Patient readers, Yves apologizes for the lack of an original post from her, but she’s under the weather. She sends word: “Maybe you can tell them I am having a war wound addressed and underestimated how painful the treatment is.” –lambert
Lobster Emoji Now Has Proper Number of Legs Because a Bunch of People From Maine Complained New York Times. Victory is ours!
CNY bank staff ‘terrified’ by hungry hawk dining at building’s entrance Syracuse.com (Bob).
The Car of the Future Will Sell Your Data Bloomberg (Re Silc).
The Mess at Meetup Gizmodo. This is too bad. The 2004 Howard Dean campaign (remember “the Democratic wing of the Democratic party”?) used Meetup quite successfully as an organizing tool.
The case for ending Amazon’s dominance The Undercover Economist
Foreign Powers Compete for a Slice of Syria Der Spiegel
The Post-Islamic State Marshall Plan That Never Was Foreign Policy. I’m shocked.
A Nuclear Angle to the 2014 PNS Zulfiquar Attack? The Diplomat
Aviation cliff-edge: How Brexit is sabotaging a British success story Politics (Richard Smith).
Indonesia’s military craves more power Asia Times
New Cold War
Robert Mueller’s America–A Farce Wrapped in Hypocrisy by Publius Tacitus Sic Semper Tyrannis (Darius). “Let me state it succinctly–if you posted a blog suggesting that Hillary deserved to go to jail then you might be a criminal.”
Lawyer charged in Mueller probe pleads guilty to lying to federal investigators The Hill. From Skadden Arps (!).
Conservatives urge Trump to grant pardons in Russia probe Politico (Re Silc). With friends like these…
Democrats in Disarray
Sympathy for the Drivel: On the Vocabulary of President Nitwit Counterpunch. Same tactics used against Bush. I know because I used them! Bush won two terms.
FCC reversal of net neutrality rules expected to be published Thursday: sources Reuters. Here we go!
A decade after meltdown, Senate moves to roll back bank rules Politico. Elizabeth Warren: “I’m amazed that, on the 10th anniversary of the 2008 financial crisis, some Democrats are supporting the Trump administration and Senate Republicans on a bill to roll back the financial rules we put in place.” I’m not.
Dems demand fair-lending docs from CFPB’s Mulvaney American Banker. But see above. No consistency.
As Some Got Free Health Care, Gwen Got Squeezed: An Obamacare Dilemma NYT (Re Silc). “President Trump’s attempts to undermine the health law have exacerbated a tension at the heart of it — while it aims to provide health coverage for all [sic], the law is far more generous to the poor and near poor than the middle class.” Perhaps the best way to measure intent is to look at what actually happens and proceed from there. ObamaCare, in its system architecture, always sends some to HappyVille and some to Pain City, arbitrarily. (Recall that those on the bubble between Medicaid and ObamaCare were advised to lie about their income to get onto Medicaid.) Re Silc comments: “[I]n the spring of 2016, I spent a lot of time at my local sawmill in southern Vermont. This was a major issue by loads of worker bees making $15-20 an hour.” “Good jobs at good wages” don’t help, then….
Maternal Health Care Is Disappearing in Rural America Scientific American
Charity care spending flat among top hospitals Modern Healthcare. At least it’s not going down, as in past years. Most of these hospitals are putative non-profits, let us remember.
Our Famously Free Press
Why is the Manhattan DA Looking at Newsweek’s Ties to a Christian University? Newsweek (DK). “This story was written and edited Tuesday, free of interference from company executives.”
Trump moves to ban rapid-fire gun ‘bump stocks’ NBC. Via regulation.
Student reporter interviews classmates hiding from gunman in Florida high school Forth Worth Star-Telegram
Florida Teachers’ Pension Fund Invested in Maker of School Massacre Gun Bloomberg (Re Silc).
If We Want Kids to Stop Killing, the Adults Have to Stop, Too Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone
Imperial Collapse Watch
Witnessing the Collapse of the Global Elite The Atlantic (Re Silc). The deck: “Last weekend’s security conference in Munich was a stark reminder that this class has nothing of substance to offer a world in turmoil.” When you’ve lost The Atlantic…
The great ‘living within our means’ con: Why you’re more in debt than ever ABC News (Australia (naturally)). “The greatest lie ever sold is that the Australian Government can run out of Australian dollars.”
Come the Recession, Don’t Count on That Safety Net Eduardo Porter, NYT. Why? “The federal debt burden.” In other words, Porter is still locked in the austerity box, along with liberal Democrats. I’m also heartily sick of the “safety net” trope. Why should life be like a tightrope walk? Who benefits from that, besides the carnival barkers?
Anti-poverty Policy Innovations: New Proposals for Addressing Poverty in the United States Russel Sage Foundation
Why Equality Matters More Than Income JSTOR Daily
Feathered, Furred or Coloured LRN Dinosaurs!
Antidote du jour (via). Little dinosaurs:
Abyssinian Roller (Coracias abyssinica).
"when you see only one set of footprints in the sand it was then that I carried you" pic.twitter.com/7swqrAyrbT
— Caroline Conrad (@CPConrad) February 20, 2018
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.