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‘Twilight Zone’ Reboot From Jordan Peele in the Works at CBS All Access Hollywood Reporter. I don’t see how this can be replicated. It needs to be in black and white and no way will that happen.
A Crimson Fracture in the Sky Topic (guurst). An anti-antidote.
U.S. Report Says Humans Cause Climate Change, Contradicting Top Trump Officials New York Times (furzy). Note that Bush had conceded this point.
Scientists Find the Chemical That Suppresses Unwanted Thoughts in the Brain Inverse. I take Gaba because it supposedly can help you sleep better (as in improve sleep quality). I have not seen any impact whatsoever regarding “unwanted memories”. Admittedly, I take it only once a day, but the flip side is if you take things your body makes, it has a tendency to down-regulate its own production in light of the amount being consumed. So while I am sure Gaba sales will soar based on this news, I’d keep your expectations in check if you decide to do some personal experimentation.
Fake meat and free markets ease North Koreans’ hunger Reuters (resilc)
We Need New Rules for the Internet Economy Der Speigel (resilc). Important in and of itself as well as demonstrating German support for the EU competition minister.
Spanish prosecutor seeks arrest warrant for Puigdemont Financial Times. Key section, consistent with our observations:
Cracks have started to appear in the pro-independence parties in Catalonia. In Mr Puigdemont’s PdeCat, some allies were pushing for a negotiated solution with Madrid.
Opinion: Puigdemont and his Catalan disappearing act DW. Ouch. One of the less caustic parts:
Puigdemont has probably overestimated the revolutionary potential of his fellow Catalans who can easily get fired up. Marching in nice weather is fun, but sacrificing wealth and employment for a nationalist dream if you live comfortably and quite autonomously from Spain — it seems silly just writing it down.
Having said all of that, and the arrest warrant is consistent with Catalonia having declared independence. pursuing bringing Puigdemont back to Spain could backfire although given how quickly Catalonia acquiesced to direct rule and that the separatist parties are squabbling, Spain may have judged the depth of conviction among the separatists correctly.
Martin Selmayr BBC. Interview.
America Losing Afghanistan by Every Metric that Matters Astute News (resilc)
New Cold War
Early Backer of Facebook Linked to Russia Bank, Kushner Platform Bloomberg. If you read carefully, this is really strained.
Imperial Collapse Watch
DoD is Losing the Budget Endgame Defense One (resilc). I would not be so optimistic. The black budget is huge and not part of the official budget scored by the CBO. We can always find money for the next billion dollar bombing run in the Middle East.
How Robots Will Help the US Navy Avoid Future Collisions Defense One. Resilc: “More tech is always the answer.
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Can Silicon Valley Own Its “Shoes Off at the Airport” Moment? Vanity Fair. That metaphor will be lost on them. They all fly on private jets.
Are Bannon’s Ongoing Contacts With Trump Illegal? Politico (furzy)
Trump, GOP Are Running Against President Hillary Clinton New York Magazine. Resilc: “Well she IS the leader of the Demozzzzzz.”
GOP predicts few defections on tax vote The Hill. They also repeatedly said they had the votes for Obamacare reform. Could still be correct, but wait for independent whip counts.
Steph Curry Says He’s Puzzled Over Mention in GOP Tax Proposal Bloomberg. Video says they need to get this through the House committee next week to be able to pass the bill by Thanksgiving. That is key to the timetable and the timetable is seen as critical to passage. Oh, and if you didn’t know, OF COURSE Steph Curry is black.
Tax plan could curb US infrastructure investment Financial Times
Republican tax plan kills electric vehicle credit ars technica
Trump personally pushing GOP leaders to use tax bill to undermine Obamacare Washington Post (JTM)
Judge proposes May 7 start date for Manafort, Gates trial The Hill (furzy)
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) November 1, 2017
Democrats in Disarray
Democrats still toxic in rural America Politico. IMHO, many rural voters saw Hillary’s “deplorables” remark as official confirmation of Democratic party views. “Deplorables” T-shirts sold in big volumes, such as “I am an adorable deplorable” in the smallest baby sizes.
Trump Was Right, The Election Was Rigged by Publius Tacitus Fabius Maximus.
Angry About the DNC Scandal? Thank Obama. The Intercept. One sour note: the ideal that small donors played a meaningful role in Obama;s fundraising is a carefully cultivated myth.
