Tesla Factory structure caught on fire in Fremont [update: fire now extinguished] electrek. I worked in many factories, back in the day, and never once encountered a fire; supports my view that the Tesla shop floor is a hell-hole.
Kalashnikov’s CV-1 electric car touted as Russia’s answer to Tesla BBC. Hard to beat the Kalishnikov brand, but the styling is a bit… Soviet.
Banker pleads guilty to money laundering charges, S. Fla. properties could be seized South Florida Business Journal. “Krull admitted that he helped private clients from Venezuela embezzle about $600 million from Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA), a state-owned oil company.” E. Mayer: “Perhaps this sort of insider-looting explains at least part of Venezuela’s financial woes.”
The Independent Investigator’s Final Investigative Report (PDF) The Financial Oversight & Management Board of Puerto Rico. Lengthy.
Growth in UK ro-ro traffic highlights need for Brexit deal, says BPA Lloyd’s Loading List. Ro-ro: Roll-on, roll-off trucks.
New Cold War
What the Brennan Affair Really Reveals Stephen F. Cohen, The Nation
The U.S. Can’t Bring Russia ‘to Its Knees’ Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg
Russia’s Allies and Satellites Valdai Discussion Club
The CIA funded a culture war against communism. It should do so again. WaPo (UserFriendly).
Musician Bobi Wine Arrested and Tortured by USA’s Man in Africa Black Agenda Report (GF).
Former AG Mukasey: there’s ‘not really’ an election law problem with Cohen PBS. Mukasey denied that waterboarding is torture, so he’s in good company with Brennan, et al. That said, he makes this argument: “The election law says that a payment for the purpose of affecting an election has to be reported and is limited for a person other than the candidate to $2,700 and a little bit. It’s the purpose. If there is a dual purpose, including protecting his reputation, then it’s not considered a campaign contribution. [I]f you make a contribution that serves a dual purpose, then it is not, I believe, covered by the statute. And that statute is read narrowly.”
The Ghost Companies Connected To Suspected Money Laundering, Corruption, And Paul Manafort Buzzfeed (Richard Smith).
Democrats in Disarray
Inside the progressive movement roiling the Democratic Party Reuters. This is the stat that’s getting play: “The Reuters–Ipsos survey found 85 percent of Democrats said they support [Medicare for All] along with 52 percent of Republicans.” However, the whole piece is worth a read for insight into the various backers I’ve been tracking: Our Revolution, Brand New Congress, Justice Democrats, etc.
What The Party ‘Strategists’ Say Is Not What The Voters Want Moon of Alabama. In fact, what the strategists want is fringe.
A Koch-funded think tank tries hard to pretend that it didn’t find savings from Bernie Sanders’ Medicare plan Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Facebook: the new Credit Reporting Agency? Credit Slips. Yikes.
Radicalization in Prison: Historical Lessons for Today’s Challenges Political Violence at a Glance
Race, Unemployment, and Mental Health in the USA: What Can We Infer About the Psychological Cost of the Great Recession Across Racial Groups? (PDF) Journal of Economics, Race, and Policy
Alcohol use and burden for 195 countries and territories, 1990–2016: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016 The Lancet. From the conclusion: “Our results show that the safest level of drinking is none.”
Antidote du jour (via):
This little fella taking a ride on my lawnmower. I took it off and it climbed back on.. Enjoying the vibration. ? pic.twitter.com/VfuK3BDWS0
— . (@FreeSpirit_444) August 21, 2018
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.