More than 75 percent decline over 27 years in total flying insect biomass in protected areas PLOS One. The Guardian notes: “Another way of sampling insects – car windscreens – has often been anecdotally used to suggest a major decline, with people remembering many more bugs squashed on their windscreens in the past.” Very true. That’s one reason — showing my old codgerdom, here — that back when there were gas station attendants, they’d clean your windshield.
Daphne’s sons call for Muscat’s resignation Times of Malta (Richard Smith).
Daphne Caruana Galizia: Establishment was out to get her, says family Guardian (Richard Smith).
Wall Street’s crash in 1987 has an ominous parallel with today’s global markets South China Morning Post
The age of robots could be a new Renaissance. This is why World Economic Forum
Self-government at stake as time runs out Catalan News
Nearly There, but Never Further Away Foreign Policy
Armageddon by Accident Foreign Policy
Xi warns party to tackle challenges as China moves into new ‘modern socialist’ era South China Morning Post
Good enough for now Reuters
“The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao” by Ian Johnson Asian Review of Books
Brexit: What’s the ‘no deal’ fallout for the UK and EU? Deutsche Welle
New Cold War
In attempt to sow fear, Russian trolls paid for self-defense classes for African Americans CNN. Apparently, being whacked by the cops wouldn’t be enough to do that….
These Americans Were Tricked Into Working For Russia. They Say They Had No Idea. BuzzFeed. Outside agitators….
Eight Lessons on How to Design Tax Reform Tax Policy Center
The Politics Of Tax Reform: 101 FiveThirtyEight
Leaked ICE Guide Offers Unprecedented View of Agency’s Asset Forfeiture Tactics The Intercept (Furzy Mouse).
Democrats in Disarray
Shakeup at Democratic National Committee, Longtime Officials Ousted NBC (Furzy Mouse). Perez stages a night of the long knives for Sanders supporters. “‘Despite the shakeup, Zogby, who is still the co-chair of the party’s Unity and Reform Commission, said, ‘This is a family. We’ve always operated that way.'”
Sibling Rivalry Jeet Heer, The New Republic. “Liberals and socialists share a common inheritance. So why can’t they find a way to work together to defeat Trump?” See above. And then read Thomas Frank’s Listen, Liberal!.
Meet the Challengers Who Outraised House Incumbents Roll Call. “Sixteen Republican incumbents in competitive races raised less than their Democratic challengers during the third quarter. One Democratic incumbent was outraised by a GOP challenger.” Hence, the DNC purge.
Trump’s Attack on Insurer ‘Gravy Train’ Could Actually Help a Lot of Consumers NYT. I understand the line of analysis, but it seems to me the assumption is that the administration, having removed one component of the Rube Goldberg device that is ObamaCare, will not remove others.
Judge plans to rule next week in Obamacare subsidies fight Politico (Furzy Mouse).
Mixed signals for states on their role in Obamacare reform Brookings. Administration inconsistencies on waivers.
Imperial Collapse Watch
U.S. Troop Deaths in Niger: AFRICOM’s Chickens Come Home to Roost Black Agenda Report (Re Silc).
Just Deserts The Baffler
Deaths of Despair and Support for Trump in the 2016 Presidential Election (PDF) Shannon M. Monnat, Pennsylvania State University (AH).
Opioid-law scandal sheds light on lobbying by industry-funded ‘patient access’ groups Yahoo News. With time-lapse map.
This Huge Rail Company Is Spewing Coal Dust All Over a Low-Income Community Mother Jones (Re Silc).
Antidote du jour (via):
Bonus Antidote (Richard Smith):
Someone in the neighborhood Facebook group my mom belongs to washed a coyote because they thought it was a dog pic.twitter.com/5V3dq840Uw
— Allison Pohle (@AllisonPohle) October 17, 2017
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.