Evolution might favor ‘survival of the laziest’ Science Daily. There’s good news tonight!
The Big Melt NYRB
Signs of a Strong Economy: Hedges Are Overgrown and Lawns Need Mowing WSJ. Readers, is this true where you are?
Illicit drug use could be higher than previously thought; soars during special events American Chemical Society
How Experts Can, and Can’t, Change Policy: Economics, Antitrust, and the Linked Evolution of the Academic and Policy Fields SocArXiv. From 2017, still germane.
EU aims to abolish planned obsolescence Retail Detail
Testimony (PDF) His Excellency Carlo Maria Viganò, Titular Archbishop of Ulpiana Apostolic Nuncio. Worth a read, if you can stomach it. The moral Viganò draws is that “[t]he homosexual networks present in the Church must be eradicated,” and that further the Pope should resign. IIRC, 20% of the Pennsylvania abuse victims were girls; I personally can vouch for one victim. Presumably, these girls were not assaulted by homosexuals. The moral I draw from reading Viganò on office politics at the Vatican is that Everything Is Like CalPERS.
Toward A Smaller, Smarter Force Posture in the Middle East Defense One. “If Defense Secretary Mattis wants to fulfill the [National Defense Strategy’s] mandate to focus on China and Russia, the U.S. military’s posture in the Middle East must get smaller and smarter.” There’s that word, “smart.”
The Madness of Military Intervention in Venezuela The American Conservative
Wealthy Chinese find currency controls crimping overseas investment options South China Morning Post
China Is Cheating at a Rigged Game Foreign Policy
India: the north-south disparity The Interpreter
Cancer eating the heart of Australian democracy Kevin Rudd, Sidney Morning Herlad
New Cold War
McCain, the Man Who Should Have Been President Daily Beast
A ‘Maverick,’ Revisited Rolling Stone. More McCain, from 2008.
The Man Who Never Was Vanity Fair. McCain, from 2010.
Do Leaders Matter? National Leadership and Growth Since World War II (PDF) Quarterly Journal of Economics
No, a Teen Did Not Hack a State Election Pro Publica
Should Companies Be Allowed to Revenge Hack? New York Magazine. What could go wrong?
The trust deficit tearing apart our societies Jonathan Cook Blog
When Things Fall Apart: The Trump Era and the Missing Left Black Agenda Report
…of what use was the rule? Harper’s. Review of The Chapo Guide to Revolution: A Manifesto Against Logic, Facts, and Reason.
Twilight in the Box Aeon. Solitary confinement.
The Humanities Are in Crisis The Atlantic
Antidote du jour (via):
2/2 The owl of Malle Babbe, as so brilliantly executed by Frans Hals. This is real painterly sprezzatura! pic.twitter.com/VxnxrCO7KM
— Peter Paul Rubens (@PP_Rubens) August 26, 2018
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.