Dear patient readers,
We are starting our holiday schedule today: Links, Water Cooler, and three rather than four posts. You will get weekend-level coverage (Links plus two posts) on Thanksgiving Day and Friday. Hope our American readers who are on the road have safe and smooth travels!
World’s best cheese is revealed Yahoo (furzy)
It’s the 1st known interstellar asteroid EarthSky (Chuck L)
Self-taught rocket scientist plans to launch over ghost town Associated Press. Chuck L: “I smell a Darwin Award in the offing.”
RIP net neutrality: FCC chair releases plan to deregulate ISPs ars technica (Chuck L)
Apple Finds Foxconn Interns Worked Illegal Overtime on iPhone X Bloomberg (Chuck L)
How Evil Is Tech? New York Times (David L)
People are ‘enslaved’ by 24-hour email and businesses must take action, experts say Independent. One of several reasons I have a dumbphone and regularly leave it at home.
Sugar industry withheld evidence of sucrose’s health effects nearly 50 years ago MedicalXpress (Chuck L)
Why I injected myself with an untested gene therapy BBC (David L, Mark P). I’m more willing to try non-mainstream approaches than most people. These guys are completely mad. Darwin Award winners in the making.
Zimbabwe coup a win-win for China – for now Asia Times
FDP legt zu – Union unter 30 Prozent Der Spiegel
U.S. warns citizens against risks of travel to Saudi Arabia Reuters (furzy)
Report: Civilian Death Toll in Iraq 31 Times Higher Than US Claims Real News Network
After the liberation of Mosul, an orgy of killing Guardian (Gabriel)
New Cold War
The Lost Journalistic Standards of Russia-gate Consortiumnews (Chuck L)
Russia, in Reversal, Confirms Radiation Spike New York Times (David L)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Plant spies: DARPA’s plan to create organic surveillance sensors New Atlas (David L). Depressing.
Mueller Probes Kushner’s Contacts With Foreign Leaders Wall Street Journal
CFPB Directorship Succession: What the Dodd-Frank Act’s Legislative History Tells Us Adam Levitin, Credit Slips. Unduly anodyne headline. Bottom line is Trump can’t appoint a successor to Cordray.
Trump Administration Blasts Mexico, Canada on Nafta Progress Wall Street Journal
The Bizarre True Story of the Neighborhood Scuffle That Left Rand Paul with Six Broken Ribs GQ. Chuck L: “It appears that the GQ reporter actually committed journalism!”
On the Rehabilitation of George W. Bush TomDispatch
Sex in Politics….Not!
Clinton and Character Rolling Stone (October 28, 1998)
Will the Prison Rape Epidemic Ever Have Its Weinstein Moment? Intercept. Short answer: don’t hold your breath. The reason sexual harassment has become a national cause celebre is that elite women and celebrities were being harassed. Have we yet seen any stories about harassment of secretaries and nurses? Or Walmart workers? Prisoners are way lower on the “deserving of media sympathy” than them.
Police State Watch
Cops Thought Innocent Man Shoplifted a Shirt, So 50 SWAT Cops Tore Down His House Free Thought Project (Judy B). Even with the victim not helping his situation, this does seem a tad excessive.
CalPERS: Stop investing in deforestation Sacramento Bee (jpr). Not as clear-cut as it seems. CalPERS is investing in stocks, and likely through indexes, which means it is not contributing to the funding of deforestation. The usual argument from the CalPERS side, which has some merit, is it can do more to pressure companies via being an activist shareholder than by selling.
Uber Paid Hackers $100,000 to Conceal Large 2016 Breach Wall Street Journal. That was all they could extract? They should have gotten at least another $100K for not going to the press.
Uber Paid Hackers to Delete Stolen Data on 57 Million People Bloomberg (David L)
Wholefoods Magazine Names Jeff Bezos ‘Person of The Year’ PR Web (Scott)
What Happens When You Bust a Teachers’ Union? Nothing Good! Not for Profit News
Harvard Faces DOJ Probe Over Affirmative-Action Policies Wall Street Journal. FWIW, in my day. Harvard had a policy limiting how many private school kids and Jews it admitted.
Antidote du jour (Kittie Wilson via Lawrence R):
And a mild anti-antidote, from bob:
i first saw this video of suburban turkeys doing a satanic circle walk around a dead cat about two years ago. i think about it maybe once a month. pic.twitter.com/IP0AjRPlEG
— Alex Lau (@iamnotalexlau) November 11, 2017