Give Your Yard Back to Nature Popular Mechanics. Once-fringe idea goes mainstream. It’s a good idea, too.
Scam Alert: Using Voice Search? Use Caution When Asking for Auto Dial from Your Smart Device Better Business Bureau. If there can be fraud, there has already been fraud…
Wells Fargo Closed Their Accounts, but the Fees Continued to Mount NYT. Wells Fargo is just toying with us, aren’t they?
Insurance Companies Are Paying Cops To Investigate Their Own Customers Buzzfeed (DK). “[A]n extraordinary alliance between private insurers and public law enforcement agencies — one that transforms routine claims into criminal evidence, premium-paying customers into suspects, and the justice system into a hired gun for a multibillion-dollar industry.” Lol, “justice system.”
Brexit: PM to tell EU leaders to renegotiate deal BBC. That is, the Withdrawal Agreement. Let me know how that works out….
Germany’s Bond Market Is a Global Problem John Authers, Bloomberg
Criminal gangs stealing catalytic converters for precious metals Irish Times. Lots of metal theft stories in 2009-2011, IIRC….
Gibraltar rejects U.S. pressure to hold Iranian oil tanker Los Angeles Times
The Victoria Square protest (DK):
Incredible time-lapse video of yesterday's protest – and rainstorm. If anybody knows how to properly credit this, please post as reply. pic.twitter.com/othb8l5wxx
— Sheridan Prasso (@SheridanAsia) August 19, 2019
Hong Kong police: We don’t need Beijing’s help BBC. “When we asked if police had seen any evidence to back up the allegations that foreign governments had either funded or organised the anti-government protests, the answer was straight to the point: ‘No.'” Hardly the party line…
Beijing unveils detailed reform plan to make Shenzhen model city for China and the world South China Morning Post and HK’s future lies with China, not the West: Martin Jacques People’s Daily
If we burn, you burn with us Bloomberg (DK).
Hong Kong’s Protests Have Cemented Its Identity The Atlantic
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Gandhi Centre Stage, Perry Anderson, LRB (Dre42). From 2012, still germane. Grab a cup of coffee: “The British had taken over the subcontinent with such relative ease because it was politically and socially so tangled and fractured, but in imposing a common infrastructural, juridical and cultural grid on it, they unified it as an administrative and ideological reality for the first time in its history. The idea of India was theirs. But once it took hold as a bureaucratic norm, subjects could turn it against rulers, and the nimbus of empire dissolve into the charisma of nation.”
Venezuela Retains Political Control After New US Coercive Measures Venezuelanalysis
The Bogus Story That Launched a ‘Collusion’ Probe Andrew McCarthy National Review
U.S. President Trump does not want to do business with China’s Huawei Reuters. But you get what you need…
How the civilized world does health care:
At the Incheon Airport, a gurney was waiting for her at the gate. As soon as she got off, she was on the gurney, rolled onto an ambulance, and driven to Yonsei Severance Hospital, one of the best hospitals of S Korea.
The bill came out to be less than $1,000.
— T.K. of AAK! (@AskAKorean) August 18, 2019
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
L’Affaire Joffrey Epstein
Why was Jeffrey Epstein allowed to purchase small women’s panties from the Palm Beach jail? Miami Herald (Re Silc).
The Perverted Face of Elite America The American Conservative
Black Injustice Tipping Point
The Great Land Robbery: How Federal Policies Dispossessed Black Americans of Millions of Acres The Atlantic. Land and the labor markets, from 1865 ’til today.
Welcome To The Magical Mystery Plant Tour The Drive. “[D]espite the fact that [Tesla’s] industrial opera reinforces all the most fundamental lessons of automaking that have been established for decades, a surprisingly large contingent of people still seem to believe that the startup can disrupt manufacturing practices that have been honed to a sharp point by a century of competitive pressure.” Bottom line is that the robots are not taking over:
Fascinating chart from a recent Bernstein report showing that auto industry industrial robot density is reaching an equilibrium (with the exception of those wacky Koreans). In case it wasn't already obvious, Elon Musk's "Alien Dreadnought" is pure science fiction pic.twitter.com/i8u6fzZE7c
— E.W. Niedermeyer (@Tweetermeyer) June 17, 2019
The Population Bust: Demographic Decline and the End of Capitalism as We Know It Foreign Affairs. Not paywalled.
Antidote du jour (via). Upping my cat game:
Bonus antidote (via):
my piano teacher's cat is an absolute icon of feline shitheadery pic.twitter.com/mh71HGKMcl
— Heather Parry (@HeatherParryUK) August 14, 2019
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.