Shrew skulls shrink for winter survival Nature. “Just how many species might shrink their brains for winter is not known.” I think I’m gonna try this.
Goldman plans private equity expansion to help offset trading funk Reuters. Great! More stories for Yves!
No State Solution: CNT Members on Catalonia, Spain, and the General Strike (videos) It’s Going Down (TF). Catalonian anarcho-syndicalists.
Saudis aims to diversify economy with new $500bn city FT. Resilc found the Saudi brochureware: “… cooling breezes from the Red Sea….”
Trump to skip key Asia summit in Philippines to go home earlier WaPo. A bone-headed move.
Think positive: How to get North Korea to roll back its nuclear weapons activity Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Because I can’t help it:
Sources say new Politburo Standing Committee plans "new look" to counter accusations of lack of youth. pic.twitter.com/j1560i6k52
— Chris Buckley 储百亮 (@ChuBailiang) October 25, 2017
Japan police unmask 74-year-old ‘ninja’ burglar Agence France Presse
New Cold War
Clinton campaign, DNC paid for research that led to Russia dossier WaPo. We’ve certainly come a long way, in 14 years, from “The British Government has learned…” to “a former British intelligence agent, funded first by a Republican, then through a DNC and Clinton campaign cutout, and finally by the FBI, has learned….” Things used to be so simple!
The question D.C. dare not answer: Why are we in Niger? Will Bunch, Philadelphia Daily News
The U.S. military is conducting secret missions all over Africa VICE (Re Silc).
Evaluating the Trump Administration’s Regulatory Reform Program (PDF) Brookings Institution. With deregulation tracker.
Senate Passes $36.5 Billion Disaster Aid Roll Call
Why ‘Medicare for All’ Will Sink the Democrats Steve Rattner, NYT. Yeah, sheesh, they might lose a thousand seats and all three branches of government over that. Oh, wait…
How Iowa Became An Obamacare Horror Story Politico (UserFriendly).
Federal Judge Skeptical Of Claims That Dropping Subsidies Hurts Consumers KHN. Because the Silver Switcharoo should work.
Choosing Wisely Campaign: Valuable For Providers Who Knew About It, But Awareness Remained Constant, 2014–17 Health Affairs. This campaign was mentioned briefly in yesterday’s post on overtreatment. Partially sponsored by Consumer Reports, the campaign unsurprisingly adopts a patient-as-consumer model. While I think being well-informed about health care is a Good Thing, I vehmently reject the “Smart Shopper” model as a tax on time and a validation of the profit motive as a driver for health care. It also seems to me that the very last time to do one’s research is when one is about to enter the “marketplace” seeking care, unless stress makes people smart, which I doubt.
High-tech mirror for cancer patients only works if you smile CNN (DK). Who designed this? Cass Sunstein?
Imperial Collapse Watch
Hosting an Event? Don’t Toss Leftover Food, Donate It Smithsonian (CM). CM: “Forget sharing the feast with the staff, gardeners, serfs and peasantry to whom we we are never, ever At Home…Let’s develop an App!”
A Peek at Future Jobs Shows Growing Economic Divides NYT. That’s not a bug…
The Disruptors Jacobin
Tesla pro-union leaders march into the company’s Fremont factory demanding some fired workers be rehired Business Insider. If Elon wants to make more than 260 cars next quarter, he might find it wise to talk with his workers.
End of Apartheid in South Africa? Not in Economic Terms NYT. So an identity politics that erases economics doens’t make a whole lot of sense, does it?
Harvey Weinstein and the Economics of Consent The Atlantic
Overcoming our Americanness: The Dilemma of US Communitarians Grassroots Economic Organizing
Antidote du jour. Via: “I made a typo googling why Orthodox Monks have beards and found something much more pertinent and important.”
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.