Dear patient readers,
Apologies for the lack of original posts. I am bogged down on reviewing a big piece plus fighting a bug.
Now Coming to a Backyard Near You: Weird Chickens Wall Street Journal. I am told chickens are smart and make nice pets.
Watch: Video about competitive gravedigging Boing Boing
We May Not Have Enough Minerals To Even Meet Electric Car Demand Jalopnik. You read this first at Naked Capitalism months ago, see here and here.
Theresa May’s Brexit strategy hits a legal minefield Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Telegraph. Ahem, the UK was not listening. The EU said repeatedly, from the very day after the Brexit vote, that any arrangement had to fit in the context of existing agreements, and explicitly that meant the UK would not get better deals than other trade partners had. They’ve said that repeatedly in God knows how many ways. The uK is now surprised that this is a real constraint?
Ousted Catalan leader sounds defiant but accepts election Politico. From Politico’s daily e-mail:
During the press conference, he didn’t say when he would return to Spain, though not doing so could result in a European arrest warrant being issued if he fails to respond to a court summons to face charges of sedition and rebellion later this week. Europa Press said he was spotted leaving the hotel with his suitcase, while El País reports some of his team has arrived back in Barcelona. A clue may lie in his webpage, which has changed from president.cat to president.exili.eu.
New Cold War
Russian Army Gets Specialized Drone-Hunters Motherboard
The Real Promise of the Manafort Indictment Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg. My God, something sane.
The Manafort Indictment: Not Much There, and a Boon for Trump National Review (s.n.). I hate being reduced to linking to the National Review, but it has criticized Trump pretty regularly. And this confirms the view of a tax expert, who sees the violations here as paperwork-related and points out there are no tax charges in the filing. Go read the actual causes of action.
Papadopoulos Claimed Trump Campaign Approved Russia Meeting Bloomberg. This was a junior loose cannon in a campaign widely criticized for being disorganized. But he might have worn a wire, and there were so many amateurs floating around, combined with a complete lack of discipline from the top down, that someone easily could have said or e-mailed something very stupid and damaging to him.
A Refusal to Compromise? Civil War Historians Beg to Differ New York Times
New York attack: five Argentinian friends named among eight killed – latest updates Guardian. A Belgian killed too. Wowsers, the person being held drove for Uber.
Black Injustice Tipping Point
Slavery Thrived on Compromise, John Kelly New York Times. Reslic highlights this part:
Just last week, a black criminal defendant in Louisiana was denied his constitutional right to an attorney because the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled six to one that he hadn’t really requested a lawyer when he told police during questioning: “I know I didn’t do it. So why don’t you just give me a lawyer, dawg, ’cause this is not what’s up?” The willfully ignorant justices ruled that the defendant had asked for a “lawyer dog,” not a lawyer, so he had not invoked his right to counsel.
>Emory University Hospital is refusing a transplant for a 2 year old Color of Change. Because his father has a record.
Americans Are Officially Freaking Out Bloomberg. Yet consumer and business confidence ratings are at high levels.
What J. D. Vance Doesn’t Get About Appalachia Washington Monthly
Curing ‘affluenza’ needs to become a cultural priority TreeHugger. Good luck with that.
Wages rose for the bottom 90 percent in 2016 as those for top 1 percent fell Economic Policy Institute
Antidote du jour (Timotheus):
And a bonus antidote from guurst. See original story, The dog that saved the big cats.
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.