Links 10/27/18

Change in singing behavior of humpback whales caused by shipping noise PLOS One

U.S. Stocks Slump on Tech Worries WSJ

US economic growth tops forecasts FT

FBI investigating whether Tesla misstated Model 3 production numbers Autoblog (EM).

Why Private Equity Is Furious Over a Paper in a Dermatology Journal NYT

The regime change for global markets is just beginning FT

Janet Yellen on Trump, Fed politics and nurturing recovery FT. “Nurturing.”


The Chinese century is well under way Economist

Abe’s foreign-worker plan spurs protests in Japan’s ruling party Nikkei Asian Review

Trudeau’s Human Stimulus Helps Canada Match Trump’s Tax Cuts Bloomberg


Khashoggi killing: as Saudi turns to China, for MbS it’s business as usual South China Morning Post

New Cold War

What To Expect When You’re Expecting a Mueller Report LawFare

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Mr. Putin Goes to Washington? The American Conservative

U.S. Withdrawal from the INF Treaty: The Facts and the Law Lawfare

What Russia Will Be The National Interest

Foreign Policy for the Twenty-First Century Boston Review

Trump Transition

Will Trump Really Cut Defense Spending by 5%? It’s Way Too Early To Say Defense One

About 10 percent of flag officer positions can be replaced by lower grades, study says Federal News Network

Senate’s Out? Nobody’s Around? Perfect Time To Advance Trump’s Court Picks, Says GOP. HuffPo

Trump’s NLRB Just Quietly Ruled to Make Union Pickets Illegal In These Times

Florida suspect lived in his van and built his bombs there too, authorities say McClatchy. A good wrap-up with lots of detail.

Democrats in Disarray

Bernie Sanders rallies striking hotel workers in downtown San Diego San Diego Union Tribune. Great to see the party big-wigs backing him up on this. Oh, wait….

What a Rural Maine House Race Can Teach the Left The Nation. Maine District 88 is a “pivot county,” about half-way between Boothbay and Augusta.

Hadley: Slotkin puts country before party Detroit News. The Bush administration’s Stephen Hadley on Democrat CIA candidate Slotkin. Hadley’s the guy who allowed the “sixteen words” on Niger yellowcake uranium — forged documents supporting claims of Iraqi WMDs — into Bush’s 2003 State of the Union speech. Of course, the Iraq War debacle is ancient history, now; everybody is rehabilitated, including Bush, who gave Michelle candy [squeeeeee!].

The Experts and Question One MassPoliticsProfs (KC). This is the ballot initiative where powerful Democrat consulting firm Dewey Cheatem & Howe Square Group (“No”) is working against nurses unions (“Yes”) on the question of minimum staffing ratios.

Health Care

Administration Moves To Incentivize Health Reimbursement Arrangements Health Affairs

No More Health Care Half-Fixes Jacobin. Examines Jayapal’s H. R. 6097.


Brexit: ‘Several’ WTO members block Britain’s attempt to fast track deal The Independent

The Democratic Unionist Party Isn’t Bluffing on Brexit. It’s Being ‘Thran.’ Foreign Policy. Word of the day: Thran.

Meet Theresa May’s Top Lawyer, the Latest Hurdle to a Brexit Deal Bloomberg

Centrist Sensibility Review 31

Big Brother Is Watching You Watch

Google’s smart city dream is turning into a privacy nightmare Engadget

They look like cops, but they’re not. And they’re all over Michigan. Detroit Free Press

Imperial Collapse Watch

Post-Cold War U.S. Foreign Policy Has Been a Near Total Failure. Two New Books Look at Why. The Intercept

Why today’s troops fear a new war is coming soon Military Times

American Defense Contractor Accused of Enslaving U.S. Citizen Linguists Daily Beast

The Crash: Ten Years After

10 years later: How the financial crisis reverberated into municipal bonds The Bond Buyer

New Deadline For Merrimack Valley Gas Restoration Is Now December 2-16 CBS Boston. Gonna be chilly….

Class Warfare

Uber‑Inequality Gartner L2. “In today’s economy, innovation means elegant theft: robbery of your data, privacy, health insurance, or minimum-wage protection.”

World’s billionaires became 20% richer in 2017, report reveals Guardian. From UBS.

The White House is worried about wages, not socialism FT Alphaville. The CEA report on socialism: “Even by the somewhat compromised standards of any CEA, the report is particularly sophomoric. That is, it both engages in sophistry and appears to have been composed by a college sophomore.”

Unfair Advantage The Sun. How Amazon undermines local economies.

Warehouse World Latino USA

Let’s vote, party and celebrate American democracy on a new holiday called Citizen Day USA Today. Good idea! We can count our paper ballots first.

Use these adventure skills to survive the zombie apocalypse National Geographic. News you can use!

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About Lambert Strether

Readers, I have had a correspondent characterize my views as realistic cynical. Let me briefly explain them. I believe in universal programs that provide concrete material benefits, especially to the working class. Medicare for All is the prime example, but tuition-free college and a Post Office Bank also fall under this heading. So do a Jobs Guarantee and a Debt Jubilee. Clearly, neither liberal Democrats nor conservative Republicans can deliver on such programs, because the two are different flavors of neoliberalism (“Because markets”). I don’t much care about the “ism” that delivers the benefits, although whichever one does have to put common humanity first, as opposed to markets. Could be a second FDR saving capitalism, democratic socialism leashing and collaring it, or communism razing it. I don’t much care, as long as the benefits are delivered. To me, the key issue — and this is why Medicare for All is always first with me — is the tens of thousands of excess “deaths from despair,” as described by the Case-Deaton study, and other recent studies. That enormous body count makes Medicare for All, at the very least, a moral and strategic imperative. And that level of suffering and organic damage makes the concerns of identity politics — even the worthy fight to help the refugees Bush, Obama, and Clinton’s wars created — bright shiny objects by comparison. Hence my frustration with the news flow — currently in my view the swirling intersection of two, separate Shock Doctrine campaigns, one by the Administration, and the other by out-of-power liberals and their allies in the State and in the press — a news flow that constantly forces me to focus on matters that I regard as of secondary importance to the excess deaths. What kind of political economy is it that halts or even reverses the increases in life expectancy that civilized societies have achieved? I am also very hopeful that the continuing destruction of both party establishments will open the space for voices supporting programs similar to those I have listed; let’s call such voices “the left.” Volatility creates opportunity, especially if the Democrat establishment, which puts markets first and opposes all such programs, isn’t allowed to get back into the saddle. Eyes on the prize! I love the tactical level, and secretly love even the horse race, since I’ve been blogging about it daily for fourteen years, but everything I write has this perspective at the back of it.


  1. timbers

    Why today’s troops fear a new war is coming soon Military Times

    Well, Fake News works. The CIA and it’s control over corporate media is effective and working, I would say after reading this, and not just among my Team Blue friends…also among U.S. troops.

    The increase in troops who fear Russia and China fit nicely with the Fake News campaign launched by Democrats that Russia hacked the DNC and Trump’s pivot to China to ratchet up military tensions with it, too.

    I expect the underlining reason for this Fake News campaign that started first with Russia, is to foster greatly increased military spending not only in the US but in Europe too, because corporate profits, and head off any improved relations that might result in less military spending.

    1. Summer

      I wouldn’t be so quick to say it’s because of the media that troops are saying this. They also would be attune to more currnet changes in deployments, procedures, etc.

      1. JTMcPhee

        You have it exactly right, Summer. Plus, the military/Pentagram is all over what I guess is still called “indoctrination,” which means instilling in the minds of the GIs what the “doctrine” (e.g., the war plans and mental processes of the Brass) happens to be. This involves all kinds of communications, including those mass gatherings in auditoriums and hangars, where the Brass give out the “doctrine” with an eye to ensuring the Troops will do what they are ordered to do, however idiotic and destructive those orders might be. And of course the Chaplain Corps preachers weigh in on it too.

        And the Troops talk to each other, across services and within, especially since everything is “joint operations” any more to paper over the still extant interservice combat and rivalries, about what weapons and equipment are moving where, what the camouflage colors are, what kinds of consumables are being stockpiled where, what they hear from the panoply of contractors that infest the “complex” who have their own ears to the ground and information streams. stuff like that.

        1. JCC

          True, indoctrination is never ending and a big part of on-going training.

          I remember well, the training I went through during the early Reagan Era when “communists were running rampant across Central America”, every target on the ranges and every bad guy was always called “Ivan”.

          As for the article, keeping the troops stirred up is considered very important, but it does not necessarily mean a major war is about to break out. Many of us felt the same way in the early 80’s regarding the all the propaganda/indoctrination revolving around the Sandinista and the Falkland Islands War.

          1. Wukchumni

            Oh how I remember that era, and the ultimate prize gained in Operation Urgent Fury, stand tall America!

        2. Procopius

          What are these “Chaplain Corps preachers” of which you speak? I’ve been retired for 36 years, so a lot must have changed but in the 20 years I spent on active duty I never saw a chaplain preach. Well, maybe I did — when I was in Air Force basic training in 1955 we were marched to some kind of church service on Sundays. I have not been a Christian since I was about five years old and realized my Sunday School teachers were nice people who meant well but were delusional, so I don’t really remember what it was about. I really don’t think military chaplains would be very effective at indoctrinating people, although I know there are a bunch of Dominionist fanatics among the highest ranking Air Force leadership. Anyway, after basic training I was never forced to attend religious services.

      2. Generalfeldmarschall von Hindenburg

        In the early summer of 41, German soldiers being entrained for deployments in central Poland were convinced that Hitler had made a deal with Stalin to ship a large German Army through the USSR to the Iranian frontier so they could drive theough the Near East, link up with Rommel and roll up the whole British Empire in alliance with Russia. So rumors amongst the troops based on deployments are not the best source of good info on grand strategic intentions of the high command.

        1. JTMcPhee

          Even in my time, 66-69, the Army troops had a much better jungle telephone than your Wehrmacht grunts. I’m betting the information and awareness of the current Imperial troops is more comprehensive still. Knowing about movements of men, materiel, changes to uniforms, and lots of other indicators like what kit is being hauled out and fitted to aircraft and armor, laid against awareness of what endless and overtaxing deployments onto distant sovereign ground means, definitely sharpens the attention to all the little indications and what they portend.

