Harlan Ellison, Provocative Sci-Fi Writer of ‘Star Trek,’ ‘A Boy and His Dog,’ Dies at 84 Variety. I was a big Ellison fan when I was young. I read Dangerous Visions and Again, Dangerous Visions when they came out, along with many of his short stories (such as his classic “I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream”). With the benefit of hindsight, I was influenced by the television criticism columns he wrote for the Los Angeles Free Press, which were published in the book The Glass Teat.
The Earth’s magnetic field reverses more often – now we know why The Conversation (David L)
We still have no idea how to eliminate more than a quarter of energy emissions MIT Technology Review
The 25% Revolution—How Big Does a Minority Have to Be to Reshape Society? Scientific American (JTM). Reported elsewhere, but in case you missed it….
A Nobel-winning economist’s guide to taming tech monopolies Quartz (David L)
Fluoridation is mass medication, NZ Supreme Court rules Scoop News (furzy). Help me. You do not want teeth like mine (versus those of my brothers, who did have fluoridated water). With our terrible health care system, we aren’t able to organize to get fluoride pills or drinks to kids of an age when fluoridated water matters (when their adult teeth are forming, I assume ages 4 to 6).
China’s polluted skies Financial Times
Brexit: in the land of soundbites Richard North
Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Mexico’s homespun firebrand Financial Times
How the Iran sanctions drama intersects with OPEC-plus Pepe Escobar, Asia Times (Kevin W)
Merkel buys time with EU migration deals Financial Times
The Courageous Woman Who Is Organizing Separated Mothers Inside an ICE Detention Center The New Yorker (furzy)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
UK’s pressure on US over leaked drops to Julian Assange The Australian (furzy). Google the headline…
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) June 28, 2018
Here is the full letter. Bill B:
Note the language: “WikiLeaks continues its efforts to undermine democratic processes globally.”
Allow me to offer a translation in layman’s terms: “We resent having been exposed as a cabal of money grubbing toadies who could care less about unions and growing inequality. We will not tolerate being exposed as such.”
DECEIVED BY DESIGN: How tech companies use dark patterns to discourage us from exercising our rights to privacy Norwegian Consumer Council (hat tip Bruce Schneier)
Mugger Mick Mulvaney—Trump’s Sadist-in-Chief Ralph Nader, Counterpunch
Inside the White House’s Quiet Campaign to Create a Supreme Court Opening New York Times (furzy)
A bit too linear re the connecting the dots, but as Lambert said, “Wow…”
Justice Kennedy resigned because…
wait for it…
he is compromised because his son has been @realDonaldTrump's personal banker at Deutsche Bank for 12 years. The same Deutsche Bank that was fined $630 million for a $10 Billion scheme to launder Russian mob money. https://t.co/Hhnlpm0ivM
— Cowboy from Hell (@pjbruno79) June 28, 2018
Talk About ‘The Appearance of Corruption’ Charles Pierce, Esquire (furzy)
Democratic Elite Scrambles to Respond to Ocasio-Cortez ConsortiumNews
Judge Blocks Kentucky’s Plan for Work Requirements on Medicaid Wall Street Journal
Capital Gazette Staff Warned Years Ago to Call 911 if They Saw Shooting Suspect Wall Street Journal
America Has a 1.39 Billion-Pound Cheese Surplus. How Did That Happen? Mental Floss (Kevin W). Your humble blogger has mentioned how restaurant menus are awash with cheese….
Why is gold not shining? MacroBusiness
Chemists beware: Amazon’s attack on pharmacies has just begun Sydney Morning Herald (Kevin W)
Wounded unicorn Domo limps on to the stock market Financial Times
How to get away with financial fraud Guardian (Matthew C)
— Felix Salmon (@felixsalmon) May 27, 2018
Is This Going to Crush Rents in Seattle? Wolf Street (EM)
Antidote du jour. Tracie H: “This is Haiku.”
And a bonus antidote. Having a run of cute cats! From Kevin W:
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.