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Great White Shark Fever Sweeps Cape Cod Bloomberg (David L). Wish they were worried about pitchforks instead.
Local man accomplishes stand-up paddleboard trip from Duluth to Arctic Ocean Duluth News Tribune (Chuck L)
Our lives have been co-opted by the Convenience Industrial Complex TreeHugger (resilc)
Compound in red wine may decrease depression and anxiety New Atlas (David L)
What If Avoiding the Sun Is Bad for You? Medium (Glenn F). They didn’t control for exercise. Outdoorsy, athletic people are more active: walking, hiking, biking, sports. If there is any connection here, the causality is likely to be the other way: more energetic people are in the sun more. People who use tanning beds almost without exception have a body fetish. When I was very briefly using tanning beds, the salon was full of body builders and other fitness enthusiasts who were exercising to get a body beautiful. In general, people in more temperate parts of the US get more sun. Ditto Europe. If sun exposure were as powerful a factor as this article suggests, you’d see noteworthy variations by region of the US and by profession (like lower rates of heart disease and diabetes among fishermen and ranchers who are in the sun v. office workers).
Some wonder whether the Chinese army might be deployed to restore order https://t.co/g21Z1LJ93Y
— The Economist (@TheEconomist) July 27, 2019
“Use imperial measurements” eg “The population of the UK is 20 Bengal famines” or “Britain’s cyclically-adjusted trade deficit is half an Opium War”. pic.twitter.com/nSGekyNRKe
— Alan Beattie (@alanbeattie) July 26, 2019
Boris Johnson plans to frighten Europe then charm it. Here’s why he’ll fail Guardian. A key bit at the end, which explains why Labour hasn’t called a general election. But remember how May’s supposedly “fatal blow to Labour” snap election turned out:
The polls will show him [Johnson] that with the progressive vote split, with Labour down to 20% and the Lib Dems at 20%,, he could win a landslide in the first past the post system with an electoral understanding – even an informal one – with Nigel Farage. And he will know that if he waits too long into next year for an election, the recession will have begun to bite.
But we have this again: Boris Johnson ‘absolutely’ rules out pre-Brexit election BBC
Fernandez-Villaverde on Spain’s Economic Success Econlib. Reslic: “Brexit winner.”
New Cold War
Cyber attack hits email users probing Russian intelligence Financial Times (David L)
Iran has freed nine Indian crew members of a Panama-flagged tanker it seized this month, the Indian foreign ministry said on Saturday, and it appealed for the release of three remaining crew members held from the same ship. https://t.co/b1JW2DI5aY by @sanjeevmiglani
— Reuters India (@ReutersIndia) July 27, 2019
Iran: The Case Against War New York Review of Books
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
The Encryption Debate Is Over – Dead At The Hands Of Facebook Forbes (David L)
Imperial Collapse Watch
The Crisis of Anglo-American Democracy Jeffrey Sachs, Project Syndicate
The Marine’s F-35 Has Afterburner Trouble National Interest (resilc)
Guatemalan mother begs soldier to let her enter U.S Reuters (resilc)
Pay or Die The New York Times. Resilc: “Latin America is where our Middle East investment$ should really go. The real payback is there.”
We Are All Executioners Now New Republic
Medicare For All Isn’t That Popular — Even Among Democrats FiveThirtyEight (resilc)
MSNBC’s Anti-Sanders Bias Makes It Forget How to Do Math FAIR (UserFriendly)
Bernie Does Impromptu Medicare For All Town Hall In The Street YouTube (JohnnyGL). Important.
Dems Are Repeating GOP’s 2016 Primary-Season Errors Rolling Stone (UserFriendly). A feature, not a bug. As readers have said, the Dems would rather lose to Trump than win with Sanders, and this ridiculous field is all about draining votes from Sanders.
Sanders, Biden and the Electability Scam Black Agenda Report (resilc)
Pro-Trump Republican aiming to unseat Ilhan Omar charged with felony theft Guardian. Resilc: “‘Send me to DC where I can really steal.'”
Airbus A350 software bug forces airlines to turn planes off and on every 149 hours The Register (resilc)
Latest 737 Max Fault That Alarmed Test Pilots Rooted in Software Bloomberg. Muilenburg said on an earnings call that the latest problems (which we discussed at length in a post). The bland description in the Journal:
In late June, Boeing and the FAA disclosed still another flight-control problem on the MAX, involving failure of a microprocessor that meant test pilots couldn’t counteract a potential misfire of MCAS as quickly as required.
And in the Times:
Boeing has been developing a software update for the Max for eight months, [a Boeing spokesman] said. It is unclear whether the new flaw can be resolved by reprogramming the software or requires a hardware fix, which would be costlier and could take much longer.
The post described at length why Boeing may have hit the limit of how much it can ask the chips to do, and there’s no room on chips this old for further optimization. It would be very good news for Boeing if it really can craft a software fix, but if not, Muilenburg made this representation on an earnings call, which meant if it was misleading (and misleading is broadly defined in securities law), he was engaging in securities fraud. Stay tuned!
Banks Sued Over LIBOR Manipulation Rolling Stone (UserFriendly)
As electric vehicle production ramps up worldwide, a supply crunch for battery materials is looming CNBC. You heard this here a long time ago.
THEY SAID YOU COULD LEAVE ELECTRIC SCOOTERS ANYWHERE — THEN THE REPO MEN STRUCK BACK The Verge (DDG). My heroes!
IRS Sending Warning Letters to More Than 10,000 Cryptocurrency Holders Wall Street Journal
When in reality the largest firm of welfare in America goes to the ones at the top. Wake up folks. Greed will be our downfall. pic.twitter.com/xo8NZdiaPw
— Richard N. Ojeda, II (@VoteOjeda2020) July 25, 2019
Why Corporations Want You to Shut Up and Meditate | The Nation
Privatization of public goods can cause population decline Nature (resilc)
Antidote du jour (furzy):
And a bonus (guurst):
— PROTECT ALL WILDLIFE (@Protect_Wldlife) July 21, 2019
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.