Bear smashes car window in Rockaway, eats two dozen assorted cupcakes inside NorthJersey.com.
Why I Think the Stock Market Cannot Crash in 2018 Wolf Street. Bold call. Yves: “It’s only a one shot repatriation. But they may spread out the purchases. The market in 1987 was fueled by ‘buybacks’ of a different form: hostile takeovers. 3/4 of the stock price appreciation in 1987 was due to that. It still crashed. People in Japan also said the stock market would never crash, the capital flows were too large. Never say never. Tail risk is bigger than you think.”
Why the financial crisis in Argentina matters WaPo
Russian bank head sees bailout costs rising FT
Top bunk for $30 a day: Life inside one of Airbnb’s modern boardinghouses WaPo. A charming story, but let us remember AirBnB’s real business: A platform for regulatory arbitrage by property owners who want to go into the hotel business without being regulated like a hotel.
Deadly Convenience: Keyless Cars and Their Carbon Monoxide Toll NYT
Shiite cleric Sadr leads in Iraq’s initial election results AP
The Iran nuke deal and the Peter Drucker rule Orange County Register
Wilson accuses Coveney of having head ‘stuck in sand’ BBC. Wilson is a DUP MP, Coveney is the Irish Foreign Minister. Wilson: “The fact is that the border issues can all be dealt with by technology but Coveney and co have stuck their heads in the sand, refusing to even consider this solution” [waves hands]. It seems that elite collective delusion has reached cargo cult proportions.
Theresa May asks to “trust her” on delivering Brexit Open Europe
Italy’s anti-establishment parties set to pick prime minister FT
History will judge ETA as a failed terrorist group, but there are lessons to be learned London School of Economics
The Double Standard of America’s China Trade Policy Dani Rodrik, Project Syndicate
China, North Korea remain reluctant brothers in arms Asia Times
Peace talks ignite land buying frenzy along South Korea’s fortified border Reuters
Putin’s Language (R)Evolution Moscow Times. Interesting.
RIP the Trans-Atlantic Alliance, 1945-2018 Foreign Policy
The Fracturing of the Transatlantic Community The American Interest
New Cold War
How the C.I.A. Is Waging an Influence Campaign to Get Its Next Director Confirmed NYT. A Times reporter comments: “Funny how CIA sometimes is willing to step out of the shadows, or at least part-way out of the shadows….” Indeed.
Did the FBI Have a Spy in the Trump Campaign? National Review
The public case against Trump Axios
Game Over, Trump: An Ancient Order Of Franciscan Monks Has Released A 13th-Century Tapestry Depicting Donald Trump Colluding With Russian Officials ClickHole
Education Department Unwinds Unit Investigating Fraud at For-Profits NYT
Donald Trump may be the best thing that ever happened to George W. Bush WaPo. In WaPo’s Style section, therefore important (really). Not only is this a puff piece for the warmongering toads at the The Atlantic Council, it erases the role of liberal Democrats in rehabilitating Bush. Grim hilarity: “The [Atlantic Council] has considered giving Bush the award for the past few years, but the Iraq War was always the stumbling block.” I can’t think why. Hillary voted for it, after all.
A near-universal health-care plan that wouldn’t break the bank Editorial Board, WaPo. Another marketplace! With “skin in the game”! But different and better subsidies! Please kill me now.
‘The Time for Single-Payer Is Now’: Countering Corporate Lies, Doctors Run Ad Providing the Facts About Medicare for All Common Dreams
When Credit Scores Become Casualties Of Health Care Kaiser Health News
The FCC says net neutrality changes June 11. We’ll see A Journal of Musical Things
Dems increasingly see ‘electoral dynamite’ in net neutrality fight The Hill. A party with no core principles casts about for an issue. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
What Google is doing with your data Queensland Times. Yikes:
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chairman Rod Sims said he was briefed recently by US experts who had intercepted, copied and decrypted messages sent back to Google from mobiles running on the company’s Android operating system.
The experts, from computer and software corporation Oracle, claim Google is draining roughly one gigabyte of mobile data monthly from Android phone users’ accounts as it snoops in the background, collecting information to help advertisers.
A gig of data currently costs about $3.60-$4.50 a month. Given more than 10 million Aussies have an Android phone, if Google had to pay for the data it is said to be siphoning it would face a bill of between $445 million and $580 million a year.
OK, Oracle wants to stick the shiv in. That doesn’t mean they’re wrong on the facts.
Newsagents to sell ‘porn passes’ to visit X-rated websites anonymously under new government plans Independent. “The 16-digit cards will allow browsers to avoid giving personal details online when asked to prove their age. Instead, they would show shopkeepers a passport or driving licence when buying the pass.” What could go wrong?
How ProtonMail is pushing email privacy standards VentureBeat
Police find large weapons cache in Waikiki raid prompted by disturbing online posts Hawaii News Now. This keeps happening.
Nota bene: Flipping modern masters Felix Salmon
Job Guarantee: Marxist or Keynesian Stumbling and Mumbling
AI and the hopes for utopian socialism AEI (!).
Teachers Are Leading the Revolt Against Austerity The Nation
Legislature Slashes Pension Benefits for Government Workers WestWorld. Nice to see Sirota coming up to speed on private equity.
Caste-based politics returns to India as Dalits seek equality FT
Don’t shrink the role of markets—expand it The Economist
Major depression on the rise among everyone, new data shows NBC. So, go long pharma?
How to handle the dark days of depression Nature
How Many D.C. Suburban Office Parks Became Ghost Towns The American Conservative
The Wizard of Q Harpers. Read all the way to the end.
Antidote du jour:
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.
“Deadly Convenience: Keyless Cars and Their Carbon Monoxide Toll”
Over fifty years ago Ralph Nader wrote the book “Unsafe at Any Speed” when he talked about the dangers of cars and how they were constructed. Congratulations! Through modern high tech, there is now a way that cars can kill you even when they are stopped completely.
I just had a key-less rental for the weekend – and it happened to me twice.
Both were surprises, since it did not occur to me that you can lock the car with the fob, while it is still running. But the second time was a real shocker, as I made sure the car was off. The rental car companies also need to warn their customers. The lesson: don’t leave the car, unless it says “goodbye” on the screen.
The article didn’t state any advantage to starting a car with a fob in your pocket as opposed to placed physically into a slot. Probably because there is no advantage to this design. As for the warning beeps that Toyota is hiding behind, I know some drivers who will hear a beep, shrug, and move on, because in modern cars you can expect beeps for all sorts of things that can be ignored.
