1 Hen, 76 Ducklings: What’s the Deal With This Picture? New York Times (Glenn F)
Water on Mars! Really for Real This Time (Probably) The Planetary Society
Methane Deathtrap Threatens Democracy Counterpunch
The Challenge of ‘Chronic Lyme’ New York Review of Books
Beijing police identify suspect in US embassy blast South China Morning Post
The Latest: Chinese police say explosion outside U.S. Embassy in Beijing was caused by a small homemade device wielded by a 26-year-old man who hurt only himself. https://t.co/eBJPVS2Kje
— The Associated Press (@AP) July 26, 2018
EU court damns Polish legal system Politico
Brexit: an irresponsible use of power Richard North. On the BBC’s misreporting of the aviation mess. Quite a takedown.
New Cold War
Imperial Collapse Watch
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Chrome Extensions, Android and iOS Apps Caught Collecting Browsing Data Bleeping Computer
Facebook’s Stock In Free Fall Because Everyone Already Uses It Gizmodo (Kevin W)
Trump-Juncker meeting: US and EU strike deal to avoid trade war Independent (Kevin W)
From Politico’s European newsletter:
Bottom line: To get what he wanted, Juncker promised Trump things that have already happened. Expect some noise from France (on agricultural products) and Germany (on gas), and perhaps some murmurings about the fact that Trump didn’t unconditionally surrender, but chalk this one up as a Juncker victory.
Ryan Zinke’s War on the Interior Rolling Stone (John C)
Trump Expected to Roll Back California’s Clean Air Plan Real News Network
GOP lawmakers introduce articles of impeachment against Rosenstein The Hill. Note Trey Gowdy making clear he does not support them.
White House May Have Broken Federal Law by Doctoring Trump-Putin Video Law & Crime (Dr. Kevin)
Ocasio-Cortez campaign ad creators release powerful new video for another socialist candidate Mic.com (UserFriendy) See below:
A Hawaii for the many is possible, but we have to take it, together.
On August 11, this movement can make history, but I need your help.
— Kaniela Ing (@KanielaIng) July 25, 2018
2020 Democrats Band Together to Call for Puerto Rico Debt Cancellation Intercept (UserFriendly)
If you thought fake news was a problem, wait for ‘deepfakes’ Financial Times. FWIW, the Google engineer (a guy with heavy academic chops) who sat next to me on my flight back from Seattle was tasked to this issue at YouTube
San Francisco looks to ban free lunch at tech companies CBS (Kevin W)
Jeff Bezos’ Paper Tells You Not to Worry About Those Billionaires FAIR (UserFriendly)
There’s an Entire Instagram Account Devoted to Destroying Rideshare Scooters Vice. I was so annoyed I missed my chance to wreck on in San Francisco. I was going to a pharmacy on Market Street near my hotel and saw one abandoned. I planned in my mind how to step on it on the way back so as to damage its back wheel without damaging me. But it was gone when I returned. So I don’t have fast enough reflexes to be a good vigilante.
US corporate tax collections are down by a third from last year… and near a 75-year low.
And that's despite the repatriations from tax havens, which were supposed to boost revenue.
— Gabriel Zucman (@gabriel_zucman) July 25, 2018
No, Amazon Cannot Replace Libraries Vice. Forbes was shamed into taking down its article.
Inside Google’s Shadow Workforce Bloomberg (Chuck L)
Antidote du jour. From crittermom:
This is a neighbor’s dog, named Twitter.
Somehow, the name ‘Yoda’ always comes to my mind…
And a bonus video:
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.