Dear patient readers,
Your humble blogger is still behind. I wanted to do a Brexit post but that will have to wait. I spent time with the tLC which in theory should be able to find the ride where I lost my laptop based on key variables but has not. A tech guy who sounded promising wasn’t willing to accept my requirements, but I think another candidate will work out.
Are Cities Making Animals Smarter? Atlantic
NASA’s playlist of wakeup songs for Opportunity the Mars rover Quartz (Chuck L). I dunno, if you REALLY want to wake someone up, I would have included Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s Ginastera.
The nightmarishly complex wheat genome finally yields to scientists ars atechnica (Kevin W)
Why Does DMT Make You Feel Like You’re Dying? Motherboard
Burn, Baby, Burn
British Columbia declares state of emergency as over 500 wildfires burn Guardian (David L)
Cryptocurrency: Currency of the Future or Just a Fad? National Conference of State Legislatures. UserFriendly: “States coming after crypto too.”
Both low and high-carb diets can raise risk of early death, study finds Guardian. Crap reporting and like pretty much all diet-related studies, the study sounds lousy too (read it here). Correlation is not causation. And the study method was awful too:
Those people filled out questionnaires on their eating patterns on two occasions, six years apart
“Don’t Be Stupid, Be a Smarty”: Why Anti-Authoritarian Doctors Are So Rare Counterepunch (Chuck L). My first MD (a cardiologist in his late 30s) was perfectly fine with debating his diagnoses, in fact he seemed to enjoy it in case he’d missed or overweighted something. But it’s not hard to see why psychotherapists are less secure.
A Huge Misperception About Sex RealClearScience (UserFriendly)
Theresa May trade pact with Trump, NHS at risk, Tory MP buys gold insurance against hard Brexit, £2M royal wedding, as Gollum May blocks police pay rise, Fracking, petrol 4 year high, Corbyn demands Britain Stops fueling wars in the Middle East, Labour justice equality inclusion pic.twitter.com/dYlMEN3TBL
— ARTIST TAXI DRIVER (@chunkymark) August 17, 2018
Riding on Qatari wings, multipolarity arrives in the Middle East Asia Times (Kevin W)
Syria – Pentagon Plants High ISIS Numbers To Justify Occupation Moon of Alabama
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Chinese Cops Now Spying on American Soil Daily Beast (Chuck L)
Trump lashes out at China, Mexico for role in opioid crisis New York Post (Kevin W)
Did Trump Really Save America From Socialism? The American Spectator. UserFriendly: “If Alex Jones wrote articles, this is what he’d write.”
The fragile legacy of Barack Obama Brookings. UserFriendly: “WOW a substantive critique of Obama!!!!”
Obamacare forgot about you. But Trump didn’t. Washington Post. UserFriendly: “Obamacare forgot about you – no, he just wanted to bost insurance profits. But Trump Won’t – HAHAHA”
Google releases a searchable database of US political ads TechCrunch (Chuck L). Google doing a random act of non-evil to keep you off balance.
Resistance Twitter has spent the last few hours informing me that it's Russian to disrespect John McCain. This isn't the first time I've freaked out centrists by dissing McCain, but it's definitely the first time they've woven it into their Russia hysteria. They're getting worse. pic.twitter.com/hIMSba7VOY
— Caitlin Johnstone (@caitoz) August 16, 2018
Soaring US profit margins pose challenge for investors Financial Times. UserFriendly: “Let me get my tiny violin for the investors:”
With 90 per cent of companies in the S&P 500 having reported their results for the second quarter, net profit margins hit 11.8 per cent, the highest level since financial information provider FactSet began recording the data in 2008.
Tesla Was Under SEC Scrutiny Prior to Musk’s Tweet Wall Street Journal
Oddly, I don’t see any mention of teaching the youth about predatory lending, foreclosure fraud, phony account creation, transaction reordering to maximize overdraft fees, or usury interest rates on credit cards. Perhaps those are in the advanced second-year curriculum?
School Choice Is the Enemy of Justice New York Times (UserFriendly)
What you probably don’t know about Social Security MarketWatch (UserFriendly)
The Evidence Is In, and Austerity Is Declared a Loser Truthdig (furzy)
Agency Collects $50 Million From Kentucky Students Without Court Order Governing (UserFriendly)
How Trump’s War on Regulation Is Trickle-Down Economics American Prospect
Why Amazon’s HQ2 Hunt May Be Costing Cities That Aren’t Even Finalists Governing (UserFriendly)
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See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.