Children’s Writer Eduard Uspensky Dies at Age 80 Moscow Times (Dan K)
How Millennials Killed Mayonnaise Philadelphia Magazine. Userfriendly: “This is the best Millenials Killed XXXX article. For the record I love mayo.”
New Horizons Just Found Hints of a Huge Structure at The Edge of Our Solar System Science Alert (Kevin W)
Water use for fracking has risen by up to 770 percent since 2011 PhysOrg (Chuck L)
Scientists investigating ‘unprecedented’ algae bloom in Lake Superior MPR News. Chuck L:
My boyhood home was on the north shore of a lake that was roughly circular and a half mile in diameter, in a town of about 10K. At that time the city water was drawn from that lake and “purified” in a treatment plant on its ENE side. That site is now a park with a swimming or fishing pier. Algae blooms were chronic and were controlled by a barge driven by water plant personnel that went back and forth dumping tons of copper sulfate into the water. Only after I grew up and moved away did I realize how shitty the water tasted.
Here’s How to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions Without Taxing Them New York Times (UserFriendly). Prohibition is the better approach than taxes when societal cost are higher than private costs.
The case for going to bed at 2:30 am Vox (UserFriendly)
Following sex, some men have unexpected feelings – study Big Think. Erm, the reported level of “leave me alone” behavior seem a lot lower than one would expect, given the prevalence of female grousing about that.
New Zealand rolls out ban on foreign national property purchases Aljazeera (Kevin W)
Chris Grayling has no credible plan for ‘no-deal’ Brexit, road hauliers warn Telegraph. As foretold by the Three Blokes.
From Politico’s daily Europe newsletter:
BREXIT TALKS RESTART TODAY: Today’s main topic is the Northern Irish border, with future relations to be discussed Friday. The EU’s strategy for the border is “de-dramatizing” the issue, pitching its backstop plan as merely a beefed-up version of what happens now. The U.K.’s strategy remains urging pragmatism about the border issue, though in the absence of details it’s hard to know what that entails. A new YouGov poll shows the politics behind the pragmatism: Avoiding a hard Irish border is the lowest Brexit priority among the Britons surveyed.
US-Turkish alliance reaches the point of no return Asia Times (Kevin W). Important.
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
The Unlikely Activists Who Took On Silicon Valley — and Won New York Times (David L)
The eminently hackable police bodycam BoingBoing
Imperial Collapse Watch
Trump ends ex-CIA head John Brennan’s security access BBC. A shot at the Borg….
Trump Strikes Back at ‘Ringleader’ Brennan Consortiumnews
Donald Trump often tweets about the many ways he dislikes Amazon. But so far, there’s been no mention on its $10 billion Pentagon cloud contract bid https://t.co/KEY7tjP5h5
— Bloomberg (@business) August 15, 2018
‘America was never THAT great… and won’t be until everyone is equal’: New York governor Andrew Cuomo shocks audience as he blasts Trump and his infamous slogan – but President insists he must be having a TOTAL MELTDOWN Daily Mail. That was fast: Cuomo walks back claim that America “was never that great” Axios
QAnon is just the latest in a long line of right-wing conspiracy theories Washington Post. UserFriendly: “Wowzers how did this make it in to WaPo?”
Why did Trump tweet ‘Happy Birthday’ to Maxine Waters? He does this to his enemies a lot. Washington Post. UserFriendly: “The author of this is clearly infected with TDS. I think it’s playful and shows his sense of humor.”
Democrats Must Reclaim the Center … by Moving Hard Left Politico (UserFriendly). Also featured by Lambert in Water Cooler with some caveats re the author, but worth not missing.
How Medicare Promotes Wasteful Innovation RealClearPolicy. UserFriendly: “The latest half baked Koch bro funded anti-M4A skeet.”
HARPER: ZUCKERBERG JOINS THE WAR PARTY Sic Semper Tyrannis (Kevin W)
The time may be right for land-value taxes – On firmer ground Economist (UserFriendly). Michael Hudson’s long-standing recommendation finally goes mainstream.
Conventional measures pose the wrong productivity question Financial Times (David L)
Tesla whistleblower tweets photos of allegedly damaged batteries Techcrunch (Kevin W). This is getting to be FUN! See example:
— 2 turnt (@Tommy2Turntt) August 15, 2018
How economic anxiety could help reshape America for the better Guardian. UserFriendly: ”
The Zero-Sum Economy Project Syndicate (David L). Important.
Replacement Hiring and the Productivity-Wage Gap New York Fed. UserFriendly:
Every time I think I’ve come to terms with the evil of modern capitalism I find some little tidbit that makes it worse. Companies now leave positions as vacant so the can keep interviewing even if they have the position filled. Just eliminate any sense of job security.
Socialism Is An Attempt To Address A Spiritual Problem With Politics The Federalist. UserFriendly: “World’s worst diagnosis of socialism’s resurgence.”
Protectionism for Liberals by Robert Skidelsky Project Syndicate (UserFriendly)
Antidote du jour. From guurst:
Après-lunch Kamchatka:) pic.twitter.com/luFhDU85ev
— The Siberian Times (@siberian_times) August 15, 2018
And a bonus video. Note these birds aren’t mainly crows but they are all corvids.
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.