Alan Krueger, prominent Princeton economist, passes away Princeton (Scott).
‘He had a perpetual smile – even when he was correcting you’: Obama leads the tributes to his chief economist, who also advised Bill Clinton, after he takes his own life aged 58 Daily Mail. Lead story in US edition. Lots of Twitter tributes.
Child refugee becomes New York chess champ BBC. Living in a homeless shelter….
‘Lewis Hamilton of pigeons’ sold for world record €1.25m Guardian (TYJ)
Stomach Of Dead Whale Contained ‘Nothing But Nonstop Plastic’ -NPR (Kevin W) :-(
US cities are canceling recycling programs Vox (David L)
The world’s first genderless voice assistant is challenging gender stereotypes NextWeb (Dr. Kevin)
Fifty years of the internet Techcruch (David L)
The Weird Power of the Placebo Effect, Explained Pocket (John B). From 2017, still germane.
China’s new glamour girl of the skies Asia Times (resilc)
New Zealand’s Prime Minister Is Showing the World What Real Leadership Looks Like Mother Jones (resilc)
Brexit. More in our post today.
Very drôle — France’s Europe minister calls her cat Brexit: “He wakes me up miaowing like mad because he wants to be let out. As soon as I open the door, he stands in the middle, unsure whether he wants to go out or not. When I put him out, he gives me an evil look.” https://t.co/2HA0yx7c96
— Luke Baker (@BakerLuke) March 18, 2019
Britain faces a TWENTY month delay to leaving the EU amid a ‘constitutional crisis’ after smirking Bercow (whose wife had a ‘B******s to Brexit’ car sticker) invokes 400-year-old law to scupper PM’s hopes of a third ‘meaningful vote’ Daily Mail.
It has taken the government more than four hours to give this response to Speaker Bercow’s ruling that the PM cannot bring back her meaningful vote on Brexit deal unless the substance of the motion is fundamentally changed. Where there was darkness pic.twitter.com/FlqR5YdB77
— Robert Peston (@Peston) March 18, 2019
EU has almost given up trying to understand what’s going on in UK.
Dutch PM Rutte compares Theresa May to Monty Python knight whose limbs get cut off in a duel but insists the fight was a draw. Elsewhere in EU, mood is darker esp with the prospect of a lengthy #Brexit delay 1
— katya adler (@BBCkatyaadler) March 18, 2019
Watch the film Labour MPs didn’t want you to see Electronic Intifada (Tom H)
France’s Great Debate – how it worked openDemocracy
THE US IS PUSHING LEBANON INTO THE ARMS OF IRAN AND RUSSIA: US SANCTIONS AFFECT THE LOCAL ECONOMY Elijah J Magnier (guurst)
Foreign Aid, Trump Style: Getting Netanyahu Re-Elected American Prospect (resilc)
An Illegal War in Syria That Just Won’t End American Conservative (resilc)
Saudi crown prince allegedly stripped of some authority Guardian (resilc)
Saudi Crown Prince’s Brutal Drive to Crush Dissenters Began Before Khashoggi New York Times (resilc)
Saudi Arabia – an absolutist tyranny Sic Semper Tyrannis (resilc)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Misguided Spying and the New Zealand Massacre ConsortiumNews (furzy). Key section:
We know thanks to the findings of an inquiry by the State Services Commission last December that as many as a dozen government agencies, including the NZ Police, were too busy squandering their resources spying on NGOs such as Greenpeace NZ; political parties such as the New Zealand Green Party and then-Internet Party aligned Mana Movement, as well as on anti-TPP protesters and activists such as myself.
As if that weren’t egregious enough, they were even spying on Christchurch earthquake insurance claimants and historical victims of institutional state child abuse.
How the world votes: 2019 Al Jazeera (resilc)
Imperial Collapse Watch
The Pentagon’s Bottomless Money Pit Rolling Stone (resilc)
Ta-Nehisi Coates Is an Optimist Now A conversation about race and 2020. New York Magazine (UserFriendly)
New Wisconsin Poll Shows Increasing Strength for the Left Washington Monthly
Medicare for All
Bernie Sanders Thinks He Can Beat Insurers. He’s Wrong. Atlantic. Resilc: “So the author can create a shit obombacare system, that he doesn’t use, but anything else is junk.”
Warren Buffett says US health care must be revamped or it will be left to the government — which will probably make it worse CNBC. Kevin W: “‘Will no one rid us of these meddlesome billionaires?'”
What’s Next for Stacey Abrams? New York Magazine. Resilc: “If she runs for president she is truly delusional.”
Wastewater – private equity’s new black gold in U.S. shale Reuters (resilc)
The Financial Bailout in 2008 Was a Trillion-Dollar Mess Rolling Stone (UserFriedly)
JPMorgan Managing Director Dies Suddenly; Has Links to Other JPM Deaths Pam Martens and Russ Martens
‘The Inventor’: How Elizabeth Holmes Pulled Off the Scam of the Century Daily Beast (furzy)
Antidote du jour. Lee: “Bison in winter, from the Gardiner Montana Newsletter.”
And a bonus (martha r):
The beautiful Owl of Madagascar pic.twitter.com/eguGtlJuOE
— Welcome To Nature (@welcomet0nature) January 19, 2019
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