So they replaced a simple, working system (physical key slots) with expensive technology (try replacing one of these things) that it seems nobody asked for, and which is more dangerous to boot.
Both Nader’s driver incinerating cars and now the poison gas cars could/can be fixed fairly cheaply, in the current case for $5 a car, but it does cost money. Even considering the cumulative cost, the amount of money is really nothing especially considering the costs of the deaths. I want to know what these particular human beings who value money more than they value people are thinking.
Remember the exploding gas tank Pintos? IIRC the fix was $11 and Ford determined it would cost the company less to pay the dead and injured victim’s claims than provide a fix.
Same deal with GM and the exploding side-mounted gas tanks on pickup trucks.
Not so much dead as horribly burnt alive as in on fire trapped in a burning car.
I’ll speculate two answers to your last question — even though you asked it rhetorically.
1) Corporate Individuals are not human. They were born with a natural drive to value money more than they value people. The humans who serve the Corporate Individuals are just doing their job and following orders.
2) How better to answer your question than with a quote from the ferris wheel scene in “The Third Man”
Martins: Have you ever seen any of your victims?
Harry Lime: You know, I never feel comfortable on these sort of things. Victims? Don’t be melodramatic. Look down there. Tell me. Would you really feel any pity if one of those dots stopped moving forever? If I offered you twenty thousand pounds for every dot that stopped, would you really, old man, tell me to keep my money, or would you calculate how many dots you could afford to spare? Free of income tax, old man. Free of income tax – the only way you can save money nowadays.
Dems: Trying for House Gains, Democrats Bless Moderates and Annoy Liberals [NYT]
If you have visionarily innovative passionate bipartisanship, who needs single payer?
Red to Blue™: The new consumer warning label.
Wait a minute! Mr. Tucker forgot the word “disruptive!”
And after the disruption, the much-needed healing™. (Do an in-page search for ‘healing’ there). Just don’t forget to be “smart” in how you go about it.
Bold Prediction: Nancy Pelosi will up running for minority leader again in 2019.
And if she indeed runs for minority leader in 2019, she will be elected by the TTP “majority of the minority” Democrats.
And whatever you do as a Democratic candidate, you must never promise the people “ponies”. Only the donors get “ponies”.
> Red to Blue™: The new consumer warning label.
And you get candidates who are willing — perhaps, even, eager — to spend four hours a day on the phone groveling to the donor class for money. Got your passion right here.
Ewe’s not fat; ewe’s fluffy!
Ewe made me smile. We have a girl cat who is a large kitty. Members of our family affectionately refer to her as chubby. I defend her and say she is just fluffy! And, of course, its also norm for her breed. Her cohabiting girl kitty is sleek and shiny. Think the contrast emphasizes Fluffy’s fluffiness.
My mother had a pair of Siamese that were affectionately referred to as Thin One and Fat One. They had names, but I don’t remember those. They made quite a different sound when dropped from about thigh level, referred to as the Clunk Test.
Ewe’ve just reminded me of a classic joke in the Aussies-making-fun-of-their-Kiwi-neighbors genre, which frequently involves the Kiwi shepherds’ (and by extension, all Kiwi mens’) alleged excessive fondness for their ovine charges:
Re History will judge ETA as a failed terrorist group, but there are lessons to be learned
Dunno… The Basque country got the most self-rule and most financial autonomy of all the Spanish regions, including Catalonia and incidentally it has been the only region with the history of violent resistance. It seems that it helps to have your demands backed by some violence.
That what a state does, backs it’s “Demands, aka Laws” by violence.
That is also what many revolutions do.
Too simple, too bad, completely mistaken.
The Concierto Vasco (the fiscal agreement governing the Basque Country) is much older than ETA, and has nothing to owe to ETA terror, but with negotiations within democratic parties. It’s existence is owed to the Guerras Carlistas at the end of XIXth century and its legal basis were included in the Spanish Constitution (1978) after Franco and not because of terror fear, but because democracy had to trascend Franco’s dictatorship that interrupted former versions of the agreement. That constitution was widely accepted in a referendum and no terror attack imposed it.
It always surprises me how too many commenters here believe the Basque fiscal arrangement is “due to ETA terror”. It’s kind of a meme
Thanks for the comment, very interesting
Btw, who has better terms, Pais Vasco with their Concierto or Navarra with the Convenio Economico? As far as I understand (from reading a bit on wiki, I’m definitely not an expert) both regions had similar status pre-1936 but then Basque country experienced much more ETA-related violence than Navarra. As close to the perfect experiment as we can get
The terms are renegotiated periodically. Historically Basque nationalist parties have had more political leverage than Navarre parties because the former usually have more parliamentary seats and when the central government has no absolute majority has typically resorted to agreements with nationalistic parties (usually conservatives) in Basque Country or Catalonia that could provide enough support for a stable legislature. Navarre nationalistic parties have less seats than Basque nationalists because there is less population and because Navarre is sociologically/geographycally divided in two halves: the southern half where nationalists are weaker and the northern nationalist stronghold.
Do you think Madrid would attempt to engage the Basque region with the same impunity they recently used in Catalonia? My guess is they wouldn’t want the casualties.
It seems you, and many more like you, look at political conflcts as automatic wars.
Come now Ignacio, that is unfair on Anon.
It may be unfair, I admit it. I am sorry if it sounded too blunt but I am tired about war and violent dialectic everywhere. Sorry to blame it on Anon.
Very good point, Ignacio. Straw in the wind…
I’m not familiar with the details, but there’s a logical issue with your point: “because democracy had to trascend Franco’s dictatorship that interrupted former versions of the agreement.”
IOW, the Concierto Vasco had lapsed and was brought back after Franco died. There wasn’t a Basque terror campaign going on at that time? Sure looks like buying them off, by your own account.
It’s awkward, but there’s a long history of peaceful campaigns being strengthened by violence in the background, whether it’s the Deacons and Black Panthers during the Civil Rights movement or the guerrilla activity that coincided with Gandhi’s campaign for independence.
Yes, there was a campaign, but before Franco’s death it was directed against the military, against the regime and there were attacks that got quite wide popular support. That changed very soon.
Or the KKK, the end of Reconstruction, and Jim Crow.
The Harper’s piece is behind a paywall
Put the headline in your search bar.
