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World’s oldest intact shipwreck discovered in Black Sea Guardian. Kevin W:
This got the blood racing. The deep waters of the Black Sea are anoxic meaning there is very little oxygen present. Thus the life forms that would normally eat those timbers cannot survive there. If a ship goes down in those seas, they can stay intact like this one to an incredible degree. The coils of rope are still there along with the bones of the monkfish being eaten by the crew at the time the ship went down. Amazing.
Air Force removes baptism from basic training graduation requirements Duffle Blog (Kevin W)
Here’s what the quantum internet has in store Nature (David L)
We Are All Lawyers Now – The Rise of the Legalish Artificial Lawyer
Y Combinator plans to back carbon removal ventures MIT Technology Review (furzy)
Massive Study Finds Eating Organic Slashes Cancer Risks EcoWatch (Glenn F). The study.
More than one-third of Americans report eating fast food every day Axios. More prevalent at higher income levels.
Why a daily bath helps beat depression – and how to have a good one Guardian (Dr. Kevin)
Shaxson: Britain owes its pre-eminence as a financial centre to the combination of a strong legal system, which stops people stealing your money, with a weak regulatory one, which allows you to steal other people’s,” From Sunday Times review..
— Ann Pettifor (@AnnPettifor) October 22, 2018
UK readies flotilla plan for supplies in no-deal Brexit Financial Times
Brexit transition could last for years, cabinet warned The Times. Looks like someone woke up to the fact that leaving the EU without a new trade deal is a crashout; a transition period just allows for much better prep. So someone apparently thinks the EU will nicely give a super duper long transition period so that the UK can get things all stitched up. CETA took seven years to negotiate and another to win provisional approval. The EU won’t cut anywhere near that much slack. And a long transition period arguably violates WTO rules.
EU may offer British PM a UK-wide customs union RTE. Um, this does not sound new. Has the EU managed to convince the UK this is new? All that sounds new is how this non-starter might be papered up. Or have I heard too many ideas and lost track as to which were rumors and which were sort of real?
Up to 45 Labour MPs could rebel to back Theresa May’s Brexit deal, claims Caroline Flint Yorkshire Post. Whip count still short. 50 Tories have put their names on the StandUp4Brexit website.
Fresh Cabinet split surfaces over post-Brexit immigration system City AM. Um, if the Withdrawal Agreement is 95% settled, this is supposedly settled. But now it might be retraded?
A shocked cabinet was today told no-deal Brexit may force government to own or operate lorry ferries, because freight through Dover and Channel Tunnel could fall 85% and we’d run out of vital goods, food and medicine https://t.co/gbFn5wsDxH
— Robert Peston (@Peston) October 23, 2018
The problem, as Richard North again explained yesterday, is that May’s plan is something the EU will never accept, for good reason, and Corbyn is similarly clueless. Neither party has come to grips with the basics of trade arrangements.
China Bank, Kunlun, to Stop Iran Payments The Hill (Bill B)
Warren Asks McKinsey to Provide Information on Work for Saudis Bloomberg. This will be fun.
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Amazon And NIH To Link Biomedical Data And Researchers Forbes (David L)
Yahoo to pay $50M, other costs for massive security breach Associated Press
Trump’s Cuts to Central America Aid Will Lead to More Caravans Bloomberg (furzy)
The Decline and Fall of Elizabeth Warren Benjamin Studebaker. UserFriendly: “Spot on.”
Gavin Newsom Is Bullish On Single-Payer — Except When He’s Not Kaiser Health News
Minnesota Poll: Wardlow now leads Ellison for attorney general Minneapolis StarTribune. UserFriendly: “I officially hate this woman.”
Wren-Lewis insults medical science Lars P. Syll (UserFriendly)
12 relatives of GOP Nevada governor candidate pen op-ed opposing him The Hill (UserFriendly)
Bonds Flash a Warning Sign to the Fed Bloomberg (furzy)
Goldman arguing that the smart money has been exiting stocks and bonds since February's volatility spike, as measured by ETF flows. pic.twitter.com/BCWoWUawcR
— Tracy Alloway (@tracyalloway) October 23, 2018
Trump Steps Up Attacks on Fed Chairman Jerome Powell Wall Street Journal
Self-driving school bus test halted in US BBC (UserFriendly) and U.S. regulator orders halt to self-driving school bus test in Florida Reuters (EM)
Antidote du jour. Tracie H: “Are those berries down there?”
And a bonus antidote from Kevin W:
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.