Let Us Now Praise Infamous Animals Counterpunch (Tinky)
The Quietest Place in America Is Becoming a Warzone Gizmodo (David L)
Small Town Couple Left Behind a Stolen Painting Worth Over 100 Million and a Big Mystery Washington Post (Chuck4)
The Pundit Alexander Cockburn, Verso (J-LS). Republished 1980 column.
Capitalism Killed Our Climate Momentum, Not “Human Nature” Naomi Klein, Intercept
The fightback against the bitcoin energy guzzlers has begun Wired. Paul R “Upstate NY (cheap hydropower), Iceland (geothermal) and China are all pushing back against bitcoin miners, not a moment too soon.”
China’s controversies create cracks in Xi’s façade Financial Times. Lambert noted that China’s messaging on trade was no where as consistent as one would expect it to be, and he intuited that it reflected some slippage of Xi’s hold on his operatives.
China’s summer of discontent Asia Times
Google Struggles to Contain Employee Uproar Over China Censorship Plans Intercept (Chuck L)
If Google bows to China’s censorship, it will put tech giant on a slippery slope Columbia Journalism Review (Chuck L)
Brexit: the lies that spread EU Referendum
Israeli diplomat who plotted against MPs also set up political groups Guardian (Chuck4)
The Corbyn Project New Left Review Anthony L
Saudi Coalition Renews Attack On North Yemen’s Lifeline Moon of Alabama (Kevin W)
The Bleak House of the US-Turkey alliance Asia Times (Kevin W)
Tel Aviv seeks to separate its brand from Israel’s– ‘less than savory,’ ‘contentious’ Mondoweiss. Chuck L: “And some people say that Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) is not working. Of course it’s working. It’s advancing this shift in perception.”
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
23andMe’s Pharma Deals Have Been the Plan All Along Wired (Kevin W)
South Korea’s spy cam porn epidemic BBC (Chuck L)
Facebook Dating will be a feature, not an app; here’s a peek Techcrunch (Kevin W)
New tool helps users decide which countries their internet traffic transits TechXplore (Chuck L)
Trump is losing the trade war, according to his favourite measure Business Insider (Kevin W)
China unveils new tariffs on $60b of US goods in latest tit-for-tat trade war Abc.net.au (Kevin W)
Why China’s pork producers can survive without US soybeans South China Morning Post
Keynesian Republicans Are Boosting Growth Bloomberg (Steven C)
A note on internet use and the 2016 U.S. presidential election outcome PLOS. The abstract:
We use data from the American National Election Studies from 1996 to 2016 to study the role of the internet in the 2016 U.S. presidential election outcome. We compare trends in the Republican share of the vote between likely and unlikely internet users, and between actual internet users and non-users. Relative to prior years, the Republican share of the vote in 2016 was as high or higher among the groups least active online.
Zephyr Teachout Is Running for Attorney General. But Her Real Target Is Trump. New York Times (Adrien)
The NRA Says It’s in Deep Financial Trouble, May Be ‘Unable to Exist’ Rolling Stone (David L). The NRA gets a taste of the Wikileaks treatment.
From earlier in the week, still germane:
Ok we’re all afraid of “democracy dying in darkness”, misuses of the press, increasingly politically-influential tech giants, and creeping authoritarianism right? Well journies please listen up to what, as an activist, has been one of the most insane news cycles I’ve seen. Thread
— no pasarán (@notmynypd) August 1, 2018
The Oxygen of Amplification Data & Society (furzy). Warning, I have not read this, so it may well be a reader critical thinking exercise.
U.S. Recycling Companies Face Upheaval from China Scrap Ban Wall Street Journal
Physicists’ simple spanks economists’ complex in economic growth forecasts ars technica. Chuck L: “Someone should introduce these people to the works of Steve Keen & Co.”
Passive investing is storing up trouble Financial Times
Silicon Valley billion-dollar valuations are inaccurate, says Elad Gil Business Insider. We were on to this issue a full year ago.
Job growth continues to slow Politico
The posh person’s guide to happiness Telegraph
There Are Still a Lot of Men Without Jobs Bloomberg (Steven C)
If the Economy is So Good, Why are Wages Flat? Counterpunch
Trump tax cut push for wealthy faces thorny obstacles Financial Times
Antidote du jour. Crittermom:
The smallest bird in N. America, the Calliope Hummingbird migrate over 5,000 miles each year. It’s also the smallest long-distance migrant in the world.
“Despite their tiny size, these territorial birds may chase birds as big as Red-tailed Hawks during breeding season.”
I find them beautiful but hard to film, as I’ve only ever seen one male each season. I was thrilled when this one showed up recently. Still trying to get better photos of it, but grateful for those I’ve been able to obtain so far, like this one…
And a bonus tweet (guurst):
Territorial meltdown! pic.twitter.com/7EqFXkkIEq
— Fascinating Pictures (@Fascinatingpics) July 25, 2018
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.