Astronomers Spot First-Known Interstellar “Comet” Sky and Telescope
The Boomtown That Shouldn’t Exist Politico
The 1978 system El Pais. From the chairman of El Pais.
Why Greece’s Fate Helps Make Sense of Catalonia’s Gamble The Atlantic (Re Silc).
Misdirection and Catalonia Craig Murray. Did Ciudadanos really originate “as a highly successful astroturf operation, funded and organised by the German overseas security service, the BND”? Murray gives no link.
Used to Afghanistan, Special Operators Suffer From Lack of Support in Africa Foreign Policy. “… a paucity of resources when compared with mature combat theaters like Iraq and Afghanistan…” I like “mature combat theatres” a lot.
NSA Document Says Saudi Prince Directly Ordered Coordinated Attack By Syrian Rebels On Damascus The Intercept (Furzy Mouse).
I Fought a War Against Iran—and It Ended Badly The American Conservative
Could drone that can deliver cargo to islets in South China Sea secure presence in disputed waters? South China Morning Post
When China Leads Project Syndicate
Delaying Chinese Dominance Global Guerillas
New Cold War
The Crooks, the Clowns and the Nazis The Saker, The Unz Review. Interesting, if true, on Ukraine.
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Roger Stone Banned From Twitter After Threatening CNN Anchors Hollywood Reporter
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Decency Lost: McCarthyism Revisited Counterpunch
A Student Loan Nightmare: The Teacher in the Wrong Payment Plan NYT. Sounds like HAMP.
Democrats in Disarray
How To Heal The Left-Liberal Divide Current Affairs. From October 4, that is, before Perez purged Sanders supporters from the DNC and its Rules Committee.
Two Cheers for Polarization Boston Review (Re Silc).
Facebook moves toward revealing political ad backers AFP. “Under the plan unveiled by Facebook vice president Rob Goldman, people will be able to click ‘view ads’ on a page to determine the source.” How bogus. Nobody clicks through. Just put the name of the sponsor under the ad. How hard an this be?
Las Vegas Shooting Victims Are Turning To GoFundMe For Help With Medical Bills HuffPo. I propose that Alexander-Murray be extended to provide access to GoFundMe for those unable to write their own profiles, with credentialed GoFundMe “Crowdfunding Assistants” available through the ObamaCare Marketplace for a modest “set-up fee,” to prevent abuse, the balance to be partially funded through tax credits, means-tested on a sliding scale. Services not available in all states, restrictions may apply.
How Big Medicine Can Ruin Medicare for All Washington Monthly. For some definition of “ruin,” but a wonk’s, not the patients. For patients, a fabulously expensive and irrational system that delivers health are as a universal concrete material benefit is preferable to a fabulously expensive and irrational market-based system that does not.
Would ‘Medicaid for All’ Cure What Ails Our Health-Care System? New York Magazine. Another try at the public option, from Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI).
How the Loss of Cost-Sharing Subsidy Payments is Affecting 2018 Premiums Kaiser Health News
CMS to allow states to define essential health benefits Modern Healthcare
Home Security Designs for Billionaires Core77 (Re Silc).
Stuck! The Law and Economics of Residential Stagnation Yale Law Journal (DK). “Americans are not leaving places hit by economic crises, resulting in unemployment rates and low wages that linger in these areas for decades. And people are not moving to rich regions where the highest wages are available.” Oddly, place, family, friends can be more important than the almighty dollar. What’s wrong with these people? (The author is a “sharing economy” fan.)
Intergenerational social mobility Understanding Society
Why Are Socialists Always Talking About the Working Class? In These Times. A symposium.
California’s opioid death rate is among the nation’s lowest. Experts aren’t sure why Los Angeles Times. Via Twitter: “WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEED.”
Antidote du jour. “A 450-pound Seal Sunbathing on the Runway Delayed Flights in Alaska”:
No matter the size of the cat, they all love a cardboard box… pic.twitter.com/aGdypaXIyf
— CNN Travel (@CNNTravel) October 28, 2017
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.