The Most Important Least-Noticed Economic Event of the Decade NYT. The mini-recession of 2015-16.
The Next Pandemic Will Be Arriving Shortly Foreign Policy
Here was a plague LRB. Network analysis wherever you look.
Airbus signs cooperation with synthetic fiber maker Amsilk Handelsblatt. Better than carbon fibre?
Facebook Is Giving Advertisers Access to Your Shadow Contact Information Gizmodo (original). “They found that when a user gives Facebook a phone number for two-factor authentication or in order to receive alerts about new log-ins to a user’s account, that phone number became targetable by an advertiser within a couple of weeks.” Thank heavens I never fell for all those security mavens pushing me to give up my phone number for two-factor identification!
Brexit: derailing the conference EU Referendum
Iraq will have a President and Prime Minister who takes account of both Iranian and US interests Iraq will have a President and Prime Minister who takes account of both Iranian and US interests Elijah J. Magnier
China will lose trade war with the US, then things will get really nasty South China Morning Post
China Is Winning the Race for Water Security in Asia The National Interest
A cashless supermarket, a bunch of grapes and the growing digital divide in China’s economy South China Morning Post
Malaysia wants Burma’s commanders probed for ‘atrocities’ against Rohingya Asian Correspondent
Jeff Flake Explains Himself The Atlantic
At Times, Kavanaugh’s Defense Misleads or Veers Off Point NYT. The headline is quite gentle.
How We Know Kavanaugh Is Lying Nathan J. Robinson, Current Affairs. A close reading.
The Secret to Brett Kavanaugh’s Specific Appeal The Atlantic
I’ve thought of the Kavanaugh imbroglio as a lens through which to view elite formation (key traits: dissembling and impunity*). Here is Stoller’s angle. Thread:
1. Kavanaugh's clearly on display anger and pain was quite confusing to millions of Americans. Many saw authenticity in his voice and thus in some way believed he is telling the truth. It is time for us to wake up to what aristocracy is. Aristocracy is a moral system.
— Matt Stoller (@matthewstoller) September 29, 2018
The responses are…. interesting. NOTE * Seems legit?
Congressional Democrats’ Emoluments Suit Against Trump Clears Standing Hurdle National Law Journal
Tax cuts: The gift that keeps not giving Brookings Institution
Middle America Reboots Democracy Democracy. “College-educated suburban white women.”
Democrats in Disarray
Paging Joe Manchin:
Tom Perez pressed on whether the DNC would back candidates who vote for Kavanaugh. Perez says yes. https://t.co/JrpI6Sy5Hv
— Ryan Grim (@ryangrim) September 28, 2018
‘I do have some experience with emails:’ Hillary Clinton makes cameo in Murphy Brown revival CBC. Please kill me now.
Am I entitled to medical care if I move to Ireland to retire? The Irish Times (Clive). Clive comments: “Bourne our of necessity, I’d say, for the person asking this question. I wonder how many more there are like him or her. The reply makes the point that in Eire, as in the U.K., health services not drowning in junk billing cash means resources are rationed so the price you pay can be long wait times. But at least your losses in terms of co-pays or out-of-pocket are either capped (nominal, trivial charges in the Republic’s system) or zero (in the U.K. system). Note too the nudging to avoid the problem of waiting lists by paying for insurance to, in essence, queue-jump. A slippery slope if ever there was one.”
Imperial Collapse Watch
Welcome to Our Dying Empire Truthdig
Eroding the Chain of Command by Trashing Trump The American Conservative
At U.S. Marine base, families plead for housing help after Florence Reuters (GF). Privatization.
He Saw Our Darkness The Bitter Southerner. Johnny Cash.
AI-produced artwork is moving from the fringes into the high art world Recode. “Once the discriminator tool could no longer distinguish if the portrait was man-made or not, the image was complete.”
Antidote du jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.