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Beneficial soil bacteria face a weed-killing threat from above Cornell Chronicle (original).
Nate Sweeps Across U.S. Gulf Coast Weather Underground
Google accused of racketeering in lawsuit claiming pattern of trade secrets theft San Jose Mercury News (Re Silc).
Behind Tesla’s Production Delays: Parts of Model 3 Were Being Made by Hand WSJ. Looks like my snark comparing Tesla’s difficulties producing Model 3s — 260! In a whole month! — to Patek Philippe fabricating mechanical watches wasn’t that far off the mark.
Facebook’s Promise of Community Is a Lie The New Republic
The Last Invention of Man Nautil.us. A Silicon Valley fantasy of AI triumphalism, greatly in contrast to articles like Silicon Valley’s Next Target for Disruption Is Socks Bloomberg
Is Trend Forecasting Doing More Harm to Fashion Than Good? The Fashion Law. Trend forecasting? Or dictating?
California Treasurer Urges State Pension Funds to Drop Gun Sellers NYT. Surely there are other, more institutionally focused things the California Treasurer could be asking State Pension Funds to do?
How Is Online Shopping Affecting Retail Employment? Liberty Street Economics
The Global Competitiveness Report 2017–2018 (PDF) World Economic Forum
A match made by Maria? Puerto Rico needs power. Tesla founder has solar energy system McClatchy. Never let a crisis go to waste.
Trump: less tweets, more help Bernie Sanders, Tribuna Invitada. Fewer. Nevertheless.
Crackdown on the Catalonia Referendum is Difficult to Digest in Barcelona Culinary Backstreets (DJG).
Why Should Catalonia Not be Free? The American Conservative
By What Measure? n+1
Germany rejects May’s Brexit transition hopes FT. “Berlin-led countries insist divorce bill from EU will be resolved first.”
Trident at Risk? UMV Technology vs Submarine Stealth Cable
Virgin Care asks Bath staff not to report safety concerns to health watchdog Bath Chronicle. Neoliberal sabotage of the NHS continues apace.
New Cold War
Hillary Clinton calls for ‘new doctrine’: Cyberattacks should be an act of war Washington Examiner (the Stanford Press release). “… [I]ntelligence agencies have concluded…”. So, since attribution is hard, liberal Democrats would prefer, in effect, to hand war powers over to the intelligence community, exactly as they would prefer that the intelligence community exercise veto power over the selection of Presidents.
Russiagate Is More Fiction Than Fact The Nation
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The FBI’s New U.S. Terrorist Threat: ‘Black Identity Extremists’ Foreign Policy. “New”? I’m sure Fred Hampton would have something to say about that.
Trump the seducer and menacer Sic Semper Tyrannis (Re Silc).
Democrats in Disarray
If the Democrats Don’t Learn This Lesson, They Deserve to Lose Forever Charles Pierce, New York Magazine. When you’ve lost Charlie Pierce…
The ‘Resistance,’ Raising Big Money, Upends Liberal Politics NYT. “[T]he so-called resistance is attracting six- and seven-figure checks from major liberal donors.” Clue stick: Any organization that’s doing that is not going to “upend liberal politics.” In fact, it’s going to continue business as usual.
“Evidence-Based Medicine”: Corporate Medicine’s Corrupted Instrument. Medium (Furzy Mouse).
Down With the Copay Jacobin
Imperial Collapse Watch
Behind the Matador’s Cape Paul Street, Counterpunch
Where Did All the Restaurant Workers Go? Bloomberg
This public policy idea can bring America to full employment, and it’s gathering momentum Think Progress. William Darity on the Jobs Guarantee.
Today’s historians have a higher opinion of Ulysses S. Grant The Economist. “‘To Grant more than any other man the Negro owes his enfranchisement,’ wrote Frederick Douglass, a black leader and a frequent White House guest.”
The Benefits of Twitter for Scientists American Scientist
Actually, Do Read the Comments—They Can Be the Best Part WIRED. So many interesting problems are not primarily technical.
It’s Been 10 Years Since Michael Clayton Held Up His Tiny Phone New York Magazine. Giving me the opportunity to present this classic, and pertinent clip:
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See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.