The Massively Friendly World of Competitive Giant Pumpkin Growing Atlas Obscura (Carla)
The Return Of Deepwater Oil OilPrice
A big bitcoin investor thinks it might go to 0, but he’s riding the rally anyway Wolf Richter (David L)
Algorithm can identify suicidal people using brain scans The Verge. This study is complete crap. 17 subjects and 17 controls. Way way too few to conclude anything. Plus despite calling them “subjects” and “controls” it’s well known that study subjects tend to show results that please the researchers. The researchers must have somehow screened for people with suicidal ideation. Those people must have inferred they were hoped to produce some result when told depressing words. Think they might have been able to work themselves into some sort of upset state, particularly when the instructions were to concentrate for 30 minutes???? It really offends me when stuff like this gets picked up by the MSM as if the findings were reliable.
Beijing warns US against trying to contain China’s rise Financial Times
Canadian Donald Trump is Coming Benjamin Studebaker (UserFriendly)
BUSINESS AND CONSUMER SURVEY RESULTS European Commission. Sentiment indicators of all sort meeting or beating highest levels since 2001.
France says taxes on US tech would ‘restore balance’ Financial Times
This could shake things up:
The Mark Garnier sex toy story is- erm- titillating. But these allegations in Sunday Times are more sinister still. Tip of the iceberg. pic.twitter.com/AcoGeiyqG5
— Lewis Goodall (@lewis_goodall) October 29, 2017
UK to push for more flexibility in Brexit talks Politico. Reported in NC comments section already, IIRC, by Colonel Smithers, who said Barnier had offered the UK three additional meetings before the December session but the UK had not taken him up on it.
— ??Martin Mycielski (@mycielski) October 30, 2017
France Is Running Out of Butter for Its Croissants Bloomberg. Resilc: “Vermont is on standby by for a possible invasion by France.”
Spanish prosecutor accuses sacked Catalan leader of rebellion Reuters (Oregoncharles)
Puigdemont to speak in Brussels amid asylum speculation Financial Times
Adrift in Algiers: African migrants marooned in a new transit bottleneck Guardian. Resilc: “People flows just getting started with climate change and endless wars.”
New Cold War
Russian content on Facebook may have reached 126 million users — internal document says Washington Post. This is the same Facebook that greatly overstates its number of readers:
It is remarkable that advertisers and investors have not come down harder on Facebook for the grotesque overstatement of its audience. As the report shows, every way you cut the data, Facebook claims to have considerably more viewers in every age group than exists in the population. For instance, Facebook’s “potential reach” for the 18-34 year old cohort in the US is 97 million, versus an actual population of a mere 75.3 million. That means Facebook says it can get ads in front of 34.2% more people in that age group than actually exists. A
Imperial Collapse Watch
Chicken Littles Insist U.S. Military Is Too Old, Too Small American Conservative (resilc)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
(THREAD) Paul Manafort and Rick Gates are now indicted. This thread analyzes legal and political aspects of their indictment and surrender. pic.twitter.com/Ir8zKaA1F2
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) October 30, 2017
Today’s Not a Good Day to Be George Papadopoulos on Twitter Wired (resilc)
Mueller’s Moves Signal Broad Scope Wall Street Journal
Mueller strikes with first charges The Hill. FWIW, I happened to be up when the story broke and I clicked first on the WSJ news alerts. Comments were coming in fast and furious (I’d never seen anything like this) and they were overwhelmingly contemptuous, of the “So what does this have to do with Russia?” variety. Note that I have not seen anywhere near this level of Trump support at the WSJ recently. A lot of comments are regularly contemptuous of his antics, his relationship with Congress, his policy waffles. But my take is that the Rs increasingly see Russia scaremongering as Democrat conspiracy theory.
Here’s why Ukraine paid Manafort insane amounts of money VICE (resilc)
The sudden fall of Washington’s ultimate powerbroker Politico. Lead story at this hour.
The Democratic Law Firm Behind the Russian Collusion Narrative American Conservative. Resilc: “We have a junta running the executive branch, John Birchers in control of the judicial and Crips and Bloods the legislative side. What could go wrong?”
Hillary Clinton Shouldn’t Go Away. She Should Embrace Her Role as Trump’s Nemesis. New Republic. That didn’t work out so well for Captain Ahab.
Google’s Dominance in Washington Faces a Reckoning Wall Street Journal
Sarah Huckabee Sanders Explains the Tax System in Beer Charles Pierce, Esquire (resilc).
The DNC shrugged off the qualms of independents & progressives in 2016. Unfortunately, it appears they haven’t learned from their mistakes. pic.twitter.com/8cfzA3hHcc
— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) October 30, 2017
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Openly Criticizes DNC For Casting Out Progressives Real News Network. This is getting some traction.
Jeff Flake Considers Independent Senate Run in Arizona US News (furzy)
Prisons are important pieces in Ohio gerrymandering: Out of Line: Impact 2017 and Beyond, Cleveland.com (Carla R)
Socialism or Amazonism Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report (resilc)
The Fed Chair Should Be a ‘Principled Populist’ Paul McCulley, New York Times
AFL-CIO calls for a break with “lesser of two evils” politics People’s World (David D)
The Left embraces racism. The result could be ugly. Fabius Maximus (furzy)
Antidote du jour. Further proving how Russians are ruining the body politic, Margarita sent us this subversive image from Sputnik:
And, horrors, a second!
But not to worry, Tracie H shows we can find perfectly fine Thanksgiving images from safe US sources: “Juvenile Jumping Spider with iridescent green chelicerae watching me water plants (and, inadvertently, weeds) in the front yard.”
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.