The Graeber piece – not paywalled – is great
The link worked for me but didn’t seem terribly interesting. Piece is in the standard genre of establishment sniffing–i.e. Brian Williams saying that his web critics were nerds sitting in their parents’ basements eating Cheetoes–and archly suggests that rightwing conspiracy theories are the new literature of the Booboisie.
Whereas some of us would hold that just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t out to get you.
The writer tips his hand when he says he once worked for Slate, onetime source of all that is arch and insidery.
I disagree. As I said, read all the way to the end. Here it is:
He’s right. Seen that? It would certainly be interesting to see the modern equivalent of the utopian fiction of the Victorian and Populist Era in this form. Where is it? Maybe somebody is writing it, even now…. Or it’s taken the form of an MRPG….
DC suburban office parks that are empty , Oh no!!!!!.
Ever seen a big ole blood filled tick laying on the ground after a dog manages to scratch it off? Huge bloated body lying helpless , wee little legs waving in the air .
In this analogy , I think the taxpayer is the dog , or maybe the dogs foot, or maybe the tick is the taxpayer? Its confusing but fun to watch either way.
One thing about these vacant parks , that rarely gets mentioned is that common sense is not a primary driver of any of it. As a builder I have worked on brand new buildings being built across the street from empty strip malls . I’ve built new houses across from foreclosed houses plenty of times too. Whats lost is that accounting and tax code issues have a huge footprint in our industries that encourages bizarre behavior . It causes things to be done that make no objective sense to the average person.
Oh look that house has been empty for 5 years why doesn’t someone move in? The city will let the house fall down over $1000 in back taxes !! Why build new when that landlord over there has 3 empty store fronts? Why does the building have a for rent sign with a phone number but no one ever calls back if you leave a message? Why do they advertise for tenants , then refuse to answer the phone? Why not lower the rent to get tenants if that’s the issue ? What perverse incentive causes 70% occupancy to be better than 100% ?
Why build a new Dunkin Donuts across the street from an existing Dunkin Donuts? The old Dunkin Donuts was positively killing it now they are both barely getting by???
Throw away that rear view mirror, this is pedal-to-the-metal full speed ahead capitalism!!
That isn’t what he said: “Whats lost is that accounting and tax code issues have a huge footprint in our industries ”
IOW, regulatory interference causing obviously nonsensical behavior. It happens – I just ran into an example in Oregon’s enforcement of the health(?) code, resulting in openly anti-environmental regulation. Building is completely wrapped up in codes of various sorts, from odd tax law (depreciation of real estate – which doesn’t depreciate) to, zoning.
Capitalist stupidity is a factor, too.
Not just regulatory but the ridiculous tax code. That decisions for your business have to be run by a tax accountant and lead to perfectly good spaces left vacant or knocked down to be written off as a loss. I know a guy who last year had his accountant tell him he was making too much money so he bought a brand new truck for $60,000. There was nothing wrong with the old truck and obviously he lost 15 or 20k just driving the new truck off the lot. It reminded me of that episode of Seinfeld where Kramer is telling jerry about tax write offs and Jerry asks him if he knows what a tax write off is. which he doesn’t , he just has some vague idea that its good.
So ya spend 60,000 to save 20,000 or “rent” a store front but don’t get a tenant in it. Don’t renovate build a new one and leave the other one empty so the copper gets ripped out of the walls so you can bulldoze it .
Don’t use tax money to open up homeless shelters , instead spend millions on crooked park benches so they can’t sleep.
Simplify the tax code so I don’t need an accountant and fix health care and I’ll buy 2 new trucks and hire 2 guys to drive them and 2 other guys to ride shotgun. Instead all the money flows to the parasites that gum up the gears of production.
The useless eaters aren’t welfare recipients who struggle every day , they are the bankers and the real estate lawyers and agents that take huge slices off the top while obstructing or misdirecting the use of capital.
And, of course, providing concrete material benefits is why even the donors can’t have *nice* ponies:
Not the fault of the financial community for making the stupid loans; no, the fault of the guvmint for making (a very few of) the stupid loans possible.
If corporations are people, we need corporate jail and corporate death penalties ASAP
Nice catch. I saw that unsubstantiated propaganda insert as well. Happens a lot in Am Con articles, even otherwise good ones. Their erudite contributors often use slick, authoritative statements of “fact” this way, pushing right wing tenets that are tangential to the focus of the article, but comforting to the readers.
Only the New York Times does it better, and their spin is always in the precisely opposite direction.
Yes, very good catch, thank you.
So often, TAC and the saner conservative factions are good on vividly characterizing symptoms, and then go astray on diagnosis…
Yes. I flagged that same paragraph. Only a Notre Dame grad (see: author of article) would write an article mimicking stale theory.
I appreciate the link to the article about Q since a close relative is a devotee and I was having trouble understanding the phenonenon. I think the author underestimates these devotees though, when he calls them bigots and ignoramuses. It seems to me that they may be people who have the awareness to realize that the system has gone horribly wrong and are looking for some ‘hope and change’. I’ve noticed that the wildest conspiracy theories contain enough truth to make one think that there may be something to it.
I think Harper’s made the author call them names at the end so the publication wouldn’t be accused by the mob of harboring sympathy for the enemy. It seemed out of line with the shrewd insightfulness shown throughout the article.
the vast sewer of “conspiracy theory” is what I first encountered when I finally got a computer(1999).
I was enthralled, and didn’t believe a word…until I came across things that resonated with some of my own weirder experiences. So I dug…foia docs, congressional transcripts,declassified rand reports, on and on.
My conclusion in all of this is that “conspiracy theory” as a round file is itself a CIA Psyop..intended to relegate leaked stories of Black Ops to the same level of nonsense as Flat Earth or Faked Moon Landings.
Turns out that “our” government, and numerous corporate entities, do all manner of evil(Operation Ajax, meddling in Central and South America,MKUltra etc)…so much, in fact, that becoming aware of even a portion of it can send one into depression and existential paralysis.
Ordinary folks genuinely don’t want to know about torture at Abu Graib, and such…it’s too big and ugly…and to acknowledge such things serves to make them want to “do something about it”, which is daunting, indeed.
During that long ago deep dive into Tin Foil-land, I came across “Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars”. antisemitic and crazy as it was, the Model it provided for how one with sufficient access to the levers of power could manipulate a civilisation has been extraordinarily useful to me in contemplating things that show up in the news.
Thinking of Society as a circuit board, and introducing capacitors, diodes, transistors and voltage gates here and there to engineer the desired outcome.
