Citizen Science and Climate Change: Mapping the Range Expansions of Native and Exotic Plants with the Mobile App Leafsnap BioScience. #CitizenScience provides excellent opportunities for a Jobs Guarantee, no?
Consumer Reports, Edmunds observe significant problems with Tesla Model 3 test cars Autoblog (EM). Who knew?
The Old Allure of New Money Robert J. Shiller, Project Syndicate
Venezuela’s Maduro Wins Reelection with 67.7% of Vote, Falcon Cries Fraud Venezuela Analysis
Argentina: From the “confidence fairy” to the (still devilish) IMF Critical Macro Finance
Tehran eyes path ahead after US withdrawal from nuclear pact Pepe Escobar, Asia Times (J-LS). Interesting interview with an Iranian foreign policy apparatchik.
Trump’s New Campaign Against Iran Will Not Achieve Its Aims Moon of Alabama. “The threat of secondary sanctions will eventually lead to the creation of a sanction-secure parallel global economy. The SWIFT banking information exchange which routes international payments between banks can be replaced by country to country systems that do not depend an sanctionable institutions.” Hmm. Readers?
Brexit weekly briefing: Irish border problem dominates debate Guardian. Shocker!
We need proper constables – not these swaggering gunmen Peter Hitchens Blog
Who will be the biggest losers from a China-US trade war truce? South China Morning Post
How Britain’s First Mission to China Went Wrong China Channel
Death by slow poisoning The Hindu (J-LS).
New Cold War
Europe’s longest bridge and the economic impact on the Crimean peninsula FreightWaves. Quite a bit of geopolitical opinion-having for the trade press, I must say. It’s almost like somebody was standing over the writer’s shoulder….
Summary of the Building a Sustainable International Order Project RAND. “The growing threat to the rules-based postwar order….” I’m a little hazy on when this threat materialized. The invasion of Iraq? The bombing of Libya?
Mnuchin Urges Antitrust Probe of Tech After Google Report Bloomberg. It’s really time for Google to spend some time in the barrel; if Silicon Valley first destroys the newspaper business — especially local newspapers — and then destroys our ability to sift the rubble that remains by crapifying search, it’s hard to see how the country ends up with the informed citizenry needed to make democracy work (to the extent that it works at all). Google is far more dangerous than Facebook, because Facebook isn’t a serious search tool, and isn’t suitable for serious writing (no embedded links).
The princes, the president and the fortune seekers AP. A pivot away from the “Russia! Russia! Russia!” narrative (not that there weren’t other narratives to be had; there are).
Realignment and Legitimacy
Who is Stefan A. Halper, the FBI source who assisted the Russia investigation? WaPo. Perhaps I’m being overly cyncial, but after reviewing Halper’s career trajectory, I’d replace “FBI source” with “intelligence community asset.”
The constitutional crisis is here Eugene Eugene Robinson, WaPo. “One of the bedrock principles of our system of government is that no one is above the law, not even the president.” I wish liberal goodthinkers like Robinson would stop gesticulating like this and take a moment to look around them. I mean, Gina Haspel “tortured some folks” and then wiped the
servertapes, and now she’s head of the CIA, with Democrat votes. Sadly, like “bedrock principles,” “no one is above the law” has become, if not an empty cliché, at least no longer the default, and within living memory. I wish very much it weren’t so, but it is so. Remember when Enron executives were actually prosecuted under the Bush administration? Happy days. It would be nice if they were here again.
Teen who started fire that burned 48,000 acres ordered to pay $36 million CNN (UserFriendly). And Lloyd Blankfein and Jamie Dimon were ordered to pay… were ordered to pay… Well, I’m having a hard time remembering the amount.
Democrats in Disarray
If you think liberal Democrats in Clinton’s faction aren’t bitter, and aren’t clinging to deeply felt hatred for Sanders and Sanders supporters, then read this exchange with Clinton aide Philippe Reines:
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— Philippe Reines (@PhilippeReines) May 22, 2018
(“Bernie Sanders is the most popular politician in America” (link) is an oft-repeated talking point on the Twitter.)
Defending Digital Democracy Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. I’ve urged that the test for intellectual honesty on election security is treating hand-marked paper ballots, hand-counted in public, as a real option. Oddly, or not, this project, fronted by Robby Mook and Matt Rhoades (campaign managers for Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney) fails that test. (Note that “DIgital Democracy,” though catchy, is also question-begging; as one of Benteley’s programming proverbs has it: “The cheapest, fastest, and most reliable components of a computer system are those that aren’t there.” In this case, the best way to ensure “digital democracy” is to remove the digital part.)
From Backwaters to Major Policymakers: Policy Polarization in the States, 1970–2014 Perspectives on Politics
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Princeton Dialogues of AI and Ethics: Launching case studies Freedom to Tinker. “This [assessment] is essential in order to identify the positive opportunities presented by AI and unleash these technologies’ capabilities in while being mindful of potential harms.” Lol no.
Artificial intelligence takes jobs from Chinese web censors FT. Code is law….
Announcing New Election Partnership with the Atlantic Council Facebook. Sponsors of the Hamilton 68 dashboard…
Feds reject Ohio’s request to nix Obamacare individual mandate Cleveland Plain Dealer. (Insanely, Google doesn’t bring up this Cleveland Plain-Dealer link in a search for “cms ohio individual mandate.” However, a search for “cms ohio individual mandate kaiser” brought up Kaiser’s aggregation page, which did.)
Firming Up Inequality Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis (UserFriendly).
Quantum Physics May Be Even Spookier Than You Think Scientific American (original).
Antidote du jour (via):
recently learned about beekeeping dogs who are trained to sniff out deadly larvae in honey hives and therefore ensures I have safe honey pic.twitter.com/PXMI6OguR4
— Maryellen Stewart (@Maryellen) May 17, 2018
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.