The famous Hermitage Museum keeps 74 cats to keep its basements mice-free Vintage News (margarita). From earlier this year.
Error 404: A Look At Digital Decay Visual Capitalist (micael). This is a big issue. For instance, NC is an important resource to economists and historians and even more so post 2011 due to our detailed reporting on the crisis in real time and excerpts from sources that have since gone dark.
The End of Typing: The Next Billion Mobile Users Will Rely on Video and Voice Wall Street Journal
How Smartphones Are Making Kids Unhappy NPR (David L)
North Korea vows to teach US ‘severe lesson’ Aljazeera (micael)
North Korea Warns U.S., Rejects Talks To Give Up Nukes Wall Street Journal
Let’s try and understand North Korea’s actions: it sees the world as its enemy Oxford Research (micael)
The Omnipresence of Dust in Kathmandu Pacific Standard
UK drifts closer to a Norway-style Brexit transition Politico. I’ve quoted this take from Simon Nixon before:
But could the EEA be a short-term solution to the U.K.’s Brexit challenges, operating as a transitional arrangement while the long-term relationship is negotiated? This seems far-fetched too. The EEA doesn’t pertain to the EU customs union, all EU free-trade agreements and agriculture, so it could only be a partial solution and would mean striking many other deals. A push to join the EEA would in any case be complex to negotiate, requiring not only the consent of 27 EU members but also the three other countries in the EEA. And the EU has been clear that any transitional deal must come under the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice—precluding one under the European Free Trade Agreement court that oversees the EEA.
Brexit bill: No longer if, but when and how much Politico. Notice how the Government is trying to rebrand the exit bill.
Oettinger says UK payments will have to continue to 2020 despite Brexit New Europe (micael)
The Future of Greece Jacobin
What’s Left of the Bolivarian Revolution? Venezuela Analysis (micael)
What is behind Israel’s attempt to ban Al Jazeera? Aljazeera (Micael)
Hezbollah takes journalists in Lebanon on a tour to prove Trump wrong Washington Post (Sid S). Missed this from last week…
‘This is not Aleppo’: Shock at extent of destruction of Saudi Shia town Middle East Eye (micael)
New Cold War
Russian Bots Are Starting to Attack Republican Party MSN (TF). Rooskies under every bed! Note the lack of real evidence.
The Russian Revolution, Debt Repudiation, War and Peace Defend Democracy
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Why Facebook should pay us a basic income Financial Times (David L). A provocative ways of arguing users should be paid for their data.
You’re CLEAR CLEAR (UserFriendly). Super duper bad. Normalizing handing over biometric data for mere convenience.
We Anonymously Controlled a Dildo Through the Tor Network Motherboard. While this is all good fun, it also means someone can probably anonymously control your IoT device if he’s determined to do so.
Trump Transition. Look at what happens when Trump is on vacation and not getting himself in hot water! The news flow dies down. No wonder the MSM is up in arms.
Why Tax Reform Is So Fiendishly Difficult Bloomberg. As we’ve said, every loophole has a constituency.
The Congressional Map Has A Record-Setting Bias Against Democrats FiveThirtyEight (furzy)
Sanders ‘litmus test’ alarms Democrats Politico. Important. Lambert: “Good. They ought to be alarmed. More like this, please.”
I know this is supposed to be a family blog, but given that we are having a transgressive post, I thought I might as well cheer you up. Even though this photo might have been staged (as in the poster removed before sunrise; the reflection at the top is such a good touch that I doubt this was Photoshopped). a reader reports that this type of poster is popping up all over San Francisco:
Millennials Are Killing the Oil Industry In These Times. UserFriendly incurred great personal cost, as a chemical engineer who graduated IIRC in 2009 in not taking a job in the petroleum biz when there were pretty much no other jobs for someone with his education on offer. However, if young Americans continue to shun oil companies, they will lobby to. bring in foreign workers.
Evidence of Google blacklisting of left and progressive sites continues to mount WSWS. Google is explicitly censoring non-MSM views:
In a set of guidelines issued to Google evaluators in March, the company instructed its search evaluators to flag pages returning “conspiracy theories” or “upsetting” content unless “the query clearly indicates the user is seeking an alternative viewpoint.”
We also had our WordPress guru dig up our Google stats over time. Confusingly the WordPress analytics tools says we only get 3% of our traffic from search (of all types) while Google Analytics says it’s over 30%, which is down from over 50% in 2014 before the Panda change but still higher than I expect, given that we just about never appear on the first page of searches and 99% of the click-throughs are on first page results. But maybe that many people are searching for “naked capitalism”. We’ve seen a steady decay since the Panda algo change (meaning in addition to the dramatic drop we saw at the time) in search traffic v. “organic” traffic. We need to do more granular work on 2017. Referrals from Google have fallen since April but I don’t yet have it as a percentage of overall traffic to see if the fall was merely seasonal or whether the slide in Google’s contribution to our overall traffic levels has accelerated. We also understand why the WP reports are so different before we can say much more.
U.S. Credit-Card Debt Surpasses Record Set at Brink of Crisis Bloomberg (David L)
Tracking the Amazing Junk Bond Bubbles in the US and Europe Michael Shedlock (EM)
Behind the Push to Keep Higher-Priced EpiPen in Consumers’ Hands Wall Street Journal
Uber Chairman Says Travis Kalanick Won’t Return as CEO Wall Street Journal. Note that Uber should not feel the need to say this sort of thing during a CEO search…
America’s most expensive home hits the market in Bel-Air at $350 million Los Angeles Times
How Society Creates Ability Ian Welsh (martha r)
Whatever Became of the CCF’s Dream? The Bullet (Sid S). CCF = “The Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) was founded in 1932 in Calgary, uniting various working class labour and socialist parties with populist farm organizations.”
Fight over right to sue nursing homes heats up MSN (Kevin C)
Google engineer says he has been sacked over controversial gender memo Financial Times. Appalling that Google didn’t rebut the engineer’s claim. Too late at night for me to track it down but Slashdot reported on a study where code samples by men and women were graded, both anonymously and with names attached. The women’s code was graded higher than men’s on average when the grading was gender blind and markedly lower than men’s with the gender identified. This is consistent with results in many other settings, such as grading of identical writing samples when attributed to a man versus a woman, and the famous example of how German orchestras went from being almost an exclusive male enclave to having women selected as often as men when auditions were on a blind basis.
Rich SF residents get a shock: Someone bought their street San Francisco Chronicle (Glenn F, Bill C, MF)
Antidote du jour. Stephen L: “Bald eagle, Ladner, BC.”
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.