Ravens OL John Urschel Retires After CTE Study, Continues Pursuit of MIT Ph.D. Bleacher Report (Chuck L)
Sunk by a Tsunami, Underwater Archaeologists Finally Find the Ruins of the Roman City Neapolis Ancient Origins (The Rev Kev)
Gideon Levy calls out Israel’s fundamental, racist religion: Zionism Mondoweiss. Chuck L: “Curious (or maybe encouraging?) that such an op ed appeared in Haaretz.”
While NV Energy decries rooftop solar “cost shift”, it is over-profiting from its customers by tens of millions Energy And Policy Institute (Micael)
Who is Actually Harmed by Predatory Publishers? Triple C (Micael)
Experiment reveals evidence for a previously unseen behaviour of light Clipboard (David L)
UK ‘does not have capacity to strike new trade deals after Brexit’ Guardian. Not exactly news for regular readers.
Britain’s EU rubbish Politico
Government confusion over Brexit means our world class civil service is going to waste Prospect. Another example of wistful thinking, based on the past rather than reflective of present realities — sadly, Britain’s civil service isn’t what it used to be, either in size or competence.
Pro-Brexit MPs revive case for no deal with EU FT. Cannot believe anyone can make such an argument with a straight face.
New Cold War
Democrats in Disarray
Economics in Wonderland Real-World Economics Review Blog (Micael)
Schwarzenegger’s bipartisan next political act: Terminating gerrymandering San Fran Chronicle. Hmm. Headline includes two standard tells for bullshit: “bipartisan”, and a celebrity endorsement. I don’t share the article’s optimism that the last action hero will sort the situation.
Internet Censorship Bill Would Spell Disaster for Speech and Innovation Electronic Frontier Foundation (Chuck L)
Summer employers hired American amid Trump visa squeeze Politico. The deck: What happens when guest-worker visas run out? The lead: “President Donald Trump’s harsh criticism of immigration programs and Congress’ refusal to lift a cap on work visas meant many seasonal businesses had to hire American this summer — and pay their workers more.”
Michael Caine interview: ‘Every single person I knew became rich’ Independent. Better than the headline– describes a bygone but still recent era when opportunities for those of great talent but humble origin expanded, due to public policy choices.
Forget Wall Street – Silicon Valley is the new political power in Washington Guardian. Not exactly news to regular readers, but worth your time anyway.
Threat Increasing for Cuba, Florida from Intensifying Irma Weather Underground
U.S. Gulf Coast Refiners Begin Recovery Bloomberg
WATCH: Texas Officials Carry 10-Foot-Long Alligator Out Of Hurricane-Hit Home International Business Times
Kill Me Now
Hillary Clinton promoted a news website ‘for the 65.8 million’ — here’s what its founder says it’s all about Business Insider. That picture is scary.
Starbucks Opening in Turkmenistan is Fake News Eurasianet. Micael: “A country without Starbucks is a good thing.” Moi: The one and only time I was in Turkmenistan– summer 2008– I was really impressed by the local markets, especially those of Turkmenbashi and Ashgabat. Amazing smoked fish– various types of sturgeon– and soft fruits– luscious cherries, apricots, peaches, plums. I ate very well from those markets.
Last thing they need IMHO is processed food and Western franchises.
10 THINGS MOST AMERICANS DON’T KNOW ABOUT AMERICA Mark Manson (martha r)
Grenfell Tower Inferno Aftermath
Motives of North Korea’s Leader Baffle Americans and Allies NYT. To be read together with the above piece.
UNDERCOVER IN NORTH KOREA: “ALL PATHS LEAD TO CATASTROPHE” The Intercept Glenn F: “A view from the inside and it’s not pretty.”
Antidote du jour.
One of my favorite birds, the magnificent frigate bird, in a rare close-up. Usually, birders are lucky to see this bird soaring high overhead. Magnificent indeed!
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.