Rogue goat may have helped dozens of farm animals escape New York Post
Why These Cows Corralled A Suspected Car Thief National Geographic. Seems cute, but the first-person-shooter aerial view is creepy.
How Sewage Pollution Ends Up In Rivers American Rivers
The Wonder Plant That Could Slash Fertilizer Use The Atlantic. “An indigenous Mexican corn gets its nitrogen from the air.” Good thing NAFTA and/or Monsanto didn’t destroy it.
Musk says Saudi Arabia would fund deal to take Tesla private and Elon Musk’s latest salvo raises more questions than it answers FT. From the latter: “The trouble will come for Mr Musk if the SEC concludes his tweet overstated the nature of his agreement with the Saudis, and either misled investors into buying shares at artificially high prices or unfairly inflicted losses on short-sellers.”
Landmark Caspian Sea oil and gas agreement signed by five nations Irish Times. Russia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan.
Can Turkey turn to the Arab world for economic support? Deutsche Welle
The Islamic Republic’s Power Centers Council on Foreign Relations
Radioactive sheep found in Australia bolster claims that Israel conducted illegal nuclear weapon test over the Indian Ocean four decades ago Daily Mail. On the bright side, at least you can find your sheep at night….
China’s Taiwan Strait Provocations Need a U.S. Response Foreign Policy
How China’s green wave is making recycling more expensive in Maine Bangor Daily News
Floods to farmer suicides: for Pakistan and India, real threat is the weather South China Morning Post
New Cold War
What would the intelligence community’s ‘insurance policy’ against Trump look like? Sharyl Attkisson, The Hill. From Sinclair. Nevertheless….
Kushner’s Ties to Russia-Linked Group Began With Kissinger Lunch Bloomberg. Hillary Clinton’s very good friend. It’s like all these people know each other?
What Dirt Does Russia Have on Barack Obama? The American Conservative
The next drone assassination Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
The Shadow Rulers of the VA Pro Publica. From last week, still germane.
‘We Need A New St. Francis’ The American Conservative
Mark Zuckerberg Is Totally Out of His Depth Cathy O’Neil, Bloomberg
Facebook exec: media firms that don’t work with us will end up ‘in hospice’ Guardian. “Nice little paper you have here….”
U.S. think tank’s tiny lab helps Facebook battle fake social media Reuters. The oddly ubiquitous Atlantic Council.
Taibbi: Censorship Does Not End Well Rolling Stone
2016 Post Mortem
New data makes it clear: Nonvoters handed Trump the presidency WaPo. Blame and shame the voters… See this from the New York Times, November 2016.
Imperial Collapse Watch
Corporate Power and Expansive U.S. Military Policy (PDF) Mason Gaffney, American Journal of Economics and Sociology, 25 March 2018. Still germane. Long. Summary by Dollars and Sense here. From the abstract:
Military defense is generally treated in economics texts as a “public good” because the benefits are presumed to be shared by all citizens. However, defense spending by the United States cannot legitimately be classified as a public good, since the primary purpose of those expenditures has been to project power in support of private business interests.
War Without End NYT
When Splitters become Lumpers: Pitfalls of a Long History of Human Rights Law and Political Economy
The Relationship Between Women’s Rights and Terrorism: Unpacking the Concepts Political Violence at a Glance
The Airport Shuffle Granola Shotgun (SC).
Antidote du jour (via):
Bonus antidote (DK):
Cats can also be game theorists.
Problem: coordination game. A resource can only be accessed by one player at any given moment.
Solution (when game lasts long enough): turn-taking strategy.
How it is enforced: emergence of a norm of reciprocal sharing.pic.twitter.com/wUgMKMiiMb
— Lionel Page (@page_eco) August 12, 2018
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.