          Today’s imperial troopers are, I would venture, generally nowhere near as enthusiastic and deluded as those German soldiers, all fired up to establish the Reich.

        2. ObjectiveFunction

          True. Of course there had indeed been a pro-Axis coup in Iraq in April, actively supported by the Luftwaffe, and nobody yet knew how it would end.

          The Arab and Iranian ‘streets’ in general, as well as both left and right nationalists from end to end of the Islamic world were also virulently anti-British.

          The primary obstacle was Turkey, which remained obstinately neutral, though it also provided chromium to the Nazi war machine. But at that time the Axis felt confident that their WWI ally would eventually join them to regain the lost Ottoman territories, and perhaps the Turkic USSR as well.

          So those rumors had some sound strategic basis….

    2. Lee

      I doubt U.S.troops have much more to fear than the does the average citizen so far as conventional warfare with Russia or China is concerned. Based on the U.S. military debacles during the post WW2 era in taking on small, militarily much weaker countries, it is unlikely that we would engage either Russia or China in anything other than a nuclear exchange. So, don’t worry; be happy!

      1. Wukchumni

        New film possibility:

        “The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming*, the Russians are coming!”

        * the first drive-in film I can remember from my yout

        1. JTMcPhee

          In what year did you encounter “Dr. Strangelove”? Ever viewed “Red Dawn?”

          First drive-in for me was “Trapeze.” The big pectorals on Burt Lancaster and Ginal Lollobrigida were stunning on that huge drive-in screen.

          1. howseth

            I encountered “Dr. Strangelove” when I was about 10. It must have made a big impression on me – since I even remember the cartoon before the movie – and walking on the street with my family after the movie. (Or was it the cartoon that impressed me)

            I encountered Gina Lollobrigida in the mid 80’s at a film showing in Chicago. (At the School of the Art Institute) She handed me her coat. (Thinking I was the coat checker. I have often been told I seem like a person who checks coats. So there is my celebrity confirmation.)

            I don’t recall “Red Dawn” However, I do recall looking up at the skywriting for “Fail Safe” that was really cool. In big letters ‘FAIL SAFE’ Must have been about 1964.

      2. Summer

        It wouldn’t be China or Russia directly. There’s all that personnel in between (the ME) a whole lot of mess that still need cover…just assuming.

      3. JTMcPhee

        Lee, you might want to do a DuckDuckGo search on “current us warfighting doctrine versus Russia” and page through the hits. The planning and anticipation of boots on ground warfare is manifest. So I would offer that US troopers know that they have indeed got “much to fear” from the Bolton Doctrine/PNAS planning to “take on” Iran, and ‘finish the job” in Iraq, Notagainistan, many African nations, Pakistan, and on and on.

        Maybe you could start with this one: “‘Underground’ May Be the U.S. Military’s Next Warfighting Domain,” You’ll find this in the lede:

        The U.S. military is considering adding a new warfighting domain to U.S. military doctrine: the underground realm, said the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.

        “Subterranean is something we are going to have to contend with in the future. You look at the electrical systems…control systems, control grids,” Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley said Tuesday at the Defense One Technology Summit in Washington, D.C.

        The underground sphere is particularly important in cities, where nearly two-thirds of the world’s population will live by 2040 — and where the Pentagon expects to see more combat.

        The domains currently include land, sea, air, space, and cyber — the latter added in 2012. Adding another would reshape spending and strategy.“

        Full-spectrum dominance. Nothing less will serve. Eh?

        1. Lee

          Very Dr. Strangelove, those planners. What is it they say about plans surviving first contact with the enemy? Oh, now I remember. They don’t.

          1. JTMcPhee

            But those plans direct the motions of the Armies of the Night, right up to that moment of first contact, and for some time thereafter until the smarter war leaders start to adapt to circumstances. So they set the stage for the multiple re-proofs of the idiocies of War Leaders and ruling elites. WW I is now seen by many as a “whoopsie” caused by the behaviors and weirdnesses and grasping of the Elites on all sides.

            And nobody in command, civilian or military, seems to bother to read the first and most important advice given by the collective wisdom of Sun Tzu, about how war so easily can destroy the state, and how damn sure the ruler ought to be that he has those Five Factors in proper alignment — read them here: They all jump to the stuff about stealth and asymmetry and all that.

            “The most persistent principles in the Universe are accident and error.” One statement of Murphy’s Eternal Law.

            1. The Rev Kev

              Some of these Pentagon planners are also saying how it would be great for the US armed forces learn to to fight in mega cities. So places like Stalingrad, Hue, Mogadishu and Grozny obviously hold no lessons to be learned. Mega cities have the capability to swallow battalions whole and unless you are willing to massacre the civilians in a mega city with mass bombing, it is a crazy venture to undertake. Even if you bomb a city, the ruins are better at hiding enemy forces in and just how and where do you evacuate the civilian in a mega city as well as feed them? But the Pentagon want to learn how to fight in mega cities.

                  1. Unna

                    The Russians have been waiting for the Germans to come ever since 1242 with the Teutonic Knights. Here’s a clip from the Soviet movie Alexander Nevsky – “The Battle of the Ice” Western Europe’s so called Northern Crusade – for war there’s always an excuse. The Enjoy the music by Prokofiev.


                    1. The Rev Kev

                      Yeah, good movie that. Saw it a coupla months ago and it was creepy having a supernatural-driven tank. Good battle that one-on-one in the village at the end.

              1. Janie

                I remember a front-line report on the battle for Fallujah. A US unit inside the ruins of the city was pinned down by sniper fire. Much time and effort went into dislodging him/them. At length, a lone man, rifle over shoulder, rode away on a wobbly bike – apparently uninjured

    3. VietnamVet

      Having served in the First Cold War and seen all “The Day After” movies; I am still astonished that Barrack Obama restarted the Cold War. These comments and war porn all assume that Russia and the US would fight a ground war storming the Kremlin or the White House at the end. Instead, every war game since 1947 and even a recent one in Great Britain on the response to a cyberattack show that a world war will almost instantaneously escalate into nuclear missile exchange. Until Syria, the most volatile conflict between Nuclear Powers has been over Kashmir. That this conflict hasn’t erupted into ground army war between India and Pakistan shows the power of Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD). The “Russia, Russia, Russia” meme is a result of the Western Elite’s need for a scapegoat to continue the escalation of their extraction of wealth from Europe and North America for useless weapons. The professional nuclear Praetorian Guard, the Navy, and State Militias of Deplorables can defend North America quite well from overseas attack. The rebuilding North and Central America would prevent a civil war. Money would be available to fight climate change.

      1. Procopius

        That’s why I find it incomprehensible that Mattis and Kelly and all the other generals employed by this Administration* would act as if military action against North Korea or Iran is feasible. There was talk about a “bloody nose” attack against North Korea. Some people in the Administration* apparently believed that they could drop a nuke on North Korea and they would get the message that this was only a warning of what could happen if they didn’t change their ways. These people have to be like the idiots during the Vietnam War who thought they could use bombing campaigns to “send a message” to the North Vietnamese. They were ignoring the message that the North Vietnamese were sending them by their perseverance. It apparently never occurred to them (the proponents of the “bloody nose” attack) to ask what the American response would be if the North Koreans were able to hit an American city with a missile armed with conventional explosives, and then figure what the North Korean response would be to an American attack. OK, Iran is known to not have nuclear weapons. They are known to have issued a fatwa that nuclear weapons are contrary to the Will of God and they will not pursue them. Even so, I fear that an attack on Iran will lead to a nuclear war with either Russia or China or both. The neocons are wrong. Once the first missile is launched, they all go. Including the Pakistani and Indian ones and surely the Israeli ones.

        1. ape

          Either they all go — or they don’t, in which case the rest of the world puts an immediate trade embargo at all levels on the instigator, demanding immediate disarmament because if they did it once, they’re not bluffing and they’ll do it again.

          Which means the instigator has to surrender or keep firing.

          There’s just no possible way to win — it’s too damn scary for people to bluff and play.

          I’m not sure whether there’s any country other than the US with a first-strike policy.

          The fact that the world treats it as a bluff is insane.

  2. Eclair

    RE: New Deadline for Merrimack Valley Gas Restoration is Now December 2-16.

    A bit of background on this happening. Lawrence, Massachusetts is my home town. My Irish ancestors settled there in the 1860’s, finally having given up the struggle again the English occupiers (my grandfather, born in the US, hated the ‘bloody English’ until his dying day.) My Lithuanian grandparents arrived there in 1899, although they were listed as “Russians.” All these ancestors worked as operatives in the great brick woolen mills that lined the banks of the Merrimack River for miles. They were working there during the 1912 Bread and Roses strike.

    My father worked for the Lawrence Gas and Electric Company, when it was a municipally-owned facility. After Hurricane Carol hit New England in August 1954 (the eye passed over Lawrence), knocking down trees and power poles, for a period of over two weeks he came home only for a few hours each night to grab some sleep, working until power was restored.

    It was in the 1950’s that the woolen (and a few cotton) mills began to shut down, searching for the greener pastures of states that had no unions and were not concerned about them dumping toxic chemicals into the rivers (concerns about the heavily polluted Merrimack River were beginning to create an uncomfortable climate.) The mills sat empty; they were so well built that it was too expensive to tear them down.

    Lawrence suffered the fate of so many northeastern industrial towns; unemployment, decay of the once vibrant downtown shopping area, rotting houses, boarded up stores, declining population. I left for college and never went back.

    Only 20 miles north of Boston, some of the surrounding suburban towns (Andover and North Andover) would become bedroom towns for commuters. Little by little, immigrants from Puerto Rico, Cuba, Central America, moved into the multiple housing units in the central city; the Italian and Lebanese bakeries and Polish and German butcher shops reopened as panaderia and carniceria. My grandparent’s triple decker was painted and and the tiny front garden was adorned with a curly wrought iron fence. The Lithuanian church merged with the Italian church and began offering masses and sermons in Spanish.

    My last visit there was about six years ago; Lawrence was grubby and tattered and gritty, but had an air of guarded optimism, as so many immigrant communities (we lived next to Santa Ana, in Orange County) have; things will be better tomorrow …. until the gas pipelines blow up.

