The sham of ECB independence Bill Mitchell
Cash prizes for bad corporate citizenship, Amazon edition City Observatory
Harvey Weinstein: how lawyers kept a lid on sexual harassment claims FT. Through NDAs, ubiquitous in Silicon Valley.
Democrats Are Letting the Climate Crisis Go To Waste The Intercept
Brexit Negotiations: Not without pain. Medium. (English translation of the Frankfurter Allgemeine story on May’s “facial expressions and appearance,” as ascribed to Juncker.)
Barnier plays down hope of ‘special’ UK deal EU Observer
Referendum, in Lombardia non c’è ancora il dato sull’affluenza: il voto elettronico fa flop La Stampo (Google translation). You read that last word as “flop” correctly. DG comments;
La Stampa above reports that the turnout in Lombardy was below 40 percent, which is very low for Italy. Even during municipal elections, Italians get turnouts over 60 percent. Lombardy is lefty (not as left as, say Piedmont or Umbria). So they boycotted the referendum.
Just to make smoke pour out of Lambert’s ears, you’ll note that the autonomists, who are neoliberals in the main, decided to use electronic voting machines, which are called “voting machines” in Italian. Un flop. Italians normally vote with paper ballots.
Veneto is a different case. It has gotten more and more conservative and provincial. A shame, given the 1100 years of the Venetian Republic and its profound influence on the Mediterranean.
How Effective Is CCP Propaganda? The Diplomat
JA notes Trump called Abe after victory & congratulated him for 40 mins: "They address each other Shinzo & Donald."https://t.co/hV1TnkWPqs
— Noon in Korea (@NoonInKorea) October 24, 2017
Senators Stunned to Discover We Have 1,000 Troops in Niger Daily Beast (Re Silc).
Eugene Robinson: Congress needs to reclaim its war-making powers Salt Lake Tribune
New Cold War
The History of Russian Involvement in America’s Race Wars The Atlantic. Little known fact: John C. Calhoun was a Czarist agent. This thing goes a long way back.
An Old Colonel Looks at General Kelly Thomas Ricks, Foreign Policy
Replacing Tillerson Doesn’t Fix Anything The American Conservative
A Presidential Bellwether Is Still Waiting to Start Winning Under Trump NYT (Furzy Mouse).
“The Crowning Insult”: Federal Segregation and the Gold Star Mother and Widow Pilgrimages of the Early 1930s Journal of American History
Democrats in Disarray
Even the Anti-Trump Resistance Can’t Unite the D.N.C. Vanity Fair. “Even”? “Several factors are at play in the D.N.C.’s anemic performance, including the state-level atrophying of the party structure in the years
afterwhen Barack Obama ‘s electionwas party leader.” Fixed it for ya.
Our Famously Free Press
Publishers might have to start paying Facebook if they want anyone to see their stories Recode. Ha ha ha. Never trust a platform.
YouTube censors low-church theology:
These videos were deemed too controversial so YouTube suspended them. pic.twitter.com/2G3MPp1IGi
— Ryan Reeves (@RyanMReeves) October 19, 2017
A reader comments: “I subscribe to his channel, not to your taste, but a basic systematic theology and religious history from a low church protestant perspective, NOT red hot stuff.”
Imperial Collapse Watch
F-35s Hobbled by Parts Shortages, Slow Repairs, Audit Finds Bloomberg. Did you know “sustainment” was a word? It is.
NYT Laments ‘Forever Wars’ Its Editorials Helped Create FAIR (UserFriendly).
One in four troops sees white nationalism in the ranks Army Times (DK).
Dying for the Empire is Not Heroic Counterpunch
A New Language for a New World The Disorder of Things. Dense, but not without interest.
On Safari in Trump’s America The Atlantic. Third Way goes on a listening tour. Hilarity ensues.
Americans Are Retiring Later, Dying Sooner and Sicker In-Between Bloomberg. “At the same time that Americans’ life expectancy is stalling, public policy and career tracks mean millions of U.S. workers are waiting longer to call it quits.” America is already great.
The founder of the world’s largest hedge fund just shared brutal analysis of the US economy Business Insider (Re Silc).
The Family That Built an Empire of Pain New Yorker. Which one?
Dutch courage—Alcohol improves foreign language skills Medical Xpress (CL).
Antidote du jour (Furzy Mouse):
Furzy Mouse writes: “High noon parade in Baan Amphur, Thailand.”
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.