Cow escapes on way to slaughterhouse, smashes through metal fence, breaks arm of man trying to catch her then swims to safety on island in lake Independent. That cow is an inspiration to us all.
Two cheers for the return of volatility John Authers, FT. “It is far from clear that the investment industry any longer has the skills needed to help the markets in the process of price discovery. Bottom-up stockpicking based on crunching the fundamentals of a company balance sheet is a dying art. It has not been such a useful skill for some time.” Hmm.
How a French Fraudster Climbed the World of International Arms Dealing OCCRP (Richard Smith).
The playboy who got away with $242m – using ‘black magic’ BBC (Richard Smith).
Liberals write off $200M in student loans feds will never collect CBC. Canadian Liberals.
Arkansas banned a weedkiller. Now, Monsanto is suing Grist. Dicamba.
Turkey denies use of chemicals in Syria’s Afrin, says accusations baseless Reuters (Re Silc). Re Silc: “What would McMaster say? He never lies.” And Public reports ‘clearly show’ Assad’s use of chemical weapons: McMaster Reuters (Re Silc). Re Silc: “Must be the Niger yellow cake scam again. Where is Judith Miller?” Readers, serious question: Is there anybody who does not understand those short-hand references?
‘An Endless War’: Why 4 U.S. Soldiers Died in a Remote African Desert NYT (Re Silc). Re Silc: “It’s a jobs program.”
There can be no Brexit deal without Tory unity Spectator. Um…
Chinese New Year, but where’s the money? Le Monde Diplomatique
New Cold War
Sorry to be a bit heavy on this topic, but it’s drowning out everything else. I’ve thrown the topics into three buckets: Warmongering, sometimes hysterical; technical/analytical; and critical:
Foreign Disinformation is a Threat to Military Readiness, Too Defense One. Ka-ching.
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Updated Mueller Docket Census: We Still Don’t Know What 6 Prosecutors Are Doing emptywheel. Six undropped shoes?
This Is What $1.25 Million Dollars a Month Bought the Russians Foreign Policy. More than Clinton’s $1.4 billion, it seems. If Democrats really want to win, why don’t they just hire these guys?
How Much Did Russian Interference Affect The 2016 Election? Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight. The last paragraph is key.
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Russiagate or Deep State? What Some Progressives Get Wrong on Russia. Foreign Policy in Focus
I'm actually surprised I haven't been indicted. I'm Russian, I was in the U.S. in 2016 and I published columns critical of both Clinton and Trump w/o registering as a foreign agent.
— Leonid Bershidsky (@Bershidsky) February 17, 2018
How the New Tax Law Could Slow Disaster Recovery in Small Towns Governing. Things are more like they are now than they ever have been before.
Our Famously Free Press
Chronicle of a white supremacist PR crisis and the making of a hoax Media Matters. Normally, I don’t link to Media Matters, but this is the best round-up I could find.
Cruise ship company sorry about ‘disruptive’ brawl 9 News. Seems like more than a “brawl’!
Behind the Explosion in Socialism Among American Teens In These Times YSDSA.
The Fate of the Revolution Jacobin. Tunisia.
‘Make things pono’: Kamehameha Schools settles sex abuse case Hawaii News Now
I am a knife LRB. “As Judith Butler has argued, the performative is always melancholic, since the performer knows the role they are enacting is no more than skin deep (‘melancholic’ also because of all the other buried and unconsciously grieved sexual lives one might have led).” Or political lives, one might add.
Antidote du jour:
Bonus antidote. Continuing to level up my cat game:
i should've know this was in istanbul
taksim metro cat – 0 fuks given pic.twitter.com/V3tcayO618
— Bitchcoin (@SubMedina) February 16, 2018
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.