Researchers reverse cognitive impairments in mice with dementia Medical Xpress (CL).
Silicon Valley scooter wars TechCrunch (KW).
The market for driverless cars will head towards monopoly Economist. “Convenient, safe AVs, which allow riders to nap rather than mind the wheel, should reduce the hassle of travelling by car.” Anything below Level 5 demands constant vigilance by the driver, which negates the convenience advantage.
The New York City Subway Is Beyond Repair The Atlantic. “Instead of fixing the old trains, let’s rip out the tracks and fill the tunnels with fleets of autonomous vehicles running on pavement.”
A primer for the Trump–Kim summit The Interpreter
How North Korea Can Strike It Rich Foreign Policy
China may take bigger role as ‘guarantor and mediator’ after Trump-Kim nuclear talks South China Morning Post
Why Trump’s combative trade stance toward allies poses risks Associated Press
Trade-War Drums: Is Mexico Ready to Fire at the US Corn Belt? Wolf Street (EM).
Trump Tries to Destroy the West David Leonhardt, NYT
Will the World be Safer or More Dangerous Under a Trump Presidency? Global Guerillas. From 2017, still germane.
Is Putin really ready to “ditch” Iran? The Vineyard of the Saker
Preparing Brexit: How ready is Whitehall? Institute for Government
British railways are reduced to chaos by a botched timetable change Economist. The trigger on the privatization side seems to be the Carillion crash; the trigger on the government side seems to be a centralizing the schedule function in the head office, eliminating local expertise.
Democrats in Disarray
Democratic parties accused of funneling $84M into Clinton campaign NY Post. Getting a lot of play at the state level (here, here, here, here, and here) but little nationally. A shame this lawsuit is coming from conservatives and not the left.
Does Winning Affluent Districts Require Selling Out The Poor? Washington Monthly. “Cross-pressured affluent suburban Democrats.”
The 1st 2020 Race Is Underway: Scrambling for New York Donors NYT. “The lone Democratic outlier from the money chase is Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who bypassed large contributors in his 2016 presidential bid and still raised about $230 million, almost entirely from a torrent of small online donations — a model that many Democrats are trying to emulate.” Many?
Imperial Collapse Watch
America is already great:
Having now been in Beijing, Seoul and Singapore in the past six months, it is like peering into the future. Much of their infrastructure, compared to ours, is like the Jetsons compared to the Flintstones.
— John Roberts (@johnrobertsFox) June 10, 2018
Having just come through JFK’s international terminal, followed by a ride up to Boston on Amtrak, I can only agree.
Demographic Structural Theory: 25 Years On Cliodynamics (UserFriendly).
Inequality, Social Dysfunction and Misery Dandelion Salad (JB).
How LinkedIn turned this “Failmom” into a socialist Salon (UserFriendly). Yves: “This is fun in a jaded way.”
Antidote du jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.