Earth’s 39 Billion-Dollar Weather Disasters of 2018: 4th-Most on Record Weather Underground
Big U.S. banks are letting stress tests make decisions for them The American Banker
Shale Pioneer Hamm: Output Growth Could Fall By 50% OilPrice.com. “This newfound mantra of capital discipline has been imposed on the shale industry after a decade or so of a debt-fueled drilling frenzy.”
PG&E Is Cleared in Deadly Tubbs Fire of 2017 NYT. “The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said on Thursday that private electrical equipment at a home was responsible for starting the Tubbs Fire in Sonoma County in October 2017. The exact cause could not be determined, however, because much of the equipment was destroyed in the fire.”
"Evacuate? In our moment of triumph?"
– James Dyson. pic.twitter.com/yrUFHyBBiZ
— Brian Cox (@ProfBrianCox) January 23, 2019
Say goodbye to Airbus:
Airbus chief exec attacks Brexit “disgrace” – no Deal will divert investment and make no mistake other countries want to build wings for aircraft. “Airbus not dependent on UK”…
It did warn about this months ago. pic.twitter.com/N4g1CuHOEi
— Faisal Islam (@faisalislam) January 24, 2019
Brexit: Jeremy Corbyn faces revolt from Labour MPs backing second referendum Independent. How many days left? 63 apparently (and there are fewer legislative days).
Labour’s alternative to the Prime Minister’s plan appears to have little substance Institute for Government
The risks of a second Brexit referendum must now be run Martin Wolf, FT
El Presidente Guaido, today:
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) January 24, 2019
Sounds great. Who does the customs inspection?
We refuse to recognize the legitimacy of Maduro’s presidency. That’s why @RepEliotEngel, @RepDWStweets, @RepShalala, and @RepDMP are joining to introduce legislation to support the people of #Venezuela and hold the illegitimate President accountable for the crisis he created. pic.twitter.com/3JBCJLmwLf
— House Foreign Affairs Committee (@HouseForeign) January 11, 2019
The Coup in Venezuela Must Be Resisted Craig Murray. Read all the way to the end.
Class/race polarisation in Venezuela and the electoral success of Hugo Chávez: a break with the past or the song remains the same? (PDF). Barry Cannon, Centre for International Studies School of Law and Government Dublin City University. From 2008, still germane. Local expertise welcome!
New Cold War
It’s Not a Shutdown, It’s a Lockout and a Shakedown of Federal Workers The Nation. Nice to see Big Labor taking point on protecting Federal workers. Oh, wait….
‘We Didn’t Get Ph.D.s Just to Sit Around’: Civil Servants’ Good Will Erodes NYT. Everything’s going according to plan.
Democrats in Disarray
Bernie Sanders vs Kamala the Jailer and Her Corporate Backers Black Agenda Report (JB).
2016 Post Mortem
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Amazon Can’t Fix Facial Recognition Cathy O’Neil, Bloomberg. “[T]he whole ecosystem of artificial intelligence is optimized for a lack of accountability.” That’s not a bug. It’s a feature.
New technology uses lasers to transmit audible messages to specific people Phys.org. What could go wrong?
Millions of Americans Flood Into Mexico for Health Care — the Human Caravan You Haven’t Heard About Truthdig. No moral panic about Americans who can’t afford dental, or any moral panic that they just can’t stay south of the border. Apparently, the identitarian case for open borders assumes that they are, and should be, permeable only one way…
Panic is on the agenda at Davos – but it’s too little too late Guardian. “A simulation of a refugee’s experience, where attendees crawl on their hands and knees and pretend to flee from advancing armies.” What’s the safe word? “Money”? And–
— Vanessa Fuhrmans (@vjfuhrmans) January 23, 2019
Alienated Labor Popula
How Big Firms Keep Wages Low Teresa Ghilarducci, Forbes. Monopsony.
They write books:
Antidote du jour (via):
Bonus antidote (eMammal):
oh #deer don't mind me, just passing through!
A #coyote and deer in very close proximity, captured on our @CandidCritters #cameratrap. Exciting things happening in NC! #wildlife pic.twitter.com/wmUghFiLIR
— eMammal Project (@eMammal) January 22, 2019
eMammal “works with citizen scientists and camera traps to conduct large scale mammal surveys coordinated by NC Museum of Natural Sciences and the Smithsonian.” Obvious candidate for a Jobs Guarantee.
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.