaton study, and other recent studies. That enormous body count makes Medicare for All, at the very least, a moral and strategic imperative. And that level of suffering and organic damage makes the concerns of identity politics — even the worthy fight to help the refugees Bush, Obama, and Clinton’s wars created — bright shiny objects by comparison. Hence my frustration with the news flow — currently in my view the swirling intersection of two, separate Shock Doctrine campaigns, one by the Administration, and the other by out-of-power liberals and their allies in the State and in the press — a news flow that constantly forces me to focus on matters that I regard as of secondary importance to the excess deaths. What kind of political economy is it that halts or even reverses the increases in life expectancy that civilized societies have achieved? I am also very hopeful that the continuing destruction of both party establishments will open the space for voices supporting programs similar to those I have listed; let’s call such voices “the left.” Volatility creates opportunity, especially if the Democrat establishment, which puts markets first and opposes all such programs, isn’t allowed to get back into the saddle. Eyes on the prize! I love the tactical level, and secretly love even the horse race, since I’ve been blogging about it daily for fourteen years, but everything I write has this perspective at the back of it.