Saudi Aramco considers shelving international IPO FT. It seems like this deal has been hanging fire longer than Uber and Softbank.
The Amazon Effect: How taxpayers are funding the disruption of the U.S. economy The Business Journals
Google Has Made a Mess of Robotics Bloomberg. More money than sense.
Is AI Riding a One-Trick Pony? MIT Technology Review
Driverless cars: the digital revolution, part two Gillian Tett, FT. Shockingly close to outright PR.
General Details Progress, What Remains to be Done in Puerto Rico U.S. Department of Defense
How the Pentagon Spun Hurricane Maria Bloomberg
New York Firefighters Clear the Way for Rebuilding in Puerto Rico The Daily Beast. If you factor out the oozing “feel good” triumphalism and sanctimony, there’s a lot of good data here, about stuff like clearing trees, and honey bees “confused” because “the hurricane had scoured” all the “nectar-bearing blooms.”
Masked and Armed With Rifles: Military Security Firms Roam Streets of San Juan Latino Rebels. Like Katrina…
Trump’s pick for DHS chief was at center of Katrina disaster WaPo. Of course, Katrina wasn’t a disaster for everyone…
Elon Musk Is Not the Hero Puerto Rico Needs In These Times. Buries the lead: “As a result of Maria, the [Fiscal Control Board] has also invoked Title V of PROMESA, the bill that put the board in charge of the island. That provision gives broad mandate to a board-appointed official, revitalization coordinator Noel Zamot, to solicit and approve public-private partnerships without much public or environmental review, bypassing the island’s regulatory process almost entirely.” So, privatizing the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), would be straight out of Naomi Klein’s disaster capitalism playbook.
The Recovery n+1. “Disaster capitalism in Mexico City.”
How Can North Korea Possibly Build Nukes? Because They Have 15,000 CNC Machines Core77 (Re Silc). Re Silc: “[W]e’re now seeing the true power of digital fabrication technology, perhaps not in a way that its creators intended.”
Nuclear industry scrambles to avoid Euratom cliff edge The Telegraph
Hillary Clinton suggests the Tories lack ‘empathy’ in warning over ‘divisive’ Brexit rhetoric Independent. Hilarity ensues.
The Anatomy of a Failed Campaign Der Spiegel. Interview with SDP leader Martin Schulz.
Victory in Stagnation? Jacobin
Donald Trump to leave fate of Iran nuclear deal in Congress’s hands FT. “White House hopes to toughen overall US response without unravelling the agreement.”
Decades in the making: The Iranian drone program Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Safer at Sea? Pakistan’s Sea-Based Deterrent and Nuclear Weapons Security (PDF) The Washington Quarterly
China Backs Egypt’s UNESCO Leadership Bid While the US Withdraws Completely The Diplomat (Re Silc).
Xi Jinping’s debt-relief recipe: how China’s biggest bond defaulter unloaded its liabilities South China Morning Post
The Case Against Using the 25th Amendment to Get Rid of Trump New York Magazine (Re Silc). Idea: Win elections?
Democrats in Disarray
Centrist Democrats’ biggest dilemma: Where are the big ideas? McClatchy. DLC grifters put out the begging bowl.
Birmingham’s New Mayor Randall Woodfin on How to Win the Political Revolution Down South (interview) In These Times. Important.
Bernie Sanders Isn’t Winning Local Elections for the Left The New Republic. Headline far less nuanced than the article, whose thesis is that “all politics is local.” Editors write the headlines….
Wary of Hackers, States Move to Upgrade Voting Systems NYT. In other words, Putin Derangement Syndrome feeds the e-voting grift. Well played, all.
Trump Touts Executive Order As First Step Toward ACA Repeal, But Move Was Largely Ceremonial KHN. A good wrap-up of all the coverage, though “ceremonial” might be replaced with “performative.”
In South Carolina, pregnant women are increasingly giving birth without prenatal care Post and Courier. Third World stuff.
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Imperial Collapse Watch
U.S. Losing Legitimacy as Corruption Fighter, Experts Say Foreign Policy
The Union Option Jacobin. “Collective action is the best avenue to fight sexual harassers like Harvey Weinstein.”
Has the Left given up on Economics? The Disorder of Things
All Worked Up and Nowhere to Go The Baffler
Landscape architects now design for mass shootings The Verge (Re Silc). “If you build it, they will come….”
Antidote du jour (via):
Beat that, hedgehogs!
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.