California: Bees drop dead around 5G towers Express (furzy)
A Single Male Cat’s Reign of Terror Atlantic (guurst). 2 million feral cats??? And for the record, all my cats have been indoor only cats.
3 killed as cliff collapses on popular California beach Associated Press (David L). The headline was “1” when I first put the link up :-(
How Mosquitoes Changed Everything New Yorker (resilc)
Colorectal Cancer Rises Among Younger Adults New York Times (UserFriendly)
A battle for supremacy between China and the US Asia Times (Kevin W)
Good for Google, Bad for America – New York Times. UserFriendly: “Peter Thiel explains how trade works and why China and Google are evil….” Even if Thiel as a Facebook board member thinks calling out Google somehow helps Facebook, this seems awfully naive. In the minds of a lot of the public and increasing numbers of regulators, Big Tech is evil. Amplifying that message can’t be helpful to Facebook. But these squillionaires aren’t big on getting advice.
EU looks past ASEAN for deals and pacts Asia Times (Kevin W)
Tory rebels threaten Boris Johnson after majority cut to one Guardian (Kevin W)
New Cold War
Blockading Venezuela Would Be Illegal and Wrong American Conservative (resilc)
Imperial Collapse Watch
The ‘Special Relationship’ Is Collapsing… and That’s a Good Thing Strategic Culture Watch. Chuck L: “Hard to categorize. How about Revisionist History of the UK/USA “Special Relationship?” Also a Must Read candidate.”
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Pentagon testing mass surveillance balloons across the US Guardian (Kevin W)
Hacked Emails Show GOP Demands on Border Security Were Crafted by Industry Lobbyists Intercept (Chuck L, resilc)
Saikat Chakrabarti to leave Ocasio-Cortez’s office Washington Post. UserFriendly: “Pissed she folded to Pelosi.”
TSA seizes rocket launcher in Baltimore — for second time this week New York Post. Resilc: “They have big rats, you need firepower.”
Solitary Confinement Caused “Complete Mental and Physical Collapse” of Man in Virginia Prison, Lawsuit Contends Solitary Watch (Chuck L). Horrible.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) August 2, 2019
Congressional Moves on Drug-Pricing and Competition National Conference of State Legislatures (UserFriendly)
Glad this is getting traction:
If you get hit with a huge surprise bill well in excess of what the procedure should cost that is NOT your insurance company gouging you. That is the PROVIDER GOUGING YOU. Private equity firm are buying up doc group to gouge people hoping reporter will mistaking blame insurers 1/ https://t.co/gjiPtihOFX
— Jon Walker (@JonWalkerDC) August 2, 2019
Biden, Inc.: How ‘Middle Class’ Joe’s family cashed in on the family name Politico. UserFriendly: “Biden’s family; horribly corrupt! Must read.
Obama Looms over the Primary in Invisible Ways Talking Points Memo and ‘Stay away from Barack’: Dems seethe over criticism of Obama Politico. UserFriendly: “Dems morphing into the Catholic Church, Obama = infalible, now where are all the raped kids?”
UserFriendly: “I don’t know how well sharing ‘moments’ on Twitter works [neither does your humble blogger]… but dear God, literally no one understands what nuclear first use is. Shoot me.” This is the “moment”; here’s a comment:
To no one's surprise, @RepLizCheney has it completely wrong. First use of nuclear weapons is suicidal. A recent @globalzero study found that 21.6 million Americans would die in a Russian counterattack. That's 30% of the total population of America's top 145 most populated cities. https://t.co/geOdCrDomx
— Derek Johnson (@derekjGZ) August 2, 2019
Bernie Sanders Dominates as Analyses of Fundraising Data Show Vermont Senator With Widespread Support Across Nation Common Dreams (furzy). More on that heat map….
Tulsi Gabbard Thinks We’re Doomed New York Times (resilc)
The 2019 DSA Convention: Showdown at the Caucus Corral Current Affairs (UserFriendly)
Our Famously Free Press
CNN’s Industry Spin Shows Need for Independent Debates Common Dreams (furzy)
Police State Watch
Woman, 65, tasered by police after fleeing then kicking officer who stopped her over broken light: ‘You’re not placing me under no arrest’ Independent. Resilc: “If she was black she would have been gunned down.” Moi: Yes, but if she had been black, she would have presumably figured out long ago not to carry on like that with cops, particularly over a ticket they were entitled to issue.
When people ask why Puerto Rico is in turmoil, I try to emphasize 2 things:
1) The Great Recession in the US lasted 18 months. Puerto Rico has been in a recession for *13 years*
2) PR has lost ~15% of its population to outmigration since 2008, more than any country not at war
— Jeff Stein (@JStein_WaPo) August 3, 2019
Local pension costs grew in California at nearly six times national rate, new data show Sacramento Bee. Loath to sound like I am defending CalPERS, but CalPERS didn’t set the benefit levels. However, CalPERS can be criticized for keeping its return assumptions too high for too long, forcing plan sponsors to play catchup now that it is using better assumptions.
How Trump’s Political Appointees Overruled Tougher Settlements With Big Banks — ProPublica. UserFriendly: “For Fuck Sake!!!! I never would have thought it was possible to go easier on the banks that caused the recession than Obama did, but…. ” Moi: But the stakes and the total $ involved were way higher post crisis than now
How the Fed Should Fight Climate Change Atlantic (resilc)
Mr. Market Has a Sad
US-China trade tensions hit global markets Financial Times
Antidote du jour. MGL: “A hummingbird makes the rounds at the Jensen-Olson Arboretum on June 30, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Janice Gorle)”
And a bonus from guurst:
Ocelot gets a scritch scratch scrotch! pic.twitter.com/PxirG49Vub
— Mr. Meowgi (@Mr_Meowwwgi) August 1, 2019
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.