Links 6/19/19

Scientists shocked by Arctic permafrost thawing 70 years sooner than predicted Guardian (David L)

Boaty McBoatface, Internet-Adored Sub, Makes Deep-Sea Discovery On Climate Change NPR (David L)

Is Big Oil’s Plastic Bet Going Sour? OilPrice

Engineers Boost Output of Solar Desalination System By 50 Percent PhyOrg

Ireland To Ban New Petrol, Diesel Vehicles By 2030 BBC

What Really Happened to Malaysia’s Missing Airplane Atlantic (PlutoniumKun)


From Dan K:

Sir Ivan Rogers June Speech, courtesy EU Referendum. I should say something about this, but the short version is Sir Ivan, who has pointedly avoided assigning crash out odds, now deems a no-deal to be “a probability.”

Tory leadership race: Rivals in BBC debate clash over Brexit deadline BBC

The Guatemalan Election as an Act of Organized Crime New York Times. Resilc: “This should stem the flow Norte.”


Exclusive: Overruling his experts, Pompeo keeps Saudis off U.S. child soldiers list Reuters (resilc)

This chart shows every person killed in the Israel-Palestine conflict since 2000 Vox (UserFriendly)

Trump Transition

Senators reach $4.5B deal on Trump’s emergency border request The Hill

Trump Drives Down Price Of F-35 Fighter 25% From Obama Level Forbes. UserFriendly: “ROFL, still a boondoogle.”

Shanahan drama shocks Capitol Hill, leaving Pentagon rudderless The Hill. They say it like it’s a bad thing!

Health Care

Single-Payer Health Care Will Increase Fraud, Corruption RealClearPolitics. UserFriendly: “Compared to the status quo? Impossible.”

Democrats in Disarray

McConnell Redefines “Socialism” to Include the Entire Democratic Party Vanity Fair (resilc)

The Sunrise Movement Actually Changed the Democratic Conversation. So What Do You Do For a Sequel? Politico. UserFriendly:

Since I missed this convo the other day and this article mentions it;p ‘Woke’ dates back to the early aughts and is essentially the liberal version of ‘red pill’ it originally was along the lines of seeing systems of oppression for the first time, like you just woke up. Not exclusively ID pol oppression but definitely including it.

This article is smooth. I bet most of the people under 40 that read it won’t even realize the “let’s paint them all as dirty hippies” objective.


Donald Trump Kicks Off Re-Election Campaign in Orlando Rolling Stone (UserFriendly)

About that Florida poll that shows Biden crushing Trump … CNN (furzy)

Youngstown’s black working-class voters are full of economic anxiety, and not for Trump. Slate (UserFriendly)

Joe Biden Says He’s Ready To Handle The World. He Got Iraq Wrong Three Times. HuffPost

Biden Tells Elite Donors He Doesn’t Want to `Demonize’ the Rich Bloomberg. UserFriendly: “Biden 2020; No Hope, No Change.”

Bernie Sanders Supports Video Game Workers Unions VentureBeat

The Trailer: Revolution versus revolution Washington Post. UserFriendly: “Important.”

Biden takes shot at Bernie Sanders: Go start a ‘real, physical revolution if you are talking about it’ Washington Examiner (UserFriendly)

New York to Approve One of the World’s Most Ambitious Climate Plans New York Times

Our Famously Free Press

The Decline of American Journalism Is an Antitrust Problem ProMarket (Louis P)


Bret Stephens, Warmonger American Conservative. Resilc: “NY Times as stupid as always, they didn’t learn from Judith Miller.”

Why the Paper of Record Hates Cartoons Nation (furzy)

Ralph Nader On His Crusading Career Current Affairs (UserFriendly)

Economic Lessons from Everest Project Syndicate

Opioid Producers Face Bankruptcy As Federal Crackdown Accelerates SafeHaven

FOX U.S. Open Coverage Takes Time Out To Glorify How Fucked Up Carmel Is Deadspin

Day of Reckoning for KPMG-Failures in Ethics FCPA Compliance Report (Chuck L). Wowsers. The article is full of stuff like this:

In addition to taking these mandatory CPE hours, the professionals are required to pass a proficiency examination, administered by KPMG. KPMG also provides internal training to help its professional prepare for this examination. Professionals get three chances to pass. If they fail three times, they are reported internally, cannot sign off on audit assignment and may receive a dock in pay.

However it turns out that KMPG employees, from senior partners including lead audit engagement partners who were responsible for compliance with PCAOB standards in auditing their clients’ financial statements, down to junior level employees were sharing the examination answers freely between themselves. They shared this information via email and even sent screen shots of pages with correct answers.

The KPMG cheating scandal was much more widespread than originally thought Francine McKenna, MarketWatch

California wildfires: Power company agrees to pay $1bn for damage BBC

Big Tech is America’s new ‘railroad problem’ Financial Times (David L)

Boeing Says It’s Open to Name Change for Grounded 737 Max Bloomberg. Lambert: “[puts head in hands]”.

Facebook wants to create a worldwide digital currency Economist (David L)

Private-Equity Firms Are Raising Bigger and Bigger Funds. They Often Don’t Deliver. Wall Street Journal

Class Warfare

Even Teach For America Can’t Escape the Grip of the For-Profit Charter School Industry—and Walmart Esquire (resilc). Since Teach For America = scabs, why is anyone surprised?

The unforeseen trouble AI is now causing Next Web (David L)

Bay Area homeless students ask community, officials to stop stigmatizing them Mercury News (Dan K). A few days old, still germane.

America has never gone this long without hiking the federal minimum wage Washington Post (resilc)

Antidote du jour (DL):

And a bonus from Aleric:

10 little ducklings. Photo taken today by me at a office park drainage pond in Roseville, Minnesota.

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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  1. Steve H.

    > Engineers Boost Output of Solar Desalination System By 50 Percent

    Nano?!? Again!?!

    Try “glass lens.” ffs. That’s it, my godson’s going to Purdue next year, and coming over this summer before then, we’ll try to have the proof of concept before fall equinox.

    1. voislav

      Credit where credit is due, it pays to RTFA. They increase efficiency by 50%, not just production rate, so that the system uses less energy. The key feature is not the lenses, but the nanomaterial which absorbs solar radiation to create a temperature gradient across the osmotic membrane. Higher temperature on the salty side of the membrane drives water vapour faster across to the cooler desalted side where it recondenses. Lenses improve the efficiency further as evaporation is more efficient with a smaller number of hotspots, rather than uniform heating of the whole surface of water on the salty side of the membrane.

      1. Steve H.

        I did RTFA, are you including the efficiencies and cost of the entire ‘ing production train? Nano is a Smart solution, categorically can Not adhere to the precautionary principle, and always requires specialized production systems. Those production systems extract their energetic costs, via heirarchy and externalities (pollution), expressed as patents to allow monetization.

