Paragliding husky is totally chill during his adventure New York Post (furzy)
John Steinbeck: Did Nobel Prize-Winning Novelist Spy for the CIA in Paris? Daily Beast (furzy)
Orange is the new green: How orange peels revived a Costa Rican forest Princeton (Michael SF)
Instead of practicing, this AI mastered chess by reading about it MIT Technology Review (David L)
Sony Plans to Release a Wearable Air Conditioner Next Year Core77. Resilc: “See, my global warming problem is fixed. USA USA.”
Greenland Is Melting Away Before Our Eyes Rolling Stone (Chuck L)
The Dying Art of Instruction in the Digital Classroom New York Review of Books. Resilc:
The combination of computer use, Internet, and smart phone, I would argue, has changed the cognitive skills required of individuals. Learning is more and more a matter of mastering various arbitrary software procedures that then allow information to be accessed and complex operations to be performed without our needing to understand what is entailed in those operations.
US accuses Chinese billionaire of evading aluminium tariffs Financial Times
Russian army ordered to tackle massive wildfires BBC (David L)
Oil Tankers Perform Vanishing Act in Hormuz as Tensions Escalate Bloomberg (furzy)
Iran mocks Pompeo’s offers to visit Politico (Kevin W)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
DNC vs Wikileaks Court Case Ruling WSWS Glenn F: “Hadn’t heard about the case. The ruling may not bode well for the DNC and the extradition of Assange. From the post:
The judge labeled WikiLeaks an “international news organization” and said Assange is a “publisher,” exposing the liars in the corporate press who declare that Assange is not subject to free speech protections.
Facebook is funding brain experiments to create a device that reads your mind MIT Technology Review. Resilc: “What could go wrong?”
Imperial Collapse Watch
Pillars of nuclear arms control are teetering Financial Times (David L)
Stealth wars: China’s J-20 vs. USAF’s F-35 Asia Times . Resilc: “All it has to do is fly and it beats the F35.”
Bulk of Trump’s U.S. farm aid goes to biggest and wealthiest… Reuters (resilc)
Trump Administration Plans To Allow Imports Of Some Prescription Drugs From Canada NPR. Um, I don’t read this as different than existing rules. The bar is against reimportation. This reads as if the supposed rule change allows importation of drugs similar to US drugs but not made in the US.
Sen. Rand Paul offers to buy “ungrateful” Rep. Ilhan Omar a ticket to Somalia. Slate UserFriendly: It might be my imagination but i5t feels like every time someone has a big ask for Trump he has them go defend his latest dumpster fire to the press and only gives it to them if they do it well.”
Democratic debate: Biden dodges question on deportations under Obama BBC. #2 story on US edition.
This Is the Soul of the Democratic Party New Republic (resilc)
Via e-mail: DFA down on DEM DEBATE: “The real winner of tonight’s debate was Tuesday night’s debate.”
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) August 1, 2019
Twitter is censoring @TulsiGabbard from appearing in United States trends. I got her to appear on worldwide trends but with over 113k tweets she should have been on one of my US trends lists. Tulsi Gabbard needs to address this like she did with Google.#Tulsi2020 #DemDebate pic.twitter.com/YySD1rMtHR
— Currie Dobson (@Ventuckyspaz) August 1, 2019
CNN Tried to Derail Sanders and Warren Last Night. It Failed. Truthout (furzy)
Senate Democrats see Warren, Sanders proposals as unfeasible The Hill. So those Dems need to go.
Why Millennial Socialists Aren’t Into Elizabeth Warren Atlantic (resilc)
Kamala Harris’s Phony Medicare for All Plan Jacobin (furzy)
Taibbi in Iowa: Dems Are Repeating GOP’s 2016 Primary-Season Errors Rolling Stone. Resilc: “It is un-Amerikin to learn from history.”
LOL – As soon as I saw the headline I thought to myself, ‘this sounds like a Tom Steyer stunt’. Even after the debacle-for-the-pro-impeachers that was the recent Mueller testimony, the deluded True Believers just can’t help themselves. Perfectly happy to see Steyer waste more of his money on this nonsense, however!
Jeffrey Epstein Trial Will Have a Million Pages of Evidence, Lawyers Tell Court Daily Beast (furzy)
Police State Watch
Following Another Water Incident, Assemblymen Propose Law Making Disrespecting Police A Felony CBS New York. Resilc: “I love my local stormtrooper.”
Marital infidelity and professional misconduct linked, study shows ScienceDaily and People who cheat on their partners more than twice as likely to engage in workplace misconduct, study claims Independent (Dr. Kevin)
Businesses struggle for survival in US coal country Financial Times
Opinion: Central bankers now must cut interest rates to compensate for politicians’ mistakes MarketWatch. By Raghuram G. Rajan, former Governor of the Central Bank of India who gave the famed presentation at the 2005 Jackson Hole conference that concluded that financial “innovation” increased risk. He stood up to being hooted down by everyone in the room, including Larry Summers, who called him a Luddite. So this will get some attention. But as resilc pointed out, “Incentivized mistakes. USA USA.”
The Opioid Crisis Is About More Than Corporate Greed New Republic (resilc)
Lyft is halting its e-bike program in San Francisco after two bikes mysteriously erupted in flames BusinesInsider (David L)
Powell fails to bend yield curve to his will Financial Times
Drugmakers to pay $70 million over deals to keep cheap generics off the market ars technica (Dr. Kevin)
Drugmakers’ Alleged Price-Fixing Pushed a Needed Pill Out of Reach Bloomberg (resilc)
In 1980, life expectancy was the same in the US, UK, Germany, and France.
Now it’s 3-4 years lower in the US, and it is falling.
That’s in a country that spends almost twice as much on health care than every other nation. pic.twitter.com/nOUatLPy17
— Gabriel Zucman (@gabriel_zucman) July 31, 2019
Antidote du jour (furzy):
And a bonus:
I’ve discovered camel barbering and my life will never be the same. pic.twitter.com/M0sAuAGsIb
— Claude T. Hector (@TlntdMrHector) July 28, 2019
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.