Dear patient readers,
There seems to be a DNS problem at a high level somewhere on the Web. I am getting repeated messages that both my browsers cannot find Google, the Wall Street Journal, and other big sites. Started sometime after 5 AM EDT. Come back for more links later.
8:00 AM. I have to throw in the towel. Many sites aren’t loading. I’ve rebooted everything. And the fail messages are “can’t find the server” when so many sites cannot be down. Sorry to give you short rations but this is not a happening event.
“If machines produce everything we need, the outcome will depend on how things are distributed.” ~ Stephen Hawking
"We Should Really Be Scared Of Capitalism, Not Robots"https://t.co/vZolCoyxkz
— Sema Hernandez 🌹 (@_SemaHernandez_) March 14, 2018
Dog dies on United Airlines flight after being forced into overhead locker Guardian. :-( Another reason not to fly United. Remember Dr Dao? Our post on the terrible MSM reporting and how United had no legal basis for his removal was our most read article last year.
Google to Ban Ads for Cryptocurrencies Wall Street Journal
This Exercise Can Give You the Immune System of a 20-year-old, New Research Shows Travel & Leisure. I sent a cranky note about this to David L, when the lousy reporting isn’t his doing. So apologies, David!
Correlation is not causation. They did not take non-cycists and have them start cycling at 55. It may just as well be you have to have a very good immune system to cycle regularly into your 50s (think of weather, like if nothing else getting caught in the rain and having to ride back in it), so you have a combination of people self-selected for good immune systems plus then getting the exercise benefit on top of it. I don’t dispute an exercise benefit, I just strongly suspect there is a large element of the sport weeding out people who can’t stand being out in the elements over time.
Massive protest in Mumbai shakes up Modi government Asia Times (J-LS)
RBI discontinues Letter of Undertaking, Letter of Comfort as instruments of trade credit Economic Times of India (J-LS)
UK will be paying Brexit ‘divorce bill’ until 2064, says Treasury watchdog Independaet (Kevin W). A very large cat has been set among the pigeons.
Irish Prime Minister dismisses No 10 plan to register in advance to cross Irish border Independent. Note we had an argument in comments about whether this could be depicted as a Government scheme, since the EU proposed it but it looked to be an effort to propose something specific that was in line with the Government’s desire to have magical technology fixes. The Independent’s framing is similar to ours.
New Cold War
May prepares to expel Russian diplomats and call for urgent UN meeting Independent. Breaking story.
Moscow demands access to case files on nerve agent attack on former spy Skripal Financial Times. Mentions, way down in the story, that Russia has invoked the Chemical Weapons Convention, to which the UK is a party, and says only that it gives Russia 10 days to reply. Omits that the accuser is also required to provide their evidence to the accused, which the UK has refused to do.
Updated: Russian to Judgement – The same people who assured you that Saddam Hussein had WMD's now assure you Russian "novochok" nerve agents are being wielded by Vladimir Putin to attack people on British soil. As with the Iraqi WMD dossier, it is https://t.co/0beG8eXYLt
— Craig Murray (@CraigMurrayOrg) March 13, 2018
Jeremy Corbyn is resisting drive for war with Russia Defend Democracy
What kind of warmongering lunacy is this? https://t.co/3Imm5yccXD
— Doug Henwood (@DougHenwood) March 13, 2018
Imperial Collapse Watch
How the Pentagon Devours the Federal Budget War Is Boring
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Google’s new ‘Plus Codes’ are an open source, global alternative to street addresses 9to5 Google. This creeps me out. Google stepping all over a government function. That is no accident.
AMD allegedly has its own Spectre-like security flaws CNET. Richard Smith:
Seems quite a bit worse than Spectre & Meltdown actually: https://www.amdflaws.com/.
Assessment by my favourite gung-ho short seller.
Me, I think AMD’s TBTF, but I’m willing to learn.
Versus (also via Richard Smith):
First read of the AMDFLAWS whitepaper (no real technical details given) is: “over-hyped beyond belief”.
This is a whitepaper worthy of an ICO.
And yes, that is meant to be an insult.
— Arrigo Triulzi (@cynicalsecurity) March 13, 2018
China’s sovereign wealth fund sells stake in Blackstone Financial Times. Depicted as the result of “trade tensions.”
From Politico’s e-mailed European newsletter:
TRUMP TELLS EU WHAT HE WANTS: The EU could get an exemption from U.S. President Donald Trump’s harsh steel and aluminum tariffs if the union was to be considered a reliable partner in fighting over-capacities (translation: fighting China), among other criteria. That’s what the European Commission told EU countries on Monday, according to three people briefed on Monday’s meetings on the outcome of U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer’s chat with European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström this weekend.
US President Donald Trump inspects prototypes for border wall News.com.au (Kevin W)
Looks like Mattis is the grown up in the room Sic Semper Tyrannis (Chuck L)
Trump Votes For Rexit – Torture Queen Will Head CIA – (Updated) Moon of Alabama (UserFriendly)
Hunted Beneath a Killing Moon Nina Illingworth (UserFriendly)
ICE spokesman quits over leaders’ use of ‘misleading facts’ to discuss Calif. arrests Minnesota Public Radio News (Chuck L)
Donald Trump Jr. Campaigns at Pennsylvania Candy Shop The Cut (Chuck L)
Superdelegates and the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee: A Different Perspective After the Winter Meeting Frontloading (UserFriendly)
Lamb clings to tiny lead with all precincts reporting Politico. Democratic governor and secretary of state, and no paper trials for electronic voting machines. So expect this apparent win to survive any challenge.
Elderly in U.S. Are Projected to Outnumber Children Wall Street Journal
EU seeks more protection for gig economy workers Financial Times
Doctors criticize Michigan Medicine concierge medical plan Associated Press (Mlle Detroit). See doctor and nurse pushback: UM considers changes in direct primary care with Victors Care program after faculty protests Crains Detroit
Walmart will start delivering groceries to shoppers across the US — and it’s a direct assault against Amazon Business Insider (Kevin W)
Antidote du jour (furzy):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.