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Cuttlefish wear their thoughts on their skin Nature (furzy)
This 3D-printed house made of earth and rice husks costs less than an iPhone Digital Trends (David L). I see no mention of plumbing, let alone a kitchen…but at 215 square feet, there’s barely room for a hot plate.
Robotic indoor farms can grow food anywhere, anytime ZDNet (David L)
Chinese vice-premier makes plea for calm as growth slows Financial Times. Marshall Auerback via e-mail:
Hmm…China’s growth slowing (slowest official quarterly growth figure in almost a decade and if that’s the OFFICIAL number, then you know the unofficial number is much worse). And the RMB has fallen to its lowest level since the start of 2017. I recall people like Martin Wolf were arguing vociferously that Trump was taking on a shrewd foe whom he couldn’t defeat in a trade war. But Beijing has been gaming the global trade system for decades and he’s actually the first president to respond to it (and not fall for China’s bogus threats about exercising its so-called “nuclear option” in the bond market). I wonder if China’s economy is about to be exposed for the paper tiger that it is. I don’t advocate fighting trade wars, but Trump was probably right here when he suggested that China would be more vulnerable, not the US.
In what universe is voting Liberal in Wentworth about stability? Guardian. Oz local politics but with some larger implications. Kevin W explains:
A real dog’s breakfast. The Coalition loses this seat, they lose their one set majority in Parliament. The Coalition candidate, Dave Sharma, an ex-Ambassador to Israel, had Scott Morrison float the idea of moving the Australian Embassy to Jerusalem and supporting Trump’s position on the Iran treaty as 13% of the seat of Wentworth is jewish. All our neighbours, mostly Muslim, said do that and see what happens next to all your trade. This week, somebody said in emails that the challenger, the popular Kerryn Phelps, had HIV and was pulling out the race (Kerryn is well known as a lesbian but nobody cares). The seat itself, Wentworth, is blue ribbon and was Malcolm Turnbull’s seat.
Brexit Is Ripping the World’s Financial Plumbing Apart Bloomberg (furzy)
A second referendum is now firmly on the cards Independent. Note the Independent has been campaigning.
If you think Brexit will leave us weaker and poorer, march for a people’s vote Guardian. Clive: “Only taken it since the Dawn of Time, but the Guardian’s Brexit coverages finally gets into the right gear.”
"Over 1m people marched, urging the government – of which you were a central figure – not to invade Iraq. You ignored them. Why should this government take any notice of 100k Remainers calling for a second referendum?" @afneil asks @campbellclaret #bbctw pic.twitter.com/qxB1PPQec8
— BBC This Week (@bbcthisweek) October 18, 2018
New Cold War
The Most Shocking Moments of the New Russia Complaint, from ‘Civil War’ to ‘Fake’ Rubio to ‘Colored LGBT’ Daily Beast. Kevin W: “Twilight Zone stuff here.”
Saudi Arabia fires 5 top officials, arrests 18 Saudis, saying Khashoggi was killed in fight at consulate Washington Post (furzy). “Fight”. Help me.
How to Punish Saudi Arabia Politico (furzy)
Saudi Arabia pays UK firms millions to boost image Guardian (Bill B)
Saudi electronic army floods Twitter with insults and mistruths after Khashoggi’s disappearance Washington Post (furzy)
America needs to stabilize Libya The Hill. UserFriendly: “You break it you buy it…. Of course they have conveniently written out our role in creating the mess.
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Mueller report PSA: Prepare for disappointment Politico (UserFriendly)
Trump’s home tax changes costing votes in the suburbs Financial Times. I thought the plan was to punish the donor class in blue cities.
Republican Doublespeak on Health Care Starts at the Top Bloomberg (furzy)
How Do You Solve a Problem Like Hillary? Politico (furzy). Cover story of the magazine.
1,495 Americans Describe the Financial Reality of Being Really Sick New York Times (UserFriendly)
In Facebook’s Effort to Fight Fake News, Human Fact-Checkers Struggle to Keep Up Wall Street Journal (furzy). Lambert had an AP story in Links. Clearly a pre-election PR push.
Temporary economic downturns have long-lasting consequences Economist (UserFriendly)
The New Thing in Energy Is Old Pipes Bloomberg (furzy)
Why Kodak Died and Fujifilm Thrived: A Tale of Two Film Companies PetaPixel (David L)
At Midterms, Republicans and Likely Voters More Upbeat About Job Market HiringLab. UserFriendly: “New poll, JG is the economic policy with the most bipartisan support.”
The Harvard Admissions Trial Won’t End Affirmative Action – But That’s The Ultimate Goal New York Magazine (Kevin W)
When Black Panthers Aligned with Confederate-Flag-Wielding, Working-Class Whites The Conversation (UserFriendly)
Report Finds Gaping Hole in Retirement Savings as Policymakers Craft Innovative Solutions National Conference of State Legislatures (UserFriendly)
Antidote du jour (Angie Neer): “This Costa Rican bird (I have no idea of the species) has great camouflage and a built-in periscope”:
And a bonus video from Lance N: “The MTV-style cutting is unfortunate, but it’s
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.