Could wood pulp make cars lighter and more efficient? BBC. Only in the subjunctive…
Ikea has bought TaskRabbit Recode. Now Ikea won’t have to include Allen wrenches in its flat-packs. That alone should pay for the task rabbits doing the assembly. Finally a sharing economy deal that makes sense.
For Snubbing Glyphosate Hearing, EU Parliament Bans Monsanto Lobbyists Common Dreams (Furzy Mouse).
Move along, people, move along. There’s nothing to see here:
— TSW (@timothysw) September 29, 2017
Live Updates: “Puerto Rico Is Bigger Than Katrina” Says Former US General Buzzfeed. Nice work on the updates.
Puerto Rico After Maria: Initial Thoughts on the Fiscal and Economic Implications Council on Foreign Relations
Is the Jones Act Waiver All Politics? The Atlantic. Throwing a flag on the Betteridge’s Law violation.
No choice for US but to accept a nuclear North Korea, ex-CIA analyst says South China Morning Post
Russia Isn’t the Answer to America’s Problems With North Korea Foreign Policy. The Blob speaks…
Yemen’s Horrifying Cholera Epidemic Continues to Spread The American Conservative
A Labour run on Sterling? Mainly Macro
The UK has struck a sensible consensus – it’s time for Brussels to move the talks onto trade Brexit Central. Hmm. Is the “consensus” the UK’s to strike?
Brexit Means Brexit But Also Hair-Pulling, Hand-Wringing, Wingeing Among Traders Dealbreaker. “Whinging.” Fixed it for ya.
New Cold War
Amid Facebook’s Troubles, Message to Advertisers Stays Consistent NYT. Key sentence: “Russians had used fake accounts and Facebook ads to fan divisive issues during the presidential campaign.” Lambert here: I don’t want to be cranky about this, but, first, attribution is hard. Second, “Russians” aren’t the Russian state. Third, the spend seems minuscule compared to the Clinton billion+. Fourth, there’s no demonstrated electoral impact. Fifth, what’s new about “divisive” in a world of FOX or, to be fair, David Brock? Sixth, I never thought I’d see the day when liberals blamed “outside agitators.” Seventh, these stories keep imploding upon examination; see below. Eighth, two words, especially for the Times: “Judy Miller.”
Yet Another Major Russia Story Falls Apart. Is Skepticism Permissible Yet? The Intercept (EM). Salutary.
“Fake news” tweets targeted to swing states in election, researchers find McClatchy. British, not peer-reviewed, timed for hearings. Sorry, again, to be counter-suggestible. And Russian TV network spent nearly $300,000 on tweets aimed at U.S. market in election McClatchy. $300K, 1800 tweets. Oh.
The Slimy Business of Russia-gate Robert Parry, Consortium News (Furzy Mouse). Ka-ching….
Voice of America still clowning around John Brown’s Public Diplomacy Press and Blog Review (Re Silc).
Trump, Cambridge Analytica and how big data is reshaping politics Gillian Tett, FT
Millionaire Trump Adviser Says Americans Can ‘Buy A New Car’ With $1,000 Tax Cut HuffPo. Maybe one of those wooden ones?
GOP Unified on Tax Overhaul — for Now Roll Call. It is true that all we have is a short “framework”; basically bullet points. But if Ryan, McConnell, House Ways and Means Chair Brady, Senate Finance Chair Hatch, Mnuchin, and Cohn have all signed off on it, perhaps that’s a sign, encouraging or discouraging, depending on your politics. At least Trump isn’t making the silly assumption that Paul Ryan is an actual, functioning policy wonk, as he seems to have done with health care. Let the sausage-making begin!
I helped create the GOP tax myth. Trump is wrong: Tax cuts don’t equal growth. Bruce Bartlett, WaPo (Re Silc).
With Tax Cuts on the Table, Once-Mighty Deficit Hawks Hardly Chirp NYT (Re Silc). I’m shocked.
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The Abbie Hoffman of the Right: Donald Trump David Brooks, NYT (SS): “Bobo Makes Sense: World Ends…”
White House launches probe of private email accounts Politico. (Note that Business Insider’s sloppy rewrite of this story converts “account” to “server,” and in the headline, too!)
The pendulum swings against privatisation FT. Note lack of agency.
Will Capitalism and Democracy Survive? Ian Welsh
A Quantum Pioneer Unlocks Matter’s Hidden Secrets Scientific American
The Fear of Disruption Can Be More Damaging than Actual Disruption Strategy + Business
Making a play for the Ig (Richard Smith):
You, the uninformed idiot: Economics says nothing useful whatsoever about the world around us.
Me, the academic economist: pic.twitter.com/83Vq1CVUak
— Dan Howdon (@danielhowdon) September 28, 2017
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