Dear patient readers,
Your humble blogger was very very bad and did not give our Clive the credit he was due with our Marcie Frost hiring fraud stories. Specifically, Clive found critical information on the State of Washington website, most importantly, her gubernatorial application for her appointment to the Executive Director position at the Department of Retirement Systems. So please give Clive a big and overdue round of applause!
Runaway tortoise travels across Duluth, meets mayor Duluth News Tribune (Chuck L)
A controversial comeback for a highly prized tuna Associated Press. I did my tiny part to help. I haven’t had maguro or toro for at least 15 years.
Boundary Waters canoe trip provides courage, strength, and starry nights to young East African women Quetico Superior Foundation. Chuck L:
Beginning when my kids were 10-12 or so I took my kids, one at a time, to the BWCA and in a few instances out west to the mountains, as much as I could. Kept it up until they were in their mid-20s or later, until they were too busy with life and loves. Great bonding times with daughters and son.
New Nuclear Engine Speeds Nuclear Power Energy Central (Chuck L)
Letting neural networks be weird • This AI is bad at drawing but will try anyways. AI Weirdness (UserFriendly)
Study shows air pollution may be causing cognitive decline in people MedicalXpress (Chuck L). See also: Air pollution causes ‘huge’ reduction in intelligence, study reveals Guardian (Chris m)
A future for neuroscience Opentheory.net. UserFriendly: “Huge if true.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s Favorite Literature Books Nuggets of Thought (Chuck L)
China Has Withheld Samples of a Dangerous Flu Virus New York Times (chuck4)
China’s refusal to share virus is “scandalous… many could die needlessly” ars technica (Kevin W)
How Media Failures Complicate The Nuclear Talks With North Korea Moon of Alabama (Kevin W)
Why is anyone infatuated with a no-deal Brexit? Gideon Rachman, Financial Times (syndicated)
The man that prepared all eurogroups during the crisis tells @Elbarbie that the root of #Greece's crisis was that friends, clients and special interest groups had captured the state and profited from that special relationship https://t.co/sgYUz3cw7M
— Yiannis Mouzakis (@YiannisMouzakis) August 28, 2018
New Cold War
Skripals – When the BBC Hide the Truth Craig Murray (Chuck L)
Facebook Censorship, Mad Ben Nimmo and the Atlantic Council Craig Murray (Chuck L)
Syria Spurns US Offer to Pull Out Troops as Trade for Iran Withdrawal – Report Sputnik. Kevin W: “Report sounds legit as Trump wants a cut of Syria’s oil.”
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Report: Baylor Secretly Infiltrated Sexual Assault Survivor Groups DeadSpin (Chuck L)
Imperial Collapse Watch
The Sun Does Not Revolve Around the US Consortiumnews (KF)
McCain’s death marks decline of Trump’s GOP Senate critics The Hill (Chuck L)
Hearing tonight from a surprising number of veterans and vets’ relatives who all say Trump’s handling of McCain’s death, esp the flag fiasco, did irreparable damage to their opinion of him, which had been positive until now.
WH & GOP, take note: It’s more serious than you think.
— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) August 28, 2018
Senate Democrats want government to say if GDP growth helps middle class Vox. UserFriendly: “Odd they didn’t want this under Obama.”
Republicans Suffer from “Backfire Effect” in Study on Exposure to Opposite Views Inverse (David L). This should not be seen as news. Other cognitive bias studies have found that people with strong views double down on their priors when presented with contradictory information.
Congratulations to @AndrewGillum on his victory. Tonight, Floridians joined Andrew in standing up and demanding real change and showed our nation what is possible when we stand together. Let's make history this November and make Andrew Gillum the next Governor of Florida.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) August 29, 2018
Trump Warns Tech Giants to ‘Be Careful,’ Claiming They Rig Searches Bloomberg. NC no longer appears in Google alerts, FWIW.
Dozens at Facebook Unite to Challenge Its ‘Intolerant’ Liberal Culture New York Times (Darius)
Toyota invests $500 million in Uber CNN (Bob K)
Elon Musk Is Doubling Down on the Pedo Thing Jalopnik (Kevin W)
Tesla, Musk face SEC wrist slap at worst, experts say: Frankel Reuters (UserFriendly)
The irredeemable in pursuit of the insatiable Inside Story
‘I feel very betrayed’: Basic-income recipients react to one of the world’s largest experiments suddenly being canceled Business Insider. UserFriendly: “I think this is a perfect example of how an UBI would work; get canceled as soon as a conservative gets elected.: Moi: We warned about this early on, with the Speenhamland system leading to the backlash of the Poor Law of 1834, designed to punish the poor and included workhouses which deliberately broke up families.
A social wealth fund proposal: the American Solidarity Fund Vox. UserFriendly:
Sigh. Bruenig’s convoluted, never gonna happen, way to an UBI gets a mixed review from Yglesias. Of course he likes all the bad parts and doesn’t like what’s good.
‘I hate them’: Locals reportedly frustrated with Alphabet’s self-driving cars CNBC. Top story on the site as of now. Get one of the summary points:
More than a dozen locals told The Information they they hated the cars, which often struggle to cross a T-intersection near the company’s office.
Antidote du jour. I am hoisting some old antidotes I missed. From Stephen L in 2015 via e-mail:
A jackrabbit at San Luis National Wildlife Refuge (http://go.usa.gov/3WCuR) in central California. Jackrabbits actually are hares, not rabbits. They were named for their donkey-like ears, which caused some people (including writer Mark Twain) to call them “jackass rabbits.” The name eventually was shortened to jackrabbit. Photo by Steve Martarano / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
And a bonus video. This is hysterical. Does this horse always show off, or only when he knows he’s being filmed? Secretariat, who was a very smart horse, would always pose for the camera: he’s face the photographer, perk up his ears, stand prettily and arch his neck.
And is he really huge or do these happen to be miniature cows?
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.