The U.S. government and Facebook are negotiating a record, multibillion-dollar fine for the company’s privacy lapses WaPo. Martha Stewart when to jail on a nothingburger insider trading charge. Why are we even “negotiating” with Zuckerberg?
“My Only Goal Has Been to Protect Jeff and Lauren”: Michael Sanchez, Suspected Bezos Leaker, Supplies His Own Theory About the Affair, the Enquirer, Some Below-the-Belt Selfies, and “a Legendary Romance” Vanity Fair
For a commission of inquiry into SNC-Lavalin and the Prime Minister’s Office MaCleans. Political chaos reigns across the Anglosphere. Australia, Canada, the U.S. and, of course, the U.K.–
What the Yellow Vests Have in Common with Occupy In These Times
Rebuking Trump, House passes measure to end U.S. involvement in Yemen NBC. With loophole on Saudi intelligence sharing, but better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick, certainly.
Dozens of Zimbabwean miners feared dead after shafts flood CBC. “Artisanal miners.”
AP Interview: Maduro reveals secret meetings with US envoy Associated Press
What’s at Stake in Venezuela? Greg Grandin, LRB. From last week, still germane.
Pelosi’s Korea junket:
Wow, thanks Democrats. To the visiting S Korean Nat'l Assembly members (incl. the speaker,) Nancy Pelosi openly criticized the peace process | 펠로시, 문희상 면전서 "김정은, 남한 무장해제 원한다" https://t.co/EypcrJKulZ
— T.K. of AAK! (@AskAKorean) February 14, 2019
In China, government policies tell us more about the economy than GDP numbers South China Morning Post
Why U.S. Debt Must Continue to Rise Michael Pettis, China Financial Markets. From last week, still germane.
Electronic waste is recycled in appalling conditions in India Asian Correspondent
New Cold War
Every Day Is a New Low in Trump’s White House Andrew McCabe, The Atlantic. Book excerpt.
The FBI’s Aborted Plan to Remove Trump From Office Was Delusional New York Magazine
The Russian Spy Who Wasn’t The New Republic. Maria Butina.
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Munich Security Report 2019: Who Is to Blame and What to Do? Valdai Discussion Club
Immigration spending pact has more than a border wall Associated Press. “The agreement provides $1.375 billion for 55 miles (88 kilometers) of Trump’s wall.” After all the yammering and virtue signaling. Well played, all.
The Green New Deal: What’s Really Green and What’s Really New Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy (MR).
In Germany, the Green New Deal Actually Works Bloomberg. For some defintion of GND, to be sure. However:
The mammoth task of making all buildings more energy efficient — yes, all, just like the Green New Deal says — hasn’t cowed the authorities in Europe. The German Energy Agency calculates that to make the country’s building stock almost carbon-neutral by 2050 about 1.4 percent of buildings a year will need to be refurbished; the current rate is about 1 percent, so the goal looks ambitious, but not unattainable.
Saudi Aramco Makes Existential Bet On Oil Oilprice.com
Is Burning Man casting out the super-rich? The Tatler
Imperial Collapse Watch
What to do with homeless college students? Let them sleep in the parking lot, new bill says Sacramento Bee. Liberal incrementalism is the only way forward.
Conditional dishonesty Thomas Lauer, Anna Untertrifaller Researchgate (PDF). n = 212. “In a laboratory experiment we find that indeed and irrespective of whether others’ lies affect one’s own payoff one third of all subjects are dishonest if others are too. Having only one dishonest group member makes the vast majority of these conditional liars switch from being honest to being dishonest. The size of a lie increases with the number of dis- honest group members that one faces. Overall, we find that conditional liars tell smaller lies than always liars do.”
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