Loneliest tree in the world serves as a perfect record of how humans have permanently altered Earth International Business Times
Impact of warming seas felt by northeastern fisheries Toledo Blade (GF).
Volatile chemical products emerging as largest petrochemical source of urban organic emissions Science. “A detailed mass balance demonstrates that the use of volatile chemical products (VCPs)—including pesticides, coatings, printing inks, adhesives, cleaning agents, and personal care products—now constitutes half of fossil fuel VOC emissions in industrialized cities.”
Self-Proclaimed Bitcoin Inventor Accused of Swindling $5 Billion of Cryptocurrency Bloomberg. Bitcoin = prosecution futures –Yves Smith, 11/18/13.
U.S. to overtake Russia as top oil producer by 2019 at latest: IEA Reuters. Resouce curse, here we come….
California OKs Autonomous Car Testing Without Backup Drivers US News. So I guess the only regulation will come from the trade press….
Will the U.S. Help the Saudis Get a Nuclear Weapon? Editorial Board, NYT
Turkey’s president tells 6-year-old girl she’d get honours if martyred Sidney Morning Herald (KW).
HNA via GAR? The mystery of Deutsche Bank’s largest shareholder FT Alphaville. “This should not be a difficult question and, at first, the answer seems straightforward: China’s HNA Group [whose rise] from a small regional Chinese airline to one of the country’s most prominent overseas deal-makers has left many observers asking several questions about a group whose true ownership is shrouded in mystery. Not least among them: what actually is HNA?” HNA, apparently, has a “complicated group structure.” Oh, good.
End to term limits at the top may be start of global backlash for China, analysts say South China Morning Post
China’s Stability Myth Is Dead Foreign Policy
The Chinese Century? The National Interest
Denmark’s prime minister casts doubts on Margrethe Vestager’s EU career Altinget (FJ). FJ: “The tentacles are coming for Magrethe Vestager. The Danish government is advertising its intentions of looking into replacing Vestager with a more ‘suitable’ person (if the price is right or maybe they got a telephone call from the singularity cult – http://sunordic.org – since according to ancient myths and legends told to children, we don’t do corruption in Denmark :).”
Angela Merkel names CDU members of possible German Cabinet Deutsche Welle
New Cold War
How Trump Conquered Facebook—Without Russian Ads Wired. Politics is the story hook for the more interesting details of Facebook’s advertising infrastructure.
A “view” from the courtroom: The dog that didn’t bark and Argument analysis: Gorsuch stays mum on union fees SCOTUSblog. The Janus case. Silver lining if unions “lose”: They stop enabling the Democrats and refocus on the workplace.
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Koch Bros related group calls on Congress to protect Dreamers (!) Tampa Bay Times
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The Real Game Trump Is Playing on NAFTA Poltico. Important, and a salutary reminder that much of Twitter’s content is composed of bright shiny objects.
WH quietly issues report to Congress showing benefits of regulations The Hill (UserFriendly).
Why are Democratic party thinktanks still not backing universal healthcare? Adam Gaffney, Guardian
A Better Single-Payer Plan David Leonhardt, NYT. Medicare Extra, still germane. I don’t know whether it’s sheer ignorance or breathtaking effrontery that leads Leonhardt to call a plan that preserves employer-based insurance “single payer,” but I suppose Medicare for All advocates can take comfort with the theory that he’s trying the hijack the branding. Those who suspect that Neera Tanden’s “progressives” at CAP are running Medicare Extra as a bait and switch operation to sabotage single payer, exactly as the same crowd did in 2009-2010, should read “Bait and switch: How the ‘public option’ was sold,” followed by “Reply to critics of “Bait and switch: How the ‘public option’ was sold” from PNHP’s Kip Sullivan. Perhaps Tanden thinks that, after a nearly decade, she can pull the same play out of the same playbook and nobody will notice. Of course, maybe this time around, “progressives” are sincere. They could signal it by defenestrating a prominent anti-#MedicareForAll Democrat. How about Gretchen Whitmer? See next–
Blue Cross Pressures Employees to Donate to Opponent of Single-Payer Candidates Truthout. Sadly, the headline whitewashes the role of the Democratic favorite, Gretchen Whitmer, whose father, Richard Whitmer, was president of Blue Cross of Michigan for 18 years and even has a building named after him on Blue Cross’s campus. And, of course, ka-ching.
Citigroup Drove Puerto Rico Into Debt. Now It Will Profit From Privatization On The Island. The Intercept. From last week, still germane.
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
When is a strike not a strike? Preston County News-Journal
You’re more likely to achieve the American dream if you live in Denmark World Economic Forum (Altandmain). Mission accomplished!
Hundreds lose New Zealand drivers licenses in bribery scandal The FCPA Blog. So that’s why the squillionaires are moving there! It’s not the hobbits at all!
Food for Thought: Was Cooking a Pivotal Step in Human Evolution? Scientific American. As opposed to takeout?
Antidote du jour (via):
TIL, if people wanted cat pictures in the '60s, they literally had to mail a quarter to a company called "Cat Pictures" in Chicago. pic.twitter.com/cN4A05rAFA
— JPat Brown (@resentfultweet) February 24, 2018
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.