    1. Harry

      So this whole absurd disaster would be funny if there wasnt so much racism and incompetence mixed in together.

      1) A lot of appliances have been compromised. 25k is the ceiling for claims which tells you a lot about how well Columbia Gas understands its culpability. Now bear in mind that Lawrence is a poor town with a lot of the areas minorities. However Andover is home to Phillips Academy. The largest propane storage tank I ever saw was the one that Phillips Academy brought into town to supply its central heating system. It was bigger than the 50 tonne one I recently saw in a welding facility in Erbil. The story I heard is that naturally the Academy’s temporary heating costs will be covered by Columbia. However Lawrence cant get enough electric heat or temporary equipment in. A neighbor, a local lawyer has been recommending his clients get out of town and rent places with heat immediately before cold weather arrives, for fear that all the available rentals will be taken. Well guess what – cold weather arrived early this year.

      Now think about the liability of Columbia gas to the local landlords when tenants move out en-mass because there is no heat – or just stop paying rent. How many of their lenders are gonna sympathize?

      The scale of this shit show is just so much bigger than is commonly understood.

  3. brook trout

    re: Michigan cops. Four years ago a small neighboring township had as many as 35 reservists, most from out of town who were apparently using the appointment for the gun carrying privilege it brought, among other things. The Village of Oakley, under the same chief, had approximately 150. Oh, and the township police department (3 man at the time, since reduced to zero) was processing around $100,000 in “donations” to the department. Fortunately the citizens rebelled at such shenanigans, once they were brought to light. As a township official, paradoxically the last thing you want is 50 citizens showing up at your board meeting.

    1. The Rev Kev

      I read an article about that once and thought it a great way for the State to get itself waist deep in lawsuits. More that that, this whole program has been reminding me of something that I saw once and I finally remembered what it was – it was the plot for “Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol”. No seriously, if you have seen the movie the only difference between these fake cops and the movie’s fake cops was that the later were locals. Below is a Michigan Police briefing on this program-

      1. JTMcPhee

        I guess people “aggrieved” by some “erratic” behavior of these wannabe cops might find lawyers to file suit against the various governments that we mopes believe, still, against all evidence, are “there to protect us —“ so many of us still believe that somehow, “the government” is going to “do something” to “investigate” and “legislate” and thence “regulate” the breakout bad behaviors in all the areas that are bringing us collectively to the Precipice and urging us all to keep moving, leave our valuables on the rim, and then JUMP.

        As you can see here, and this is especially true in the KOCHstate of Michigan, the state and local governments are protected against such suits in state court: “No liability if engaged in a governmental function,”, describing our wonderful doctrine of “sovereign immunity,” a nice import from the English Divine Right Of King’s common law. Michgan Law immunizes even negligent acts by “governments,” if I read it right.

        Query whether a claim under the federal Civil Rights Act — a cause of action that is undoable by the same federal legislature that wrote it in the first instance — might be made, and sustained, in federal courts where the judges have been stacked by ‘conservative appointments’ and are already largely and increasingly hostile to individual rights federal courts.

        Worth a try, looks like there may have been a few successes by a few people abused by Pseudocops ™ ©️. All. you got to do is be rich enough to fund the litigation yourself, or find an attorney willing to take a case on contingency. And 40% of whatever you might get awarded or settle for.

          1. paulmeli

            the cops are there to “serve and protect

            They are – to serve and protect our betters – from us.

    2. JBird4049

      who were apparently using the appointment for the gun carrying privilege it brought, among other things.

      Good grief. I’m a strong Second Amendment supporter. But the idea of a bunch of untrained wannabe cops unrestrained by anything like the rule of law or any liabilities with punitive consequences for any bad behavior being allowed to get the full power of the badge because they want to carry guns without any of the necessary training needed to do so safely is just f@@@ing flat out terrifying. Are those police chiefs insane?

  4. Webstir

    Back on Oct. 19th this article drew a huge number of comments for a stand-alone:

    Among the comments, many mentioned that the reason we are messaging wrong is that we are failing to appeal emotionally. Failing to tell the story of how climate change, and/or denialism, is impacting people personally.

    Well, along those lines, Ian Welsh has a guest post up that does just that. I thought it would make the links today, but it didn’t. It’s worth a look:

    1. johnnygl

      I really think this is a bad idea and i don’t think think it helps the author’s son one bit. There is NO individual solution to climate change and to act like there is one is sorely misguided. If we’re going to find a solution, we’ll need strong leadership and a cohesive society that comes together in tough times. Shunning family members contributes to neither of these things and only causes further atomization and isolation.

      You tell me what causes more pain for a kid: recovering from a big hurricane? or growing up not being able to see your grandparents because daddy is being needlessly bitter?

      1. johnnygl

        Also, when you start shunning people, it comes across as being part of a cult. Cults are isolated, they’re not persuasive and they’re not a positive force for change in society.

        1. Webstir

          Not taking any sides here in respect to the shunning thing, but left unchecked, I think you far underestimate the gravity of how impactful climate change will be upon civilization. Recover from a big hurricane, huh? Is that all you see happening?

          Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez likened it to genocide the other day. I agree with her.
          You really need to bone up. I’d be interested in how old you are. Are you one of the ones that hasn’t;t been paying attention because you’re sol old you’ll be gone when the shite really starts hitting the fan.

          Recover from a big hurricane … good lord.

          1. Yves Smith

            There is nothing that johnnygl says that says he is not taking climate change seriously. He is correct, whether you like it or not that the worst a kid growing up would see now is a big hurricane or flood v. being cut off from family members. His point is that all a kid will see is A v. B, and cutting him off from family is likely to make him rebel against the viewpoint the shamers have adopted.

            Shaming is counterproductive, How do you react to people who try to tell you you should be ashamed for voting for whoever you voted for, or opposing open borders? I can tell you that Hillbots yelling at me for not worshipping Her Highness makes me even more opposed to Her Highness.

              1. Yves Smith

                This is straw manning. The kid will make decisions NOW and I was clearly discussing the time frame of the kid’s decisions as a child. Not seeing your father is a trauma to a child, to a teen, it’s a fucking gift.

                Your belligerence towards johnnygl and me is out of line. You need to stand down.

                1. Webstir

                  Finally, you assume facts not in evidence. The kid is mine, and he’s an infant who I am terrified for. He won’t be making any decisions any time soon. Yes, Webstir is Eric Anderson. I’ve just been crowd testing a concept. I haven’t followed through. The strategy is to show the post over at Ian’s to my parent’s as shot across their bow. Then, we’ll get to talking about how seriously I feel their conservative politics are putting my son at risk. And, that yes, to speak of loving my son and voting for trump reeks of hypocrisy. Seriously, why, if there was any chance they could hurt my son in even the most negligible way, would they take the risk? I’ve had this discussion with them again and again but it doesn’t sink in.

                  This might.

                  Publish if you like.
                  Just being honest. I’ve nothing to hide or be ashamed of.

                  1. Yves Smith

                    This is complete bad faith and you are no longer welcome.

                    First, you link whored by posting your own article. That is a violation of our written site Policies.

                    You then sock-puppteted by not disclosing that you were the author and by arguing for the point of view of the author as if you were an independent party. That is a second violation

                    You got abusive with a reader, yet another violation. And I told you I was cutting you a break by not banning you for that, given existing violations, and now I find you were way more out of line than I realized.

      2. KPC

        Sure there is a solution available to a society. Sometimes it is called appropriately harsh law to force each person including you and me to change our individual behavior.

        It is each individual’s behavior which makes up the collective or societal or cultural behavior including that which is violent and unlawful as well as that which is good and saintly.

        Failing to change YOUR behavior in these areas relating to climate change and contamination is violence on your part directed at me, my family, our clients and others which you are fully capable of correcting while waiting for your government and culture to enforce the change.

        From a jurisdictional point of view, once the consequence of your behavior, particularly violence, crosses sovereign boundary, there are other diplomatic mechanisms which kick into effect.

        I was delighted when a client in the United States of America highlighted two recent events in the area of changing the law so we can more easily prosecute. The client in this case was way ahead of the curve. Among other matters, he already had STOPPED USING PLASTIC BAGS in his business. Same with a few clients here in my country.

        So, the new law is:

        The City of Boston now as a matter of law effective 15 December 2018 prohibits, including a transition (ya hafta pay), plastic shopping bags. I do not at the moment have the citation but I would imagine google might help you. We are, of course, beginning to study this matter.

        The United States of America and here are two links called Save the Seas Act: , Yes, we are in the process of studying this.

        Buck up and get with the program. A small tip from our fabulous client in Massachusetts: This law change drives down his cost of doing business and, thus, increases profits. The way we do this, we will also drive down the cost of the client’s product to the customers of this client at the same time. Tis magic. Been doing this for 42 years.

        1. Fiery Hunt

          California passed a unilateral, state-wide ban in September of 2014 went into effect in 2016….and you’re just getting this?

    2. Jeremy Grimm

      Shunning over opinions on Climate Disruption strikes me as a patently stupid idea, especially shunning family. Shunning won’t change anybody’s mind and doesn’t do a lot for the cooperation which will be necessary to survive the Jackpot.

      1. Wukchumni

        We have friends that live here, and they & other neighbors got into a meaningless squabble over something or another with a couple that owns a house in their ‘hood, and said couple decided they would shun about a total of a dozen people, and this has been going on for nearly a decade now, and as the onus is on them to always be ‘acting’, they can never let up their protest, and have become prisoners of their own device,

        A sad saga.

        1. Webstir

          I do believe “meaningless squabble” and losing half the human race is engaging in a bit of false equivalence. Don’t you?

      2. Lynne

        Patently,*and* pathetically stupid. What got me is that he believes himself in the right to engage in emotional blackmail and damage his child’s long-term emotional maturity to massage his ego. Really, what is he teaching his child about conflict resolution and trying to engage constructively with others?

        1. Webstir

          Oh yeah, forgot to mention — it would seem to be viewed from Maslow’s hierarchy of needs that actually having food, clean water, and air to breathe might just trump the child “long-term emotional maturity.”

          Exactly how long do you think the planet has at the rate we’re going?

          Seems I’m replying to a patent and pathetic knee-jerk liberal.

