West sent lizards as nuclear spies, claims Iran defense official ars technica. Surreal, but Bill B, who has serious tech chops, writes: “If this is bogus, what were activists doing with a bunch of lizards?”
25 Years of Data Shows We Missed Something Important About Sea Level Rise Science Alert (David L)
Will Astronomers Be Ready for the Next ‘Oumuamua?’ Scientific American (Kevin W)
Incredible video reveals terrifying robot dog that can open doors Thai Tech (furzy). Lambert featured this gimmick yesterday, but important to note negative prospective customer reaction.
Limiting Chinese Aggression: A Strategy of Counter-Pressure American Interest
Boris says EU laws ‘intolerable’ after BrexitForeign Secretary draws red line in warning that Brussels’ influence could hit trade deals Telegraph. Some readers contend that Brexit will not happen or it will be “Brexit in name only.” Wake up and smell the coffee. The ultras have too much share of mind for that to happen.
FAQ: How customs unions work Politico
Resist a US trade deal. Your life may depend on it Guardian (PlutoniumKun)
Oxfam sex scandal: Charity chief Mark Goldring knew of allegations The Times. Not the first time, either: ‘Sometimes when I’m alone with my baby, I think about killing him. He reminds me of the man who raped me.’ Washington Post
New Cold War
Is Dissent A Russian Plot To Undermine Midterm Elections? Shadowproof (UserFriendly)
Ex-CIA analyst: Trump giving Russia ‘green light’ to interfere in US elections The Hill. UserFriendly; “Kill me.”
South African police arrest 3 in raid on Zuma allies Financial Times
Russians killed in clash with US-led forces in Syria Middle East Online (resilc)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Trump wants to slash food stamps and replace them with a ‘Blue Apron-type program’ Washington Post (furzy). Help me. First, the box looks guaranteed to produce more Type II diabetes, not that it’s easy to eat on a low income and steer clear of cheap, high glycemic index foods. Second, what about people who have allergies? Third, clearly no one proposing this has ever been poor. How do they propose to deliver the box safely? I don’t know a lot of poor people who live in doorman buildings or have servants waiting to receive deliveries at their house or trailer….or parked car.
Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America White House (Kevin C)
Intel Director Dan Coats: National Debt Poses ‘Dire’ National-Security Threat Daily Beast (UserFriendly). People in the intelligence community should stick to lying about what they can pretend they know about, like WMD in Iraq.
Top ICE Lawyer Accused of Stealing Immigrants’ Identities Daily Beast. Resilc: “Is he from Baltimore?”
Booker to stop accepting donations from corporate PACs The Hill (UserFriendly)
Panel says company misled Puerto Rico on $133M rebuilding contract The Hill (UserFriendly)
Uber booked $2.2 billion in sales last quarter — but it still took a $1.1 billion loss Business Insider (David L). Hubert Horan will have more to say about this soon…
Wholesale Power Generators to Get Hurt by Grid Batteries Wolf Street (EM)
The Next Recession Is Gonna Really Suck MSN (UserFriendly)
US watchdog probes possible manipulation of volatility index Financial Times. Finra just about never gets out of bed. This must be driven by some big guns in the industry.
Trump budget could lead to millions of global deaths Guardian. Um, I am sure our wars have done that, so where were they on cutting military spending?
Employers lying about the flat wages growth in Australia Bill Mitchell (UserFriendly)
The mini crash and class warfare Al Jazeera (resilc)
Sign and send a message to Congress: Stop Donald Trump’s Tip Theft Attempt Economic Policy Institute
Antidote du jour (Matt K). And shame on you if you thought this was Photoshopped!
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.