A brief but heartfelt thanks for all your generous donations during our fundraiser. Not only was it a big relief to have the contributions keep coming in steadily, but it was very gratifying and humbling to get so many notes and comments about how much the Naked Capitalism community means to you. For that, you should all be proud.
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P.S. Because we have so much of the “Recent Items” real estate taken up by the last day of our fundraiser, be sure not to miss Lambert’s latest 2018 midterms update: Worksheet for the 2018 Midterms (If There Is a Blue Wave, What Next for Democrats?).
The (Imaginary) Numbers at the Edge of Reality Quanta (David L)
Water out of thin air: California couple’s device wins $1.5M TechXplore (Chuck L). Shades of Dune.
Facebook confirms it’s building augmented reality glasseser TechCrunch (Kevin W)
Vital Ignored Truths in Milgram’s Obedience to Authority Studies Counterpunch (Chuck L)
The places that escaped the Spanish flu BBC (Bill B)
Cosmonaut brains show space travel causes lasting changes National Geographic (David L)
China’s hidden camps BBC (dougd)
Dominic Raab warns that Britain will leave the EU without a deal if Brussels takes a ‘deliberately intransigent’ approach to talks Telegraph. The blame game continues.
Brexit Talks on Hold With May’s Team in Disagreement, Sources Say and DUP sceptical of ‘temporary’ Brexit plan Bloomberg. No. 10 is acting that they just need to get through the budget on Monday….
Britain faces trade talks with 20 nations over WTO proposals The Times. Key section:
Britain is preparing for trade negotiations with almost two dozen nations after they objected to the terms it proposed for its World Trade Organisation membership after Brexit.
Liam Fox confirmed yesterday that countries have “expressed reservations” over the draft text put forward by the UK before its departure from the European Union. The trade secretary said that Britain “intends to enter negotiations with relevant partners” over its future rights and obligations at the WTO.
About 20 members are understood to have opposed the country’s initial proposal, dashing hopes of an unchallenged arrival at the Geneva-based body that governs global trade. The WTO has 164 members and was set up in 1995 as a regulator and somewhere for countries to negotiate deals and settle disputes. The UK, which is currently a member through the EU, will require its own independent terms of membership after leaving the bloc.
From Politico’s European newsletter:
REALITY CHECK … WITH REAL BUSINESS OWNERS: “It’s just unbelievable that EU politicians tell us we should prepare for a no-deal scenario,” said Hinrich Mählmann, CEO and managing partner of Otto Fuchs KG, a German metal processing company. “We can’t prepare for no deal,” he said, adding that it is “hard to understand” why a no-deal scenario wasn’t taken off the table completely early in the piece…
Thomas Fischer, chairman of the board of Mann+Hummel, one of the world’s largest filter manufacturers, told me he doesn’t expect carmakers that don’t manufacture motors in the U.K. to stay in the country in the event Britain crashes out of the EU — it’s relatively easy for them to relocate production in the long term, he said. That would mean that Mann+Hummel would probably have to “gradually” close its British plants too, he said, adding that investments the company has already made would be used as long as possible. Read: basically only until they are written off. “If you look at it rationally, we don’t manufacture for the British market in the U.K., but for export,” said Fischer.
New Cold War
Khashoggi, Erdogan and the Truth Craig Murray (J-LS)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Imperial Collapse Watch
Air Force Ends Purchase of Pricey Coffee Cups After Senator Complains Military.com (chuck419). But not a peep about F-35 helmets.
Army Accidentally Drops Humvee from C-17 over Fort Bragg Military.com (chuck419)
Trump Considers Closing Southern Border to Migrants New York Times
Kavanaugh accuser and her lawyer referred to DoJ Financial Times
Final-complaint-Palast-v-Kemp.pdf Greg Palast (Chuck L)
Kill Me Now
Why the Press Sucks So Bad, Part One: A Look Back Ghion Journal (UserFriendly). Important.
Simon Wren-Lewis’ warped view of modern macroeconomics Simon Wren-Lewis (UserFriendly)
benevolence only makes things worse delancyplace (Chuck L)
Tech to blame for ever-growing repair costs, AAA says CNET. Here because rentier capitalism.
How a Subprime Auto Lender Consumed Detroit With Debt and Turned Its Courthouse Into a Collections Agency Jalopnik (Philip P). Important. I somehow missed it from earlier this month.
From Politico’s daily European newsletter:
HAPPINESS BY THE NUMBERS: Seventy-eight percent of the EU’s working population is (very or fairly) satisfied with its work-life balance, according to a new Eurobarometer survey out today, which Playbook has seen. Contentment is highest (at 90 percent) in Austria, Denmark and Luxembourg. The Greeks, Romanians and finally the Spanish are the least content employees (though even there, 66 percent are satisfied).
The survey is a striking tale of how regulation can impact societal change — if, and only if, there’s a functioning labor market, or economic growth. In Greece, 48 percent of respondents say making use of flexible work arrangements is perceived badly by colleagues, while at the other end of the spectrum, only 13 percent of Danes say likewise. At total of 65 percent of Europeans report such arrangements exist in their companies, while 43 percent have used them.
Antidote du jour (MGL):
And a bonus:
Wheelchair dogs at animal rescue enjoying playtime. pic.twitter.com/DnXy4UqX1R
— puppie🐕 (@activepuppie) October 26, 2018
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.