The Democratic Party Is Finding a Way to F*ck This Up Charles Pierce, Esquire. What an appalling piece. Nothing like making your class allegiances clear. Resilc: “The only way out is to put Clintoonz and Obomba on dunk-me chairs on the mall to raise $ for the DNC debt and start anew.”
How the Democrats Are Failing the Resistance Andrew Sullivan, New York Magazine. This piece is deadly. For instance:
Northam seems to me almost a classic Democratic politician of our time. I have no idea what his core message is (and neither, it seems, does he); on paper, he’s close to perfect; his personality is anodyne; his skills as a campaigner are risible; and he has negative charisma. More to the point, he is running against an amphibian swamp creature, Ed Gillespie, and yet the Washington lobbyist is outflanking him on populism. Northam’s ads are super lame, and have lately been largely on the defensive, especially on crime, culture, and immigration. He hasn’t galvanized minority voters, has alienated many white voters, and has failed to consolidate a broader anti-Trump coalition. In Virginia, Trump’s approval rating is 38/59, but Northam is winning only 81 percent of the disapprovers, while Gillespie is winning 95 percent of the approvers. Northam’s early double-digit lead has now collapsed to within the margin of error….
Now go to Northam’s website and you see a near-copy of Clinton’s agenda last year.
If you think there is any hope for the Democratic Party, think twice (hat tip Marshall). Read the comments on this tweet. Super ugly:
Donald Trump says I said “DNC RIGGED the system…” First of all, I don’t speak in CAPS! #NotWhatISaid
— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) November 3, 2017
Brazile: Wasserman Schultz Kept Data Breach Under Wraps Newsmax (furzy)
Portland, Oregon Corruption Special. From Chris M, who lives nearby and “marvels at their complete lack of culpability, as well as the stupidity of the Portland voters…”
Neil Goldschmidt Wikipedia:
His legacy and career were severely damaged by revelations that he had a sexual relationship with a young teenage girl during his first term as mayor of Portland.
Former Portland Mayor Sam Adams’ ex-staffer accuses him of sexual harassment; Adams welcomes investigation OregonLive. Problem is the former chief of staff is backing the ex-mayor, so unless the staffer has records, Adams might beat this assuming the allegations are true. This lends the account some credibility: Portland police release second report on Adams crash OregonLive
Attorney who served as top Portland Public Schools lawyer during troubled year out OregonLive. Chris M: “Next, we have the top lawyer for the Portland school district protecting sexual predator teachers. Note the complete lack of accountability: After lawsuit targets parent for seeking records, state to audit Portland schools OregonLive”
Only in America
Mysterious Cold War bunker closes Charlotte Observer. Resilc: “This is in back of my house in North Carolina. Lots of fiber optics going into the big hole. None for my hood but lots for the hole site.”
Apple firmly on course for $1 trillion valuation: analysts Reuters. Resilc: “A replay of y2k era.”
SoftBank’s $10bn Uber deal held up by last-minute dispute Financial Times. From yesterday.
Alphabet has lost another trade secret claim in its lawsuit against Uber Recode. It still has eight left. Uber’s cheering is premature. What is critical is the timetable and whether Uber can be shown to have had little/no autonomous car tech prior to Waymo buy, and whether what it got from Waymo was important/critical.
The reason to lament Jay Powell’s appointment Financial Times
The Great College Loan Swindle Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone (Pat). Today’s must read.
DNAinfo and Gothamist Close as Local Nonprofits Sites Soldier On Not for Profit News. Two pubs shuttered for unionizing. Owner also took down all their content.
The Legal Situation of DNAinfo and Gothamist Matt Bruenig
New York strippers strike: Dancers say nearly-naked ‘bottle girls’ are grabbing their cash, cite racism SFGate (Kevin W). One of my friends was married to a stripper (ironically, a professional ballerina who turned to stripping to pay her student loans. She gained a few pounds so that she was more shapely than at her old normal, and even thought she wasn’t zoftic, she moved so well men would tip her well). In NYC, strippers are most assuredly not prostitutes, unlike in other cities. Touch one of the girls, and you get thrown out immediately. But it looks like even stripping isn’t what it used to be.
Antidote du jour. Tracie H: “This is Sparkey from a miniature horse ranch in Rialto California, helping out with pony rides at the Laguna Hill’s ‘Pumpkin City’ annual event.”