Europe Sticks a Knife Into Vegan Meat Wall Street Journal
The Dirty Truth About Green Batteries Gizmodo. UserFriendly:
This is a horribly optimistic spin of the actual facts. I recommend the full report, which I also think is somewhat over-optimistic. It waves away CdTe and CIGS as nitch solar technology, but polycrystalline PV has a much higher lifecycle GHG use (way worse than the most common nuclear plants), and assumes into existence recycling programs that don’t exist yet and doesn’t mention how energy intensive recycling is.
Also they frequently say in X years demand exceeds current production, which is rather irrelevant because metals that have other uses that aren’t tied to renewables will have higher current production and they assume they can just take over that whole market.
Either way section 5 ‘Environmental and social impacts of supply’ should be widely circulated to the ‘renewables will save us’ crowd.
Trump to sign order laying ground for Huawei ban from US Financial Times
China throws trade war tariff exclusion lifelines that it thought it would never need South China Morning Post
US stocks are exposed to trade war, Chinese stocks aren’t Asia Times (Kevin W)
Trump didn’t start this trade war. China did. Washington Post
Killing the Pax Americana Paul Krugman, New York Times. UserFriendly: ” Pax Americana, a term so ridiculous you would have to be a propagandist to say it without laughing.”
Washington plays Monopoly, Beijing plays Go Asia Times (resilc)
ISIS announces a ‘province’ in India Asia Times (Kevin W)
After the [IMF] programme The International News (Gabriel)
Courtesy Richard Smith. This looks like a ploy by May to hold off her ouster by the 1922 Committee, which is debating whether to change the rules so as to allow for an intra-party vote on her leadership before December. Recall May promised to leave after the Withdrawal Agreement was approved:
A Downing Street spokesman says the Prime Minister will bring back the Brexit withdrawal agreement bill to the House of Commons in the week beginning 3 June
— Sky News Breaking (@SkyNewsBreak) May 14, 2019
oth parties frozen in terror as Brexit destroys the system Ian Dunt (David). Discussed in comments yesterday, but worth not missing.
The risk of fascism in the UK is increasing by the day Richard Murphy
Campaigners question timing of consultation on Northern Ireland fracking licence Drill or Drop? PlutoniumKun:
Brexit meets fracking: A large area of gas shale runs under the border between the Republic and Northern Ireland. Fracking has been officially banned in the Republic, but they are still going full speed in the North it seems.
‘No other option’: Climate change driving many to flee Guatemala Al Jazeera (resilc)
White House Mulls Plan to Send Up to 120,000 Troops to Iran: NYT Daily Beast (resilc)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
San Francisco supervisors vote to ban facial recognition software VentureBeat (David L)
A Cisco Router Bug Has Massive Global Implications Wired (Robert M) and ‘Hard-To-Fix’ Cisco Flaw Puts Work Email At Risk BBC
The Real Mueller-Gate Scandal Craig Murray (furzy). From last week, still germane. “Special Counsel Robert Mueller is either a fool, or deeply corrupt. I do not think he is a fool.”
The Emoluments Clause Could Be a Tipping Point in Trump’s Downfall American Prospect. Resilc: “We’ve heard this for a while.”
Democrats Have No Safe Options On Health Care FiveThirtyEight. Resilc: “I was just listening to a woman on the bbc, insulin $1000 in canada, same amount here in usa usa $12k.”
HUNGER STRIKE/CLIMATE STRIKE: STOP THE WILLIAMS PIPELINE, CUOMO SaneEnergy (TR)
Make Elizabeth Warren Hate Again Moe Tkacik, In These Times. Important.
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock jumps into crowded 2020 presidential race Washington Post (furzy). *Sigh* A minimum hurdle for entering the race should be having a sound basis for believing you’ll poll better than Cthulhu.
Deepfakes are coming. We’re not ready. Washington Post (Dr. Kevin)
U.S. Births Fall to Lowest Rates Since 1980s Wall Street Journal
BoE warned prosecution could destablise Barclays Financial Times. Help me. How about attempting that novel idea of prosecuting executives?
Walmart turns heat up on Amazon with next-day shipping service Financial Times
Sara Nelson’s Art of War New Republic (UserFriendly)
Antidote du jour. Timotheus: “Seven swans a-swimming. Cygnets, Story Lake IN.”
And a bonus video (Lance N). Now this park will be inundated with tourists hoping to get the same treatment:
WATCH: Giant lion climbs straight into safari vehicle in Crimea, giving a group of tourists the shock of their lives pic.twitter.com/EW6EpnEhTL
— CBS News (@CBSNews) September 5, 2018
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.