At root, us’ns will never know what all is and has been done in our names…we’ll never know the extent of manipulation and other shenanigans. But I reckon keeping a healthy skepticism is important, even if we can’t see all of the tentacles.
And you are correct, because the CIA did do exactly that in the 1960s to hinder any whistleblowers. No tin foil required.
The powerful have a lot to hide.
Afterthought: I’ve ranted before about the illegitimacy of “conspiracy theory” as a round file (great phrase – I’ll steal it). Conspiracies are actually very common, not implausible at all. SOME CTs are highly implausible – but once you say that, it’s obvious that you have to make a case. Dismissing them as “just a conspiracy theory” is intellectually dishonest, a dodge.
Some official theories are highly implausible, too, an obvious coverup. But it’s usually impossible to come up with a better theory without the resources of a government. It may be possible to poke numerous holes in the official story, though.
aye. a close family member was with the dia during Nam.
The Jiso drawer is always full(jury is still out).
I reckon most of it is greed driven skulduggery(like that’s ok,lol), but some of even the more mundane things are rather scary.
Hypersecrecy breeds CT, and existential, epistemological, confusion.
If “They” opened all the books tomorrow, most folks wouldn’t believe them.
There’s a science fiction book about that, I think by Brunner, back in the 60s. Wish I remembered the title, but it’s very prophetic: the government is run by the Mob, and there’s a vast computer system with everything on it.
Someone releases a worm that, on a given date, just opens the faucet and dumps everything.
What he didn’t realize was that there’d be so much that most of it would be lost in the cloud.
thank you both for that. I’d never heard of that book, but it sent me on a wikiwander into alvin toffler(whom I had forgotten about) and to such things as “prosumer”( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prosumer )
in all, a cool diversion.
Thank you. Well worth reading, if you haven’t.
Al Gore was a guest on David Letterman’s show several years ago, Dave asked him, “You’ve been in the white house, how much do we really know about what is really going on?” Gore says, “About ten percent”.
> Thinking of Society as a circuit board, and introducing capacitors, diodes, transistors and voltage gates here and there to engineer the desired outcome.
That might “work”… But society is organic. One might argue that treating an animal like an electrical circuit is a radical simplification amounting to torture. As we see!
I reckon a defining feature of anyone who considers themselves a master at that level is hubris and a disgustingly inflated self image.
That such creatures think of the rest of us in terms of instrumentality should be quite evident, by now. To them we’re all just a collection of buttons that they push in order to nudge(!) us one way or another.
Iraqi Elections: “Officials said turnout was only 44 percent, the lowest ever since Saddam’s ouster. […] a general mood of apathy that kept many Iraqis away from the polls.”
Looks like we were successful in exporting American style democracy. Mission Accomplished? /s
I can think of one reason why turnout may have been poor in some areas. When cities in Syria like Aleppo were captured the Russians sent in sappers to clear out all the munitions and destroy all the booby-traps left by the Jihadists. Then would begin the work of clearing the rubble, collecting the dead, distribute food & water, connecting up electricity once more, get running water going again and so on.
When the Iraqi/US coalition captured cities in Iraq like Mosul, they bused the people back in so that they could live there and vote in these elections. However, the dead were left there, nobody came to clear out the booby-traps, nobody did anything about connecting up essential services. They were left to fend for themselves. I wonder how these districts voted? Or if they even did.
Probably like in Chechnya 110% for their glorious liberators.
Given RevKev’s response, the comment after makes no sense. Unless snarkiness was the point… The Chechen war instigated and supported by KSA and certain western intelligence agencies, as most Chechens are of a fairly moderate Islamic persuasion. After the jihadists were defeated, Groznyi was rebuilt into a modern metropolis. Not sure what is wrong with that… or would you prefer that people struggled along the way of today’s Mosul?
My conspiracy theories have their own conspiracy theories. Funny, like when Federal bombings of Groznyi, while targeting a market and other civilian areas, mysteriously spared both Basaev and Khattab’s command posts, whose locations were well known to Russian intelligence. But the events of the summer and fall of 1999 brought Putin to power anyway. One could even say saving those of “moderate Islamic persuasion”, meaning tolerant of corrupt police officials, from the “Salafist” outlawing bribery. Given a Tchetchen is not disposed to following Russian authority ever since in 1944, when every single Tchetchen or Ingush was deported by the Soviets to other parts of the Union or liquidated.
But turns out, it was the Saudis all along. But how does one explain the silent terror still pervading Groznyi? Jehovah’s Witnesses? Freemasons?
Chechens were deported because they cooperated with the Nazis (knowing a little bit of history helps – usually). Sorta like the Tatars in Crimea. My parental units had them as neighbours in Central Asia during the war. For those of us who have spent our lives with aftershocks of the two WWs rewriting history is not a fun exercise – nor is it a particularly helpful one.
From what I have seen, it appears that the graft, corruption, and incompetence of the past Iraqi governments made many people not want to vote at all. Al Sadr has a very effective organization and campaigned on good governance instead of religious and ethnic differences and was able to capitalize on it.
If he can actually deliver, he will end up with real support.
The KHN piece has me wondering if anybody here has seen any legally binding solution (which both parties could pretend to support?) Pretty much everybody has had this happen, in trauma centers, ERs, or last minute before procedures. It’s so obvious, odious, slimey & so pervasive now, being fed to the sharks, at our most vulnerable. We’re, each of us, hit by the very same tired ass panoply of shucks and jives, forked like lemmings, 324 million perpetual marks, voting for who’ll feed on us next. Have any consumer advocacy agencies formulated any paperwork we can demand their signature on?
Ya gotta love the WaPo Editorial Board “A near-universal health-care plan that wouldn’t break the bank”:
There’s gonna be a Public Option, y’all.
You can’t make this stuff up.
Free coverage for all…before we have free college (or at the same time).
I think I can live with that…public option, but everyone gets it free.
“Did the FBI Have a Spy in the Trump Campaign?”
Maybe the wrong question is being asked here. Maybe what the real question should be is whether it is standard FBI practice to place moles in the Parties that contest at the very least the US Presidential campaigns and, if so, how long have they been doing it. If this was the case, then who was the FBI mole that worked in the Clinton campaign, Bernie Sanders’s campaign, Jill Stein’s campaign and Gary Johnson’s campaign? Through money and influence it would be easy to slip someone in at a very high level and who knows? That person, if their candidate was elected, could go on to work in that administration full time. Not so much tin foil hat territory here as an extrapolation of how you would expect an organization like the FBI, going by their history, from operating.
