Dear patient readers,
Links are a bit light at official launch time. Start now and refresh your browsers at 8:00 AM for a full ration.
Top 100 Economics Blogs of 2018 Intelligent Economist. NC is on the list again!
The Jaguar Is Made for the Age of Humans Atlantic (J-LS)
Plastic Bag Found at the Bottom of World’s Deepest Ocean Trench National Geographic
The future of urban transport (the bike) Wired (PlutoniumKun)
‘We don’t take cash’: is this the future of money? Financial Times (Li)
Cod and ‘Immune Broth’: California Tests Food as Medicine New York Times
Exercise is good for you – unless it’s part of your job Guardian (PllutoniumKun)
What to do if you find yourself choking—and no one’s around thetakeout.com (J-LS). The problem is people probably need to know how to do the Heimlich maneuver in the first place. One of my pet peeves is that everyone should be taught this plus CPR in high school, and for older people, their first day at a job.
John Bolton Once Sabotaged A Deal With North Korea – He Will Try To Repeat That Moon of Alabama (Kevin W)
Australia Bans Cash For All Purchases Over $10,000 Starting July Of 2019 Gizmodo (Kevin W)
Prosecutors Seek Complete Ban On Media Reporting Of Cardinal George Pell Trial New Matilda (Chuck L)
Woolworths joins Coles in storing baby formula next to cigarettes and in locked storeroom cages in a bid to stop Chinese raiders from clearing shelves and selling overseas for profit Daily Mail (Kevin W). Woolworth and Coles are the two big grocery chains.
U.S. Media Whitewashes Gaza Massacre Consortium News
Fifteen Thoughts About Israel Caitlin Johnstone (Chuck L)
From Politico’s daily e-mailed newsletter:
EU TRIES TO SAVE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL: Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will be in Brussels today to meet with EU High Representative Federica Mogherini and European foreign ministers. Expect meetings in the afternoon and evening.
US opens embassy in Jerusalem: Which countries attended? Al Jazeera (Kevin W)
IMO there will be no peace for Israel … Republished 14 May, 2018 Sic Semper Tyrannis (Chuck L)
Imperial Collapse Watch
Fitzgerald Collision Hearing Brings Ship’s Radar Problems into Focus Military.com (Kevin W)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Facebook Faulted by Judge for ‘Troubling Theme’ in Privacy Case Bloomberg. Important. Potentially very big damages, and from US courts for a change.
A former Googler leading the charge against AI weapons says her time at Google taught her that even ‘nice’ people can make bad moral decisions Business Insider (David L). We clearly don’t have the same definition of nice. Or put it another way (and thanks to the state of web search I can’t find the title), a book a few years back on the personal lives of the staff at Buchenwald (or was it Dachau?) found they were “nice” people too.
A World Apart: Charting the Gulf Between Chinese and U.S. Tariffs Wall Street Journal
Lawmakers stunned by Trump push to help Chinese company The Hill. This outrage du jour has momentarily displaced Russia!Russia! and Stormy Daniels. Rest assured, we will be back to our regular programming shortly.
Tesla Model S Driver Says Autopilot Was On Before Crash Into Firetruck: Police Jalopnik. Kevin W: “That’s two red firetrucks now.”
Time to wipe out the absurd credit default swap market John Dizard, Financial Times (Li)
Investors Are Wary as Companies Ramp Up Capital Spending Wall Street Journal
— Gabriel Zucman (@gabriel_zucman) May 15, 2018
Chipotle wrongfully accused a manager of stealing $626. She just won millions in court. Washington Post (Kevin W)
Antidote du jour. A belated Mothers’ Day entry. MGL:
A mother moose and her twin newborn offspring rest next to the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson along the Glenn Highway in May 2017. (Bob Hallinen / ADN) Anchorage Daily News
And a bonus antidote:
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.