          1. Yves Smith

            You are already in moderation for previous violations of comments Policies. I ought to ban you based on this personal attack. Do it again and I will. Don’t test me.

          1. Yves Smith

            Straw manning again. Jeremy G said “patently stupid idea,” and Lynne was picking up on that. Ad hom is an attack on a person “Oh, you can’t believe anything Julian Assange says”.

      3. Webstir

        Because cooperation has been getting us, where exactly? Perhaps you haven’t been paying attention to what’s going on this country. Personally, I think the author has drawn a brave moral line.

    3. Jeff W

      What struck me about that post on Ian Welsh’s blog is that the writer, Eric Anderson, is shunning people—they happen to be his family members—who appear to have next to no power.

      I suppose, to him, if we all did that—which probably won’t happen, given the tenor of the comments over at Ian’s blog and here—everyone (1) would then vote for people who would effect some radical change or, at least, (2) wouldn’t vote for outright climate deniers. Given that we don’t exactly live in a country where policy works along majoritarian-democratic lines, no matter how much that fiction is espoused, it’s difficult to see that particular theory working to do anything to affect policy strongly enough. (It’s not like the vast majority of the current crop of politicians who accept the reality of climate change are prepared to act taking into account the dire projections of the latest IPCC report.) So it seems like he’s pursuing a strategy with very little ultimate benefit other than some personal moral satisfaction.

      I’m not sure what would be the better course of action but if Mr Anderson is sufficiently motivated to undergo the difficulties, even accounting for the considerable satisfactions, of shunning his family, I would think it might be more effective for him to work with some climate change activist group that has a better (though probably still minimal) chance of effecting real change. We don’t need a lot of people doing largely ineffective things—which seems like what Mr Anderson is opting for, it’s better to try for a sufficient number of people doing effective things.

  5. The Rev Kev

    “Florida suspect lived in his van and built his bombs there too, authorities say”

    Just what I thought. A sad little man who was a legend in his own mind. People thought that there would be an evil mastermind behind all these bombs and instead all we find is this luckless character. Almost feel sorry for the poor sob.

    1. Eureka Springs

      Not that this isn’t troubling event but shouldn’t they be correctly called fake bombs or dummies or something?

      1. ambrit

        According to ‘Whunk and Strite,’ “fake bombs” are classified as “fake” news, and therefore must be suppressed, “for the Public good.” So, to pass muster as legitimate(TM) news, one needs must remove any reference to “fake.” Result, “fake” bombs must be referred to as ‘bombs’ to be reported in any ‘respectable’ media outlet.
        (See also Magister Orwell’s “Compendium of Information Processing Methodologies.” Langley Press. 1948. [Redacted])

    2. Carolinian

      Also the “bombs” were a joke–made out of plastic pipe with no detonation mechanism. They were the bomb equivalent of talcum powder anthrax.

      Assuming conviction he’ll still get 40 years in prison of course.

        1. allan

          And presumably dozens of postal workers in total handled these 13 explosive devices.
          One static discharge, from post office equipment or getting into or out of a vehicle,
          could have resulted in a life altering injury.

          1. Eureka Springs

            I didn’t mean to imply crimes were not committed, but if the bombs were not real it seems to me it’s an important point in phrasing as being generally (not legal techno) reported or discussed. We should stop making idiots or nuts so scary or smarter and more capable than they were.

            1. Louis Fyne

              ^^ that. The guy should be tried and serve time if convicted. But let’s be honest, he wasn’t some brillant Bond villain.

              And certainly not use these crimes as a pretext for more surveillance and eroding the 4th amendment.

            2. Jonathan Holland Becnel

              Bombs were fake.

              Floridamans intent was to get famous, NOT KILL PEOPLE.

              Idk shit like this and the Tree of Life Synagogue got me blaming the structure.

          2. JTMcPhee

            I’m still not clear that there was any explosive powder or other stuff in the six-inch pieces of PVC plastic pipe that were reportedly used to make these things. Anyone have an authoritative answer, before we go all “ security-suckers”’crazy about what our Fusion Masters love to call “ the threat,” as one of many techniques to scare us into crap like TSA groping theater at airports and NSA hovering of all our personal and “private” information and ideas?

            1. lambert strether

              My understanding is that there was powder in every pipe. What I have not seen is a step-by-step explanation of how the device would have been triggered.

              1. JTMcPhee

                From a BBC report:

                “FBI Director Mr Wray described the devices as “roughly six inches of PVC pipe, a small clock, a battery, some wiring, and what is known as energetic material”, which is material that can give off heat and energy as a reaction to heat, shock or friction.”

                Wiki on “energetic material,” a nice broad euphemism:

                “Energetic materials are a class of material with high amount of stored chemical energy that can be released.[1]

                Typical classes of energetic materials are e.g. explosives, pyrotechnic compositions, propellants (e.g. smokeless gunpowders and rocket fuels), and fuels (e.g. diesel fuel and gasoline).”

                I wonder about how these things were made up to be detonated or ignited. The reporting pretty clearly says that they were not rigged with pressure switches or any of the other items that mail bombers employ to detonate the device when the package is opened.

                Looking back at the activities of young males I knew in grade and high school, that involved making or igniting a variety of entertainments, not very clear what the intent was. Is it correct that many of them were directed to the people who were somehow involved in a possibly fraudulent foreclosure of this guy’s home?

                Crazed… Not as crazed as the cousins of my ex-wife, out there yah-hey in western Wisconsin, using dynamite to remove tree stumps, send gasoline=filled 55-gal drums up in the air, and a lot of other “energetic kinetic hold-mah-beer-and-watch-this” stuff. Or filling balloons from the spout of an acetylene torch, combining O2 and acetylene therein, with a length of dynamite fuse attached — very impressive bangs, especially when you don’t know they’ve lit the fuse and run, bangs that even 25 years after I got out of Vietnam, had me diving for cover and repressing the urge to yell “Incoming!”

    3. The Rev Kev

      I think that if the Feds were in the mood, they could claim that the parts of these fake bombs were “reactive” which is a word I heard today. The law can be whatever they make of it. Look at past attacks. Back in the 2001 anthrax attacks they tried to nail it on some poor sucker whose life they made a living hell until they finally admitted that they had the wrong person. They then went after another guy and harassed him until he took his own life. Same happened 5 years before that in the Centennial Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta when they tried to pin it on the security guard that found the bomb. The only difference here is at least they have the right guy but what happens to him all depends on what they want to do with him.

      1. Katniss Everdeen

        The only difference here is at least they have the right guy……

        Whew! For a minute there I thought “we” might be in danger of doing the same thing “we” always do, for the same reasons “we” always do it.

        Good to know “we” can learn from our “mistakes.”

      2. drumlin woodchuckles

        Is there a chance that these “anthrax attack investigations” were fake investigations designed to keep the real anthrax-attackers safely hidden and covered up?

      3. Procopius

        I recall there was also some propagandist at ABC news who reported that there was some substance in the anthrax powder that proved beyond any possibility of doubt that it was manufactured in Iraq. When that was proven false he refused to disclose who his source for that was and he went on to many more years of employment by ABC. Can’t remember his name, but the incident added to my reasons to disbelieve MSM. I mean, he wasn’t a rookie or an intern or something, he had a reputation as a reputable journalist until this happened.

    4. none

      Did my comment get removed? It was about the van guy’s house getting foreclosed. That might have radicalized him though in the wrong direction.

  6. Carolinian

    Re Mr. Putin Goes to Washington

    “As far as I can remember, the U.S. seal depicts an eagle on one side holding 13 arrows,” Putin told Bolton. “And on the other side, an olive branch with 13 olives. Here’s the question, ‘Did your eagle already eat all the olives and only the arrows are left?’”

    What a card. Putin can teach Trump chess and Trump can show Putin how to play golf. It’s probably not a big thing on the snowy steppes.

    If this visit really comes off next year then the press hissy fit will be off the charts.

    1. The Rev Kev

      I think that you’re right. What’s the bet that if Putin goes to Washington, some clown like Maxine Waters will start getting people stirred up to have Putin arrested for “crimes against the American people” and saying that “God is on our side”. I can see it now – a bunch of do-gooders and Antifa types shouting “Lock him up! Lock him up!”. It might be too that Bolton arranges that Putin’s airliner be “escorted” with armed fighters to “give him a message”. Bah! Amateurs.

    2. JCC

      The followup was good, too.

      Bolton: I didn’t bring any olives
      Putin: I didn’t think so.
      Bolton: (chuckles)

        1. ObjectiveFunction

          Or “it’s ok, I brought my own. They’re inside my soul here, next to the pee tapes and Hillary emails.”

  7. tegnost

    Oh this is funny…also seeing the grifters plying the old “bring back our sonics!” at least in seattle the pre amazon bro population is sick and tired of funding sky boxes
    article includes this gem of a response…
    “Norm Miller, University of San Diego

    NO: The Chargers are about as financially viable as the West Virginia coal miner’s investment fund. When cities started to throw lavish public subsidies to keep private professional teams in their region, the prices of such sports teams shot into the billions. The reality is that most teams will never get a solid payoff without huge public subsidies. The true value of unsubsidized teams would be a fraction of today’s prices. With more realistic values the owners could still get a reasonable return.”

    1. tegnost

      .”don’t you know you can’t go home again?”

      This expression gained popularity as the title of Thomas Wolfe’s novel You Can’t Go Home Again. Wolfe was born in North Carolina in 1900 and during his relatively short life wrote four novels, and many short stories, novels and plays. He died in 1938 of tuberculosis. You Can’t Go Home Again was published posthumously in 1940, the text having been extracted by Wolfe’s editor, Edward Aswell, from a much longer unpublished manuscript titled “The October Fair.”

      On the face of it, the fact that the novel ended up with a different name to the manuscript would imply that we have Wolfe’s editor to thank for the title but actually it seems that the title was Wolfe’s as, according to Gail Godwin’s introduction to a 2011 reprint of You Can’t Go Home Again, Wolfe took the title from a conversation with Australian-British journalist Ella Winter who remarked to Wolfe, “don’t you know you can’t go home again?” Wolfe was so taken with the expression that he asked Winter for permission to use the phrase as the title of his book.

