A Metaphor for the Planet Baffler. Important.
‘Sea Nomads’ Are First Known Humans Genetically Adapted to Diving National Geographic
Government Accidentally Releases Documents on “Psycho-Electric” Weapons Popular Mechanics. This should not be news. Not long after the USSR fell, one of its prominent scientists wrote a book about the government’s parapsychological research program, which was investigating things like mind control and long-distance messaging. They concluded that there were people with real psychic abilities, vastly above random, but still not reliable enough to use for military purposes. The book said the US has a similar research problem….and not the one later described in The Men Who Stare at Goats, which may well have been the DoD funding some cranks to provide cover for their serious programs.
These floating buildings are made from thousands of plastic bottles that can withstand flooding Business Insider (David L)
Impossible Burger draws environmentalists’ ire AdAge (David L)
Bike Share Oversupply in China: Huge Piles of Abandoned and Broken Bicycles Atlantic (furzy). You have to look.
Europe in diplomatic push to ease Russia sanctions Financial Times
Brexit: No 10 still ‘confident’ of Irish border solution BBC. And I can run a four minute mile.
UK to present new Brexit ‘backstop’ plan on Ireland Politico. We said before this was never gonna fly. The Single Market is not just a matter of having the same rules. The rules are interpreted and enforced by a large bureaucracy. It’s one package deal. The simple reason this is a non-starter is the UK would have to accept the primacy of the ECJ, which is a third rail issue.
— Nicholas Shaxson (@nickshaxson) April 20, 2018
Zimbabwe’s Mugabe summoned over alleged diamond looting Los Angeles Times (furzy)
Myanmar police ‘set up’ Reuters reporters in sting-police witness Reuters (furzy). Wowsers.
Yesterday Israeli military killed 4 Palestinian protesters, wounded 729 including 156 w/ live fire. In past few weeks, they've killed dozens more, wounded hundreds more, & shot at least 6 journalists, killing one. Many of those wounded/killed are children.https://t.co/d07DOJ6Sx4
— Lee Camp [Redacted] (@LeeCamp) April 21, 2018
Imperial Collapse Watch
Bomb Them Over There So We Can’t Build Our Communities Here Ghion Journal (UserFriendly)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Palantir Knows Everything About You Bloomberg
Trump’s Oil Rant Misses New Reality: High Prices Can Help, Too Bloomberg (Kevin W)
Sessions told White House that Rosenstein’s firing could prompt his departure, too Washington Post (furzy)
Engineers Are Leaving Trump’s America for the Canadian Dream Bloomberg (David L)
Trump Stress-Tests the World Economy Bloomberg (furzy)
DNC sues Russia, Trump campaign and WikiLeaks over alleged election interference The Hill. UserFriendly: “Just fucking shoot me.”
— Caitlin Johnstone (@caitoz) April 20, 2018
Hillary Clinton on Election Night: ‘They Were Never Going to Let Me Be President’ Daily Beast. Furzy: “‘They’ who?”
Two Comey Memos Shared With Friend Are Under Scrutiny Wall Street Journal
Cuomo Team Pressed Officials to Skip Protest of His Pressure Tactics New York Times (UserFriendly)
Beyond Starbucks: How Racism Shapes Customer Service New York Times
Apple shares slide 7% in two days on iPhone fears Financial Times
Why undertakers are worried Economist
Now Even a Fed Dove Homes in on the “Everything Bubble” Wolf Richter (EM)
World Bank recommends fewer regulations protecting workers Guardian. Note that the World Bank is yet another neoliberal enforcer, just not as visible as the IMF. Bill F:
This one should send chills down everyone’s spine. Looks like a synthesis of corporate economic thinking on a world-wide scale. This kind of dangerous nonsense calls into question the (not so) long-term viability of capitalism.
The new language of precarity Financial Times
For those who receive — and deliver — Meals on Wheels, more than nutrition is on the menu Boston Globe (furzy). If I ever have time and money to retire, this is the sort of thing I would do (well, except it seems to require a car and I want never to own a car). I give now to charities that feed homebound people.
Artificial intelligence will wipe out half the banking jobs in a decade, experts say San Jose Mercury News
St. Louis Park unanimously passes first-of-its-kind tenant protection Minnesota Public Radio News (UserFriendly)
Antidote du jour. MGL: “Sandhill cranes in late August on reserve near Homer, AK. Kenai Mountains are seen across Kachemak Bay.”
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.