Police shocked by 100mph joyrider’s age BBC. Future Darwin Award recipient.
Why superintelligence is a threat that should be taken seriously Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (JTM). Humans are not nice and destroying the planet too, so it would be entirely rational to want to put an end to us.
YouTube is fighting the ‘adpocalypse’ with a less trigger-happy flagging system The Verge. Translation: YouTube says it will be less aggressive about demonetization. We’ll see how many leftie sites get to run ads again.
New York Times launches Tor Onion Service to overcome censorship and ensure privacy BetaNews. Am I missing something? Doesn’t this mean you can use Tor to evade the paywall?
Why Trump’s Lionizing of China’s Xi Jinping Probably Won’t Work New Yorker (furzy)
Drug Traffickers For Jesus Financial Times (Jeff S)
Madrid dismisses Catalan government after independence vote Financial Times
Catalonia independence: Spain strips police chiefs of powers BBC. Notice this part:
Barcelona’s mayor Ada Colau condemned the move by Madrid, but also criticised Catalan pro-independence parties for “advancing at a kamikaze pace…after their mistaken reading of the results of the Catalan elections”
Cold Reality Dawns for Catalonia After Spain Quashes Independence Bloomberg. Take with a fistful of salt. However, independence has never polled as a majority position in Catalonia. And I have not seen any post-referendum polls, so it’s not clear if the pre-existing split has changed. However, an aggressive intervention by Rajoy could turn more Catalans against Madrid.
Why does Israel keep attacking Syria? Al Jazeera (UserFriendly)
Imperial Collapse Watch
Were Wars Bloodier and Longer When We Had Conscription? American Conservative. Resilc: “See last sentence. No sane voices on the opportunity costs.”
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
A federal grand jury has approved the first charges, and someone could be in custody by Monday, sources say CNN. I’m told sealed indictments, at least at the Federal level, are very unusual. Lawyers, please pipe up.
General Kelly Should Just Shut Up Counterpunch
This Is What the Trump Abyss Looks Like New York Magazine. Resilc: “The sun is still shining outside today tho.”
Trump gets boost from strong economy The Hill
State Department Scraps Sanctions Office Foreign Policy (furzy)
Soaring Premiums Mean Soaring Risks for Obamacare Bloomberg (furzy)
Pharmaceutical Founder Arrested In Alleged Nationwide Opioid Scheme NPR. Abigail F: “An actual rich guy, not just the company.”
Mark Zuckerberg Is Testing Ways to Reassure Republicans Vanity Fair (resilc)
The GOP Is No Longer Trying to Hide Its Inhuman Priorities New York Magazine (resilc)
Defense wants ‘domestic terrorism’ out of Bundy case High Country News (resilc)
Why Roy Moore’s Law-School Professor Nicknamed Him Fruit Salad New Yorker (furzy)
Law Enforcement Descended On Standing Rock A Year Ago And Changed the DAPL Fight Forever Intercept (UserFriendly)
PG&E seeks way to punt liability cost MarinIJ. Bill C: “Another case of socialize losses & privatize profits.”
FAC Lawsuit Prompts Disclosure of Records Alleging Misconduct by Milpitas City Official First Amendment Coalition
What The Hell Was This Rachel Maddow Segment? Huffington Post (UserFriendly)
FEMA Had a Plan for Responding to a Hurricane in Puerto… ProPublica (UserFriendly)
Treasury Dept: Stop saying “shadow bank” Axios. No one who counts will comply. I wouldn’t even bet on the research staff at the Fed, since they’ve done some meaningful work on this topic. In fact, one could go further and treat any reporter who did comply with this request as having proven that they are captured.
DOL overtime appeal is welcome news; department should make no attempts to weaken the rule Economic Policy Institute
Alphabet’s Waymo Will Test Self-Driving Cars in Snowy Detroit Bloomberg. You can be sure these are not fully autonomous. The failure to do adequate reporting is annoying.
Antidote du jour. Jamie J: “Our grape vine eating varmint that is way too cute to (hmm…) dispose of. Local possum, very territorial.”
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.