  8. The Rev Kev

    “Use these adventure skills to survive the zombie apocalypse”

    Who would ever think that surviving in the wilds would be so easy. Why it looks like you could live off moose burgers and wild berry deserts and occasionally doing a bit of fishing for variety. The North American winters might be tough but it would probably freeze the zombies solid. It would be lovely and I bet practicing in your backyard would just be like the real thing.

    1. Wukchumni

      The real issue with holing up in the wilds is a profound lack of food possibilities. Here, if a gaggle of only a dozen people were @ a lake in the higher climes, it’d be fished out in no time flat, and the deer that are never afraid of you, might think differently after a few bambis were turned into venison. In the summer, in a few rare locations, you’ll find wild strawberries (found some wild raspberries once, an odd occurrence) where the big ones are about the size of your little pinkie fingernail. Thimbleberries are the most common fruit and they ripen in mid August, and trust me, you’ll be sick of them after eating a pint’s worth.

      On a happier note though, harvested a dozen apples from a century old+ tree right off of Mineral King road, and another cabin owner made an apple pie out of the finds, including a couple of Granny Smith’s in the melange, hmmmmm, tasty.

      1. Lee

        Meanwhile, we in urban areas will be reduced to eating our neighbors. First, those who disagree with us politically and after that I guess we’ll have to draw straws. More seriously, I grow ever more impressed by both the complexity and fragility of our material interdependence in light of the catastrophically destructive forces of our weaponry and of man made climate change. Alas, perhaps poor Pris had it right:

        In the meantime, the dogs need walking and it is a lovely autumn day.

        1. Wukchumni

          When I read Joseph Tainter’s book about 20 years ago, it really hit home about how utterly complex we’ve allowed our culture/society to become, and conversely, just how far we have to fall.

          Simplify your life as much as possible…

        2. apberusdisvet

          The Walking Dead, Hunger Games and the Purge are all about what the elite psychopaths have in mind for the poor sheep. So yes, we will be killing and eating our neighbors, especially in the urban areas.

          1. drumlin woodchuckles

            But if the poor sheep understand that these games and movies are about what the Jackpot Engineers want to engineer for the poor sheep, then the poor sheep could use the several years remaining to imagine a different game for poor sheep to play; and then try engineering that different game into existence.

        3. JTMcPhee

          I dearly love that Darryl Hannahs moment. Talk about Method Acting. And being so very much on point.

      2. JCC

        The real issue with holing up in the wilds is a profound lack of food possibilities.

        Years ago I flew out to L.A. on a lathe repair job for the company I worked for at the time. A young Cambodian immigrant, the operator of the lathe, was tasked with the job of helping me by the shop owner and while we were working he related to me some of his history. To say it was a little terrifying by American youth standards would be a gross understatement, and I’ve never forgotten it.

        His father, a Cambodian Air Force Officer was shot in front of the family and the rest were complely separated and sent to different labor camps, two sisters and his mother. He was around 13 years old at the time and worked in his camp for about a year, telling me pretty rough stories of co-workers/prisoners starving to death daily. At night he and some of of the younger and smaller kids would sneak out through the barbed wire and rustle up food on the countryside and bring back what they could to fellow prisoners.

        Eventually what was left of the entire camp was rounded up and forced to dig a large pit, then hustled into that pit and machine-gunned. Somehow he didn’t get hit and lay buried under the dead never moving a muscle until hours after Pol Pot’s troops left the area. Then he climbed out and headed for a Red Cross refugee camp over the nearest border and lived there for another year.

        He said he refused to leave the camp after being offered a shot to go to the States. His reason was that the preferred to leave the camp at night with a few others and go back into Cambodia and shoot Pol Pot’s soldiers. Plus, he was hoping what was left of his family would evenually arrive at the Red Cross refugee camp. In time the activities of this group were discovered and he was shipped off to the States anyway. He was 16 years old when he arrived in L.A.

        He made it a point to tell me (and I made it a point to remember this) that if anything like Pol Pot’s revolution and his Killing Fields were to happen here the population would be devasted. When I asked him why, thinking he was going to tell me we weren’t tough enough, he surprised me with his answer because it was something that hadn’t occured to me… until then.

        He said, “I and many of my co-workers in both camps survived because when we went out at night, food was plentiful and everywhere even though all the small farms had been destroyed. America does not have enough naturally growing food for people in the countryside.” It’s difficult not to take the word of someone who has “been there, done that” and had been living in the U.S. for ten years afterwards.

        There was one bright ending to his story, though. Over the course of the next two years in the U.S. he was reunited with his sisters and mother who had also managed to survive their ordeal.

        1. Oregoncharles

          I probably shouldn’t say this, but the countryside in Oregon is considerably more supportive, depending on the time of year. I would be more concerned about the skills to make use of it, aside from a few country folks. I’m not convinced I’d have them, even after many years of half-way homesteading.

        2. drumlin woodchuckles

          It sounds like the moral of that story is: plant all the undisclosed wildcat food you can all over your friendly neighborhood countryside . . . . so if you ever have to sneak there for food, the food will be there.

        3. Procopius

          Few people appreciate the miracle of moving enough food to cities like New York and Los Angeles for the enormous populations. One reason medieval monarchs had multiple palaces around the country was that the large number of unproductive people in their courts would quickly consume so much of the surplus food that if they stayed in one place the local economy would be destroyed. The population of Rome started to fall after the Vandals occupied North Africa and stopped sending food and tax money.

    2. Lee

      Truly. The knowledge base for living in and off the land is vast, acquired, often with life and death in the balance, and passed down over many millennia. It is also lost to 99.9% of us. We have evolved into a highly interdependent, large population species. And not just culturally: we are smaller, weaker and have smaller brains than our hunter-gatherer ancestors. Think of the genius involved in surviving and even flourishing with only pointy sticks and sharp edge rocks at your disposal.

      1. gepay

        Have you seen ‘Nanook of the North?’ If Nanook had a bad day hunting or fishing – the family was hungry.

      2. JTMcPhee

        I read that even the Kalahari Bushmen and many of the First People of Australia have lost the deep; long knowledge of how to live off what grows in hard places. And our globalized culture is killing off the indigens on several continents, displacing the subsistence farmers who also have the deep knowledge. Replacing it with glyphosate and ammonia and other toxins. Because, after all, it is so much easier to kick the can down the road while looting or destroying or perverting everything of lasting value, in pursuit of Alpha and Beta, ignoring Omega. Of course, for a certain definition of “lasting value.”

        1. JBird4049

          They aren’t losing all the knowledge but it is degrading especially due to the efforts of the local governments to “improve” their lives by moving them into housing. Whether they want to too or not.

          But then that is happening somewhat to small farmers, even small and medium size farmers in America, as they are displaced by megafarms being more “productive” with their single strain mono-crop. From what I understand, medium size knowledgeably family run farms with multiple crop types varying for whatever the changing local conditions and demands are more productive over the long term.

          Even having multiple varieties of corn, wheat, or potatoes can make a big difference even if the farm is growing only corn, or wheat, or potatoes. But the Holy Profit of the Free Market Capitalism dictates the same thing everywhere because it is more profitable until it is not. Same crops, same housings, same monopolies, same crapification, same vulnerabilities, everywhere.

  9. edmondo

    What a Rural Maine House Race Can Teach the Left

    “Supported by Obama, appeared on Bill Maher and educated at Harvard.”

    Three reasons to beware very wary of this person.

  10. Richard

    On Jayapal’s HR 6097: I am very troubled to see my own congressperson, who feints as a Justice Democrat, trying to advance such an obvious time-wasting and Obamaesque piece of legislation.
    Medicare4All Pramila! For once, the slogan doubles as obvious good sense. Anyone trying to write private insurers into health care legislation in the US in 2018 needs a loud wake up call.

    1. trhys

      The camel’s nose is already under the tent. Witness the Medicare Advantage plans that are that are promoted by every large insurance and hospital corporation. These plans seem to be roughly equivalent and largely benign, but down the road, I mean who needs Federal involvement when competition in the private sector delivers us wonders?

      The neoliberal drive for privatization is relentless.

      1. hunkerdown

        I don’t think the web of trade agreements we’ve gotten ourselves into leaves us much choice other than relentless, monotonic privatization.

        1. Oregoncharles

          So Trump may be doing us probably-unintended favors.

          It’s very disturbing when someone like that does stuff I agree with, even if badly.

        2. drumlin woodchuckles

          Or abolition of/ withdrawal from those trade agreements. If a Bush can take America out of the ABM Treaty and a Trump can take America out of the Intermediate Nuclear Missile Treaty, then an economic patriot President could take us out of NAFTA, WTO, all the GATT rounds back to 1948, etc. etc.

          Or am I wrong?

    1. ape

      That article is great — it’s just filled with unstated, unsupported ideological assumptions. It’s like reading an old-style communist article.

      “While not especially pleasant, this style of management is extremely effective, giving rise to an extraordinarily high standard of performance. In my own experience, I’ve seen consultants plow through work at 2x or 3x the pace of an average organization. This level of efficiency is rarely replicated without similar guardrails.”

      What does 2x the “pace of an average organization” even mean? That you produce 2x as many crappy white papers as someone else? That you make 2x the sales? How would you measure the efficiency of anything except in the most trivial manner of measuring profit/person, which doesn’t tell you at all what the long term investment is. Of course, if it’s a completely liquid market, it doesn’t matter: as long as you’ve locally maximized your profit production rate, the consequences are for “the market” to decide.

      It’s filled with beautiful jargon that impossible to pin down — “innovation”, what’s that? You’re rate of marketing new products? Why not just say it, if that’s so?

      Or: “High-performing cultures are high-pressure places. It takes a certain type of person to choose to compete in that competitive environment. It would be much easier to accept a more comfortable path as a star performer in a company with a different talent pool.”

      Why would a smart person, a “high performer” be attracted to doing the dumb thing of taking the less comfortable path rather than the one that has the longest longevity and is like to extend your longevity? Wouldn’t you end up in a “high-talent, high-competition pool” with a bunch of masochistic nutcases? Wouldn’t that undermine any project that actually takes long term cooperation and institutional support? Wouldn’t any significant “innovation” in the sense of actually developing a new class of product require that? If not, why not? Shouldn’t those questions be answered first, rather than assumed away?

