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New Caledonian crows can create tools from multiple parts PhysOrg (Robert M)
Remnants of Hurricane Willa to help fuel powerful East Coast nor’easter USA Today (David L)
A Zero-Carbon Economy Is Within Reach Project Syndicate (David L)
Global preferences for who to save in self-driving car crashes revealed The Verge (David L)
Apple and Samsung fined for deliberately slowing down phones Guardian (Kevin W)
Atmospheric Radiation Increasing from Coast to Coast in the USA Space Weather Archive. Glenn F: “It seems to be an effect from low solar activity.” From the post:
Who cares? For starters, anyone who flies. Cosmic radiation at aviation altitudes is typically 50 times that of natural sources at sea level. Pilots are classified as occupational radiation workers by the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) and, according to a recent study from researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, flight attendants face an elevated risk of cancer compared to members of the general population. They listed cosmic rays as one of several risk factors.
European parliament approves sweeping ban on single-use plastics Guardian (J-LS)
Draghi tries to dodge an Italian budget bullet Financial Times
To Unlock Brexit Talks, Britain Must Atone for a Sin of Empire: the Partition of Ireland Intercept. Very useful backgrounder. Ireland is the obvious problem, but the “future relationship” isn’t solved either, and that is a huge practical as well as negotiating problem. How can the UK exit and not have adequate internal agreement on the eventual shape of a trade and services deal?
In response to @Nigel_Farage in EP: I don’t know what the result of the #brexit talks is going to be. But I know that it is the Brexiteers, who are 100% responsible for bringing back the problem of the Irish border.
— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) October 24, 2018
New Cold War
Pence Won’t Rule Out Nuclear Weapons in Space as Plans for New Force Begin Military.com (Kevin W)
Khashoggi Drama – A Deal Has Been Made But Will It Hold? Moon of Alabama
Leak by Leak: Erdogan Exerts His Leverage Over the Saudis Patrick Cockburn, Counterpunch (J-LS)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
‘City of Surveillance’: Google-backed smart city sounds like a dystopian nightmare RT. Kevin W: “Creepy video.”
How to Clear Your Search History Off of Google’s Servers With the Company’s Latest Update LifeHacker (David L). If you think the NSA doesn’t retain this info, I have a bridge I’d like to sell you.
The One Place in the US Google Earth Stopped Mapping Motherboard (JTM)
Ecuador says Assange must sort out own issues with Britain Guardian (Brooklyn Bridge) :-(
Russiagate pretty much subsists on fiction anyway, so makes sense to give fiction writers a crack at it: https://t.co/bMJAhFPCFg
— Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate) October 25, 2018
For Senate Success, Democrats Must Regain Obama-Era Black Support Wall Street Journal
New York Attorney General Files Suit Against Exxon for Climate Fraud Climateability News (J-LS)
Facebook Censorship of Alternative Media ‘Just the Beginning,’ Warns Top Neocon Insider Consortiumnews (UserFriendly)
Here’s what happens when police pull over a driverless car Stuff. Lambert flags the last para. And my question in light of the pipe bomb frisson of yesterday: how come no one seems worried about driverless cars as a perfect way to deliver car bombs?
This Stock Market Is “Gradually” Rotting Under the Covers Wolf Street (EM)
The cost of data protectionism VoxEU. I’d love to know who paid for this, or whether this is the intellectual version of working toward the Fuhrer. And see this: Apple and Facebook call for EU-style privacy laws in US Financial Times.
SEC Won’t Release ‘Speed Bump’ Study It Promised Two Years Ago Wall Street Journal
Janet Yellen sounds alarm over plunging loan standards Financial Times
An Alternative History of Silicon Valley Disruption Wired. Chuck L highlighted this part:
It is only now, a decade after the financial crisis, that the American public seems to appreciate that what we thought was disruption worked more like extraction—of our data, our attention, our time, our creativity, our content, our DNA, our homes, our cities, our relationships. The tech visionaries’ predictions did not usher us into the future, but rather a future where they are kings.
Education Corporation of America files for receivership: Using lawyers’ tricks to suck up more federal student-loan money Condemned to DEBT (UserFriendly)
Antidote du jour. Again from Tracie H:” Sea Lion in Newport Beach Harbor. ‘What a nice man; letting me use his fishing boat for sunbathing!’”
And a bonus video:
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.