        From the money side, the article was written by the Media Relations officer of the university. The primary source is paywalled >$1000, but the previous works of the scientists indicate the need to distinguish efficiency, flux, and output. The Physorg headline says output, but previous articles cite efficiency and flux. Output is dependent on feedstock throughput, which is lower with NESMD. The Physorg title seems to overstate the source conclusions.

        From the material side, these are all variations within membrane solutions. This solution doesn’t work for half the population of the planet. It is an urban, high-energy high-money solution. This is the source of my own brackishness on the issue, that ethical solutions seek universal benefits.

        1. OpenThePodBayDoorsHAL

          What a lovely turn of phrase, “brackishness”. Full of nuance, the mix of salty and not-so-salty themes and ideas. It’s not every day that I get to add a colorful new word option to my lexicon, thank you.

      2. coboarts

        And just letting concentrated sunlight heat the water, distilling it and leaving the resulting concentrated sludge to be handled isn’t good enough – why? Family blog the article.

        1. oliverks

          Reverse osmosis (and other membrane technology) is much more energy efficient than distillation. So if you can use solar energy effectively (which I think they are claiming) it is a nice step forward.

    2. zer0

      Nano is the future. But its not here yet. Lots of issues with nano, surrounding durability, cost, throughput, etc.

      And these articles, while great, leave out a lot.

      What is the throughput of this new system? What is the durability of the nano membrane? Is it self cleaning? Does it need total replacement?

      Efficiency is one thing, reliability and throughput the actual thing that desalination plants would want to know. Might be energy intensive to filter sea water through current tech RO membranes, but they last quite a while and are very inexpensive.

  2. timbers

    Biden takes shot at Bernie Sanders: Go start a ‘real, physical revolution if you are talking about it’ Washington Examiner (UserFriendly)

    Of course. Because then the DHS and law enforcement can crush Sander’s physical revolution like they did Occupy Wall Street. But maybe this time they can actually assassinate the leaders of the “physical revolution” instead of just threatening to like they did last time.

    1. NotTimothyGeithner

      Amazingly enough, this is at most only the third most offensive thing Biden said yesterday. It depends on how much you consider his defense of Segregationists to be one thing.

      “I was in a caucus with James O. Eastland,” Mr. Biden said, slipping briefly into a Southern accent, according to a pool report from the fund-raiser. “He never called me ‘boy,’ he always called me ‘son.’”

      I wonder why Joe…

      On May 17, 1954, the Constitution of the United States was destroyed because of the Supreme Court’s decision. You are not obliged to obey the decisions of any court which are plainly fraudulent sociological considerations -James Eastland, a Senator who Biden said he could work with to get things done…what things Joe?

      1. RopeADope

        Biden’s history shows a clear pattern of viewing many Americans as extra people.

        Stuffing the extras in prisons, forcing the extras into the military by make student debt protected from bankruptcy, telling the younger extra generations to give him a break about how bad they have it, sending them off to get brain cancer or their limbs blown off in the Middle East.

        The odd thing is that these types of people are what invaded my grandfather’s Republican party back in the late 50s and early 60s. Yet Biden stayed in the Democratic Party like the older kid who gets held back and hangs around high school for too long. Which makes Biden a political pervert.

        It was this political perversion that attracted the Obama campaign. They grabbed the most reprobate Democrat they could find because they thought it was how they could get racists to vote for the black man. This thinking was an enormous miscalculation that showed how blind the technocrats were.

        It was a miscalculation because what happens when a black man using vaguely populist language while campaigning governs with Biden’s aristocratic southern plantation scorn of extra Americans. You get an especially virulent Tea Party. The racists of varying degrees that voted for Obama in 2008 made a gamble that the black man was more like them than the white aristocratic political class that had been trashing the country for 30 years. A black aristocratic man then betrays the white racists who threw their lot in with him, think of how that plays out politically…

        This is why Biden fails to see the GOP for what it is now. Because his worldview helped create and shape the white nationalist GOP. You know…older white man whispering advice into young black President’s ear or whatever it was that Biden keeps muttering on about.

        1. NotTimothyGeithner

          Except for a few qualified individuals, the “woke” crowd isn’t as “woke” as they like to believe. They seem more like adherents to latter day Bookerism. Biden still has a home in the party of Bill Clinton. I’m sympathetic to the idea Obama didn’t grasp how deep this strain went in Team Blue and expected Team Blue to not need to be constantly held to a higher standard. It might be why he likes Shrub so much. Shrub might be an aristocrat, but he might not be a “woke” fraud.

          Then McCain is from a military background, maybe he’s not aristocratic enough.

          My general view is the Biden VP selection was made after Obama realized some of his younger choices would likely hurt among activists in the respective states who didn’t want say an Evan Bayh on the ticket. At that point, he needed someone who wouldn’t be a loss if they were to leave the Senate and wouldn’t risk outshining Obama. Biden made sense as a VP who wouldn’t go anywhere. There is no loss seat, loss of a legislator, and it freed Congressional Democrats up to not suck up to Biden but to theoretically try to impress the electorate with legislation.

          1. OpenThePodBayDoorsHAL

            Biden’s comment is a calculation that a majority of people would not welcome a tear-it-down “physical” revolution. That’s probably true today…but I’m not sure for how much longer. My guess is that they can continue to loot the poor (while making sure more and more people are in that category) for about 10 more years. Et apres, le deluge.

    2. Robert Valiant

      Even just months ago, I thought that in 2020 I would vote for any Democratic candidate, just to increase the odds of getting rid of Trump. I will not, under any circumstances, vote for Joe Biden. Luckily (?), I live in a Democratic “safe state,” so my vote doesn’t matter anyway.

      I was disgusted watching JB poke his finger sanctimoniously at Rev. Dr. Barber in the video from the links section.

      Get bent, Biden and the Democratic Party.

    3. Brindle

      Biden yesterday at Poor People’s Campaign/Summit.
      I think Neera Tanden and Dem elites are closely watching Biden—realizing he might not be mentally up to the task ahead. He seems to lose focus then come back into focus—like his circuits are not on all the time.

      1. Pavel

        I just watched that clip… I knew Biden was pretty shaky but here he seemed positively borderline demented/senile at times. He didn’t seem at all likeable and his physical demeanor was odd. I really don’t seem him lasting through the entire primary season.

      2. jrs

        so how do we know this isn’t just another doctored video? I mean I know biden sucks. hey pelosi sucks too but that video of her was doctored.

        1. NotTimothyGeithner

          Its anecdotal, including my observations (take that how you want), but Biden has never been good on the stump when its been an every day affair. He was comically bad in 2008. He can look rested and tanned after months and out debate Palin, but he’s still basically a politician who won a safe seat in 1972 and has carried water for powers that be ever since. This is his first campaign since 1972. He didn’t deliver a state or congressional for Obama.

