If I stop eating meat, will it really help climate change? Asian Correspondent. Perhaps it is best to begin by thinking of meat as a condiment.
Defensible Space Boston Review. Megafires in the Pacific Northwest
Battles begin to turn in long war on TB Medical Express (CL).
Strong GDP growth, weak fundamentals Econbrowser
The U.S. Secretly Halted JPMorgan’s Growth for Years Bloomberg. Secret law is not law.
The Fed needs better rules. This Democratic bill is a start. The Week (DK).
On Maximizing Employment, a Case for Caution Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Self-driving car dilemmas reveal that moral choices are not universal Nature. Oh, great. Localization for moral choices in robot car software. What will the granularity be? And the default settings?
Brexit: the Efta/EEA option revisited EU Referendum
German mega-merger would create a banking juggernaut Handelsblatt
The Foreseeable Disaster in Yemen The American Conservative
Summit in Istanbul as ramifications of the Khashoggi debacle roll on Asia Times (KW).
Four-nation Syria summit calls for lasting Idlib ceasefire Agence France Presse
Bahrain says ‘Arab NATO’ to be formed by next year Al Jazeera. Let me know how that works out.
Smart money shuns China stocks as foreign and leveraged traders wary of state bailout South China Morning Post
Why Democracies Are Turning Against Belt and Road Foreign Affairs
Georgia’s Kemp Purged 340,134 Voters, Falsely Asserting They Had Moved Greg Palast, Truthout. Kemp, like Kobach, seems a little conflicted… .
Realignment and Legitimacy
An open door and a massacre: Gunman kills 11 at synagogue AP. At the very least, let’s hope for no copycats.
Defuse America’s Explosive Politics Peggy Noonan, WSJ. “Maybe you assume everything’s safe when you’ve spent your whole adult life, as [Trump] has, with private security and private cars, surrounded by staff.” True of a class, not merely of an individual.
Democrats in Disarray
America’s Democrats need to set out what they stand for FT. This issue has me genuinely perplexed. The Democrat response to the Crash was not to change the system, but to reboot it. Is the Democrat solution for today’s difficulties rebooting the system again, refreshed with an Obama 2.0 in the White House? If not that, what?
Who Will Speak for the Democrats? NYRB. Interesting contrasts between 2006 and 2010, though at the end, the author disappoints.
Dem leadership hopefuls dole out millions in campaign cash The Hill. The only kind of wave that really counts…
Free at the point of service. Worth a listen:
An American nurse ends up in a UK hospital..
"The Billing Office was hard to find & unstaffed. Can you imagine?
I explained how billing is a key component in the US health care system.
The clerk was shocked. She felt terrible about billing us."
— Bonnie Castillo (@NNUBonnie) October 26, 2018
Imperial Collapse Watch
Another Military Pilot Drew a Sky P*nis, and This Time It Was a Marine Military.com. Zeitgeist watch: This is a family blog, so normally I wouldn’t include this link — or the next one — but it dovetails with a power surge in the military (see yesterday’s link).
‘The Blowj*b Paper:’ Scientists Processed 109 Hours of Oral Sex to Develop an AI that Sucks D*ck Motherboard (UserFriendly). More zeitgeist: Reifying performative behavior in datasets. Please make it stop.
U.S. Labor Markets Aren’t Truly Free Bloomberg
Anti-Pension Illinois Governor Made Billions Off Pensions The Intercept (UserFriendlly).
Antidote du jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.