2018 Arctic sea ice minimum Arctic Sea Ice Blog (Chuck L)
American creditors say China should honour pre-Communist debts Economist (UserFriendly). Help me.
Italy’s government agrees sharply higher public spending plan Financial Times
Boris Johnson sets out his ‘Super Canada’ Brexit plan BBC. Boris is at it again. See the takedown:
Brexit: Plan Oaf for oblivion Richard North
The Tory Party
‘Privilege before People’ pic.twitter.com/Fl2ArAKZEq
— ARTIST TAXI DRIVER (@chunkymark) September 28, 2018
Time to clean up the London laundromat Financial Times (UserFriendly)
Netanyahu claims Israel has found Iran’s ‘secret atomic warehouse’ Guardian (Kevin W)
Why India can’t join Iran’s sanctions busters Economic Times of India (J-LS)
Delusions of Victory Carnegie Middle East Center (Chuck L)
yes, but it's not ukraine and the baddies are not russians but our own best allies and so… https://t.co/pBS5t4Ih7X
— Tarik Cyril Amar (@TarikCyrilAmar) September 28, 2018
Big Brother is Watching Watch
Being Julian Assange Consortiumnews
The case for publicly enforced online rights Financial Times (David L)
Kavanaugh. The Judiciary committee meeting is set for 9:30 AM today, which would end with a vote. If it happens, it’s because Republicans have the votes to get Kavanuagh out of committee. If not, it will be postponed. Last night, the message was that things were system go.
I don’t like having to opine on this, because the whole matter is a mess. As dreadful a prospect as Kavanaugh is, if the Dems beat him back, Trump will simply nominate someone at least as bad who will either be a woman or go under tougher review for possible skeletons in their closet.
Clarky90 posted this in comments:
Here is a current example:
Brett Kavanaugh’s SCARY Opening Statements
posted by The Young Turks
and then, the same 42 minute BK statement, but posted by Mark Dice
Brett Kavanaugh’s Powerful Opening Statement
Read the comments in both clips.
Two different Worlds. Two different realities. Different forms of sentience.
Super science fiction, happening right in front of us.
When Yglesias makes sense…..
I kinda disagree.
In Bush v Gore, Citizens United, Shelby County, throwing out Medicaid expansion, etc the 21st Century SCOTUS has mostly been an accelerant of democratic decline rather than a safeguard and the sooner people realize that the better. https://t.co/hESrY7J0R0
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) September 28, 2018
Four Key Undecided Senators Meet Privately on Kavanaugh Vote Bloomberg. Note that Democrat Joe Manchin is one of them.
The Kavanaugh Hearings Encapsulate the Rampant Emotionalism of American Politics Benjamin Studebaker (Randy K)
Voting Machine Used in Half of US Is Vulnerable to Attack, Report Finds Wall Street Journal
Latinos Are in Position to Decide Majorities in Congress RealClearPolitics (UserFriendly)
Police State Watch
Busted! How to Handle the Police Until You Get a Lawyer – by Mary Griego YouTube. A public service announcement. I don’t think I’d be good at this. I’d probably have the wrong tone in my voice telling the police “no” to a request to search without a warrant.
New Treasury data busts the myth of government “inefficiency” In These Times (Glenn F)
The death of once high-flying VC funds TechCrunch (Ulpanaylaylo)
Buybacks Are Keeping The Bull Market Alive SafehHaven
S.E.C. Sues Tesla’s Elon Musk Over Fraud in Move That Could Oust Him New York Times. “The suit seeks to bar Mr. Musk, who is also Tesla’s chairman, from serving as an executive or director of publicly traded companies like Tesla. Such a punishment is one of the most serious remedies the S.E.C. can impose against a corporate executive.” Moi: The normally craven SEC must see this as slam dunk.
State Treasurer Calls for Investigation into CalPERS CEO’s Hiring Chief Investment Officer (Kevin W)
10 years after the financial crash, more Americans say they’d be proud to work on Wall Street MarketWatch. UserFriendly: “LOL, poor banks”
Can Money Buy Happiness? The Evidence Base (UserFriendly)
The Body in Poverty Nation
Companies That Mistreat Their Customers Are Mistreating Their Employees Current Affairs (UserFriendly)
If the soul is ignored long enough, the body rebels openDemocracy. A doctor on racism.
Unions Are Lying, Cheating Rats’: Leaked Video Reveals Amazon’s Belligerent Anti-Worker Tactics Common Dreams (Kevin W)
Antidote du jour. Another 2016 submission languishing in my inbox From Jyoti:
Three juvenile Cooper’s Hawks in my back yard near Santa Fe, NM.
After a terrible failure last year our resident pair of Cooper’s Hawks succeeded this time around and produced three offspring. Early on one fledgling fell out of its nest, but the two remanning ones managed to grow into charming young males who were recently joined by a slightly older young female that one day appeared out of nowhere.
Interestingly the parent hawks were the ones who left the scene as soon as the young ones were able to fly and thus were expected to fend for themselves.
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.