          He’s fine when he doesn’t have to work with the incumbency protection racket (he hasn’t had a boss in five decades), but a campaign is grueling, even one where he just stays home. If a candidate doesn’t thrive on the crowds and policy discussions, a candidate will wind up looking old and feeble.

          I would compare him to George W. Hard work revealed they were morons. They could handle light duties and doing what they were told. Shrub liked the campaign side of things, so it wasn’t as noticeable. Trump likes the performance parts too.

        2. Eureka Springs

          I never watch videos due to bandwidth limitations. The Pelosi quotes I read almost daily on twitter are just awful. Every one of them. These politicians are just lost, not even good at detecting the direction of wind changes in their face. We should never wait around expecting people lost in bubbles to decide things the way we do. They really should be directed by binding platforms or something.

          And always remember Biden was an auto dealer before he went into politics. He’s still selling nothing but lemons.

    4. Briny

      Dear Joe, don’t tempt me. You wouldn’t like what I can do. {And not leave a trail in the doing.]

  3. PlutoniumKun

    Exclusive: Overruling his experts, Pompeo keeps Saudis off U.S. child soldiers list Reuters (resilc)

    Well, here’s a surprise.

    A New York Times report in December cited Sudanese fighters saying their Saudi and United Arab Emirates commanders directed them at a safe distance from the fighting against the coalition’s foes, Iran-aligned Houthi militias.

    Who’d have thought the Saudi’s would prefer cheap cannon fodder than put themselves at risk? Such lovely allies.

  4. Wukchumni

    When it comes to Everest, part of the problem is a fixed supply. There are only so many paths up the mountain (though some daring alpinists, no doubt, prefer to blaze their own), but the number of tour groups has increased. Given this, it stands to reason that the price should be allowed to rise until the balance between supply and demand is restored.

    New Zealand doubled the price for foreigners staying in a hut last year on the Great Walks, as a way to temper the fixed supply & lessen demand.

    I love NZ, but hikes such as the Milford, Routeburn & Abel Tasman Tracks are pretty crowded compared to here in the High Sierra, any expectation of not seeing the world via different brands of backpack manufacturers isn’t in the cards, i.e. lots of people. It’s kind of fun to guess the nationality of somebody shouldering a Karrimor or Invicta pack, brands you never see in the states.

    1. Tinky

      While tramping Arthur’s Pass a few years ago, my friend and I saw only three other people, and occupied two huts alone. So there is still some relative solitude to be found, at least off the proverbial beaten path.

      1. Wukchumni

        Yes, off the beaten path tends to be more rewarding…

        I’ve been up to Avalanche Peak a few times to visit the Keas near the summit that double time or triple time you in giving off perfect photo ops, while one of their mates is rifling through the daypack you left on the ground, ha!

        1. zer0

          In normal hiking, sure.
          Off the beaten path on Everest is what a fool does when he wants to see which will win: the human body or a icy crevasse.

          IMO, the Everest should be closed down for a while, and the permits limited in number. At this point, with the amount of gear and tech available, its not even cool or a feat of human strength and will. FFS, we have 60 yo’s climbing Everest now.

              1. Massinissa

                Not sure he would be able to figure out how to get into orbit without paying someone to drive him.

        2. rah

          Recently saw a relatively low-budget but very good kea documentary on Netflix. Those birds are just wonderful

  5. PlutoniumKun

    Trump Drives Down Price Of F-35 Fighter 25% From Obama Level Forbes. UserFriendly: “ROFL, still a boondoogle.”

    The giveaway is here:

    So now we have a new “handshake agreement” disclosed last week that will carry the price-tag for the F-35A below $80 million when Lot 13 is reached. That’s less than the price of a new F-16, the legacy fighter that the F-35A was designed to replace, and the F-35A is a whole lot more capable. In less than three years, the Trump administration has negotiated down the price of each F-35A by an impressive 25%, with Lockheed Martin now formally committed to staying at that low level as long as the government sticks with its commitment on production rates.

    Yes, the costs of the F-35A are dropping – but POGO reports that they’ve achieved this by transferring the costs to the B and C variants (the ones used by the Navy and Marines). The well connected Navy and Marines have always been softer touches for contractors than the relatively rigorous Air Force.

    Its also worth pointing out that its impossible to compare the prices of military aircraft as manufacturers often just quote the raw cost of the airframe and engine, conveniently omitting all the really expensive stuff which is needed to make it combat ready. My guess would be that an off-the-peg F-16 will have a lot more included than an F-35A.

    1. justsayknow

      How does an arms deal work? Does the “purchase price” go to the manufacturer or directly to US treasury?

      Why does the president set the price? Isn’t that the “dreaded socialist government” control of production?

      1. Wukchumni

        Hi folks, Crazy Sam here offering some blowout deals on 2018 models, they won’t last!

        F-35A MSRP $89 million, now just $77 million.

        Or lease one for just $11 million down and 12,000 miles annually* on a 3 year lease @ $666k a month.

        * an excess charge of $88 per mile if you go over.

    1. Ignacio

      Thank you Svante for the comment and the link. I stopped at the Guardian story without scrolling links and then went to the comments to see if it left an impact. Your link provides a good explanation on why sciencists, politicians and attentive public in general are being shocked repeatedly on climate news.

      I have personally come to the conclusion that since we are late on our reaction to CC I have to be prepared –at least psichologically– for a future where, among other things, energy access is not warranted. My next step is to replace the natural gas boiler, but my priority is still home refurbishing

      In my view the guys that currently defend the satus quo of the fossil fuel industry will be fast overcome by the consequences of CC and the print the will leave to historians will be to demonstrate how stupid humans as individuals and as a group can be. As you wrote, uh! oh! scary! Yeah, let’s do nothing!

      1. Svante

        Quite aside from shilling geo-engineering scemes, GE industrial agriculture, greenwashing BS like switching scores-of-thousands of #4-mob oil burning boilers to gas fracked 200-400 miles away, bailing out some downright scary 40-60yr old reactors; sprinlked liberally with obfuscatory K Street tropes, dancing strawmen and red herring flopping about… I simply MISS lots of the actual journalists, astute nerds and obdurate wackos Guardian, MoJo and the rest used to employ. Now, all I had to see was an alliterative click bait Sufferin’ Succotash style lede and I simply returned to Boaty McBoatface? I’d burned free anthracite up the Poconos, but with solar preheated water feeding into it. The electricity was a GE boiling water reactor and coal co-gen. I can’t say nothing! Seems a shame to waste all them algae blooms and wind turbines & geothermal need rethinking?

  6. Wukchumni

    Ten dollars buys an abandoned Bakersfield mall

    In the end, the dilapidated, weed-strewn property that is East Hills Mall boomeranged on its former owner.

