World’s rarest kittens rescued in the Scottish Highlands Independent. From earlier this month, but so cute!
Roundworms Just Came Back to Life After 40,000 Years Frozen in Siberian Permafrost ScienceAlert (David L)
They are back! Worms live and eat unfrozen after 42,000 years Archyworld (Kevin W)
Mars making closest approach to Earth in 15 years PhysOrg (Chuck L)
Al Qaeda-Backed Terrorist Group Has a New Target: Plastic Bags New York Times. UserFriendly: “ROFL no one is totally evil.”
Mountaintop Mining Is Destroying More Land for Less Coal, Study Finds InsideClimate News (Chuck L)
Indiana cancellation of efficiency program took heavy toll, study says Energy News (Chuck L)
Meet the Anarchists Making Their Own Medicine Motherboard (furzy). Important.
I have eaten the plums
that were in the icebox
that you were probably stockpiling
next to the insulin
I did not know it would be
When I voted for the bus
that one time.
— Elen Caldecott (@ElenCaldecott) July 25, 2018
May’s Brexit Options Narrow After EU Tears Up Her Customs Plan Bloomberg. Key sentence: “The most important negotiations have virtually stalled and both sides have stepped up “no-deal” contingency planning.”
Brexit: an unbridgeable divide Richard North, Critical detail here in Barnier’s remarks on the customs union.
New Cold War
The Elite Fixation With Russiagate Nation (UserFriendly)
Russian Hackers’ New Target: a Vulnerable Democratic Senator Daily Beast. UserFriendly: “Just fucking shoot me.”
Can Iran Circumvent U.S. Sanctions? OilPrice
Pakistan’s ‘Populist’ Wins The Election Moon of Alabama (Kevin W)
Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi to be released from Israeli prison Haaretz (Chuck L)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Amazon’s facial recognition matched 28 members of Congress to criminal mugshots The Verge John C was skeptical of the number, as was Kevin W: “Software still a failure as it only identified 28 members of Congress as being criminals which is a little over 5% – way too low a figure.”
How IoT Is Spawning Better Business Models Forbes. JTM: “’Golly gee wow, Mr. Science Guy!’”
Judge Clears Path for Lawsuits Challenging Citizenship Question on Census Wall Street Journal
They thought this was Trump country. Hell no Guardian (UserFriendly)
In Off-The-Record Meeting, Jonathan Chait Says Part Of Him Is Glad Trump Won HuffPost (UserFriendly)
Black Socialists of America Meets Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Black Socialists (UserFriendly)
Spending on Housing Dropped 12% in Canada in June Wolf Street. EM:
Note Wolf’s careful wording of the headline – the drop in sales volume (in terms of # of properties) was just about equal to that in total spending, i.e. prices remain stickily high and have yet to begin their inevitable correction.
A popular website that reportedly sells inexpensive products so poorly made that disappointed shoppers often throw them in the trash is now worth over $20 billion after going public Business Insider. JTM: “Bezzle plus crapification— what’s not to like?”
Tesla’s cash crunch, explained ars technica (Kevin W)
No Gaps In Understanding: Here’s Your Primer On Medigap Coverage Kaiser Health News
The Open Office Revolution Has Gone Too Far Harvard Business School (John C). I hated them and assumed the only points were facilitating boss spying and saving on real estate costs. I could not concentrate and my productivity sucked.
Starbucks Has to Pay Employees for Off-the-Clock Work, California Court Says Splinter (Kevin W)
Machine learning will be the engine of global growth Financial Times (David L)
Antidote du jour. Elizabeth S:
Nigerian Dwarf Goats and Easter eager chickens love their daily homegrown kale treats. Look at the bliss on those faces! At least someone is willing to eat the kale.
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.