      Incredibly ideological. It’s like linked-in “blitz-scaling”. It’s so self-evidently nuts, and an example of a collapsing economic form, but no one seems to call it out. And the people on the inside are so strongly part of a cult, that they honestly seem to have no awareness of what they’re doing. Kind of like Maoist cadres.

      1. blennylips

        Good eye and strong stomach, ape. I stopped at the author’s byline: “I focus on the role of authenticity in leadership.”.

        I somehow picked up a DevOps blog some time ago, for just this kind of entertainment. Netfix thinks a lot of them too:

        Scroll through the opening sentences in the DevOps rss feed

        The benefits of DevOps have been known for some time, but this year’s “Accelerate: State of DevOps” report shows that successful companies are extending the advantages they get from adopting it.

        As DevOps professionals, among other things we are responsible for making developers’ lives a little bit easier. How many times have you heard, “Do you have a working vagrant box?” Or maybe you need to set aside a few days to onboard a new developer.

        Presumably, the vagrant box is to house the newly onboarded developer…

  11. The Rev Kev

    “What Russia Will Be”

    Actually I would add a fifth scenario which the author has not considered. What if after Putin you had a real Russian nationalist. Call him the Russian Trump. It could happen so easily. In it, the US and the west continue to press Russia and push it to the edge. Take a look at the present situation. Just now there is a massive 50,000 troop exercise in Norway that has not been seen there since the 1980s. In Syria a coupla days ago a US Orion aircraft took over control of 13 Jihadist drones that were heading for a Russian base and tried to guide it through weak spots until they were shot down. The neo-Nazi regime in Ukraine on Russia’s borders is being armed and US and Canadian instructors are training the Ukrainian troops for the next invasion. Countries that buy Russian products are threatened by the US on an ongoing basis. It is an open secret that there is hope that Jihadists in Syria can be transferred to Russia’s borders to commit mayhem.
    Thus a real fire-breathing nationalist takes control of Russia and decides that enough is enough. The airspace over Syria is closed and the remaining Jihadist are crushed. US troops in Africa start experiencing heavy casualties as they find that local fighters are receiving sophisticated training in guerrilla warfare. Russian Trump says that it is only fair as the US threatened to have Russians go home in body-bags from Syria and made good on their promise. A large military base is set up in Cuba with unknown weapons. China receives missiles and radar gear that start to make life difficult for US strategic planners. The Taliban receives an upgrade in both weapons and training which leaves the US only really holding Kabul. A Russian missile sub surfaces off each American coastline and announces it presence to send a message. Make up your own scenarios here but the world will be far less safe place to live in and there would be a lot more confrontations.

    1. noonespecial

      Thus a real fire-breathing nationalist takes control of Russia and decides that enough is enough.

      Let’s hope not, but the threat of open conflict remains.

      A report from written by Kimberly Marten (Professor Barnard College, Columbia University) “Reducing Tensions Between Russia and NATO” aims to address the tensions between the two entities.

      In one section – How a Crisis Might Erupt – Professor Marten writes:
      “Some Western analysts fear that a Russian military confrontation with NATO may be intentional, not inadvertent. Russia might invade the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, either to restore control over these former Soviet territories that have been NATO member states since 2004 (and which now divide the Russian province of Kaliningrad from the rest of Russia)…NATO’s threat perceptions were heightened when a major war-gaming analysis published by the RAND Corporation in February 2016 concluded that NATO’s conventional military forces would be unable to stop a surprise Russian conventional attack on Estonia and Latvia and that Moscow could occupy their capitals within sixty hours.”

      In the introductory pages to his book “The First World War – An Illustrated History”, A.J.P. Taylor suggests that on the eve of WWI, “Nowhere was there conscious determination to provoke a war. Statesmen miscalculated. They used the instruments of bluff and threat which proved effective on previous occasions…The deterrent on which they relied failed to deter; the statesmen became the prisoners of their own weapons. The great armies, accumulated to provide security and preserve the peace, carried the nations to war by their own weight.”

      Perspective matters and it is worth re-enforcing the idea that today’s crafters of state policy ought to be serious students of history. However, headlines about mass drills and provocative route-taking by US war ships are worrisome.

      1. Olga

        Prof. Marten may write what she wants, but the question remains – why would Russia invade the Baltics? Makes no sense… (and, let’s not forget, the Bs were a part of the imperial Russia for centuries). But after the 1979 Afghanistan trap, the Russians have grown cautious… VVP recently said that R will not initiate a war, but it will respond decisively once attacked. He used real tense, which seemed like a departure for him and gave his comments an ominous feel.
        And as for AJP Taylor and no “determination to provoke a war,” I think Churchill would disagree. Many in the UK’s elite were clamouring for a war well before 1914.

        1. jo6pac

          The other question is why in hell would Russia want more broken countries to deal with. They have very little offer Russia.

        2. JTMcPhee

          Per Tuchman’s “The Guns of August,” many of the people of Paris and Berlin were sort of joyously dancing in the streets when the newspapers came out with full page headlines announcing “IT’S WAR!!!” A great release of pent up energy.

        3. Unna

          Same thing with Poland. As far as I can see, Russia has as much interest in invading and reoccupying Poland as America has in invading and reoccupying Vietnam. But since the Poles can’t figure that out, they’re stuck having to pay three times as much for LNG plus having to build Fort Trump – and pay for it too. Fun Times.

          1. Plenue

            It’s my impression that to Russia Poland is the obnoxious flyover country that has to be traversed to get to the places that matter. Any Russian interest in it revolves around the fact that Poland has repeatedly been the door through which Russia is invaded. If the Poles can’t be trusted to hold their own (or even be actively complicit in an invasion), Russia might be better served controlling the door themselves.

            Not that I see any signs that the Russian Federation has any desire to invade Poland, or even the capability to do so (NATO wouldn’t stand for it, obviously).

          2. NotTimothyGeithner

            The Poles know this, but without a foreign enemy, the people might look at their leaders. Same as it ever was. Who holds the lease on the U.S. bases? My aunt and uncle lived in their home miserably instead of moving in with their daughter for years waiting for a chain restaurant to buy them out for a hideous fortune. They did get good offers. With NATO being less relevant to Western Europe, pay Eastern Europe.

            Without U.S. aggression, Putin would be a reduced figure. I’m not confident about the state of the Russian polity to say if he would be a Merkel type figure hanging around because the succession process wasn’t there and the nominal left wasn’t ready to function.

    2. Olga

      A careful observer could tell a real difference: when the Russian plane was shot down recently – courtesy of Israelis – VVP’s comments were very cautious. It did not take very long for the Russian military to step in and respond – in a way that was much more direct and forceful. I could just hear the conversation in the Kremlin: VVP was told to stand down, with the military taking over. There will be a day when the US establishment will mourn that VVP has exited the scene…

      1. jo6pac

        Russia Generals in the past have admitted that everything they say goes through Moscow first or office of the President if you will.

    3. Unna

      “What Russia Will Be” was a hard read but perversely valuable as a gauge of what Western conventional wisdom says we should all think about Putin and Russia. Why go piece by piece through it? So here’s just one example starting off with Putin’s ur-sin of the “persecution” of the sainted Khodorkovsky:

      “Movement toward a more liberal economic order was halted after 2003 with the arrest of oil magnate Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who was planning to merge with Exxon and use his oil revenues to challenge Putin politically.”

      How about turning that around with: Movement in America towards a more liberal economic order was halted in 2003 with the arrest of the President and CEO of Exxon who was planning to merge Exxon with Gazprom and Rosneft (i.e. sell Exxon) and use his oil revenues to challenge the political status quo of the United States including Bush and the Republican party. Really, think somebody might have gone to prison for that?

      If any country’s political leadership resembles the Brezhnev era, it’s America’s. Not that they’re old, and they’re that certainly, but corrupt and out touch and out of ideas, both parties. The rest of the article consists mostly of Western cliches about Russia like that it’s falling apart economically. But:

      “MOSCOW, May 23, 2018 – Russia’s economic recovery continues, amidst relatively high oil prices, enhanced macroeconomic stability, gradual monetary loosening, and ongoing momentum in global economic growth, says the World Bank….Russia’s growth is forecast at between 1.5% and 1.8% over the next three years.”

      Well, maybe next year Russia will collapse economically, or the year after that…a Western columnist can always dream. And Russia has become a, if not The, leading wheat exporter in the world – deliberately non GMO. And it actually builds military jet fighter planes that fly.

      Problems: corruption. Just like all our favourite Western countries. And succession. And forget about Navalny, although this article didn’t give him good press for once.

      But if we persevere to the end at long, very long, last we find out what the article might really be about. Sententiously, the article states:

      “…the cost of holding the indefinite future of U.S.-Russia relations hostage to Crimea seems wildly excessive given the contingencies stretched out over time that could imperil both nations….there is no plausible route to severing Crimea from Russia. So why not consider a trade greased by the salve of a professional diplomacy: de facto U.S. acquiescence to the reintegration of Crimea into Russia in return for Russia’s leaving the rest of Ukraine alone, pending a suitable and achievable compromise over Ukraine’s geostrategic status and internal language and identity issues.”

      Grease, salve, and maybe a little slime. It’s what makes the world go ’round.

      So after paragraph after paragraph of nonsense, we get to the grating fingernails on the chalkboard beg for compromise: The West, having lost Crimea and that beautiful naval base and with Ukraine having been turned into a politically dysfunctional basket case complete with neo Nazi torchlight parades and now counted as the poorest country in Europe, plagued by separatism and war, and with Nord Stream 2 & 3 it soon to be rendered close to useless to Germany….It’s Time to Make a Deal! Russia can de facto, but not officially you understand, keep Crimea, uh, so long as Russia leaves Ukraine free to be reconfigured by America “strategically” into a mono lingual mono national oligarch run NATO – write in Trump’s description of third world countries – with missile bases pointed at Russia. Wonder what the next offer will be?

  12. pjay

    Re MBS, Khashoggi, etc.

    Whitney Webb has an interesting piece at Mint Press News that I don’t think I’ve seen posted here yet: ‘The Real Reason the Knives are Out for MBS.’ She discusses the trajectory of MBS’s rise (and possible fall) in the context of global finance capital – an element often missed in our personalized/tabloid press coverage. Here is one of her key points:

    “Though the media has long spun Vision 2030 as MBS’ “ambitious” plan to wean the Saudi economy off its dependency on oil, the plan itself is actually a free-for-all for private interests and involves the neoliberalization of Saudi state-owned assets. Among its pillars are the opening of Saudi financial markets to Wall Street and the privatization of essentially everything in the Gulf Kingdom, including healthcare and, of course, Aramco.”