Do not consider the following to be approval. But it seems to me that for any, domestic or foreign, intelligence service to not surveil, or electronically eavesdrop, or have moles inside presidential campaigns would be malpractice.
The best thing for regular people would be for one to be caught red-handed. It would be clarifying.
Probably every campaign should have a throughly vetted insider tasked solely for counter-intelligence. Likewise it would probably be malpractice not to have one.
That sounds like each of us should thoroughly make sure we’re not under surveillance.
And groups would be malpracticinng not having a counter-intelligence insider. Groups like Russian Learners Club of Arizona, etc.
At least for the campaign I know about, Jill Stein’s, there’s a little question of resources – not so much for the corporate parties. A “mole” who was competent at their campaign job might be a pretty good deal. And the party certainly would not have the money for a full-time counter-intelligence person. I wish.
This might come up if things were so pre-revolutionary that a Green had a shot at winning. that would require thinking about a lot of things, like keeping her alive.
So it is the Deep State V Democracy. No malpractice here!
To those spying, either 1) Trump presented a greater challenge or the only genuine challenge to the blob, than Clinton, Stein, Johnson or Sanders, or 2) all candidates were infiltrated, because standard operating procedure.
In the latter case, Sanders should speak out now as a victim. He’s already avoided taking on the MIC, as some have suggested. If not from personal experience, i.e., in he former case, he can still speak out about the FBI should never do anything like that, even if we don’t know if the FBI did (though likely, the only question now is who was the mole).
“The FBI should never infiltrate political campaigns. If true, this would be very troubling. Based on what I personally experienced in 2016, I empathize with candidate Trump.” He could say something like that.
And Stein could too.
Washington Post on the Airbnb glorified boarding house. I’m not sure that I find it a charming story, but it is a phenomenon I discovered about ten years ago by accident on a biz trip to Berkeley. I booked a rather charming “three seasons” room / bedroom in a big old house just off Gourmet Gulch. When I arrived and was talking with the owner in the front hall, I turned around and noticed a shoji screen in the living room. There was a bed behind it. Every bedroom was occupied, too.
The owners were living in the basement.
This may have been the only way to hold on to an old house in central Berkeley, considering that the owner was a children’s book author and her son didn’t seem to work outside of Airbnb greetings.
I took it as a symptom of hidden poverty of a sort. Dealing with gentrification by taking in renters.
By the way, the shared room at $30 a night comes to $900 a month. These people have some strange ideas of economizing. There are shared apartments and houses in the District where they could find something for roughly the same price and not have to sleep four to a room.
I have two friends who barely survive the Seattle Amazombie economy. They use airbnb to rent out their basement, or in some cases, their whole house while they stay with friends.
How did I deal with the Seattle Amazombie economy? I moved to a city that was affordable. It can be done.
a little jimi
hope you dint go too far away
Reading such articles always puts me in mind of the house on S—y Lane, and this passage:
He had safely avoided meeting his landlady on the stairs. His closet was located just under the roof of a tall, five-storied house, and was more like a cupboard than a room. As for the landlady, from whom he rented this closet with dinner and maid-service included, she lived one flight below, in separate rooms, and every time he went out he could not fail to pass by the landlady’s kitchen, the door of which almost always stood wide open to the stairs. And each time he passed by, the young man felt some painful and cowardly sensation, which mad him wince with shame. He was over his head in debt to the landlady and was afraid of meeting her.
[C & P, Pevear & Volokhonsky trans.]
Or even more extreme, “Billennium” by J G Ballard. (Supposedly based on his experiences as a child living in a ‘Detention Camp’ for foreigners in Shanghai while under Japanese occupation.)
Help this cultural deplorable along please? What is the book you characterize as “the house on S—y Lane?” It sounds interesting, but, when I put that up on google, all I get back are ads for houses actually for rent on various lanes (and nary a lane near where I live. So much for the vaunted efficiency of the targeting functions of advertising Algos.)
Crime and Punishment. Dostoyevsky.
Thanks. I’ve got that somewhere in the ‘Book Room.’
> I’m not sure that I find it a charming story
There was a little irony in “charming.”
London Review of Books Brexit link. Fundamentally, I agree with quit a bit in the post.
My problem though is that saying “we have to wait till the Brexit happens to reverse it” still to me means the writer does not understand the implicatins of a hard-crash-out Brexit, which is the most likely (more than even money IMO) alternative on the cards right now. That “wait till it happens and sort it afterwards” is like saying “well, Austria gave Serbia the ultimatum, the war is inevitable. But it will be done by Xmas, and we can sort the mess out then”.
Not that I do have a solution, or know of one, as courtesy of the UK’s pols the situation is well beyond FUBAR.
I don’t blame them for trying, but its increasingly impossible to see a route out of Brexit, even if Parliament wanted it and the EU was co-operative. The only possible route for sanity I think is to apply for the EEA, (assuming the EU agrees, nobody seems to ask the question as to whether they would), and then go back in through the backdoor so to speak.
Ultimately, there is no solution that can satisfy the main players. May seems to have made her decision to stick with the hardliners as the only way forward. So some sort of crisis seems inevitable, and a chaotic Brexit seems the most likely end point.
yeah, I know, but it still feels like a train heading over the cliff, with the engineer asking for more steam and throwing the breaks away. I don’t like sitting in that train, and while I have some sort of backup plan, most of the passengers don’t.
So just shrugging and saying “tough luck, we’ll triage after the crash” feels a bit like abrogation of responsibility to me, especially from the people who helped to bring all of this around (and I count everyone who voted for A50 here – not because they triggered it, but because they had no clue what it means to trigger it).
TBH, just about the only outcome that would give me some satisfaction from the crash would be if it did Tories in, the way know-nothings went in the US pre ACW.
I think everyone with sense has to do something to fight it (even if you supported Brexit, the way its been managed is catastrophic), although its disappointing to see just how incoherent the opposition to it is. It doesn’t help of course to be associated with the likes of Blair, Clegg, and Miliband.
I think that a chaotic Brexit could take the Tories with it, but I wouldn’t be certain of that. I think its increasingly clear that there is a ceiling on Corbyn’s popularity. And I’d fear that its the far right, not the left that could take advantage of a really nasty economic situation. This is where the FPTP system is very weak – if both main parties go into decline or split, any outcome is almost impossible to predict.
your last point is why I despair on the Labour as it is now.
