Dear patient readers,
I hate making regular apologies. I’ve got a couple of original reporting thingies in the hopper which I hope will pan out, and they chew into regular posing time. And someone told me there was an important confession by an insider on trade policy…but I reviewed the hard to read transcript and couldn’t find it, so that was a bust in terms of a posting today. Plus a fashionista friend insists that because Mercury is about to go retrograde (is that the right term of art?), it makes it hard to get stuff done. So those of you who buy that stuff can blame the difficulties Lambert and I have been having this week on the stars.
Why Cats Knock Everything Over, According to Science Inverse (David L)
Footage of mysterious object above ocean stuns military personnel New York Post (David L)
‘Citizen scientists’ track radiation seven years after Fukushima PhysOrg (Chuck L)
Study tackles neuroscience claims to have disproved ‘free will’ MedicalXpress (Robert M)
Wilkerson: Trump Won’t Make Peace with North Korea Real News Network
Britain is SERIOUSLY prepared: Brexit negotiators close in on transition deal Express. Kevin W: “No, seriously. Stop laughing. That is what the head line reads.”
New Cold War
Theresa May’s “45 Minutes” Moment Moon of Alabama
Putin claims credit for healthier Russia as vodka intake falls Financial Times
WATCH: Putin’s FULL Interview with Megyn Kelly on NBC OffGuardian (Thom P)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Tim Berners-Lee: we must regulate tech firms to prevent ‘weaponised’ web Guardian (Chris M)
Trump Tariffs May Threaten U.S. Auto Jobs, European Executives Warn Wall Street Journal
Trump Orders Broadcom to Cease Attempt to Buy Qualcomm Wall Street Journal
Trump’s Order Stops ALL Foreign Takeovers of Large US Tech Companies Wolf Street (EM)
This is a very good move by Trump. It also weakens my thesis that he's increasingly owned by the Chinese government. https://t.co/vmoYJTXYqJ
— Matt Stoller (@matthewstoller) March 12, 2018
A Player In The Trump-Russia Scandal Led A Double Life As An American Spy BuzzFeed. Lambert: “Can’t tell the players without a scorecard”
Larry Kudlow Emerges as Trump Favorite to Replace Cohn, Sources Say Bloomberg. Kill me now.
Republicans on House Panel Find No Collusion Between Russia and Trump Campaign Wall Street Journal. Subhead: “Panel found ‘bad judgment’ and some ‘inappropriate meetings’ between members of the Trump campaign and Russians; report not yet shared with Democrats on committee.”
Commentariat Central: Trumps and Tramps Edition Sardonicky (UserFriendly)
Pence: Abortion will end in U.S. ‘in our time’ MSN (UserFriendly)
Insurers Game Medicare System to Boost Federal Bonus Payments Wall Street Journal. From yesterday, still important.
Numbers Suggest Democrats Are Not Currently Set to Take Back the House of Representatives Counterpunch. If you have been following Lambert’s various tea leaf readers, this is very much a minority view.
Hillary Clinton: I won in ‘dynamic’ places, Trump won ‘backwards’ Business Insider. UserFriendly: “Has this women ever put anyone but herself first? She might as well just admit she wasn’t gonna do shit for anyone that didn’t vote for her.”
More explosions rock Austin Chicago Tribune (Bob H)
If you want to see American liberalism run amok, I’d look at the politicians and senior public officials behind Gateway not some campus protestors.
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) March 13, 2018
We Made A Documentary Exposing The ‘Israel Lobby.’ Why Hasn’t It Run? The Forward (UserFriendly)
Study shows NRA is wrong about Aussie gun laws Sydney Morning Herald (Kevin W)
Bank Financing: The Disappearance of Interbank Lending Money & Banking (Adrien). Important.
Kenneth Rogoff concerned by the dark side of the technology revolution Australian Financial Review
Elon Musk has said that there is a good chance that the first passengers his company sends to Mars will die https://t.co/zf4S0Fhgon
— The Times of London (@thetimes) March 12, 2018
How a corporate cult captures and destroys our best graduates George Monbiot Guardian. This is not an exaggeration. Goldman was extremely cultish and since I was there, more and more companies have adopted many of its practices (cults are a great business model)
Antidote du jour (Tracie H):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.