Aussie engineer accuses ‘serial farter’ supervisor of bullying, seeks $1.8m redress The Register (Chuck L)
Who keeps buying California’s scarce water? Saudi Arabia Guardian (David L)
Secondhand clothing market is growing faster than apparel retail TreeHugger (resilc)
BEWARE: McDonald’s touchscreens had enough fecal matter to ‘put people in the hospital,’ study finds Crimeonline (Kevin W). Now those of you who don’t like touchscreen ordering because it eliminates jobs (and removes an information source) now have a basis for persuading people who might not care about those issues to start campaigning against them.
‘We Fear Drought More Than War,’ Say Border Villagers in Gujarat The Wire (J-LS)
The European Copyright Directive: What Is It, and Why Has It Drawn More Controversy Than Any Other Directive In EU History? Electronic Frontier Foundation (furzy)
I will post on Brexit probably tomorrow (Russiagate ate my mental bandwidth). But as I suggested yesterday, Parliament “taking control” may wind up not meaning much as long as May is still PM. In fact, the “taking back control” bit may by having the appearance of neutralizing her, reduce the scheming to oust her (not that she’s about to leave absent a vote of no confidence). I had thought it was remotely possible she’d resign over the weekend when her Withdrawal Agreement is undeniably dead.
But Parliament can’t push the Government around absent passing a bill. Motions won’t do it. Only legislation could. In light of that, consider May’s remark after yet another historical loss:
I must confess that I am sceptical about such a process of indicative votes. When we have tried this kind of thing in the past, it has produced contradictory outcomes or no outcome at all. There is a further risk when it comes to Brexit, as the UK is only one half of the equation and the votes could lead to an outcome that is unnegotiable with the EU. No government could give a blank cheque to commit to an outcome without knowing what it is. So I cannot commit the Government to delivering the outcome of any votes held by this House.
And then we have this from her:
No Brexit must not happen. And a slow Brexit, which extends Article 50 beyond May 22, forces the British people to take part in European elections and gives up control of any of our borders, laws, money or trade is not a Brexit that will bring the British people together.
Cabinet ‘war game’ prepares for election to end Brexit standoff The Times. Richard Smith deems this to be “displacement activity”.
Brexit drives warehouse move to jobs black spot Financial Times
Yellow Vests Act 19 (Paris): Report The Saker. Kevin W:
There are a ton of videos and other material in this article. Am seriously pissed at the moment as one shows that old lady that “fell”. There was a ton of blood under her head so it was not simply a case of Oops!
New Cold War
No Nuremberg for ISIS victims as US preps exit Asia Times (Kevin W)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Imperial Collapse Watch
Why did Bush go to war in Iraq? Aljazeera (furzy). Important.
20 Years of Illegal Warfare American Conservative (resilc)
Pentagon directs $1 billion to go toward building Trump’s border wall Axios. Hasn’t it been downgraded to a border fence?
The Trump administration wants all of Obamacare overturned by the courts Vox. That includes Medicaid expansion.
His Victory Complete, Trump Faces A New Challenge: Defining ‘American Autocracy’ Heisenberg Report (resilc)
‘Greed’: Feds Say Avenatti Tried to Extort Nike, Swiped Client Funds Daily Beast (furzy)
Special prosecutors like Mueller have never uncovered major White House conspiracies MarketWatch (resilc)
First Thoughts On The Political Fallout Of The Mueller Report FiveThirtyEight
The Trump campaign is sending this memo to TV producers: pic.twitter.com/yhr03LAI7N
— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) March 25, 2019
Robert Mueller’s Probe Was an Unmitigated Success Atlantic. Resilc: “Matt Taibibi is right. Never wrong, just like WMDs.”
What Mueller’s (Apparent) Dud Means for Democrats New York Magazine. Resilc: “Good luck. Trump 2024.”
As Mueller Finds No Collusion, Did Press Overhype Russiagate? Glenn Greenwald vs. David Cay Johnston DemocracyNow! (JohnnyGL). Anyone with an operating brain cell should know better than to go up against Greenwald. But Johnston refused to back down, insists Trump is a Russian asset, that he has divided loyalties between the US and the Kremlin.
Rachel Maddow Reacts To Collapse Of Russiagate Jimmy Dore, YouTube. I particularly like this bit:
What it means is you’re a propagandist conspiracy theorist of the highest order, you wrecked your news show because you hate Donald Trump so much that now nobody can ever take what you say seriously. And if there was a journalism jail, you’d be in it for serving a 10 to 20 year sentence.But there isn’t, lucky for you there isn’t. In fact, you get rewarded for lying because you’ve been lying at the behest of the Establishment.
Russiagate is Birtherism: It is All a Game Ghion Journal
Trump allies await results of two internal probes that could expose Russia investigation backstory Fox. Oregoncharles: “I never thought I’d be suggesting a link from FoxNews, but this is what we’ve come to.”
We’ve All Just Made Fools of Ourselves — Again David Brooks, New York Times (David L). OMG, Brooks is telling Team Dem to quit imbibing the Kool-Aid.
(1/6) I strongly supported Mueller being allowed to complete his investigation and submit his findings. Now that Mueller has found no collusion took place, we need to set aside our partisan interests and recognize that finding the president of the United States not guilty…
— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) March 26, 2019
2020 Loss to Trump Would Be Existential Crisis for Democrats New York Magazine (resilc)
The social networks are publishers, not postmen Financial Times. Despite the subhead, this is a call for censorship.
The quiet desperation of Gen X workers across America MarketWatch. I don’t mean to sound unsympathetic, because short job tenures, weaker social ties at work, and more intense monitoring of performance means many and probably most white collar jobs are less psychologically rewarding even if the job content is the same as it was a decade ago. Even so, I wonder if a contributor is the big change in parenting, where “good” parents were scheduling their children’s time (play dates, soccer practice, etc.) and shuttling them about. They grew up being on the receiving end of attention to a vastly greater degree than my cohort, where kids walked to and from school and had lots of unstructured time. I recall hearing from McKinsey types that they were having trouble with Millennial new hires because they wanted feedback all the time and also expected more frequent promotions and rewards that they would ever receive.
Blow to Boeing: China to buy hundreds of Airbus jets, in mammoth US$35 billion deal sealed on Xi Jinping’s France visit South China Morning Post (J-LS)
DE Shaw: inside Manhattan’s ‘Silicon Valley’ hedge fund Financial Times (David L)
What happens after rich kids bribe their way into college? I teach them Guardian (UserFriendly, Tom H)
Antidote du jour. Tracie H: “A Vizsla enjoying his run at Eastview Park.”
And a bonus from martha r (forgive me if I featured this before):
My heart ❤️
Baby elephant fell in a water trough & got stuck. Lions were waiting nearby & his mom started to panic. When things seemed hopeless, another elephant family charged in to help.
Retweet if you believe TROPHY HUNTING of these animals should be illegal EVERYWHERE 😭 pic.twitter.com/pw7pGNvU7X
— StanceGrounded (@_SJPeace_) December 12, 2018
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.