    Modesto-based The Save Mart Cos. Inc., still owed money from local investors with lofty plans to demolish and redevelop the mall, recently bought back the 350,500-square-foot property rather than auction it off on the steps of Bakersfield City Hall.

    Purchase price: $10. That sum also wipes away the sellers’ debt of more than $7.7 million to Save Mart.

    1. dearieme

      I’ve read that twice. I have no idea what it means. Can you translate it into English, please?

  7. PlutoniumKun

    Economic Lessons from Everest Project Syndicate

    Typically muddled article from an economist.

    There is a simple, and workable model for Everest, and it can be found east of Nepal in the Kingdom of Bhutan. They ban mountaineering on the high mountains, full stop. The mountains are sacred to the local people and too many people die on them. But they invest heavily in local trekking with very tight regulations to ensure that the maximum amount of tourism revenue goes to local people. There are no international hotel groups or tourism companies allowed – all is organised and paid through local companies, guides, and homestay organisations. It is equitable, manageable, and it saves lives.

    1. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

      Another alternative is to educate people that beauty can be found in one’s backyard.

      And if we can’t mediate in the noisy market place, but only on a quite mountain top, we are haven’t really arrived.

      Siddhartha attained enlightenment not on Mt. Everest, but in Bodygaya.

      Also, flying is not green. So, unless one is walking to Nepal, one is making the planet warmer in some not-negligible (and additional) way.

    2. nothing but the truth

      Nepal is a very poor, landlocked country with hardly any resources which desperately needs cash.

      their main source of income is labour remittances from India (!). Nepalese can work in India without a visa.

  8. The Rev Kev

    “Biden takes shot at Bernie Sanders: Go start a ‘real, physical revolution if you are talking about it’”

    I can just imagine the follow-on headline now-

    “Joe Biden, dead at 76. Found with pitchfork sticking out of him and a burning fire brand at his feet.

      1. Svante

        Calling white working class voters, “deplorables” lost key rust belt counties. Calling African American kids, “super-preditors” while your hubby ignores the 13th Amendment’s first sentence, loses Black precincts, while Blue Dog and New Dixicrats try their best to just deepen the Reagan/ Bush NeoConfederacy… Jeepers, I wonder why anybody would intentionally TRY to disgust, enslave or kill all their key constitu…

        Oh, NEVERMIND!

      2. Amfortas the hippie

        that he said them at all…and to crickets from Team Blue(afik), no less…is what i find disturbing.
        he’s Team Blue’s trump. chewed up the dogwhistle…doddering, even.
        drunk uncle spilling the family secrets.
        they’d rather have a real, non-peaceful revolution.
        Machine can understand that, and is well prepared for it.

    1. Hopelb

      Bernie should propose a joint Biden/Bernie fundraiser for Flint (maybe ro filters for every home) or for a go fund me Med expense, in which Bernie and Biden throw truth bombs at each other. I am thinking some origami spheres that shoot out thin paper strips with your opponents’ past deeds/quotes, would do nicely. Imagine all the origami truth Bernie could throw! Student debt, asset forfeiture, mass incarceration, Anita Hill hearing, wars, Ukraine deals,etc. What could Biden even come up with? Socialism, honeymoon in Russia, ending capitalism as we know it?

    2. jrs

      I wish for his and Trump’s death daily. Come on, they are old, where are natural causes when you really need them?

      This on a question on how to work with Republicans when the correct answer is 1) abolish the fillibuster – others are already arguing for this 2) try like heck to take the Senate like as much depends on it as the Presidency so you have a bare majority needed to pass legistlation. 3) if unable to get #2 pass legislation without Congress whenever possible, by regulation, by executive order, be the Trump of the left. 4) public pressure and bully pulpit.

      The Republican party is a death cult. You don’t work with that. Work around it, not with it.

    1. polecat

      Would you expect otherwise ?

      Mungers gotta mung, after all .. and the Times .. along with it’s twin, the Bezos Daily Rag, have to keep up appearances for the Warwolf Wokefolk !

    2. djrichard

      I’m surprised NY Times even had their commenting section enabled to begin with for that one piece that was mentioned. Usually they don’t enable comments for articles where they don’t want authority to be questioned. The Guardian does this too.

  9. PlutoniumKun

    What Really Happened to Malaysia’s Missing Airplane Atlantic

    Sadly, I think this is by far the most convincing theory I’ve read about the loss of that aircraft. Its the one that involves the least number of suppositions, and it matches the evidence. I won’t give away the conclusion as its a beautifully written and well argued article, well worth your time.

    1. Carolinian

      Well I will give away the conclusion of this very long article–the pilot did it–and point out that it has been the leading theory since the beginning. Those who enjoy this sort of narrative heavy reporting can read it for that. I’m not sure it really brings any new information.

    2. BobW

      Good article, and I went down the Atlantic rabbit hole afterwards, they have a lot of good stuff online right now.

      1. barefoot charley

        I too was surprised to read every copious word with interest, though the subject isn’t new. The idle dilettante breaking open the investigation gives me hope for a purposeful retirement.

  10. PlutoniumKun

    Sir Ivan Rogers June Speech, courtesy EU Referendum. I should say something about this, but the short version is Sir Ivan, who has pointedly avoided assigning crash out odds, now deems a no-deal to be “a probability.”

    As always with Sir Ivan, a must read. He lays it all out very succinctly and, I think, accurately. The Tory party is busy persuading itself that a no-deal is not so bad, maybe even their best option, and they seem all set to go for an early election to see if they can strike while the iron is hot.

    What they forget of course is not just that a no-deal is likely to be absolutely devastating for the economy, but that it means the EU will be in an even stronger negotiating position after it. And it will set a very high price for even the most minimal deal.

    The EU will not “punish”. It will simply do what we would do in the same position: legislate in its
    own best interests, to provide a high degree of continuity where it needs it, and to maximise the
    pressure on the UK where it doesn’t.
    Actually, it would even smoothe a no deal” Brexit in the early months. It has even set out precisely
    how on its website, after all.
    What is the optimum post “no deal” state for the EU?

    An outcome which leaves the British so far short of the gains we could make from a bog standard
    Canada style Free Trade Agreement that we are incentivised and desperate to kick off negotiations
    on one, but which leaves the EU pretty relaxed about the pace at which any such negotiation –
    which also needs unanimous agreement at 27 on a negotiating mandate to open – might start, or
    finish. If it ever does.
    “Stick the UK in a legal limbo which is asymmetrically in the 27’s favour, and it will sooner or later
    sober up and conclude this is politically and economically unviable, and be in such a rush to get out
    of it, that we can dictate terms”.
    Note again the similarity with “the clock is ticking” methodology of the last 2 years.
    It is very sad to watch blustering Brexiteers played for fools, and being nicely set up for their next
    thrashing. Because it will not be they who suffer the consequences.

