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Recycling will be dumped by councils nationwide as costs blow out, government association says abc.net.au. Kevin W: “Is it recycling if your plan is to ship it to another country?
In China and India, men outnumber women on a massive scale. The consequences are far-reaching Washington Post. Important. Sad also.
May dealt embarrassing Brexit defeat in House of Lords Reuters. The key amendment is pure optics. May is just supposed to report progress. She’s not required to succeed. But there is the interesting question of what if anything she is required to do.
Brexit: a psychic epidemic Richard North. Important.
Government suffers two Brexit defeats in House of Lords Financial Times
David Davis looks to seize Brexit initiative from Michel Barnier Financial Times. This is ridiculous. The EU has been asking the UK repeatedly what sort of future relationship it wants. The idea that David belatedly taking up a long-overdue task amounts to a clever end-run of the EU is spin that only teh too-credulous UK press would parrot. And that’s before getting to the fact that every Brexit position paper produced by the UK has sucked.
New Cold War
Ukraine’s NATO Bid Risks Even Worse U.S.-Russia Ties ConsortiumNews
Our NATO ally Latvia holding “the world’s only march by veterans of Nazi Germany’s elite SS unit” https://t.co/CXQ86olH71
— Mark Ames (@MarkAmesExiled) April 18, 2018
Out of 20 Major Editorials on Trump’s Syria Strikes, Zero Opposed FAIR. UserFriendly: “Shocked!”
On Douma, the Guardian treats a Birmingham-based pro-regime change doctor in Turkey as more credible than Robert Fisk, who was in Douma. It even refused to name Fisk, referring to him merely as a reporter “favored by Moscow” https://t.co/HIgfqxJDPJ via @Jonathan_K_Cook
— Max Blumenthal (@MaxBlumenthal) April 18, 2018
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
‘No Company Is So Important Its Existence Justifies Setting Up a Police State’ New York Magazine (Paul R). Today’s must read.
Imperial Collapse Watch
Tampa Bay Times to slash jobs in wake of paper tariff Tampa Bay Business Journal. Tariffs are a blunt instrument..
Senators Offer Up Unprecedented War Powers to President American Conservative
Comey and McCabe Leap From The Moral High Ground Into The Trump Abyss Jonathan Turley. Brutal.
The Trump administration doubles down in the Wall Street Journal on why trickle-down really does work Economic Policy Institute. Moar voodoo economics.
— Caitlin Johnstone (@caitoz) April 18, 2018
Cynthia Nixon Gets Cuomo to Play to Type New York Times. UserFriendly: “God, they are such snobs.”
There is occasionally some justice in this world:
The Real Washington: companies and rich people were paying millions of dollars to Tony Podesta for the access & influence they knew he’d have when Hillary was President. Then she lost, they stopped paying him, and now he is losing everything https://t.co/aMSrgh9Yxh
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) April 18, 2018
Black Injustice Tipping Point
Kansas Trio Convicted in Plot to Bomb Somali Immigrants New York Times (furzy)
Professor who called Barbara Bush an “amazing racist” on Twitter shortly after the former first lady’s death now faces university investigation. https://t.co/r4fMvx6CVQ
— AP Central U.S. (@APCentralRegion) April 18, 2018
Amazon’s Bezos Says Company Topped 100 Million Prime Members Bloomberg (Kevin W)
Elon Musk wants to ramp up Model 3 production while it’s already struggling — but his plan doesn’t make sense Business Insider. Covered by Jim Haygood in comments yesterday, and IMHO better too.
What is sustainable finance? Economist (David L). A scam.
Junk Bond Market Still in Total Denial, Fighting the Fed Wolf Street (EM)
Congressional Review Act Confusion: Indirect Auto Lending Guidance Edition (a/k/a The Fast & the Pointless) Adam Levitin, Credit Slips
Finra’s Black Hole Intercept (Chuck L). Finra is a joke. This is yet more proof.
Is the US economy booming? April 2018 update Angry Bear. For those who feel the need to say more than, “Are you kidding?”
How is America preparing for the future of work? MIT Technology Review
Automation and American Leadership Robert Skidelsky, Project Syndicate (David L)
Antidote du jour (Ed T). Not quite separated at birth:
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.