What living on Earth would be like without the moon Business Insider (Kevin W)
In Calabria le «vacche sacre» della ‘ndrangheta catturate (dopo 40 anni) Corriere della Sera. Italy has sacred cows too!
Europe-Asia trade war looms over palm oil Asia Times. J-LS: “Pity this move would come much too late to save Malaysian and Indonesia rainforest– much of which has already been replaced by palm oil plantations.”
Shell oil just unveiled a plan to move the world away from fossil fuels OilPrice (David L)
Extreme Rainfall Events in India Related to Human-made Emissions The Wire (J-LS)
Apple’s new iPad is a total misfire that shows how out of touch the company is with schools and kids Business Insider (Kevin W)
New Human ‘Organ’ Was Hiding in Plain Sight National Geographic. From JTM:
I’ve got some health issues that Mechanical Medicine has no help for, not even a meaningful diagnosis, and no real treatments that are anything other than “ it might help, it’s the standard of care, it’s what we do” things that seem to be little more than risk-heavy “wallet biopsies.” A relative is a physical therapist who has learned the practice of craniosacral therapy, which deeply implicates these structures and apparent functions to help address a variety of ill-defined and “untreatable” problems. I’ll attest that whether or not it’s just a placebo or psychogenic effect, her “laying on of hands” just one time made a very noticeable abatement of a couple of those problems, including unpleasant peripheral neuropathy.
There are more thing in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamed of in your philosophy…
Kim Jong Un Is Willing to Hold Summit With U.S., China Says Bloomberg. So much for China having no influence…
China says North Korea’s Kim pledges denuclearisation during friendly visit Reuters. Huge if true.
Mass immigration “a risky experiment” without parallel MacroBusiness
Theresa May risks being replaced and splitting Tory party if she ignores Eurosceptics’ demands, says Jacob-Rees Mogg Independent. So the Ultras finally woke up to the capitulation last week…
Brussels to propose €50bn raid on ECB profits Financial Times. To pay for EU budget shortfalls….along with a plastics tax!
New Cold War
How Will Trump Punish Russia Next? Politico
Census 2020: US adds controversial citizenship question BBC. Much fulminating, including litigation threats, by Democrats. Hard to see that this goes anywhere, given that this question was on the census in the past. But the opponents don’t need to win, just to get the matter tied up in court so that the question can’t be added to the census.
John Bolton’s History of Tirades and Dirty Tricks American Conservative
Kansas considers making schools liable for not arming staff Washington Post (Kevin W)
UK political shock as Zuckerberg spurns parliament Agence France Presse (furzy)
Nearly a third of tech workers are ready to #DeleteFacebook BetaNews The problem is this is yet another Internet poll, so the results aren’t reliable.
Fake news 2.0: personalized, optimized, and even harder to stop MIT Technology Review (furzy)
Uber’s Killer Car
Uber’s use of fewer safety sensors prompts questions after Arizona crash Reuters (Kevin W)
Berlin: Autonome Kleinbusse nehmen Betrieb auf Macwelt (jb)
Faangs shares suffer their worst one-day loss Financial Times
Low risk as a predictor of financial crises VoxEU. Confirming Minsky.
Roseanne Conner Has Become a Trump Supporter. Just Like Her Creator. New York Times (J-LS)
Antidote du jour. Tracie H: “House Finch on a Prickly Pear cactus.”
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here