    1. David

      I’m getting nervous about the continued use of “deal” in this context. “No deal” simply means the UK leaves the EU without any transitional agreement and with the maximum confusion and damage. The “deal” as such is the agreement on future relationships that the government would have to negotiate. Whilst I think everyone here understands that, I’m not confident that the Tory leadership contenders all do. What is so hard about understanding that the UK government signed a Withdrawal Agreement last year and is legally committed to it, but just hasn’t been able to get it ratified? PM Johnson is going to have an awful shock, unless he’s actually a great deal better informed than he is letting on.

      1. PlutoniumKun

        A lot of the moderately sane Tories seem to have convinced themselves that Johnson understands, and will use his status with Brexiters to persuade the EU to give a few fig leaves so he can then get everyone to vote on the withdrawal deal (which will be relabeled ‘Boris’s Deal’).

        This may well be his intention (although I’m sure nobody really knows), but even that is highly problematic – the core of the Ultras will never vote for anything like it. And I can’t see any of the opposition parties giving Johnson that sort of victory so early in his premiership. I assume this is why some are so keen on the idea of an early election – only a newly elected PM with a good majority would have any chance of forcing the WA through.

        In short, its hard to see any scenario in which Boris can get the WA past parliament, and he’s talked himself into no-deal as a reasonable alternative, as has most of the Party. The only glimmer that reality is sinking in is that at least some in the party are listening to Stewart.

        1. skippy

          What ever happened to the tax haven ploy gone wrong opening salvo, does leading with OT missives paint one into a corner, whilst simultaneously diminishing future negotiation as antics for ones cult at home.

      2. nothing but the truth

        a crisis is being engineered.

        as someone said, “a crisis is a terrible thing to waste”.

        There is a possibility of emergency/martial law in the UK. To get stuff done that cannot be done in civil ways.

  11. carl

    That 737MAX headline was coffee-spitting. Boeing, you are positively plumbing the depths of cluelessness. Hilarious, and a little tragic.

    1. The Rev Kev

      It they want that plane certified, perhaps Boeing could rebrand it as the 737 FAA. There might be a better way though. Trump “gave” Israel the Golan heights recently and last week Netanyahu declared a new settlement site open with the name “Trump Heights”. So perhaps Boeing could cut to the chase and rename it the Boeing 737 TRUMP. Not such an outlandish suggestion that as Trump is very vain with his name and airplanes. Just a coupla days ago he came up with a new colour scheme for Air Force One. It did not take long for people to note that the colour scheme suggested was just like that for Trump’s personal plane but just inverted-

      1. Carolinian

        It was Trump who first suggested they change the name. But in fairness to Trump and Boeing, branding is what our elites do these days and not just the Republicans. As Yves has said, Obama saw every problem as a PR problem.

            1. ChrisPacific

              Let’s call it ‘American Aerospace Industry’ so that nobody can miss the symbolism when the next one crashes.

      2. Carolinian

        New concern—turning that trim wheel.

        The emergency procedure under scrutiny is the final step in a checklist to counteract dangerous horizontal stabilizer movements that can be prompted by a range of causes including an MCAS malfunction.

        The FAA’s testing comes after the agency prodded Boeing to draft a new safety assessment covering MCAS as well as the emergency procedure, according to U.S. and European aviation officials.

        The FAA isn’t alone in documenting the differences in average strength between men and women in critical safety roles. The Pentagon, for example, categorizes such information in assessing the fitness of some uniformed personnel for certain assignments.

        MOA talked about this. Whether it’s a real concern, the s**t is hitting the fan for Boeing.

    2. Jessica

      I suggest Seven Thirty Oops. I am sure other commenters will come up with better names.
      I figure that “Jet That Destroyed One of the Crown Jewels of American Capitalism for the Sake of Extra Bonuses for a Few Execs” is too long.

      1. Bernalkid

        Sell the naming rights. The 737 Depends Adult Undergarment–you will need them during takeoff! (Hat tip DFW)

    3. cj51

      re: coffee-spitting
      It truly is.
      Like, let’s rename the “Edsel” “SuperCar” and see what happens.
      Nobody will notice, amiright?
      I have yet to see any info as to why Boeing thought this “safety feature”,
      where the computer forces the nose of the aircraft down, was necessary.
      How often do professional pilots stall the wings on their 737?

  12. Wukchumni

    Nothing gets shoplifted online i’d guess, although sellers run into a different set of issues, i.e. employees pilfering through the back door, dlvd goods to a customer being ‘droplifted’ off their porch, what else?

    By the way, here’s a photo of what the Wal*Mart locked case of underwear looks like in the link below-that I mentioned seeing the other day, in this instance it was pants that were behind glass.

    1. Carolinian

      One reason Amazon warehouse drudges have such short lunch periods is that they have to go through heavy security when exiting the work area. Bezos trusts his loyal workforce not at all.

      And I’ll keep an eye on the local Wally to see if the undies really are under lock and key. As I’ve mentioned the new (beta?) version of Walmart has entry gates that swing open as you walk in and don’t swing if you try to walk out (you have to exit through the checkout area). It’s unclear how this gets past the fire marshall.

      1. nippersmom

        There is probably a release mechanism tied into the fire alarm/smoke detection system.

      2. Amfortas the hippie

        i rarely enter a walmart, but when i have to, its one thats in a podunk, isolated place…so it might be interesting to see how long this stuff takes to trickle out here.
        the “self check” area has gone over like a lead balloon….almost always empty.
        what i have noticed over the past year, is lack of employees.
        used to be, they were everywhere underfoot.
        now, if i need somebody, i have to hunt for them.
        i’ve considered using the PA on more than one occasion.

        1. ChristopherJ

          Use the self check out for self, Amfortas.

          I am the worst, often scanning the wrong items… If they paid me to do it I might be more attentive.

  13. vlade

    Brexit – Sir Ivan’s speech. As usual, blunt, full of information and facts, and very very depressing. Has more thoughts than before on how he thinks the EU is making some wrong assumptions (but that it likely matters less than the horribly wrong assumptions of the British).

  14. The Rev Kev


    Interesting article this but it is incomplete in that Reuters is just one part of an international triad. Most of the international news coverage in Western media is provided by only three global news agencies – DPA/AP, Reuters and AFP – with one being German/American, one British and one French. It is a news bottleneck but more to the point, they are responsible for spreading western narratives/propaganda like ‘Assad bad, Jihadists good’ and ‘Iran is a nuclear threat’. More on this at-

    1. Carolinian

      Today’s linked article about news and antitrust seems to think the decline of the news business is all about Google and Facebook rather than the increasing concentration of the legacy news providers themselves. In reality, lefty mags like The Nation were complaining about news ownership concentration long before the internet was a thing. In fact the rise of the internet as a news source–and of sites like this one–was precisely because the traditional outlets had become so unreliable. This Google/Facebook dominance is a fairly recent thing. The turn away from the NYT and WaPo is not.

