Bees Get Stung by Decision to Scale Back National Monument Scientific American (David L)
Bacteria under stress can live without cell wall PhysOrg (Robert M)
Sustainable palm oil doesn’t make the grade PhysOrg (Robert M)
Is visiting a robot brothel ok? Most people say yes, if you are single New Scientist (Dr. Kevin)
Elections diminish democracy in India openDemocracy
Theresa May suffers three Brexit defeats in Commons BBC (Kevin W)
The Brexit Debacle Jacobin (Anthony L). A troubling amount of cakeism here, like the idea that Labour could negotiate a better deal, plus the typical misrepresentation that the EU bars industrial policy (what do you think Germany has, with vocational secondary education and very strong tenant protections to lower housing costs of lesser-paid workers? Plus as we have discussed, the EU regularly allows state aid). It is frustrating to see the left be so unconcerned about accuracy and to ignore that small open economies in a world of globalization of labor and capital flows are not in a strong position and therefore don’t have wonderful choices as far as national sovereignity v. prosperity (see Dani Rodrik’s trilemma).
UK and EU must ‘wake up’ to risk of grounded flights after Brexit, airline body warns CNBC. I had thought the assurances that this was largely handled were not consistent with observable facts.
New Cold War
U.S. to Suspend Nuclear Treaty With Russia in 60 Days Wall Street Journal
Reuters Creates Fakenews About Iran – Intentionally Conflates Two Different Missiles – Misquotes Official Moon of Alabama (pretzelattack, Kevin W)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Trump-GOP rift grows over Saudis The Hill
Read: Mueller’s sentencing memo for Michael Flynn Vox. Scott: “Redactio ad absurdum.”
Trump’s Timidity is Letting Comey Off the Hook Consortiumnews (UserFriendly)
IS THIS IT?: A TRUMP-HATER’S GUIDE TO MUELLER SKEPTICISM Vanity Fair (Scott)
What an inflated sense of self importance:
Please see my statement below regarding 2020. pic.twitter.com/ztCfZUY6hA
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) December 4, 2018
What Does Beto O’Rourke Actually Stand For? Current Affairs (UserFriendly)
Kill Me Now
What It Means That Hillary Clinton Might Run for President in 2020 CommonDreams (Robert M)
UserFriendly: “Wana guess the reaction had Bernie said this? RACIST!!!!! Obama has Class!!!!!!!”
— The Hill (@thehill) December 3, 2018
Iraqis Remember George H.W. Bush: A Gentleman Who Bombed Us Shadowproof (UserFriendly)
Mr. Market Has a Sad
Dow Tumbles Nearly 800 Points as Trade Jitters Return Wall Street Journal
Those of you who like to talk about the demise of the dollar (which I don’t dispute will eventually happen but the idea that it is imminent is quite another matter) should ponder this item from Politico’s morning European newsletter:
EURO AMBITIONS: Look at this graph. It shows what a crisis like the Greek one can do to trust in a currency. The euro accounted for 44 percent of global payments back in 2012, with the dollar at 30 percent. In 2015, the picture had completely changed: 29 percent of globals payments were made in euro, 44 percent in dollar. By last year, the ratio was a somewhat more balanced 36 percent euro to 40 percent USD.
The graph comes from a report the Commission will release today and which Playbook has seen, titled “Towards a stronger international role of the euro.” The key gap the Commission identifies is the one between the EU’s economic strength and the use of the euro as a global currency.
NEARSIGHTED NEOLIBERALISM HELPED MOBILIZE TODAY’S FAR RIGHT Wired (UserFriendly). Important, but has an annoying ageist theme. Older people grew up with the New Deal and acutely feel its loss. This is a 10% v everyone else issue, not an age issue. Do you really think Mark Zuckerberg or any of the young tech squillionaires would implement better policies for the bottom 90% than the people now in charge?
Everyone loves Paul Volcker. Everyone is wrong. The Week (UserFriendly). Great piece. Wish I had written it.
New York City just became the first US city to set a minimum wage for Uber and Lyft drivers Business Insider (David L)
Antidote du jour. Tracie H: “This little cutie (Pomeranian, I believe) was at the park near the San Clemente pier on Thanksgiving day, basking calmly in the sun – probably with visions of drumsticks dancing in his/her little head.”
And a bonus video:
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.