UPDATED: Siedle, Raimondo Critic, to be Awarded $48M in SEC Record Whistleblower Case GoLocalProv.com. Private equity sleaze.
Tesla mum on new accounting rules that could significantly change financial results Francine McKenna, MarketWatch
The Cobalt Pipeline WaPo. Good article on “blood cobalt” in your cell phone, but this: “The worst conditions affect Congo’s ‘artisanal’ miners — a too-quaint name for the impoverished workers who mine without pneumatic drills or diesel draglines.” “Artisanal miners.” I can’t even.
Climate change to cause humid heatwaves that will kill even healthy people Guardian. “The new analysis assesses the impact of climate change on the deadly combination of heat and humidity, measured as the “wet bulb” temperature (WBT). Once this reaches 35C, the human body cannot cool itself by sweating and even fit people sitting in the shade will die within six hours.” India: “Summer or pre-monsoon season, lasting from April to June (April to July in northwestern India). In western and southern regions, the hottest month is April; for northern regions of India, May is the hottest month. Temperatures average around 32–40 °C (90–104 °F) in most of the interior.” The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed.
Venezuela vote fix: President added an extra MILLION votes in blood-soaked election to make him a dictator as fears are raised country will default on huge debts Daily Mail. On the e-voting fix: Smartmatic.
Venezuela – The National Constituent Assembly is in Place – But the fight for Sovereignty isn’t Over Vineyard of the Saker. The post doesn’t mention oil. Odd.
Reuters Suggests But Can Not Find “Iran’s new route to Yemen” Moon of Alabama
Why exorcisms are on the rise in France The Economist (MT). MT: “So no chance having exorcists purge the evil out of neoliberals, right?”
China’s Cashless Revolution Bloomberg
Amazon and Alibaba square off in Southeast Asia Nikkei Asian Review
Our Famously Free Press
Using Tech Tools to Do Data Reporting NYT. I guess that’s why the Times could axe 27 reporters and gut the copy desk; they’re going to do everything with data! Oh, and video.
New Cold War
HAMILTON 68: DASHBOARD TRACKING RUSSIAN PROPAGANDA ON TWITTER German Marshall Fund Alliance for Securing Democracy. From the FAQ:
Q. Why don’t you name these accounts? Can you tell me if a specific account is a Russian bot?
By analyzing large groups of accounts, we can track the activity and focus of the network using accounts from each category. Our analytical methods allow us to determine when groups of accounts are acting in a synchronized manner, but they do not always allow us to definitively separate the sources of influence (knowing instigators of and participants in Russian influence campaigns) and unknowing participants (people who participate without realizing they are being manipulated). We prefer to focus on the behavior of the overall network rather than get dragged into hundreds of individual debates over which troll fits which role.
(“… which troll fits which role” is, as I am sure readers instantly realized, a textbook case of question begging.) “I have here in my hand a list…” Here’s the advisory board. They seem nice. Bipartisan. And here’s a sample of the results of their activity tracking. You can run your eye over them, just to get a notion of the quality:
The Hacking Wars Are Going to Get Much Worse NYT. “It’s only a matter of time before a state’s response to a cyberattack escalates into full-blown military conflict.” And if I were looking for the mother of all self-licking ice cream cones, cyber, where attacks have attribution problems that are (purported to be) solved only by intelligence community technocrats working in secret, would be my ideal candidate. Not that I’m foily.
Oh, Wait. Maybe It Was Collusion. NYT. Readers may entertain themselves by enumerating the rich variety of qualifiers in this piece. In the space of two paragraphs, I caught “probably”, “could have”, “entirely plausible”, “might then have”, and “might well have.” Which would be ludicrous, if material like this was also not being used to construct a casus belli.
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Trump signs what he calls ‘seriously flawed’ bill imposing new sanctions on Russia WaPo. The image of Trump holding up an umbrella is telling.
Ban lift on German OPAL line will let Russian gas flow New Europe (MT).
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The Week Donald Trump Lost the South China Sea Foreign Policy. The Blob.
Making sense of the known unknowns in the South China Sea The Lowy Interpreter. The Blob’s pseudopodium in Oz.
On Being Nosey Ribbon Farm
The story behind our Trump golf story (and a certain explosive quote) (with podcast) Golf
Trump’s 6 red alerts Mike Allen, Axios
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How Romney Loyalists Hijacked Trump’s Foreign Policy The American Conservative
Democrats in Disarray
Zuckerberg hires former Clinton pollster Joel Benenson Politico. Good. Great!
Sen. Cory Booker just introduced a bill that could legalize marijuana nationwide Vox. Sanders introduced a bill to deschedule marijuana in 2015. Importantly “The legislation would also be retroactive, so it would automatically expunge federal marijuana use and possession crimes from people’s records and let those currently serving time in prison for marijuana use or possession petition for resentencing.” Personally, I think it’s a very good sign when even the most vile opportunists compete to do the right thing.
Democrats may be losing, but centrists aren’t Carl Beijer
Modern Family Dissent. Important!
Terrifying news about the state of the Republic Fabius Maximus. I’ve resolved to ignore all articles with “terrifying” in the headline, but I’m making an exception in this case. (Here is the full article, a PDF from Journal of Democracy.)
New Deal Archive and Map The Living New Deal (marym). Amazing.
Antidote du jour (via):
— Matthew Chayes (@chayesmatthew) July 27, 2017
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.