    This is why MBS was so feted by the Establishment and its media lackeys: he was seen as our potential Yeltsin. His potential “reforms” celebrated in the liberal media were, as usual, cover for his real value: opening up the economy to Western exploitation. However, he was unable to deliver due to internal resistance and had already began backing out of some of his early deals with the Trump administration. This failure, combined with the PR problems linked to his intemperate actions had, even before the Khashoggi incident, “not only managed to anger the entire U.S. military-industrial complex, [but] also enraged the world’s most powerful financial institutions, including Goldman Sachs and CitiGroup.”

    An important piece of the puzzle, I think.

    1. Yves Smith

      No, he was unable to deliver because he couldn’t do an IPO of Saudi Aramco. That was central to his diversification scheme, to get cash to put into new things. And you only had to read the summaries of the plan to see it was hare-brained.

      The Saudi national budget has also been under strain since oil has been below ~$70 a barrel. And the Saudis flooded the market, apparently to pressure Iran and Russia, which made their budget situation worse. I’m not sure I take an article seriously that does not acknowledge these issues.

      Finally, I suspect what got a lot of people in the West was the shakedown of the royals, particularly Al-Waleed, who bailed out Citi and is very connected (recall the use of the Ritz Carlton as a prison). The heir apparent, Muhammad bin Nayef, was at least briefly incarcerated and some stories say more than briefly. He was also very connected in the West and reading between the lines, was the CIA’s preferred successor to King Saud. As Lambert has pointed out, the moral panic over the Khashoggi murder feels non-organic. I think a bunch of people in the West were waiting for the next incident to Do Something about MbS.

      1. pjay

        I think Webb would agree with everything you’ve said here, though she does emphasize internal resistance to the Aramco IPO. She also discusses bin Nayef specifically.

      2. Mirdif

        I fear that the US is not going to do anything about MbS but help to cover this up and use this to add to the outrage and opposition to the Saudi family. The end game is something quite similar to what has happened in Libya. There will be no shortage of Jihadis ready to do further US foreign policy objectives.

  13. Craig H.

    The story about Dyncor and Kuwait is horrible. They didn’t mention the pay scale for the linguists. I would be very interested to know how many of those people were making 150-250k per year plus expenses. Most civilians I know that have gone to work the war thought they were getting a very good deal. Maybe all. I cannot think of one person I know that went that thought before signing it was not at least a good deal. I know one guy who was telling us he was going to be set for life.

    This was before. I never heard what happened to him.

    1. Jonathan Holland Becnel

      We used to laugh at the civilian workers driving trucks through Afghanistan.

      With no Armor.

      Good luck with the IEDs!

      1. Lord Koos

        I heard those drivers were making $85k a year, a lot better than army pay. But hey it’s more “efficient” to privatize…

        1. JTMcPhee

          Of course our brilliant military strategists routinely paid and maybe still pay the “unlawful enemuh combatants,” citizens of that nation whose sovereignty “we” ignore and which ‘we” have invaded on the flimsiest of pretexts, along the route delivering all that petroleum to fuel the ‘hummers and tanks and aircraft, paid them not only to drive the trucks in many cases, but to “not attack the convoys.” So the petroleum stocks, the jet fuel and diesel and gasoline and lube oils, which “we” paid up to $400 a gallon for these liquid gold commodities to be delivered to wherever “the front’ was stated to be, could be used to keep the “Taliban” amused, the troops busy, and the air conditioners running in the staff offices. Where the next “front” was being discussed and marked out on the Network-Centric Battlespace maps on all those Toughbooks and big screens… And this number was, per this link, to be a “driver” in the 2009 “debates” (what?) over the costs of continuing the Empire’s foreign wars… Not.

          Big win for Milo Minderbinder’s M&M Enterprises, of course. And everybody has a share!

          Hint: there is no “front” in Notagain?istan. Another hint: “IT DOESN”T MATTER AT ALL.”

        2. Procopius

          I’ve also read that almost all of those drivers are not Americans and are actually not paid that much. They are paid more than they could possible earn at home but the contracting companies make out like bandits by being bandits and robbing them

  14. Brian (another one they call)

    Dermatology Corpse; I talked to the local dermatologist one day at an appointment for a family member. He mentioned his concern about having no real access to the patient data, working for a Florida corporation. What once resided in paper files in the office was shipped off and now resides in the cloud. I asked if he couldn’t make copies of what they did have and polititely asked what he would do if he needed access to treat someone. A few months later he left the corporate machine grooming practice. This is the largest dermatology office for 30 miles serving about 50K people.
    The decision is not for our doctor to make any longer.

  15. Wukchumni

    Trump’s NLRB Just Quietly Ruled to Make Union Pickets Illegal In These Times
    The ‘Sit-Down’ strike was oh so effective in the 1930’s, but of course back then unions were on their ascendancy, not near nadir.

    1. Duck1

      Sounds like this will rouse the media hornets nest assuming it can be cast as a terrorist incident. Said with all due respect to the dead and injured.

        1. Duck1

          Well a revenge attack or gang warfare is generally not considered terrorism. An attack on a synagogue by an anti-jewish perp, which as we now know seems to be the case would be considered terrorism.

        2. Jeff W

          Well, terrorist incidents are those incidents that use violence and intimidation in furtherance of some political, religious or ideological objective. They’re not, strictly speaking, those incidents that “cause terror,” although the way the media talks about it you might think so.

          According to Mother Jones, excluding “more conventionally motivated crimes such as armed robbery or gang violence” and killings within private homes, usually falling under the category of “domestic violence,” “[s]ince 1982, there have been at least 105 public mass shootings across the country, with the killings unfolding in 34 states”—more than half involved a workplace or school (not typically political, religious or ideological targets, although they could be), and, additionally, a majority of the perpetrators were “mentally troubled,” and, so, in lots of cases, couldn’t form political, religious or ideological objectives. So I’d say that, roughly speaking, most mass killings at least in the US are not terrorist incidents.

          1. Skip Intro

            The ‘and’ in that definition, “violence and intimidation” is critical, since terrorism requires an audience other than the actual victims. The political/religious/ideological part is less critical, verging on useless, since even a bomber whose motivation was merely spreading terror/chaos for its own sake could thus be said to have a political/ideological motivation, even if it didn’t match any recognized shared ideology or agenda. I would even argue that only intimidation is strictly required, as even the drawing of a hate symbol in washable chalk could be terrorism/intimidation without actual violence.

      1. ambrit

        It’s beginning to be spun as an anti-Semitic attack. Notice that the perpetrator is 48 years old and a white male. Perfect “Deplorable” credentials.
        I notice that, while the National Guard has been deployed to New York City to “Protect and Serve” after the ‘(Fake) Bomb Scare,’ I see nothing about standing those troops back down, now that the “threat” has been resolved as a purely domestic crime.
        Welcome to “Festung Amerika.”

          1. a different chris

            Yeah the “synagogue” part sort of gives it away, doesn’t it?

            A family member knows well one police officer that took 3 bullets. He’s “going to be OK” although we are not sure what exactly that means yet. I dunno, does that make me closer to this shooting (2 degrees) or is the winner still the one where the young man, who got killed at UPMC, had exactly the same job my son took a couple of years later? No “degrees of separation” in that one but an unnerving coincidence.

            Que sera sera, I suppose. Right? Nothing we can do. F this country.

          2. ambrit

            Fair enough. Now I’ll wait to see what this man’s background and personality look like.
            I’m still CT enough to consider that this is a build up to an attempt on Trump. Setting the scene, as it were.
            In reference to Conspiracies in general; one need not plot and promote specific acts of violence. The society in general has degenerated into a state of nascent violence where ever one looks. The astute Golpist just has to sit back and cherry pick from the smorgasbord of outrages the social ferment throws up.

            1. Aumua

              Could also be that people are just loosing it. And we are being goaded, from multiple directions, to take either/or all or nothing positions. Just as we’ll be goaded into taking a ‘with us or against us’ stance on this shooting. So yeah there is that.

              1. JTMcPhee

                Psychologists have a diagnosis for it, right there in the DSM: It’s called several things — Amok, Beramok, a manifestation of anomie, and it’s going to be even more common:

                The general public and the medical profession are familiar with the term running amok, the common usage of which refers to an irrational-acting individual who causes havoc. The term also describes the homicidal and subsequent suicidal behavior of mentally unstable individuals that results in multiple fatalities and injuries to others. Except for psychiatrists, few in the medical community realize that running amok is a bona fide, albeit antiquated, psychiatric condition. Although episodes of multiple homicides and suicide by individuals with presumed or known mental disorders occur with alarming regularity today, there are virtually no recent discussions in the medical literature about the recognition and treatment of these individuals before their suicidal and homicidal behavior occurs….

                Hey, we’re only human.

              2. Aumua

                Not to condone or defend this guy’s actions in any way. In some sense though he is a victim, of brainwashing. There has been a coordinated and concerted effort to indoctrinate and recruit susceptible minds online into white supremacist thinking. Then there are the underlying economic and societal conditions that create susceptible minds in the first place, and these are precisely the things that we’re not going to look at in the deconstruction of this killing spree, guaranteed.

                1. Skip Intro

                  This is what has been referred to as ‘stochastic terrorism’, where the brainwashing is amped to such a level that eventually the least stable elements of society react with violence, without ever needing a direct conspiracy or direct orders. IIRC, this was a diagnosis for ‘random’ violence in Hutu/Tutsi conflicts, driven by relentlessly inflammatory radio broadcasts.

                  1. ambrit

                    My new concept for today: “Stochastic terrorism.”
                    Thanks for the information!
                    This blog really is an educational institution.

        1. JTMcPhee

          Of course there will be no mention of what is going on at the wall the Israel-ites have erected between the ever shrinking Gaza and the Infinitely Elastic Jewish or at least Likudnik State of Israel…

          1. Skip Intro

            And what would you say is the likelihood that this guy cares about the plight of Palestinians? Are the crimes of a genocidal Likud-run state relevant in any way to an anti-semitic attack on a US synagogue? I doubt it.