      1. anonymous

        Digital platforms and the media were discussed at length at the 2019 Chicago Booth Antitrust and Competition Conference. Sally Hubbard (the author of the link) was a participant. The conference dated the problems back before Facebook and Google, as a big loss of income came with Craigslist and the loss of classified ad revenue. Some different proposals for funding media were discussed.
        Conference video about media: (two sections, total 3 hrs)
        Conference schedule and description:
        White paper draft around which much of the discussion (other than the media section) was based:—report-as-of-15-may-2019.pdf?la=en&hash=B2F11FB118904F2AD701B78FA24F08CFF1C0F58F
        You can find all the conference videos under “Stigler Center” on YouTube.
        I stream conferences like this when I’m doing something lengthy and boring, such as cooking or dog grooming, that requires my visual attention only. The camera for the 2019 Antitrust and Competition videos is focused on the speaker, so the slides are missed, anyway, and mostly listening is fine.

        1. Carolinian

          And before the loss of classified there was TV news to take a bite out of print news. Although the local monopoly enjoyed by most big city papers by that time kept them afloat.

          Arguably the public is much better informed in the age of blogs assuming they want to be informed and not just entertained. To be sure the resources that major newspapers could bring to a story are being lost but also lost–at least one hopes–is their ability ot manufacture consent. Admittedly that last is more hope than reality.

      2. Joe Well

        Is there any left consensus on whether the death of NYT and WP would be a good or bad thing?

        1. Olga

          Not sure (who’d cover the fancy NY weddings without NYT?) – but this “Bret Stephens, Warmonger American Conservative. Resilc: “NY Times as stupid as always, they didn’t learn from Judith Miller” seems to point the way. Not only has NYT not paid any price for its manipulative “reporting” before the Iraq war, but it is at it again. So I say, put a stake in it.

        2. Plenue

          WaPo is utterly worthless since it became Bezos’s funny pages. NYT is occasionally not terrible.

    2. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

      Do people in China get mostly or only Chinese-elites approved media coverage and people in Russia get only or mostly Russian-elites approved media coverage, the same way people in the West get only or mostly Western-elites approved news coverage?

      We can’t be that exceptional (that this only occurs to us)?!!?!?!!

      1. Polar Socialist

        There was this recent event in Russia where police arrested a journalist working for a foreign funded, out-of-Russia media specialized on exposing elite’s corruption and such. The whole Russian elite-approved-and-controlled media appeared to support, loudly, the journalist. And managed to get him free and the police investigated.

        I’m sure same thing would happen here in “the West” with our free press…

  15. marym


    The crowd was jubilant. Many of the assembled spectators were black Texans who had been deceived about the war’s progress by planters hoping to maintain control over their captive workforce for one last cotton harvest.

    Two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation, slavery had finally come to an end in Texas. That day — June 19, 1865 — would come to be celebrated by black Americans all over the country, who remember Juneteenth as the anniversary of their historic triumph over the planter class.

    The abolitionist triumph over the planter class stands among the world’s most significant victories against oppression.

    Today, we celebrate the end of slavery in America and remember that, through struggle, a better world is possible.

    The first public Juneteenth events occurred in 1866, preceding any similar commemoration of the Confederacy legacy in Texas…

    These celebrations would continue throughout the 19th century—growing in size and prominence—until the advent of Jim Crow and the aggressive repression of the early 20th century…Still, the holiday remained in the civic life of black Texans, and began to expand beyond the state with the Great Migration of blacks from the South. As Isabelle Wilkerson writes in The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration, “The people from Texas took Juneteenth Day to Los Angeles, Oakland, Seattle, and other places they went.”

    Insofar that modern Americans celebrate the past, it’s to honor the sacrifices of the Greatest Generation or to celebrate the vision of the Founders. Both periods are worthy of the attention. But I think we owe more to emancipation and the Civil War. If we inaugurated freedom with our nation’s founding and defended it with World War II, we actualized it with the Civil War. Indeed, our struggle against slave power marks the real beginning of our commitment to liberty and equality, in word, if not always in deed.

    1. Amfortas the hippie

      growing up in houston’s far exurbs, Juneteenth was a big deal…although i was often the only white guy from my town that went to the big shindig in hermann park,or acres home.
      met buddy guy, and saw John Lee Hooker in the flesh.
      a more or less racist high school buddy still talks about me pretty much kidnapping him and taking him there with some of my rural black buddies.
      talk about a scared white dude,lol.
      made an impression on him, that’s for sure.
      and…i lived next door to a black church in my small college town…preacher played bass!…they always had a big deal for Juneteenth, too.
      people should get out of their comfort zones more.
      that sort of thing is pretty much all i miss about living over there.(and pine trees, sometimes)

  16. russell1200

    “Boeing Says It’s Open to Name Change for Grounded 737 Max”

    Maybe we could have a friendly contest here to help them with their new name!

    “Crash” has an awful lot of synonyms, so there are all sorts of possibilities.

        1. Anders K

          Nah, this is the perfect time. We could all use a bit more levity, and I think opening up the naming to the Internet could provide us with a few sniggers, some smiles and maybe a belly laugh or two. Sounds like a sweet deal in return for a plane model named after something inappropriate (what can I say, it will be on the Internet as said).

    1. Cal2

      Boeing 888

      That would sell well in China.

      A lucky number in Chinese. A homonym for money. So much so, that Chinese property owners hereabouts try and change their addresses to add or substitute an 8.
      U.S. Mail refuses to deliver to their new addresses.

      4 is a homonym for death. Addresses with that don’t sell well.

  17. John Beech

    Youngstown’s black working-class voters are full of economic anxiety, and not for Trump. Slate (UserFriendly)

    And so are Youngstown white working-class. When GM shuts down EVERYBODY gets hurt.

      1. flora

        From the wiki link:
        His foreign policy opinions have been characterized as neoconservative, part of a right-wing political movement associated with president George W. Bush that advocated the use of military force abroad, particularly in the Middle East, as a way of promoting democracy there.[15][16] Stephens was a “prominent voice” among the media advocates for the start of the 2003 Iraq War,[15] for instance writing in a 2002 column that, unless checked, Iraq was likely to become the first nuclear power in the Arab world.[17] Although the weapons of mass destruction used as a casus belli were never shown to exist, Stephens continued to insist as late as 2013 that the Bush administration had “solid evidence” for going to war.[17] Stephens has also argued strongly against the Iran nuclear deal and its preliminary agreements, arguing that they were a worse bargain even than the 1938 Munich Agreement with Nazi Germany.[17]


        Crazy talk. What an Übermensch…/s

        1. zer0

          Did you see the climate change portion?

          Apparently, he’s ‘agnostic’ (whatever that means) and thinks its better if people worried about the true threat: those damn mujhadeem terrorists of course!

