Revealed: What ‘Mars astronauts’ missed most about Earth Sky News
Bitcoin is fiat money, too The Economist. Hmm.
Scott Walker’s Wisconsin Foxconn Deal Is Even Shadier Than It Sounds Esquire. Suicide nets not Made in the USA?
Senator Udall Demands Tougher SEC Pay-to-Play Enforcement, After IBT/MapLight Report International Business Times
The Coming War on Business David Brooks, NYT. From the right, interestingly enough.
South Korea Dispute Throws Wrench In US War Plans Mauldin Economics (JP).
Japan’s Bomb in the Basement Asia Times
This new Tory Brexit battle will be the bloodiest of all The Spectator (Richard Smith). Richard Smith: “the Tory ferret sack.”
Time to abandon all hope? May’s ever more difficult two-level game Political Insight (MT).
How Germany is integrating its refugees The Economist. Refugees who wouldn’t exist if Bush and Obama, with Clinton’s help, hadn’t set and kept the entire Middle East ablaze…
The Merkel Effect Jacobin
The Slow Death of Europe’s Social Democrats Der Spiegel (Re Silc). Re Silc: “Center anything won’t cut it.”
Getting Russian Gas to Europe: Old Relationships Sprout New Wings E-International Relations (MT).
Syrians vote in Kurdish-held northern region Al Jazeera
New Cold War
How Facebook sees the Russian ad scandal CNN. With companion story–
CNN poll: 54% say Russia-backed content on social media moved 2016 election CNN. Can anybody point me to contemporaneous evidence? There was a ton of voter interviewing done in 2016, much more than usual, as the press struggled to understand what was happening in the flyover states, and I can’t remember a single anecdote. I do try to keep track. Readers?
Russian hackers targeted Florida, 20 other states in 2016 election McClatchy. Note the caption: “Researchers would like to see the U.S. move entirely to computer-scannable paper ballots, since paper can’t be hacked.” No, because — follow me closely here, McClatchy — the scanners can be hacked. “Program testing can be used to show the presence of
bugshacks, but never to show their absence!” –Edsger W. Dijkstra, adapted. It follows that software should be removed from vote tabulation entirely; it’s a phishin equilibrium.
The Long Night Ahead Global Guerillas (CL).
Want Proof that Corporate Money Influences Politicians? This New Study Has It. In These Times (MT).
Democrats in Disarray
How She Lost Stanley Greenberg, The American Prospect. Very good.
On Heels of Progressive Wave, Rhode Island Expands Sick Leave to 100,000 Workers The Intercept. WFP members running as Democrats beat incumbent conservative Democrats. DSA take note!
Imperial Collapse Watch
Bernie Sanders wants world peace and prosperity. But he has no idea how to get there. Vox. Everything you would expect it to be.
Trump Signals Break From ‘Globaloney’ Transnationalism Patrick Buchanan, The American Conservative
US Not Ruling Out Possibility of Venezuela Oil Embargo Venezuelanalysis
Latest GOP effort to dismantle Obamacare on the brink of failure after defections WaPo. McCain to vote no, Collins leaning no.
Why Insurers Are Pulling Their Hair Out Over Graham-Cassidy The Fiscal Times. When you’ve lost Pete Peterson…
Here’s the biggest problem with the latest Obamacare repeal bill Robert Laszewski, CNN
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Sunday Hours: Obamacare Website To Be Shut Down For Portion of Most Weekends KHN. During open enrollment…
Democrat Duckworth not sold on Bernie Sanders’ ‘Medicare for all’ plan FOX. “…I just don’t think we are in a time right now where we should be taking these very strong stands…” If not now, when…
Police State Watch
Doughnuts that get a crown of 23K gold are the level of goals we strive to be at. 🍩 pic.twitter.com/5FAGisYyFQ
— INSIDER food (@InsiderFood) September 8, 2017
Sharing economy: Why we will barely own anything in the future News.com.au (KW). Who’s “we”?
The History and Evolution of the Commons Commons Transition
The Effect of an Increase in Lead in the Water System on Fertility and Birth Outcomes: The Case of Flint, Michigan (PDF) Daniel S. Grossman and David J.G. Slusky, Department of Economics, University of Kansas
The U.S. Opioid Epidemic Council on Foreign Relations
Opening the black boxes: algorithmic bias and the need for accountability Privacy News Online
What We Sow is What We Eat Counterpunch
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