Dear patient readers,
Sorry for the lack of original posts. A lot of administrativa hit at once.
Microplastics can spread via flying insects, research shows Guardian (Kevin W)
Our Richard Smith, a glider himself, was impressed. But the pilot here is shaking from the cold! Gah!
— Perlan Project (@PerlanProject) September 14, 2018
The Epidemic of Gay Loneliness Huffington Post (UserFriendly)
Humans Simply ‘Hardwired’ For Laziness, Study Says Study Finds.
deeds before words Fredrik deBoer (UserFriendly). This is very well reasoned but…stigmatization for appearance starts WAY before adulthood and becomes internalized. I work very
— Richard Smith (@ncsmiff) September 19, 2018
Philippa Hetherington · Short Cuts: Canberra’s Coups London Review of Books
Today there is perhaps more hope but there is surely less and less time. On the Irish question and the framework for economic cooperation the UK’s proposal needs to be reworked. #Brexit
— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) September 19, 2018
EU Leaders Still Hoping Brexit Won’t Happen: Summit Update Bloomberg. Vlade flags:
“There is a unanimous — almost unanimous — view around the table that we would like the almost impossible to happen, that the U.K. has another referendum,” Malta Prime Minister Joseph Muscat told BBC Radio on Thursday. “I don’t know what the result would be.”
Even though as vlade points out that sounds like if someone in the UK came in with the referendum, EU would (at least very seriously consider) accommodating the A50 schedule for it to be run. Problem is May had ruled it out and the Tories are not voting themselves out of office.
Breaking: Irish source says Theresa May indicated during this morning's bilateral meeting with Leo Varadkar that she does not believe it is possible that a deal on the Irish backstop can be reached in time for the October European Council. [thread]
— Tony Connelly (@tconnellyRTE) September 20, 2018
Just say no to a ‘blindfold Brexit’ Politico
Is the “deep state” trying to undermine Corbyn? New Statesman (UserFriendly)
New Cold War
Turkey unveils plan to fight currency crisis Financial Times
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
John Hancock will include fitness tracking in all life insurance policies VentureBeat. Predicted by Matt Stoller here in 2012. I hope this business suffers a speedy and costly death.
Trump’s latest tariffs are about to hit you where it really hurts Business Insider
Rivals seek to profit from US-China trade war Financial Times
Justice Dept Likely to Slow-Walk Declassification Consortium News
Anita Hill: How to Get the Kavanaugh Hearings RightNew York Times (UserFriendly)
Claire McCaskill says she’s voting ‘no’ on Brett Kavanaugh Springfield News-Leader
Get Ready for an 8-Justice Supreme Court, as Kavanaugh Controversy Persists National Law Journal (J-LS)
With Supreme Court Decision on Dark Money “We’re About to Know a Lot More About Who Is Funding Our Elections Common Dreams. UserFriendly: “HUGE!!!”
Opioid Crisis Emerges as a Big Campaign Theme Wall Street Journal
data demystified #3: A Deep Dive Into the Distribution of Progressive Ideology Data For Progress (UserFriendly)
Morning Edition’s Think Tank Sources Lean to the Right FAIR. Quelle surprise!
The Racism v. Economics Debate Again Current Affairs (UserFriendly). Political scientist Tom Ferguson is well along on a granular analysis of voters who flipped from Obama in 2012 to Trump. The data overwhelmingly show it was economic issues that led to the change.
In case you missed it, the GoFundMe account in question was for $50,000 to treat his cancer. Much derision over HRC not writing a check:
— Baartman's Revenge (@honey_of_life) September 19, 2018
New York inmate’s golf drawings lead to exoneration in murder BBC. Appalling story.
Trump to Nominate Former Fed Economist Nellie Liang for Board Seat Wall Street Journal
SEC: Citigroup Ran a Secret, Unregistered Stock Exchange for More than Three Years Wall Street on Parade (UserFriendly)
Amazon reportedly planning 3,000 cashier-less Go stores by 2021 The Verge (Kevin W)
Why millennials are facing the scariest financial future of any generation since the Great Depression. Huffington Post (UserFriendly). Ugly generational war claims….sounds like mistaking older “let them eat training” 10%ers for older people generally.
Between Charity and Justice: Remarks on the Social Construction of Immigration Policy in Rich Democracies Wolfgang Streeck (witters)
Women don’t just face a gender pay gap. They also suffer from a stock options gap. Washington Post (Kevin W)
Why New Zealand was the first country where women won the right to vote The Conversation (J-LS)
Antidote du jour. Tracie H: “This pup loves sitting with it’s owner while riders in training are advised at the Seahorse Riding Club in Rolling Hills Estates, California. The dog, Bella, a ‘petite Pibble,’ is alert but calm as horses trot within a couple of feet of her—note the nearby hoof.
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.