    1. barefoot charley

      Excellent read, thanks! It names surrender of sovereignty to super-national organizations ‘authoritarian liberalism,’ ie neoliberalism, where weak states can’t impede elite looting, yet are strong enough to stop democracy from helping the victims. Very clear thinking well beyond the EU.

    2. Olga

      A good summary of what the EU really is. And perhaps this will be a future focus of the author: i.e., what does it mean when the European mini-hegemon (Germany) is itself an occupied territory by a large hegemon. And/or how the decline of the large hegemon would affect the small one.

  18. Ford Prefect

    I am so pleased that McConnell’s party is focused on free market solutions such as agricultural subsidies, government-provided disaster relief, corporate tax credits, subsidized flood insurance, USACE providing free canals and locks for shippers etc.

    I think that McConnell’s definition of socialism is both “anything the Democrats are for” and “anything that might help blacks and Hispanics as well as whites”.

  19. RopeADope

    Facebook’s CEO already told the world what he was back during the 2012 IPO for those that bothered to read the prospectus and noticed the unusual ownership structure.

    It is comical how inept the regulatory and enforcement agencies, Congress, MSM and others are with dealing with this authoritarian crime boss. Like little Neville Chamberlains they all fumble about in some alternate reality while their Keystone Cop antics endanger democracy in the real world. But don’t worry, the GOP will get right on this with their maximum pressure campaign to bring Facebook into their fold and save democracy. Or maybe they will just use this pressure to pursue things like what Paul Singer is doing.

    And what could go wrong with a global currency? Well just watch what Bernard Lietaer had to say during the EJC conference back in 2009. Video 4 and Video 5 are the most relevant.

    1. zer0

      AWS shouldve been forcibly spun off as a separate business for sure. Walmart barred from online retail. Amazon barred from shipping industry, and from using cents on the dollar, taxpayer backed USPS.

      I could go on and on about Big Pharma too. And MIC. And chemical industry.

      America is a land of mega corporations at this point. It has already DESTROYED consumer protection and tax law to a point of no return.

    2. flora

      Facebook has always seemed awfully connected to the FBI and intel agencies. (See hidden FBI psychology experiments on FB users, for example).

      Now FB “innovates” the idea of creating a global FB digital currency. Aside from the many issues of currency creation and payments systems that NC’s Clive has so ably explained, how exactly would it differ from fiat (cough, US $, cough) currency as a global currency?

      When I read the final para in Pepe Escobar’s column about the events at the recent 19th Shanghai Cooperation Summit (SCO), I wonder if this new FB digital currency is really the US govt trying to forestall movement away from the $, or defend $ reserve currency status by other means.

      “With US conservatives ratcheting up “maximum pressure” trying to frame the alleged weak node of Eurasia integration, which is already under total economic war because, among other issues, is bypassing the US dollar, no one can predict how the chessboard will look like when the 2020 SCO and BRICS summits take place in Russia.”

      On the other hand, my dot connecting might make a picture that’s no clearer on the subject than a Jackson Pollock painting. ha.

      1. Briny

        Theoretically, Libra is valued against a basket of currencies, including the US$ and UK£. I don’t have tabs on the rest. And, again theoretically, they’ll have the cash on hand. Whether both become reality is a worthy question. This is Facebook.

  20. Wukchumni

    Missing Hiker Found on North Slope of Mt. Whitney in
    Sequoia National Park

    SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. June 19, 2019 – The body of missing hiker Ling Dao was located Tuesday afternoon on the north side of Mt. Whitney in Sequoia National Park and transported to the Ash Mountain Helibase in Sequoia National Park, where he was turned over to the Tulare County Coroner’s Office. Cause of death is under investigation.

    Dao was reported missing to the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office on Friday, June 14 after not reporting for work. According to the reporting party, Dao flew into Las Vegas on Tuesday, June 11, had planned to summit Mt. Whitney on June 12, drive back to Las Vegas after summiting and catch a red-eye flight back home, to be at work on Thursday, June 13.


    This will be quite a year of people dying stupidly in the High Sierra, sadly.

    Mt Whitney has heavy snow coverage from around 10k on up, and the departed mentioned above was going to do a 22 mile dayhike and then drive to Vegas, ye gads.

    1. PlutoniumKun

      I have the impression from most adventure sports, including hiking, that the most vulnerable are those who are moderately knowledgeable and experienced, rather than the inexperienced or truly stupid. The latter usually don’t know enough to blunder into real danger. Its the people who feel they can look after themselves who frequently get careless or overambitious. The very experienced usually understand their own limitations better.

      In Ireland the mountain rescue teams call it the ‘Austrian Syndrome’ (I’ve also heard it called the ‘Swiss Syndrome’). Basically its someone, usually a tourist from the aforementioned countries, who strides off into Irish uplands proclaiming ‘I’ve hiked all over the Alps, these are just little hills!’. They then find that Irish mountains have their own particularly treacherous characteristics and end up having to call for help.

      1. Wukchumni

        I’ve been there, walked across the Sierra almost 30 years ago about this time of year and when I got to the 99 switchbacks that take you down to Trail Camp from Trail Crest, they weren’t there on account of 5 feet of snow, so I had to do ‘the great glissade’ from Trail Crest down to Trail Camp, a drop of around 1,500 feet. My other option was walking back 60 miles from whence I came.

        There were dozens of people @ Trail Camp that weren’t going any further on account of aforementioned frozen obstacles, and one gent took a couple pieces of paper and wrote a ‘score’ of 5.9 for me, which he held up in appreciation as I boot surfed into their embrace, ha!

        This is somewhat similar to my ride, but it was steeper…

    2. Ignacio

      Three years ago i was hiking on Sierra de Guadarrama, also alone, and went to climb a solitary and windy peak. I changed my original route because the snow there was to icy and tried an alternative. Suddenly I found myself in 1 meter of bland snow where each new step was exhausting. In such situation is where company migth be necessary to avoid bad decission making. Obsessive hiking may make one take bad situation judgements. I, fortunately throwed in the towel and walked back my steps.

    3. skippy

      Ahhhh …. summer hikers in Colorado high trails … only thing more quixotic is Calif license plates in the ditch at first snow.

  21. Steve H.

    “I mean, these proposals come in at 60, 70, 80 percent support, which means they’re getting support from some people who call themselves conservatives, as well as people who call themselves liberals, and progressives, and if it all zeroes in on those 535 members of Congress, the most powerful branch of government is the smallest, the Congress, and we all know their names, 535, and they all want our votes more than they want the money of corporations. It can really be very transformative, fast. American history, in some ways, teaches that if you do something fast, you’re more likely to get it done.”

    – Nader

    1. Joe Well

      Nader is so often demonized by the Democratic establishment. Maybe because he says stuff like that.