I’ll be glad to be proved wrong, but at the moment it looks to me like they take things for granted with the same arrogance of power (or power-to-be) as Tories did under Cameron – assuming there’s no sensible alternative to you does not mean it’s true.
> there is a ceiling on Corbyn’s popularity. And I’d fear that its the far right, not the left that could take advantage of a really nasty economic situation.
The campaign to tar Labour as anti-semitic is, I think, some sort of harbinger, though I don’t know UK politics well enough to say of what. I think a Tory Party, even or perhaps necessarily purged of the UKIP loons, is quite sufficiently nasty to go as far right as they need to go.
How long would it take to hold a new referendum? Barnier has said repeatedly that the UK is free to cancel Brexit.
The next question is how aware the British public are of the disaster in the making.
Barnier keeps getting out over his skis.
The comparisons to the referendums on electoral reform in New Zealand are interesting. In hindsight this was handled about as well as it could have been, but it was quite controversial at the time, with the government accused of stacking the deck in favour of the status quo by giving it an extra ‘life.’
It’s a good example of why referendums are not a great instrument for setting public policy even though they are intuitively appealing. The dirty secret is that you can produce pretty much any result you want by a careful choice of format and question phrasing. In theory they allow people to influence the policy-making process directly, but in practice they hand power to a shadowy and very possibly unelected person or persons who define the format and question content. To have a hope of being accepted they need to be defined by some kind of fair and transparent process, which then raises the question of who does that, how they should be chosen and so on. (You could have a referendum on the committee to design the referendum, but then you’d need to figure out how to design that referendum, which might need a new committee, and so ad infinitum). And there is always someone who snoozes throughout this process and then pops up with some overlooked but critical flaw requiring a change, right when it’s just too late to do so without tearing the whole thing up and starting over. See the recent flag referendum for a less optimistic example of how all of this can turn out.
Elon Musk was sonned pretty hard over the weekend. Did anyone catch this gem? http://existentialcomics.com/comic/other/17
My first belly laugh of the day – thank you.
that was nice!
“Sonned” is a verb?
Back story (from the link):
“What Google is doing with your data”
And this is why I leave my personal-tracker aka my mobile home unless I know that I am going to have to use it. If this sounds like a radical thing to some people, remember that this was the way it was for the entire human race until about 20 years or so ago. No real mobile phone much before then remember.
I agree with you, but my problem is that I won’t drive without it. If I get into an accident I want the camera to record everything, and if I need to call the cops because I will hear some BS. “I don’t have a cellphone or a license” excise from the other driver.
What about a dash cam? Or if that is too expensive, just keep a small digital camera handy. It’s how I take my photos.
not radical, really.
I take mine with me(like Kurtis, for accidents, and such. I’m a cripple),
but if I want to go somewhere I’m maybe not supposed to be, I stick it in the coffee can in the tool box.
double faraday cage.
I was surveilled(and harassed) as a young adult(pariah-hood, due to a girl, and her evil father. film at 11), so i am particularly averse to being tracked and scrutinised.
This was your second bad bear story in recent days. Suffering from arkoudaphobia perhaps?
I’m glad that we do not have Bears or Grizzly Bears in Australia. That would be too much. The stuff that can kill you here tends to be only small and few would actually eat you like a Bear could.
Having just returned from your Top End, I point out that them thar Crocs would surely love to eat humans, too. Can’t swim in the ocean up there; can’t swim in some of the more easily accessible swimming holes at Litchfield or Nitmiluk or Elsey either due to the presence of salt water crocs shortly after the wet.
Also had a bit of a chuckle while in Elsey bc suddenly there was a snake in the midst of the outdoors tavern during dinner. Never saw so many Aussies jump ‘n run at once (I joined the jumping and running). Turns out it was a non-poisonous python, but boyohboy them snakes down there can be seriously deadly.
Most of the bears in the lower 48 are harmless to us humans. It’s the grizzlies you gotta watch out for. They do roam about in Montana and Alaska but not so much elsewhere. Have been backpacking a bunch in California and Colorado. You just gotta be super smart about what you do with your food. That’s really all they want – easy pickings of human food, not humans.
the one i like is the tiny blue octopus that can kill you very quickly.
Sometimes watching the tourist watching the bear is more fun…
Some years ago in early November on the Generals Highway (you’re almost guaranteed a bear sighting on this road this time of year as the bruins are fattening up on acorns, the most in one day for me was 9) there were a couple, one honey blond and the larger one brown that were about 50 feet away up an embankment, and an Australian lady in her 50’s was creeping towards the duo with digital camera glued to her face and got about 15 feet closer when the brown bruin decided to do a bluff charge on her, and that entails going about 20 feet in 2.3 seconds and then abruptly stopping.
I’ve never seen an Antipodean run backwards that fast…
Practice mate, sheer practice. Did the same earlier this week when I nearly walked into a snake near my front door. Exit – stage left!
Rev Kev, I did the same exit cue when I walked into our garage in our mountain town and a freaking long snake (seriously, at least four feet and its body was thick…gasp!) Was curled up around our trash bin. I did the only logical thing, after closing the inside door behind me, and ran to my husband, luckily in his office and mesmerized by his work, to breathlessly announce : There’s a family blog snake in the garage! What to do? If poisonous…not good. Looked up snakes id characteristics on intertube and scientifically determined it was most likely a harmless gopher snake. They do grow big here in our northern AZ environs. OK, brave and handy husband took his non lethal weapon(A broom) and chased the snake out the open ( yes that was how he slithered into our garage in the first place, just airing out the joint)garage door. Snakes are cool and a natural being in our wonderful wild world. But, not to get cozy in my garage…NIMG.
About the new Italian government.
Berlusconi gave the green light to the negotiations, but will stay in opposition. Everyone was wondering what he had received in exchange, and the answer came before the weekend: a court order nullified the previous ban preventing him to run for office.
Bunga-Bunga is back, yay!
A Forza Italia MP will now resign his seat in Parliament, so that Berlusconi can run for office, get elected and gain immunity from prosecution.
This the short version of Italian mind-bending politics from Hell.
A few remarks:
1) The new government is held to ransom by Mr. B.
2) The judiciary branch awarded immunity to a notorious criminal under political pressure.
3) Do not be surprised if Berlusconi will run in a Southern Italian district.
