Quirky election trends from around the world Economic Times. Alas, handmarked paper ballots, handcounted in public, has yet to catch on as the universal global voting standard. And even India- which achieves far higher rates of voter participation than does the US, for example – uses machines, albeit simple ones, claimed to be unhackable (although there are concerns….)
Testers look into security of car alarms Tech Explore (chuck l)
John Lanchester’s Fiction Tells the Truth New York magazine
The Other Kind of Climate Denialism New Yorker (david l)
Rowan Williams says pupils are right to protest over climate Guardian (martha r)
The Comment Moderator Is The Most Important Job In The World Right Now BuzzFeed (david l)
A Hedge Fund Steps Into Nigeria’s $9 Billion Corporate Dispute Bloomberg (martha r)
Lok Sabha elections 2019 full schedule: Here’s when your state goes to polls Times of India. Voting will occur in seven phases, beginning on 11th April and continuing through 19th May. All votes will be counted on 23rd May and results announced immediately thereafter.
H-1B extension rejections rob Indian IT firms of visa power Economic Times
Marco Polo is back in China – again Asia Times. Pepe Escobar.
Why Trump could be seduced by partial China deal Asia Times (re Silc)
NYT’s Exposé on the Lies About Burning Aid Trucks in Venezuela Shows How U.S. Government and Media Spread Pro-War Propaganda Intercept (pretzelattack). Glenn Greenwald. Hoisted from comments.
Venezuela Suffers Major Power Outages After Alleged Cyber Attack Venezuela Analysis
Venezuela’s Guaido calls for massive protest as blackout drags on Reuters. re Silc: “ cyber coup.”
Imperial Collapse Watch
Robert Gaines & Scott Horton: It’s Time to Stop Fighting Osama bin Laden’s War Bretibart (The Rev Kev) Yes, I know, Breitbart, but….Read it and make up your own mind.
Tony Blair secretly advising Emmanuel Macron on Brexit as former PM accused of ‘unacceptable’ behaviour Daily Telegraph (The Rev Kev) Blair does not get that “customs union” does not solve trade issues for UK. Only being in the Single Market = frictionless trade. A mere “customs union” = physiosanitary and other checks. See border controls w/ Turkey, which is in a customs union with the EU.
Big Brother IS Watching You Watch
NO, DATA IS NOT THE NEW OIL Wired (PD)
Mark Zuckerberg’s former mentor says privacy manifesto is a PR stunt Mashable (david l)
The House That Spied on Me Gizmodo (PD). Moi: Today’s must read. Who would want such a set-up? Then again, I suppose, I’m not the target market. I’ve yet to acquire a smartphone.
New Cold War
How the U.S.-Russian Relationship Went Bad Atlantic (re Silc)
Cutbacks in local news leave some communities in the dark ABC News (martha r)
Realignment and Legitimacy
Making Georgia’s Bad Elections Even Worse New Republic (re Silc)
Anti-Zionist Orthodox Jews express solidarity with Rep. Ilhan Omar Daily Sabah (furzy)
Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel is ‘not a state of all its citizens’ Guardian (The Rev Kev)
Where Have All the Men Without College Degrees Gone? Atlantic (re Silc)
For many Louisiana small towns, decreasing speeding tickets could mean big hit to bottom line The Advocate (martha r)
The Trailer: At SXSW, Democrats put Big Tech on trial WaPo (UserFriendly)
Ocasio-Cortez Blasts Capitalism as an ‘Irredeemable’ System Bloomberg. re Silc: “after the dnc jams biden down our throats, she will be ready after pres. tom cotton in 2028.”
House committee demands answers from IHS, cites Argus Leader reporting Argus Leader (martha r)
DEFENSE TECH STARTUP FOUNDED BY TRUMP’S MOST PROMINENT SILICON VALLEY SUPPORTERS WINS SECRETIVE MILITARY AI CONTRACT Intercept. re Silc: “taliban 3.0 can beat them again.”
Trump Diehards Create Their Own Yelp for MAGA-Friendly Restaurants Daily Beast (re Silc)
Antidote du Jour (via). Jerri-Lynn here. This photo of one of my favorite birds shouldn’t be difficult to identify: what a photo!
See yesterdays Links and Antidote du Jour here.