Move Over Chernobyl, Fukushima is Now Officially the Worst Nuclear Power Disaster in History Defend Democracy Press
The water war that will decide the fate of 1 in 8 Americans Grist. “‘We must all find a way to collectively use less water while respecting the Law of the River,’ [Kathryn Sorensen, director of Phoenix’s Water Services Department] says. ‘That’s of course a tricky proposition because the Law of the River is basically the most complex governance structure ever created by human beings.'” It’s Lake Mead, Jake.
Ford forced to stop all F-150 production because of supplier fire Detroit Free Press. That’s “fire” and “explosions,” plural. Ford is calling this a “black swan event,” but there was a (smaller) fire at this Meridian Magnesium Products facility a year ago. Here’s a photo of the plant, post-fire (via). Not looking good. Typically, your factory that catches on fire is a less-than-ideal place to work, so I wonder what the shop floor was like. And how Ford ended up with no redundancy in their supply chain for a critical part. Automotive maven readers?
Why Positive Money is wrong Tax Research UK
Will blockchain run afoul of GDPR? (Yes and no) ComputerWorld
How powerful is China’s military? Deutsche Welle
Asia Power Index 2018 Lowy Institute
Malaysia General Election 2018 Bloomberg. A live blog; see the handy timeline at right: “Malaysia’s Opposition Coalition Wins Majority in Election as Mahathir Pulls Off Stunning Upset.”
A night at the padang: How Malaysians witnessed history being made Channel News Asia. The headline does not exaggerate; the losing party had ruled for 61 years, and democratic transitions are not a given in that part of the world.
Background Briefing on President Trump’s Decision To Withdraw From the JCPOA U.S. Department of State
The art of breaking a deal Pepe Escobar, Asia Times (KW).
Netanyahu heads for Putin talks after Trump pullout from Iran deal Agence France Presse
Gina Haspel: As If Nuremberg Never Happened The American Conservative. Re-upping this. Of course, if Democrats wanted to govern, Obama would have prosecuted the torturters (as he would have prosecuted the banksters). And here we are!
Democrats in Disarray
Likely 2020 Democratic Candidates Want To Guarantee A Job To Every American NPR. With a big picture of Cory Booker, who wants to do a pilot program. Come on.
Why Am I Seeing This Ad? The Effect of Ad Transparency on Ad Effectiveness (PDF) Tami Kim, Kate Barasz, and Leslie K. John, Journal of Consumer Research. “Drawing on literature about offline norms of information-sharing, we posit that ad transparency backfires when it exposes marketing practices that violate norms about ‘information flows’—consumers’ beliefs about how their information ought to move between parties.”
And for His Next Act, Ev Williams Will Fix the Internet NYT. Thread: “It’s like asking Jay Gould how to ‘fix’ the railroads.”
Black Injustice Tipping Point
Black student reported to YPD for napping in dormitory common room Yale Daily News. #NappingWhileBlack…
Freedom of Assembly Article 20 Network (RK).
Two Weeks in the Capital n+1. Mexico City.
Subway Woes? Don’t Blame Workers Labor Notes (Huey Long).
How do you draw the line between volunteer work and unpaid labour? Nature (HM). “In April, Michael Molino, an English professor and an associate dean at Southern Illinois University (SIU) in Carbondale, sent an email to department chairs that outlined a plan to seek ‘qualified alumni to join the SIU Graduate Faculty in a zero-time (adjunct) status.’ The appointments would last for three years. The letter encourages department chairs to nominate ‘some of your finest former students who are about supporting SIU.'” “Passionate” is one of those words….
Showing the way in San José – how Costa Rica gets it right Joseph Stiglitz, Guardian
Quinn Slobodian – Globalists Crooked Timber
For Economic Truth Turn To Michael Hudson Paul Craig Roberts (!).
Antidote of the day (via):
my mom put oil on her bird feeder to keep squirrels from stealing the bird food and pic.twitter.com/TkrmOR4KlH
— christina rotondo (@christinaroto) May 4, 2018
And an anti-antidote. Nature red in tooth and claw (JK):
JK writes: “Mr Sprinkles is an avid sportsman. He has sitting next to the tree this morning and i went to get a picture of him looking very distinguished when he heard the dove land on the bird feeder. The squirrel is fairly sure he is safe but there is some worry there. Actually, I see mania, panic, and worry all in one photo. If only complacency could have worked its way in somewhere.”
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.