4) It is not clear who pressured the judges. Not the M5S (new in the game) or Berlusconi’s own alliance (never managed to get much influence on judges). Maybe the Democratic Party or President Mattarella?
5) President Mattarella has made it clear that he will have a say on the Prime Minister. The “President’s men” (or maybe women, this time) are usually centrists and well-liked in Europe.
6) I see the foreign press started again on the nonsense about Italy leaving the Euro. But this government is controlled by Berlusconi and, possibly, the Democratic Party. The premier will have the President’s approval. The government will be in no position to take major decisions.
7) Grillo has started again with his nonsense about the referendum on the euro. Every sane person who thinks about it for 10 seconds can understand that it will never happen.
8) However weak the basis of this government before Berlusconi’s approval, it has just gotten a lot weaker. The government will be impotent and probably short-lived.
Foreigners should not worry about an Italian government doing something really radical. They should worry about the governance of a large Eurozone economy, where the judiciary branch deals out immunity under political pressure, and where Berlusconi, a man who committed crimes ranging from parking on sidewalks to abetting mass-murder, and everything in between, holds Parliament hostage with a party polling a puny 10% of the votes.
And now the EU should go tell Poland and Hungary that they are not democratic countries.
disc_writes. Thanks. The deference to Berlù during the negotiations has been mind-boggling, even considering his oh-so-kind remarks about the cinquestellati. I attribute it to Salvini, though–he’s distinctly unappetizing.
I think that you are giving the Partito Democratico more credit than it deserves: The disorganization is more than evident. The government seems to be more of a trainwreck of two groups (Lega and M5S) that just don’t know what they want.
Over the weekend I was furious about the court order and more than half-seriously considered dropping my Italian citizenship.
That Berlusconi can still hold the country for ransom after so many years, and after everything we know about him, is disgusting. And that the judges can go along with that means that whatever hope there was for Italy as a functioning democracy, is gone.
Do not underestimate the Partito Democratico. They have been in the cahoots with Mr. B. ever since the 1992-3 mafia-state negotiations. D’Alema and then Renzi renewed the party’s understanding with Berlusconi. Renzi wanted to form a new government with Berlusconi.
Through B.’s hostile support for the new government, the PD finds itself closer to power than it would have been otherwise.
WOW with unions and demodogs like this who needs friends. Crazy teachers wanting to get paid, how silly of them.
The issue of having “skin” in the game of health care services is a useful distraction when cutting insurance benefits and increasing costs, but little more.
People already have all their skin in the game, and the rest of their bodies. They pay indirectly for government programs and directly for various insurance products, often poorly regulated and providing limited coverage. They have no voice in that process.
The analogy of having skin in the game is deeply flawed. A consumer might try to compare competing insurance products, written with the most arcane language and conflicting provisions. But they are in a take it or leave it position when it comes to negotiating its availability, terms or price, or even to negotiate trade-offs among coverage and price. They are limited to what their employer provides or to the few products available elsewhere.
Consumers have no access to what health insurance companies know about the quality of hospitals, doctors and other health care providers. They are hamstrung by their insurance and limited funds to using “in network” providers. They have no ability to determine what procedures or drugs they need, and zero ability to negotiate price. Prices are, in fact, highly variable. Consumers learn the price that applies to them when billed.
Consumers have all their skin in the game. But they have no ability to leverage their risk to negotiate insurance contract availability, provisions or price. They have no ability intelligently to choose from among available providers, or to choose what services, goods or drugs would be most effective in maintaining and improving their health. The system is designed to be immune to consumer input.
It is time to drop the skin in the game metaphor and to start reusing the jargon of price gouging and monopoly power.
Here! Here! Quite agree.
That old “skin in the game” gambit has been around for ages and has served as one, among many, useful distractions for how poorly run our so-called “health care” system is run and operated and how badly we’re being gouged and ripped off by BigInsurance, BigHospital, BigPharma, et. al.
Exfoliate the insurance companies.
Or skin them and nail the hide up on the side of the barn.
As an employee of this outfit, I was given the follow to ready about 10 years ago:
The ironies of that book are manifold.
Hammergren is the obscenely overpaid CEO of McKesson Corp. He’s kept a very low profile over the years, despite his outsized compensation. As leader of the biggest drug distributor in the U.S., he’s been made famous recently due to McKesson’s role in the opiod epidemic.
BTW, I read the first chapter and then tossed it in the trash. This book is as worthless as his excuses for McKesson failing to report schedule II drug distribution abuses.
Huge new Facebook data leak exposed intimate details of 3m users
I wish I could feel unhappy about this, but I’ve been warning people for the last three years those “quizzes” are nothing but data-harvesters. And been roundly thumped for being a party-pooper, including by my own daughter.
The one making the rounds lately asks for your first concert. There was immediate high dudgeon when I pointed out this is information often used as a security question because “I have never had that question asked.” I responded, of course, that I had, and was, indeed, using it on more than one website.
As long as there’s social media and people who have been trained from birth to leap before they look as long as there’s nothing that looks dangerous, complaining about data leaks is nothing but closing the barn door. Which is another reason I find this sudden movement to frighten people off Facebook disturbing.
The NR post (“How Many D.C. Suburban Office Parks Became Ghost Towns”) trots out the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) under Carter as a key driver of the financial crisis, rather than systemic fraud; this was a common conservative talking point in back in ’08-’09. Is there any legitimacy to this claim?
Search the Naked Cap archives. You’ll see this meme debunked often.
I should have pointed that out; I was seduced by the vivid descriptions of decay.
The Wizard of Q: Trump is someone you want to stare at and then look away from forever. You want him to act ever more stupidly to prove you understand him and then you want him to succeed so that no harm will come because of his decisions. You want him to be smarter than he appears or dumber than he is but in any case you cannot look away from him for any great length of time. One longs only for the forgetfulness of never knowing anything more about him and one suffers continuously from the absence of this knowledge.
I have no problem at all ignoring Trump as much as possible. I don’t look at his tweets, I don’t listen to his speeches, and I don’t watch or listen to corporate media. It’s not a problem in knowing what his administration is up to, as there is plenty of information out there without actually having to here him speak. Life is just too short…
Italy pm maybe Giuseppe Conti. Jurist with public admin expertise.
Next step… parallel currency for taxes and gov spending. Granted, a big step.
> Next step… parallel currency
The Fracturing of the Transatlantic Community The American Interest
Was this posted as a cautionary tale of how not to think about these issues?