  22. jax

    Yves and company – Any insight on INSTEX, the “Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges” between the EU major players and Iran? It looks like Germany’s minister was in Tehran roughly ten days ago to hammer down details. While initially this new trade instrument will facilitate pharmaceuticals and food, not part of the US sanctions action, it seems to me that if this gets up and running and Iran’s oil is traded we’re seeing the coming defeat of the Petrodollar. What am I missing?

  23. Wukchumni

    “When demagoguery and deceit become a national political movement, we Americans are in trouble; not just Democrats, but all of us.”

    Adlai Stevenson

  24. anon in so cal


    Are these allegations / indictments concerning the Malaysian jetliner to prevent Trump from meeting with Putin at next week’s G-20 gathering?

    “Here we go again. Nicely timed for the G-20 Summit in Osaka next week. Watch for pressure to mount on Trump to cancel his scheduled meeting with Putin.”

    “Ignored so far by most US UK media, #Russia today presented new #MH17 evidence

    Russia says:

    1. Buk missile serial number shows it belonged to #Ukraine, not Russia
    2. Bellingcat images purporting to show a Russian Buk in Ukraine were digitally manipulated”

  25. Chris

    Your daily dose of the MSM acting like a comfortable blanket for the Democrats to hid in their pillow fort. Democrats don’t need to worry about policy according to Slate, because voters don’t care about policy. They care about stopping Trump! Which is why Nancy Pelosi and company are all in on impeachment…oh, wait. They aren’t. Odd.

    Or perhaps, this is more cover for the status quo. Because if voters don’t care about policy, then candidates like Gabbard and Sanders are pointless, and IdPol can reign supreme.

  26. JBird4049

    This article is smooth. I bet most of the people under 40 that read it won’t even realize the “let’s paint them all as dirty hippies” objective.

    The propaganda has become more insidious hasn’t? It would be interesting to see the who, what, and where of its financing direction, and production. Perhaps the increasing wackiness of the anti-socialism propaganda is being used like Trump’s wackiness as cover for the more dangerous actions of those like Mike Pence or in this case, the actual propaganda.

    1. Oregoncharles

      l’m about 30 years past 40, I WAS a “dirty hippy”, and I don’t see it. They’re all students, or nearly; I’ve met their tablers here in my town: both students, both young women, and very gracious to the old guy with a political agenda.

      I admit I didn’t read the whole article – got distracted by the photos, which tell quite a story if you’re familiar with lefty organizing. Maybe the author meant it as disparaging, but he sure failed with me.

      About f’ing time, is what I thought. Best of luck to them – they’ll need it. Glad they show signs of competence, as well as enthusiasm.

  27. JBird4049

    Bay Area homeless students ask community, officials to stop stigmatizing them Mercury News (Dan K). A few days old, still germane.

    If you can, read the comment to the article as it is cringe inducing. The cluelessness as well as the callousness of some of the posters is strong; it is like they refuse to see the true strength of the homeless crisis and still believe it must be the the victims’ fault.

  28. lyman alpha blob

    RE: The unforeseen trouble AI is now causing

    I’m sorry, unforeseen by whom? Jesus H Blindsided Xrist, I am so tired of this whocouldaknowed nonsense. Pretty much anyone who cares about more than profits for themselves could see it coming.

    1. Briny

      Especially those in the field. My first time at the university, I was statistics and computer science with AI at the top of the mix. I’ve been through every iteration since. I’ve even a self-designed 1 TFLOP(DP) machine here for that. The problems are obvious here especially for anyone experienced in small and huge data sets.

  29. ewmayer

    Re. KPMG cheating scandal – fitting that those links are right below the one re. the US Open coverage, because the PGA player-sponsorship rolls are chock full of crooked ibanks and corrupt accounting firms. Phil Mickelson plays wearing a big fat KPMG logo on the front of his caps and visors.

  30. ewmayer

    Facebook wants to create a worldwide digital currency Economist (David L) — I think I finally figured out the *real* reason for the FB company-scrip initiative … Zucker-born-every-minute wants to pay future fines in it. “$50 billion is rather steep, it would take us years to come up with that, and might put our holy share price – not to mention the global economy! – at risk … so how about we just give you a certificate for FB Fiatscos in the same value, as determined by our highly reliable internal currency converter?”

    1. Wukchumni

      so how about we just give you a certificate for FB Fiatscos in the same value, as determined by our highly reliable internal currency converter?”

      Oh, is that the limited addition Libras?

  31. WestcoastDeplorable

    Boeing is “open to” changing the name of the 737 Max? Good grief why, to bamboozle the public who will no doubt resist flying on it? I know I’ll be looking into just exactly what model of plane if it’s Boeing I’ll be boarding in the future, and if it’s a 737 Max (or whatever else they call it), OR the 787 assembled in North Charleston (which 9 of 15 workers polled said they wouldn’t fly), then I’ll be taking a different flight.

    1. Wukchumni

      Audi 5000 cars had this little problem with sudden acceleration circa 1980’s, and the fix was simple, it became the Audi 100.

      See how easy that was?

  32. Savita

    To Mt Everest
    The documentary ‘Sherpa’ of 2015 (Australian) discusses the reality of life from the non-Western perspective. Its very good. Amazing photography. The amount of revenue the government receives from Westerners trekking is the main obstacle to achieving a Bhutan like state of grace

    1. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

      The amount of revenue from Westerners…

      Can that government just create its own money, as much as its resources would allow?

      It would seem that the bane of many governments around the world is this desire to have global reserve money.

  33. Massinissa

    “Boeing says its open to name change”

    Maybe they should rename the plane to ‘Flying Death Trap’.

    1. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

      Boeing can sell the right to re-name it.

      Maybe Amtrak pays Boeing to calll it ‘Rail Is Greener.’

  34. VietnamVet

    Today’s links solved one question. Why hasn’t the FAA given the green light to the 737 MAX? Answer. Pilots aren’t strong enough 50 years after the 737 first flew to turn the manual trim wheel in an out of trim emergency.

    This brings up other subjects also discussed; Joe Biden and MH-370. Joe is confused like all Democrats. He realizes that a physical revolution is possible. Donald Trump was elected President! But avoids the conclusion that it is due the fact that he was the VP who restarted Cold War 2.0 that his corporate buddies needed to make even more money.

    The Atlantic article blames a corrupt Malaysian government incapable of investigating to determine the fate of MH-370. Except, it fails to mention the exact same thing happened with Netherland’s investigation of the MH-17 shoot down. The 737 MAX crashes and Boeing’s cover up and FAA’s incompetence explicitly indicate that there is a pattern here. Multi-national companies have bought corrupt governments to avoid the exposure of inconvenient truths and CEO jail time.

    The restart of the Cold War 2.0 was the reason why China broke the cycle of corruption and grounded the 737 MAX after the second crash.

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