Germany pay the price for their complacency DW. For World Cup fans…
Weeds Are Winning the War against Herbicide Resistance Scientific American (guurst)
The Recycling Game Is Rigged Against You Bloomberg. See the underlying paper: The Chinese import ban and its impact on global plastic waste trade. Key section of Bloomberg story:
University of Georgia engineering professor Jenna Jambeck said that indeed, part of the reason China is now refusing to process American and European plastic is that so many people tossed waste into the wrong bin, resulting in a contaminated mix difficult or impossible to recycle.
What this glosses over is some plastic is effectively not recyclable. My understanding is that colored plastic (as opposed to plastic that is clear or white) falls into that category. If this is correct, all the eco-consumer-product vendors who use colored plastic need to be shamed into cutting it out.
Having said that, my building is a classic example of a management “fuck you” attitude to recycling. We have only 2 bins, one for paper and one for everything else. So tenants are encouraged to put glass and plastic in the same bin. And nobody gets any instruction as to what to do re the paper bin, so everyone but paper industry brat moi puts efnon-recylable coated paper like catalogues in the recycle bin (simple rule of thumb: if it isn’t newsprint or high value brown paper, like paper bags or corrugated cardboard, fuggeddaboudit).
Feds ran a bitcoin-laundering sting for over a year The Verge. Confirming our “prosecution futures” thesis.
MIT scientists discover fundamental rule of brain plasticity MIT Big Think (David L)
China’s Port In Sri Lanka’s Is Good Business – The NYT’s Report On It Is Propaganda Moon of Alabama (Kevin W)
How Merkel broke the EU Politico. Her 2015 immigration decision was an unmitigated disaster. What was she smoking? How could Europe possibly handle so many immigrants, with no plans as to how to assimilate them (language training being a bare minimum requirement) and get them jobs? And with Europe not firing on all four cylinders economically, a jobs program aimed at immigrants without as least as much help being offered to natives would have been problematic too. And that’s before you get to the “kick the can down the road,” austerity-loving, bank-friendly response to the crisis, which institutionalized high unemployment and weak banking systems.
Berlin stands by while Brexit burns Politico
Holy shit. https://t.co/bt7N5rNdaO
— Pedro da Costa (@pdacosta) June 28, 2018
Why Venezuela Reporting Is So Bad FAIR (UserFriendly)
Yemeni Suffering Made Easy Counterpunch
What is John Bolton’s role in Trump’s ME drama? Sic Semper Tyrannis. The idea that Trump has a grand strategy makes this seem like an awfully big stretch….
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Facebook’s Latest Problem: It Can’t Track Where Much of the Data Went Wall Street Journal
Facebook Patent Imagines Triggering Your Phone’s Mic When a Hidden Signal Plays on TV Gizmodo. Man, am I glad I don’t watch TV.
Did Sen. Warner and Comey ‘Collude’ on Russia-gate? ConsortiumNews. Imortant.
Supremes in Play
Kennedy announces retirement from Supreme Court The Hill. UserFriendly:
We are now looking at a solid 5 conservative majority for at least 15 to 20 years. This is why I wanted Dems to fold on Gorsuch. This country is hell and will not be getting better in my lifetime, which is sad as I’m 33, at best we get a repeat of FDR vs the courts with less hope of a positive outcome.
Trump: “Democrats want judges who will destroy your freedoms” Axois. Like to have an abortion? Or form a union? Or not have to accept mandatory arbitration?
The Supreme Court nomination is the true litmus test for Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski.Will they continue to put party over the things they profess to believe, and vote to confirm a justice who will blow up every remaining protection for women? I wish I were optimistic.
— Norman Ornstein (@NormOrnstein) June 27, 2018
Hey, Democrats: Pack The Court Huffington Post
Democrats should simply start including riders on legislation excluding this new nominee and Gorsuch from judicial review. Basically cut the court to seven. Call it the Court Unpacking Plan.
— Matt Stoller (@matthewstoller) June 28, 2018
Court ruling a blow, not a knockout, to public unions Christian Science Monitor. Per above, seems awfully optimistic.
Earthquake in the Bronx (and Elsewhere)
Cuomo: ‘Angry’ minority community is reason for Ocasio-Cortez’s win New York Post. UserFriendy: “Open mouth insert foot.”
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez represents the future of the Democratic party Guardian (PlutoniumKun)
UserFriendly: “Read the 2nd tweet too. He is quite literally the best reporter at WaPo.”
Holy shit there is apparently still no end in sight for atrocious Ocasio-Cortez takes
— Jeff Stein (@JStein_WaPo) June 28, 2018
Trump’s Brutality Is Part of Obama’s Legacy Now Truthdig (John Z)
Has there been another presidential election where the followers of the losing candidate – almost a full 2 years later – spent so much of their time & energy trying to blame everyone they can find for the loss: except the losing candidate and the losing campaign staff & party????
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) June 28, 2018
Rules and Bylaws Committee Gives Initial Greenlight to Revamp of Superdelegates System Frontloading HQ (UserFriendly)
The main reason why almost all econometric models are wrong Lars P. Syll (UserFriendly)
COST DISEASE IN MEDICINE: THE PRACTICAL PERSPECTIVE Silver Star Codex. Even though people should think about new ways to provide services, why this particular idea won’t work as a business model:
1. Very hard to fill 15 minute slots on a consistent basis. Will have a lot of unsold time. This is particularly true because the conventional 45-50 session includes selling time and/or the therapist-serving requirement that the patient come every week at the same time, otherwise he is not committed to the process.
2. If despite 1, provider manages to fill lots of time slots, doing 15 minute sessions back to back with no niceties will take a ton of concentration and would become exhausting.
After the Fall London Review of Books. (bwill123): “Long commentary on the post GFC failure… too much goodness to quote.”
Amazon Drives Deeper Into Package Delivery Wall Street Journal
Double-Standards at the Washington Post Counterpunch
Antidote du jour. Crittermom: “a Ferruginous Hawk”:
And a bonus video:
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.