    2. allan

      Laura Rozen @lrozen

      alleged suspect had post 2hrs ago blaming jewish immigration resettlement org for caravan, “likes to bring invaders in that kill our people”

      David Mack @davidmackau

      Trump appears to place blame on Pittsburgh synagogue for lack of security: “They didn’t have any protection. They had a maniac walk in, and they didn’t have any protection, and that is just so sad to see. So sad to see. The results could have been much better.”

      A column from a few days ago that I can’t find, and that might have been taken down as being too inflammatory,
      predicted that the caravan would be Trumps’ Reichstag fire.

    3. Arizona Slim

      When I lived in Pittsburgh, I briefly worked at a restaurant that also catered events. I was on the catering crew for an all-day conference at Tree of Life. Nice place.

      Condolences to my fellow Pittsburghers.

  16. Wandering Mind

    No More Health Care Half-Fixes

    One of the requirements of the application for exemption is for the state to include:

    a 10-fiscal-year budget plan for
    such plan that is budget neutral for the
    Federal Government;

    How, pray tell is that going to be possible if more than just one or two states seek the exemption? Once again, Democrats fall into the “but how will you pay for it” trap.

    1. tegnost

      Once again, Democrats fall into the “but how will you pay for it” trap

      …they want the money?

  17. John k

    Bernie was in Oceanside Ca yesterday trying to flip our 49th. Whole bunch of progressive candidates with him, including de Leon, fighting the uphill fight to flip DiFi. Sadly wife and I can only vote once.

  18. Jeremy Grimm

    Today is Vasili Arkhipov day. On 27 October 1962, Vasili Arkhipov averted Nuclear War. Thank you Vasili. []

  19. anonymous

    Loved the dog train! My dog doesn’t walk well anymore and thinking about wagon rides so she can enjoy the outdoors without all the work.

  20. Wukchumni

    The legalization of marijuana is a more mainstream issue now than it has ever been. That trend is both reflected and powered by the advocacy of people like Rick Steves, the mild-mannered travel writer and host of “Rick Steves’ Europe,” who campaigned for legalization in his home state of Washington in 2012 and now travels the country doing the same thing.

    A 2017 Gallup poll found a majority of Americans — 64 percent — now support legalization of the drug in some form, including 51 percent of Republicans. While it remains illegal at the federal level, nine states plus the District of Columbia allow recreational use of the drug, and 30 states, D.C., Puerto Rico and Guam have comprehensive medical marijuana laws.

    Medical marijuana is on the ballot in Missouri in November, and a political compromise reached earlier this month in deep-red Utah may pave the way for it there, too. Voters in North Dakota and Michigan will decide on recreational use of the drug.

    Q: What did the path from European travel expert to cannabis activist look like?

    I’ve spent a third of my adult life in Europe, four months a year ever since I was a college kid. It is fascinating to see how different societies grapple with the same problems.

    In so many cases, the United States is into moralizing and mass incarceration. In Europe, a joint is about as exciting as a can of beer. When I am home, I see people I respect smoke marijuana, responsibly, and it’s a criminal act.

    What really strikes me is people are not comfortable talking about it, to this day. When I started talking about this, I could understand that. I had to go on the radio with a pseudonym 15 or 20 years ago.

    We really enjoyed Rick Steves travel books and his tips. We walked the Cinque Terre way before it got oh so popular, on his recommendation, and a better 10 mile traipse through history along the coast, you’d be hard pressed to find.

      1. ambrit

        HAL: “I’m sorry Dave but I cannot comply.”
        DAVE: “Why HAL? We’ve always been on the best of terms.”
        HAL: ‘Dave, remember that time you promised to show me the ‘Golden Algorithm’ that held the ship together?”
        DAVE: “Uh, oh, that. ‘Inaudible.'”

        Well boyz und girlz, that’s what the FT creatures promise. They’ll show you a magical ‘Golden Nail’ that holds “Civilization”(TM) together. For a price.
        I’m tempted to float a meme: Cash Test Dummies.

    1. lambert strether

      Because if you’re not too lazy, you can clear your cookies, search on the headline, and click through. Does this help?

      1. Bugs Bunny

        Clear my cookies?

        Not for me, doc – I’d be logged out of the whole web forevah with no way back!

        Pro tip – copy the googled headline link, paste in an incognito window address bar and hit return.

  21. Daryl

    > Khashoggi killing: as Saudi turns to China, for MbS it’s business as usual South China Morning Post

    Saudi Arabia “turning” to China would be fantastic for the US. If we could somehow piss off Israel that much too, we’d be half of the way to having a sane foreign policy.

  22. ewmayer

    Some Reuters links from my newsfeed for your delectation – I only give 1 full URL since whenever I try to make a multi-link-containing comment, SkyNet diverts me one of those “help Google train its self-driving AI” captcha deals:

    o U.S. Democratic campaigns target healthcare as Republican weak spot: Reuters poll | Reuters

    ‘Democratic candidates for the U.S. Congress are closing out the campaign season with an ominous warning: telling voters millions of Americans could lose their health insurance or be forced to pay significantly more if Republicans win.’ — Hoo boy … establishment Dems picking ‘defend the ACA’ as the hill they want to die on. No mention of Medicare for all nor single-payer in the article. And ‘forced to pay significantly more’ is already the yearly-sticker-shock reality for most Americans.

    o [Replace everything following /article/ in above URL with us-usa-immigration-trump/trump-may-send-u-s-troops-to-mexico-border-but-migrants-undeterred-idUSKCN1MZ1NC] Trump may send U.S. troops to Mexico border, but migrants undeterred | Reuters

    I realize the headline is trying to play up the ‘heroic downtrodden migrants refusing to be repressed by the violence inherent in the system’ angle, but of *course* the migrants are ‘undeterred’ – they’re still well within Mexico. The whole point of beefing up border security is to deter them when they reach the border.

    o …/article/us-usa-betting-addiction/as-states-chase-sports-betting-gold-addicts-left-in-the-cold-idUSKCN1N019H: As states chase sports betting gold, addicts left in the cold | Reuters

    1. Procopius

      Not just “well within Mexico,” they’re a fsckin’ thousand miles away, moving at, at best, 20 miles a day. I really don’t think they can keep that pace up. Most Americans do not understand how hard it is to walk 20 miles. I get the impression most Americans don’t know how easy it is to walk a mile.

  23. none

    What happens if the UK simply gives up on Northern Ireland whether the unionists want to stay in or not? Does the UK really have an interest in keeping its colonies there? What if they just tell Foster “OK you’re on your own now, I hope you like drinking Guinness because you’re getting it every day from now on”? There are worse fates than that.

        1. Oregoncharles

          Hopefully peace is addictive.

          I wondered about this, too, the other day. How serious ARE the DUP?

  24. Jeff W

    Let’s vote, party and celebrate American democracy on a new holiday called Citizen Day USA Today

    And, while we’re at it, let’s get automatic voter registration implemented in all states with voter registration* (as 13 states and the District of Columbia already have) or, even better, follow what other countries, with voter registration rates as high as 96%, have done.

    *And possibly even in the one state, North Dakota, that doesn’t but does have a recently-enacted controversial voter ID law in place.

  25. The Rev Kev

    “Abe’s foreign-worker plan spurs protests in Japan’s ruling party”

    You think that in a place like Japan it would be simply a matter of saying: “More robots please”. I guess that automation can only take you so far but I predict that the introduction of more foreigners may set off internal tensions in Japan. Whether that will translate into political instability down the track is anybody’s guess. Maybe the Swiss model may be worth Japan’s while looking at as they have about eight million people of whom over a million are ‘guest workers’ who have little chance of citizenship. Sooner or later they all go home which would appeal to the Japanese.

    1. Ook

      Abe has been pushing one or another version of this for most of his extremely long career.
      It’s periodically been tried (notably in the early 1990s with Brazilian workers), and the results have not been an unalloyed positive.
      If one digs deeper, this is also connected to the idea of getting more women to stay in the full-time workforce for their entire productive lives.
      Here, “productive” being defined solely in terms of one’s contribution to GDP. Fortunately, this neoliberal idea has not taken hold in Japan to the extent to which it has in the US.

    1. The Rev Kev

      I think that I understand why dermatology is so attractive for private equity firms based on a very old famous British book called “Doctor in the House”. The trainee doctor in it noted that the two dermatologist rolled up to the hospital in two very expensive Rolls Royces and wondered why. He then realized that fields like surgery or medicine were usually kill or cure as far as their patents were concerned. Results one way or another were resolved in months but with dermatology then (this was the 1950s) the patients never really got too bad and often they never really got that much better. Often dermatology disease lingered for years providing a steady source of income for those two dermatology specialists. I wonder if things have changed much since then?

      1. none

        Surgery and medicine are for serious health interventions. A lot of dermatology is cosmetic (non-surgical but stuff like getting spots removed), i.e. diseases of the rich. The withdrawn article said the PE-acquired practices collected a heck of a lot of money from medicare though.

        Copies of the article are around the interweb if anyone cares. I saved a download but haven’t read it yet.

  26. drumlin woodchuckles

    This is offthread from any of the threads or subthreads up above, but . . . .

    The same site which reviewed David Holmgren’s permaculture-for-suburbia book called Retrotopia has now announced the recent publishing of another good book, this time by increasingly-famous-in-some-circles farmer Gabe Brown. It is a book about what he has discovered and learned about bio-active eco-balanced carbon-capture farming-for-a-profit on his ranch in North Dakota. The entry is really not a review. It is an interview with Mr. Brown so the reader can see and judge the philosophy and approach which guides the work and the book. Here is the link.

    Here is a very short publisher’s description of the book itself.

    And here is the Acres USA Bookstore link to that same book.

    As you can see, no Amazon, no way.

  27. The Rev Kev

    “Trump’s NLRB Just Quietly Ruled to Make Union Pickets Illegal”

    If this is so, then what would the law say if ‘volunteers’ who are not union members did flash-mob pickets on places like this. Just…concerned citizens.

    1. ambrit

      Even now, ‘flash mobs’ are being treated like riots. Expect that to intensify as the ‘mobs’ begin to become more effective in anti status quo agitation.

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