Put Them in Prison Charles Pierce, Esquire (Furzy Mouse). Wells Fargo executives.
While Lobbying Against Safety Rules, Arkema Warned Its Investors Of Chemical Storage Explosion Risks International Business Times
Hey, Texplainer: Can Texas lawmakers tap the Rainy Day Fund to help with Harvey relief? Texas Tribune. Apparently not. Because nine trillion gallons wasn’t rainy enough?
Houston: A Global Warning Rolling Stone
San Francisco hits 106 degrees — shatters all-time record San Francisco Chronicle
Assessing ExxonMobil’s climate change communications (1977–2014) (PDF) Geoffrey Supran and Naomi Oreskes, Environmental Research Letters. From the abstract:
[A]ccounting for expressions of reasonable doubt, 83% of peer-reviewed papers and 80% of internal documents acknowledge that climate change is real and human-caused, yet only 12% of advertorials do so, with 81% instead expressing doubt. We conclude that ExxonMobil contributed to advancing climate science—by way of its scientists’ academic publications—but promoted doubt about it in advertorials. Given this discrepancy, we conclude that ExxonMobil misled the public. Our content analysis also examines ExxonMobil’s discussion of the risks of stranded fossil fuel assets. We find the topic discussed and sometimes quantified in 24 documents of various types, but absent from advertorials. Finally, based on the available documents, we outline ExxonMobil’s strategic approach to climate change research and communication, which helps to contextualize our findings.
Somebody should ask Rex about this.
How Much Is the Future Worth? Salon (Re Silc). “Social discounting.”
5.6 magnitude ‘tremor’ hits North Korea, could be nuclear test South China Morning Post
What South China Sea rivals can learn from the Doklam border dispute South China Morning Post
Russia refused to toe China line on Doklam: Envoy Times of India
Cable raises doubts about Brexit ever happening FT. If there’s a second referendum….
Italian populists propose income for all New Europe. Beppe Grillo.
Far-right German candidate promises to get rid of Arabic numerals Politico. Not The Onion!
Is Trump trying to use the IAEA to kill the Iran deal? Middle East Eye (MT).
How to Educate Yourself on Monopoly Power Matt Stoller. “A list of books and articles on the history of monopoly power and its effects.”
A Serf on Google’s Farm Josh Marshall, Talking Points Memo
US foreign policy as bellicose as ever Le Monde Diplomatique (MT).
Jim Bridenstine to Be Nominated by Trump to Lead NASA NYT. Pro-SpaceX.
When Political Scientists Legitimate Torturers Corey Robin
Democrats in Disarray
Unnecessary Expenses Charged to the Hardest Hit Fund (PDF) SIGTARP. “[T]he need for a temporary safety net to save the homes of unemployed or underemployed Americans and demolish blighted homes remains so critical that in 2015 Congress added $2 billion to the Hardest Hit Fund (HHF), one of the primary homeowner relief programs.” From one of the many headings in the Table of Contents: “The Nevada Agency Contractor, NAHAC, Which SIGTARP Previously Found Had Wasted $8.2 Million, Charged TARP $43,497 for Bonuses, Almost All to the CEO Who Was Later Terminated.” Nevada, eh? I get so tired of liberal Democrat preening themselves on the “scandal-free” Obama administration. In housing alone, HAMP — remember “foam the runway”? — was a debacle, and now this.
How Identity Became a Weapon Against the Left Black Agenda Report
Did Kamala Harris just become a Bernie Bro? The Week (DK). Lol, no. Better than the headline.
The Way Forward for Labor Is Through the States The American Prospect
If Hillary Had Won Paul Street, Counterpunch (Re Silc).
The Left Has Made Medicare for All a Mainstream, Democratic Policy New York Magazine. Great! Now how about a Jobs Guarantee and a Debt Jubillee?
Why ‘Medicare for all’ is the best health care plan for Syracuse women Daily Orange. See on Gillibrand.
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
The Spread of Mass Surveillance, 1995 to Present Center for Political Studies
Disney’s Next Movie Could Be Watching You, Too Fast Company
Police State Watch
Autopsy: Charleena Lyles shot 7 times by Seattle cops; no drugs in system Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Also, Lyles was pregnant.
Fentanyl Overtakes Heroin as Leading Cause of U.S. Drug Deaths NYT. “Drug overdoses killed roughly 64,000 people in the United States last year, according to the first governmental account of nationwide drug deaths to cover all of 2016. It’s a staggering rise of more than 22 percent over the 52,404 drug deaths recorded the previous year.” Glad to see… Wait, is any political entity at all addressing Case-Deaton’s “deaths of despair”? Republicans? Democrats? DSA? GP? (Bullet points and virtue signaling don’t count.)
The Case for a Millionaire Tax The Atlantic
Antidote du jour (via):
I think I just saw a New Yorker cartoon pic.twitter.com/gZVJZRdLFh
— Steven Perlberg (@perlberg) September 1, 2017
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.