Vehicle subscription becomes reality at Naperville dealership Daily Herald (JB). I’m so old I remember when ordinary people actually owned stuff…
U.S. and Canada reach last-minute accord to conclude talks on new NAFTA Los Angeles Times. Surprising many.
Renegotiated NAFTA Deal: Improvements on Some Key Demands and More Work Needed (PDF) Lori Wallach, Public Citizen
Elon Musk Tweets May Cost Tesla Investors Close to $20 Billion Bloomberg. Oopsie.
Nobody has a plan to lift the curse on centrist politics in Germany Wolfgang Münchau, FT
Beijing’s Bismarckian Ghosts: How Great Powers Compete Economically (PDF) The Washington Quarterly
Will China’s new laser satellite become the ‘Death Star’ for submarines? South China Morning Post
China’s Health Care Crisis: Lines Before Dawn, Violence and ‘No Trust’ NYT. “While the wealthy have access to the best care in top hospitals with foreign doctors, most people are relegated to overcrowded hospitals.” Incroyable!
Abused Hong Kong maid Erwiana now a champion for migrant workers’ rights Channel News Asia
The US Military-Industrial Complex’s Worst Nightmare: The S-300 May Destroy and Expose the F-35 Strategic Culture. Big if true.
Chad Ludington’s Statement on Kavanaugh’s Drinking and Senate Testimony NYT. Ludington: “I can unequivocally say that in denying the possibility that he ever blacked out from drinking, and in downplaying the degree and frequency of his drinking, Brett has not told the truth.” Kavanaugh: ” I — passed out would be — no, but I’ve gone to sleep, but — but . That’s the — that’s the — the allegation, and that — that — that’s wrong.” I’ve helpfully underlined Kavanaugh’s perjury. “It’s not the crime, it’s the cover-up.” Oh, and this from Chad: “On one of the last occasions I purposely socialized with Brett….” Nobody can stick in the shiv like a WASP!
1 big thing: Brett Kavanaugh is “too big to fail” Axios. No plan B? I don’t believe it for a minute.
Pack the Supreme Court The Intercept. “Democrats should add at least two new seats to the Supreme Court and then fill them, ideally, with left-wing, well-qualified women of color.” Except you know that won’t happen. The Democrats will pick “well-qualified” neoliberal “women of color.” I mean, come on.
Fury Is a Political Weapon. And Women Need to Wield It. Rebecca Traister, NYT
Silicon Valley’s Brett Kavanaugh problem Engadget. NDAs, private arbitration…
Imperial Collapse Watch
Where Are The Most Viruses In An Airport? Hint: It’s Probably Not The Toilet NPR. Hilarity ensues, as security theatre provides the vector for the next pandemic…
Moats: As higher education shifts to worker training, is there room for the humanities? VT Digger. As I keep saying, humanities major Stephen King was the largest donor to the University of Maine, until a corrupt neoliberal administrator (the President) ticked him off.
Chasing ‘likes’ on Instagram, hikers break limbs — and need rescuing Stars and Stripes. Nice work if you can get it without breaking a leg or drowning.
Your DNA Is Not Your Culture The Atlantic. The Spotify/Ancestry DNA partnership “creates custom playlists for users based on DNA results they input.”
Escaping India within India LiveMint
Psychologists define the ‘dark core of personality’ Science Daily (original). n>2500. Readers?
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