Decline in bees puts supply of raw materials for global business at risk, says report Independent. Wowsers, I would not put this as my top concern…
Dangerous climate tipping point is ‘about a century ahead of schedule’ warns scientist ThinkProgress (David L)
A $100 million startup littering San Francisco’s sidewalks with scooters is claiming the city wants to shut it down Business Insider. People in San Francisco aren’t bloody minded enough. They need to figure out a way to make the scooters unusable that can be executed unobtrusively while moving a scooter to a supposedly “better” spot, as in less in pedestrian traffic.
Does the UK public have misconceptions about where plastic waste comes from? La Nouvelle Union (UserFriendly)
Revealed: the 82 ‘ghost wards’ containing 1,400 empty NHS beds Guardian (Kevin W)
War with Syria — What Is It Good For? We May Soon Find Out Down With Tyranny (RR)
Trump speaks with allies over Syria options Financial Times. Mirabile dictu, the subhead says “alleged chemical attack.”
Trump Is Blinking on Syria – Russian Ability to Hit Back Is Too Risky for Him Russia Insider (Wat). You need to read past the boosterist tone…
Syria – Threat Of Large War Recedes But May Come Back Moon of Alabama
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out of Social Media Counterpunch. By our very own “Bill B”!
Facebook and the Future of Online Privacy Project Syndicate (David L)
I Downloaded the Information That Facebook Has on Me. Yikes. New York Times. I cannot understand why anyone would choose to allow any outside party to have access to their contacts list/address book. This guy actually did so consciously.
Is Facebook causing the end of happiness? Vivek Wadja. Personally, I think happiness is overrated, particularly because thinking about it makes you not happy.
Survey claims that 9% of Facebook users have deleted their accounts BGR. The article is skeptical of the survey (of 1000 people, big enough to be valid if the sample was properly constructed). But it’s not hard to imagine that 10% to as many as 20% of people who have FB accounts don’t use it much, so the bar for them ditching it would be low. The underlying survey is also interesting.
Trump orders a review of TPP trade pact stance Sydney Morning Herald (Kevin W)
White House Plans to Escalate Trade Pressure on China Wall Street Journal
.@realDonaldTrump has sworn up and down that he won't support bad trade deals. He pulled out of the TPP after he was elected – but now he wants back in. It’s a ridiculous reversal & a slap in the face to the hard-working Americans Trump promised to fight for. TPP is a lousy deal. https://t.co/9hXka7WiN2
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) April 12, 2018
Why even a trade war won’t derail Made in China 2025 Asia Times (Kevin W)
Paul Ryan’s retirement suggests his brand of conservatism has lost Economist. About time.
Mulvaney’s proposed CFPB reforms are bad for small business, too American Banker
Junk Cities: Insolvency Crises in Overlapping Municipalities Adam Levitin, Credit Slips
Black Injustice Tipping Point
How Much Longer Can Pemex Hang On? Wolf Richter (EM)
Forget About the Stigma’: Male Nurses Explain Why Nursing Is a Job of the Future for Men New York Times (JTM). This is a good sign. Feminized professions = underpaid. Plus a lot of situations in nursing require moving patients, and particularly with obesity a widespread problem in America, having more nurses who are strong is a plus.
Tesla Is in an Open Feud With NTSB Over Crash Probe Bloomberg. In Water Cooler yesterday but worth not missing. Major BS in this article. Telsa has a checkered history on fires, see this 2013 MIT Technology Review story: UPDATE: Early Data Suggests Collision-Caused Fires are More Frequent in the Tesla Model S than Conventional Cars
S&P warns of risks in leveraged loan market as deals surge Financial Times. Should have written this up but am out of gas tonight. Private equity valuations have been at nosebleed levels for almost two years. One of the pet code phrases is “priced to perfection.” That means that everyone knows the prices are also highly vulnerable to central bank interest rate increases. So the related loans have also been at risk for a while. It’s just that now the risk looks a tad more imminent. And the rush of deal is classic end of cycle behavior.
Running out of money, budget emergencies and other neoliberal myths Independent Australia (UserFriendly)
I Don’t Give a Damn about the First (Insert Identity Here) CEO or President Ghion Journal (UserFriendly)
Your Next T-Shirt Will Be Made by a Robot IEEE Spectrum. Chuck L: “Jobs coming back to the USA from China. Jobs for sewbots, that is, not people.”
For some Twitter fun, see #NeolibAMovie (UserFriendly)Reuters
Antidote du jour. Tracie H: “Haley, the exceedingly sweet Golden Retriever”:
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.