Why Did the Ancients Bury Their Dogs like Family Members? Nautius (David L)
Via Truck And Helicopter, Mountain Goats Find New Home NPR (David L)
How some animals use the Earth’s magnetic field to navigate Economist (David L)
AP Explains: The US push to boost ‘quantum computing’ Associated Press
Walmart to salad growers: If you want to sell, you have to blockchain Los Angeles Times (David L)
The Cat Who Could Predict Death Vice (David L). About more than the cat.
Saving liberal democracy from the extremes Martin Wolf, Financial Times
Thucydides’s fallacy, not a trap Japan Times (furzy). Drives me nuts that the Thucydides’s trap thesis is based on a complete misreading of who was the established v. insurgent power.
How China is losing the world Japan Times (furzy)
Theresa May rejects calls for a general election over Brexit Sky. Not a surprise if you have been paying attention. The last thing the Tories and DUP want to do is lose control of the Government.
UK Brexit proposal would spell ‘end of Europe’, says Bruno Le Maire Financial Times. Pretty unfortunate that the Government cannot grasp the meaning of simple words like “no”.
New Cold War
How Russia Helped Swing the Election for Trump New Yorker. UserFriendly: “God, just shoot me. Even taking the premise russia did hack; It’s all Russia’s fault for leaking, not Hillary’s for saying them in the first place.”
Putin’s Quest for Growth Spells Doom for Russia’s Iconic Railcars Wall Street Journal :-(
President-Elect of Mexico’s Bombshell: Economy in “Situation of Bankruptcy” Wolf Richter. EM “Ha, imagine the hue and cry that would have a arisen had a certain recent US president insisted on similar total-compensation restrictions on execs at bailed-out US banks. (To say nothing of actually prosecuting the leaders of the TBTF fraud cartels.)”
Drought Plagues Afghanistan Washington Post (Bill B)
US warns Iran of ‘hell to pay’ if crossed BBC. Someone should tell Bolton this is not how a powerful country behaves.
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Why I’m done with Chrome A Few Thoughts on Cryptographic Engineering. EM: “Calls attention to classic dark-pattern UI design by Team Google, one of Lambert’s favorite (if that’s the appropriate term) web-related topics.”
Revamp of Google Chrome web browser risks new EU scrutiny Telegraph. One can only hope.
The Tough Negotiator Turning Trump’s Trade Bluster Into Reality Bloomberg (furzy)
For all the talk about Trump's approval rating, Republican consumer confidence continues to soar relative to that of Democrats. pic.twitter.com/uO3KPaN3MQ
— Tracy Alloway (@tracyalloway) September 26, 2018
Millennials will be the largest voting bloc in 2020. They love Bernie.
42% of Americans identify as Independents. They love Bernie.
29% of Americans identify as Democrats. They love Bernie.
How can Democratic Rising Star™ Kamala Harris get their votes?
— Peter Douche's Liaison (@SilERabbit) September 25, 2018
Where Did the Children Go? Intercept. GlennF:
From the article: “Carlisle, and hundreds of federally funded boarding schools like it, were key to the U.S. government’s project of destroying Indigenous nations and indoctrinating children with military discipline and U.S. patriotism.”
Facebook’s New Propaganda Partners FAIR (UserFriendly)
No News Is Good NewsJacob Silverman, The Baffler. UserFriendly: “Facebook is hiring the most awful people.”
Yes, let's get back to those halcyon days of "normal news," like the Iraq War, Katrina, the financial crisis, bailouts, no prosecutions of Wall St, the BP spill, Hurricane Sandy, widening inequality & Dems losing every level of government while MSNBC pundits made millions… https://t.co/tILiLpjVMS
— David Sirota (@davidsirota) September 26, 2018
American nuns win victory holding Smith & Wesson accountable Guardian (furzy)
Domino’s offered Russians a lifetime of pizzas if they got tattoos of the company logo – and then they had to shut down the offer because too many people got inked Business Insider. UserFriendly: “ROFL I would totally have done this. Free food for a not totally ugly tattoo?”
Top Uber Deal Maker Disciplined After Probe Into Office Conduct Wall Street Journal. Including this because Hubert Horan had said that all the elements of Uber’s culture that were the cause of bad press and calls for reform are the very same ones that were critical to its success, such as it is (losing money hand over fist). So failing to change behavior is entirely expected.
Exploring the effectiveness of social media – Part 3 Bill Mitchell (UserFriendly). On Modern Monetary Theory . I was invited to speak at this weekend’s conference but can’t even attend due to a host of reasons.
This is my greatest honor to date. pic.twitter.com/aGMKpkmSVE
— Deep Cultist (@NathanTankus) September 24, 2018
Class Warfare. Notice how Kavanaugh has crowded out class warfare stories? That is not an accident.
Time to Wake Up: the Neoliberal Order is Dying Counterpunch
Antidote du jour. A 2016 submission I missed! Hope Phil H has not given up on us.
Visiting 17 year old cicada. Taken a few days ago at our place in NE Ohio.
We live at the edge of a woods & wake each morning to the raspy thrum of thousands of cicadas calling to each other. I expect the brood is passing its peak as the volume seems to be a bit less these days, & we’re now finding the scattered carcases of expired insects on the deck. Those are presumably the ones that have finished with their reproductive duties.
Perhaps next year I can send you some raccoon photos. As I recall, 17 years ago the cicada year was followed by a raccoon population explosion year. Lots of hungry raccoons found our deck’s potted plants a possible source of grubs … after removing those pesky plants!
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.