Scientists are racing to reengineer the banana before it’s gone forever Fast Company (Chuck L)
‘Game of Thrones’ prequel series about the Targaryen family in development at HBO, reports say CNBC. I wish Martin would have finished the books, particularly with a more fitting ending, but he’s not about to undermine the franchise.
Concerns grow over tainted sewage sludge spread on croplands PhysOrg (Robert M)
Obesity is the leading cause of death in America. When will we talk about it? Big Think. Advocates fat shaming. Go to hell. We are supposed to be sensitive to minor slurs to women and harass fat people? Did it not occur to anyone that fat people are ALREADY ashamed of being fat and get lots of negative social feedback, including being discriminated against in hiring and promotions? The false presumption is that it is not hard to get thin once you are fat. I am one of the few who has done that and it requires high levels of neuroticism, since dieting resets your metabolism lower and you have to continue to eat meagerly on a long-term basis to stay thin. If you have any kind of normal social life, this is difficult to impossible.
Huawei calls the US intel community’s bluff Asia Times (Kevin W). Am I missing something? I thought you could build in backdoors at the hardware level.
China Seeks to Narrow Trade Talks With U.S. in Bid to Break Deadlock Wall Street Journal
U.S. lawmakers flag curbs in Kashmir The Hindu
From Politico’s European newsletter. Note that my connected economist contacts say that the big dogs (as in insiders as well as pundits, see the recent Summers piece questioning over-reliance on monetary policy) have been trying to get the ECB to get out of the negative rates business, or at least stop driving further into the red. That didn’t work:
NOT GOING QUIETLY: In a reminder of where power lies in Europe, Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, made sure he will be remembered once his successor Christine Lagarde takes over the institution from November.
Back to the future: In a throwback to his famous 2012 “whatever it takes” speech, Draghi on Thursday unveiled the last big decision of his term: a package of long-term measures intended to boost the eurozone’s economy. The ECB’s governing council will cut the deposit rate by 0.1 percentage points to minus 0.5 percent and will restart a €20-billion monthly asset purchase program from November. It was successful in the very measurable, very short term: Major indices went up, Italy’s financing costs went down.
Barnier says Brexit situation is ‘serious and uncertain’ Financial Times. Full statement here.
The Dogs in the Street Know Craig Murray (Chuck L). Important, including with regard to the next story.
Johnson denies lying to Queen over Parliament suspension BBC (Kevin W)
Israel accused of planting mysterious spy devices near the White House Politico. With friends like that….
Is Killing Peasants Protecting America’s Interests? CounterPunch (resilc)
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Have You Noticed How Social Media Purges Always Align With The US Empire? Caitlin Johnstone (RR, Kevin W)
Airbus is introducing a feature on its new planes to track everything you do, including how often you use the bathroom Business Insider. So how do I put myself in a Faraday cage?
Imperial Collapse Watch
The Media’s Betrayal of American Soldiers Antiwar (resilc)
Trump Administration Rolls Back Clean Water Protections New York Times (Kevin W)
Will Trump Make Pompeo National Security Advisor? American Conservative. Resilc: “Maybe Trumpisimo could have a TV show like The Apprentice for the gig?”
What Does Bolton’s Ouster Mean to Victims of US Imperial Aggression? Black Agenda Report. Resilc: “USA USA is screwed until the war machine and empire dies. It’s not sustainable and prevents progress on real issues affecting our lives and future…..”
2020. Last night’s debate was painful, so kudos to those of you who watched all or most of it. The Democrats lost.
Kamala Harris is making a special announcement tonight where she will randomly pick 10 families across America and incarcerate them.
— Matt Stoller (@matthewstoller) September 13, 2019
It must be wonderful for mediocrities across America to see Joe Biden, one of their own, on the debate stage.
— Mike Gravel (@MikeGravel) September 13, 2019
Joe Biden’s answer on how to address the legacy of slavery was appalling — and disqualifying.
It ended in a sermon implying that black parents don’t know how to raise their own children.
— Anand Giridharadas (@AnandWrites) September 13, 2019
Bernie: The US spends more on health care than any other modern country.
Biden: This is America.
— Walker Bragman (@WalkerBragman) September 13, 2019
Actually, Pete Buttigieg, Sept. 12, 2001, Was Bad HuffPost. I recoiled at Buttigieg’s remark. NYC was on lockdown for four days, with the tunnels and bridges closed. Six miles from the WTC site, I could smell the acrid smoke when the wind turned. The only good thing about Sept. 12 was that like on Sept. 11, the weather was freakishly perfect.
Is Anyone Entertaining Enough to Beat Trump? GEN (resilc)
Jim Crow Steals N Carolina 9th CD Greg Palast
MIT President: Oh Yeah, We DID Cover Up Epstein’s Donations Daily Beast. J-LS: “Note final sentence.”
That Time EFF Got A Copyright Takedown Demand Of Its Own Artwork Techdirt (Chuck L)
Our Fabulously Free Press
ABC can go to hell. Running propaganda with a picture of @AOC being set on fire, with dead bodies & skulls in the background, was absolutely despicable. People need to be fired over this. It’s ridiculous & evil. ABC profited off of it, during the #DemDebate. Shame on ABC. Shame. pic.twitter.com/o7msRtQI3J
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) September 13, 2019
Le Monde’s editorial independence crisis deepens Financial Times
How the UK Security Services neutralised the country’s leading liberal newspaper Daily Maverick. PlutoniumKun posted this in comments yesterday, but important to read if you missed it.
17 US cities where the average salary goes much further than you’d think Business Insider. See which city is #1!
Drop in hot stocks stirs memories of ‘quant quake’ Financial Times. Important.
U.S. Core Inflation Exceeds Forecasts as Medical-Care Costs Jump Bloomberg. So much for Obamacare bending the cost curve.
What a swellegant, elegant party this is! New York Social Diary. Bear in mind, this is only garden variety, tasteful excess. See this example of wannabe rich bad taste. Resilc: “The Montgomery Vermont Knights of Columbus are holding a fundraiser to buy winter coats for poor kids in Northern Vermont.”
How Greedy Hospitals Fleece the Poor New Republic. Resilc: “I go into Harbor Freight in Pittsfield, Mass to buy a pipe bender this week. The check out lady is in a wheel chair and “Just out out of Bay State Medical after complications”…..now I wonder what her bill was……”
It fucking blows my mind that the so-called left in the US is more concerned with creating a world free of, say, flirtatious winking than it is with ending one of the eight wars we are currently waging, or getting defense industry lobbying out of our politics.
— Lily Lynch (@lilyslynch) September 12, 2019
Antidote du jour (The Pleasant Lake Protective Association via Lawrence R):
And a bonus video from Kevin W. The kitten looks so scared!
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.