Imagine that – a declining number of Europeans do not support NATO!!!!
Bring out the trumpets… and marching bands.
It never occurs to the author to ask why… could it be that NATO’s campaigns have ended in disaster (Libya) or that its purpose has long been outlived? Or that the current order simply does not benefit most Europeans?
The author’s head is so firmly stuck in the sand that nothing short of a major blowback will dislodge it.
> Was this posted as a cautionary tale of how not to think about these issues?
Pretty much. We don’t link only to material we agree with.
It seems to me that there’s A Disturbance In The Blob, lately; this article is one indication.
Putin’s Language (R)Evolution Moscow Times. Interesting.
Given MT’s typically anti-Putin stance, this is actually interesting.
After years of listening to US politicians (read: scripted, heavy use of euphemisms and empty cliches), listening to VV Putin is indeed a pleasure.
He comes across as erudite, yet straightforward and plain-spoken.
Maybe the absence of the earlier, “salty,” language (the author’s last question) is a sign of how the weight of the world is curbing his sense of humour?
Posting this here because I don’t think it’s been covered by NC – http://thesaker.is/switzerland-a-once-in-a-lifetime-chance-to-spreading-positive-banking-news-to-the-world/
Maybe the article is “wordy,” but the initiative may be of some interest to readers:
“It’s called “Vollgeld Initiative” – in German, meaning more or less “Referendum for Sovereign Money”. What is “Sovereign Money”? – Its money produced only by the Central Bank, by the “Sovereign”, the government, represented by its central bank.”
To be voted on by the Swiss on June 10.
Apparently, choking women is fun and ’empowering’.
It’s also very dangerous – even Dan Savage says to never do it. On anybody. Even if they want you to.
When you have lost Dan Savage…good to know that There are boundaries to how depraved, selfish, and narcissistic a man (some women) can be.
Bad sentence formulation. It should be; “There are boundaries to how political, financial, and ‘progressive’ a man (some women) -should- be.” As to actual boundaries, only death or prison institute actual boundaries.
Re: 13th century tapestry
It turns out that The Onion and SNL are threats to our democracy because many Americans now can’t distinguish satire from reality: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/05/14/fake-news-story-spreads-576752
“Caste-based politics returns to India as Dalits seek equality | FT” — Another misleading headline: If the Untouchables (note that ‘dalit’ literally means ‘oppressed’ in Sanskrit) are still seeking equality that implies that caste-based politics never left India, no? They may of course have resurged in terms of public awareness and/or news coverage.
That is not how things work. Using American history to pontificate on, race based politics has never left or gone just one way in the United States; however, the level of racism and inequality oppression does seesaw. Not counting pre-Civil War, it seesawed twice here. Up 1863-1877, down 1877–1920s, up 1930s-1971, down 1972 – ?
After Reconstruction ended, blacks and to a lesser amount their white supporters were removed from all levels of government, had land and property stolen, increasingly ethnically cleansed from much of the United States and ghettoized, impoverished, effectively re-enslaved in large parts of the South with the Nadir occurring in the 1920s.
Then it very slowly got better into the late 60s, early 70s when all the economic gains of the past 30 years went away, and between Nixon’s War on Drugs and the Clintons’ war on so-called black “super-predators” the number of blacks locked-up is astonishing. I don’t have the numbers but percentage wise I’d guess similar (greater?) to the large numbers “arrested” and used as convict “labor.” a century ago. Just think of those traffic tickets issued according to how much revenue is needed and not for guilt or safety.
It is probable that blacks will economically, politically, and socially trend upwards again if the current reform movement succeeds.
Re: BBC and Wilson/Coveney
The easy answer to Wilson is: What technology solution? Let’s see it so that we can evaluate it.
Of course it doesn’t exist in any detail, even though it was first floated as an option more than a year ago. Why doesn’t it exist? Occam’s Razor says: because it cannot exist. I assert that is the case. You can refute my assertion very easily by showing me the solution, offering it up to critical scrutiny, and verifying that it’s sound (the claim that you keep making). So get to it.
Why the press seems to continue to believe that the burden of proof lies with the skeptics on this point is beyond me. All these stories about the technology ‘solution’ could equally well have been written about the Flying Spaghetti Monster. You’d expect the press to be asking some questions, yet they just keep intoning “praise His noodly appendages” every time it comes up.
“RIP the Trans-Atlantic Alliance, 1945-2018”
I think that we are seeing a change in how alliances are done. In earlier times, the US would act in concert with the UN, NATO, SEATO or any number of alliances. As more and more nations became hesitant to follow the US in military adventures the system started to break down. One example was the invasion of Iraq when Turkey, France, Germany and others declined to add their military into the mix. For years now I have seen talk in military works on how the US, before engaging on a military undertaking, will form a coalition of countries as happened with Iraq. This bypasses the UN, NATO etc and relies on having countries that can be bribed, cajoled or threatened to take part in a coalition. When the adventure is over the coalition is dissolved until the next time. This is not a sustainable model. Countries may be used once but if they are burnt in their treatment, will not show up a second time nor will other countries when they see how things go down. What it reminds me of is a business where you bring in a bunch of contractors and when the job is done, you give them the heave-ho and grab the real profits for yourself. Good perhaps from a business point of view but not how professional diplomats know how things really work long term.
The two articles on the breakup of the Atlantic Alliance are important. Basically, it is down to the USA and UK. Seems to me that the Salisbury England poisoning was a last attempt to be relevant and get a war on. If the EU can keep the Iran Nuclear Deal in place and stand up for itself, then the War with Iran will be just USA, UK, Israel and Saudi Arabia. A war that cannot be won and has insane risks of destroying the earth associated with it.
“Don’t shrink the role of markets—expand it”
The guy who reviewed this book had a lot of misgivings about it and I can see why. This book is not talking about liberalism. It is about intensifying neoliberalism which is another animal altogether. Then again the authors were from a tech company and the University of Chicago so no real surprises there. It’s all about “market-oriented thinking” so I will have to remember that one.
Perhaps before a battle soldiers can find out what the market is prepared to pay them opposed to what the opposition is prepared to offer them. That has been done before. And that is where market-oriented thinking can get you.
Having the market run your society is as dystopian as you can get and we can already see the massive damage that has been causing in trying to do so. But still we keep on trying to do more. It reminds me of the story of the man who was asked why he kept hitting himself in the head with a plank of wood. He said that it was because it would feel so good when he finally stopped.