Laos dam collapse: ‘hundreds missing’ after villages flooded Guardian. More :-(
Smartphone addiction: big tech’s balancing act over responsibility and revenue Financial Times (David L)
Deep Learning Algorithms Help Map Developing Brains Peek (David L)
Fukushima’s nuclear signature found in California wine MIT Technology Review (furzy)
Caves all the way down Do psychedelics give access to a universal, mystical experience of reality, or is that just a culture-bound illusion? Aeon. Micael: “Hilarious description of Western mysticism tourists that are more like drug tourists. Also, important points to keep in mind when big money moves into psychedelics after pot legalization”
Proof Kim really IS dismantling his nuclear arsenal: Satellite images show the North Korean dictator’s bomb factories lying ruined after his pledge to Trump at historic Singapore summit Daily Mail. Lead story.
Italy’s “Dignity Decree” Bruegel. First legislation by the new government.
What Boris Johnson Doesn’t Know About British History Patrick Cockburn, Counterpunch
This “ouch” from guurst:
A speech about the benefits of Brexit that will go down in history as: The Trump of Labour fallacy.https://t.co/esp7yqrStp
— Steve Analyst (@EmporersNewC) July 24, 2018
A dangerous void where government should be Chris Grey (guurst)
Theresa May’s Impossible Choice New Yorker (furzy)
New Cold War
— Bloomberg Politics (@bpolitics) July 23, 2018
It’s Been Over a Year Since MSNBC Has Mentioned US War in Yemen FAIR (UserFriendly)
Germany Encourages India To Keep Buying Oil From Iran OilPrice (Kevin W)
UK favours extremism over democracy in Syria Middle East Eye (UserFriendly)
Jewish groups worldwide voice support for pro-Palestine BDS movement New Arab (furzy)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Intelligent Assistants Have Poor Usability: A User Study of Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri Nielsen Norman Group. Dana D: “Summary: the AI’s are bad at everything, except possibly transcription as long as you don’t have an accent.”
Imperial Collapse Watch
Trump considering revoking clearances of 6 top former natsec officials who've criticized him. Top NatSec officials retain clearance in case of a nat'l emergency or to enable continuity b/w administrations. Many also work for private sector as contractors. https://t.co/OrF7lpLRqC
— Vivian Salama (@vmsalama) July 23, 2018
Pruitt May Have Been Poisoned by Expensive Desk Patheos (Chuck L)
A reader sent this tweet. I’m normally leery of appearance-based criticism, but Hillary is a public figure with more than enough money to make sure she’s presentable. Not only is the mumu a bizarre choice for an elderly woman who wants to be seen as authoritative (obviously reminiscent of nursing homes, as in infirmity and senility) but even her hair looks unwashed.
I already hate Hillary Clinton. She didn’t need to wear a house dress and babble on about Vladimir Putin. She looked and sounded like a crazy lady who escaped from the attic. pic.twitter.com/YSi0u6PiSS
— Margaret Kimberley (@freedomrideblog) July 23, 2018
Why So Many Reporters Are Missing the Political Story of the Decade Washington Monthly. Versailles 1788.
I’m A Conservative, And I Went To An Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Rally Daily Caller (UserFriendly)
Wisconsin Regressivism New Republic
CYNTHIA NIXON MEETS WITH COMMUNITY CALLING FOR SHUTDOWN OF AIM FRACKED GAS PIPELINE Sane Energy. Thomas R sent this FB update which I cannot access but per him:
Second day of the proceedings is today. We have a lot of folks up there and in other support roles. Our fearless leader at SEP (Kim) and several other folks on our team crawled inside a piece of the AIM pipeline in 2016. Aside from the standard political sleaze factors involved with Spectra’s development of the project, and the obvious climate-change impacts of fracked gas, the project has brought folks in Westchester out to raise hell due to its insane proximity to the Indian Point nuclear facility.
This is the first time that the climate necessity defense has been allowed in a civil disobedience case in NYS and I think one of the few times it’s been used anywhere in the country. It is definitely an important event in the NY climate struggle.
BART stabbing: Woman, 18, killed, sister critically injured; Bay Area manhunt for suspect Mercury News. Third BART killing in a week.
Federal Jury Convicts Lawyer and Coal Company Executive for Bribing State Legislator Justice.gov. UserFriendly: “Kudos to them, but the press release about the FBI ALWAYS going after corruption is hilariously far from reality.”
MGM turns to never-tested law to sue Vegas shooting victims ABC News (JTM)
Google’s Ad Business Helps Offset EU Antitrust Fine Wall Street Journal
Where modern macroeconomics went wrong Lars P. Syll
Diversity versus merit is a false choice for recruiters Andy Haldane, Financial Times
Backlash Against “War on Cash” Reaches Washington & China Don Quikones, Wolf Street
The neoliberal ‘progressives’ and their bankster mates are becoming rattled Bill Mitchell. UserFriendly: “Good 3rd way smack down.”
Antidote du jour. Richard Smith, natch:
Snow owls sleep like they have necked 10 double whiskeys and just reached their bed. pic.twitter.com/bq0fRguX73
— James Glynn (@jamesglynn) July 23, 2018
Plus a bonus video:
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.