Machu Picchu: Ancient Incan sanctuary intentionally built on faults Science Daily (Kevin W)
2019 Arctic sea ice minimum tied for second lowest on record PhysOrg (Chuck L) :-(
Greta Thunberg Rips World Leaders at the U.N. Over Climate Change YouTube. UserFriendly: “100% agree with this except I refuse to believe they are any of them that aren’t pure evil.”
‘How Dare You!’ Greta Thunberg Rebukes World Leaders Nation. Resilc” “Her theatrical family roots showed up well today, Nobel, Oscar or both? As she sails home on the prince of Monaco’s tax free, high tech carbon fiber, but carbon less emitting yacht…a childhood gone, but adult career super stardom ahead…”
The Green New Deal will be tremendously expensive. Every penny should go on the government’s tab. Business Insider. I would have preferred the word “costly”. “Expensive” implies high cost relative to the benefits. And yes, private-public partnership grifters are trying to get a big part of the action.
Gene-Editing Unintentionally Adds Bovine DNA, Goat DNA, and Bacterial DNA, Mouse Researchers Find Independent Science News
‘The Bells Start Going Off.’ How Doctors Uncovered the Vaping Crisis. Wall Street Journal. Notice how a nurse figured it out.
Companies Are Using a Depression-Era Law To Escape Trump’s Tariffs — And It’s Costing Them ProPublica (UserFriendly)
Apple will make its new Mac Pro in the US The Verge. Note the Journal has the less misleading headline: Apple to Keep Building Mac Pro in U.S. After Securing Tariff Relief.
Use of “Hidden Debt Loophole” Spreads Among Australian Corporations Wolf Street. Kevin W: “Repo 105, Oz-style.”
Brexit. I will have turned in, but the Supreme Court is announcing its decision on the proroguing case at 10:30 AM London time. I hope readers will provide links and hot takes.
With an election looming, this chaotic conference is the last thing Labour needs Independent (Kevin W)
Is the British Labour Party aboard the fiscal dominance train – Part 2? Bill Mitchell (UserFriendly)
Blast From the Past Foreign Policy (Brian C)
“Military experts believe Iranian-made drones set off from Yemen to strike Aramco” ra’i al yowm Sic Semper Tyrannis (resilc)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
French application of international rules to cyberwarfare Lukasz Olejnik (Bruce Schneier via David L)
Jaron Lanier Fixes the Internet New York (David L)
Trump Put Hold on Military Aid Ahead of Phone Call With Ukraine’s President Wall Street Journal. Hoo boy. Missing from this account is whether the President of Ukraine knew of the decision before the phone call. However, the story does make clear that after the call, some Ukrainian officials were complaining to Congress that they believed the aid was frozen because they weren’t taking up the Biden investigation. The only way Trump talks his way out of this one if is his team can show they were looking into corruption in Ukraine on a broad basis (as in they have a good paper trail to justify the hold) and/or other countries were having aid delayed over corruption investigations.
Trump: A Banana Republican American Conservative
Biden extends lead over Warren, Sanders The Hill (Kevin W)
UserFriendly: “Creepy Biden ignoring climate change”
Biden is absolutely infuriating. He uses inappropriate physical touch to try to disarm and derail substantive questions about serious issues. His condescension is disgusting. https://t.co/JaMFMAb9mW
— Woobie?Tuesday (@WoobieTuesday) September 23, 2019
Biden-Linked Firm Tests Messages to Undercut ‘Medicare for All’ Bloomberg (Ian B)
Elizabeth Warren couples an emotional punch with attention to detail Los Angeles Times. Resilc: “Since when does USA USA care about detail?
Our Famously Free Press
Twitter’s ‘Hide Replies’ Function Serves To Appease The Elitists Of The Political/Media Class Caitlin Johnstone (Kevin W)
Early power shut-offs are new reality as California enters peak wildfire season Los Angeles Times (David L)
Private Companies Gathering Plate Data Are Selling Access To People’s Movements For $20 A Search TechDirt (Chuck L). From what I can tell, they are used on public highways…
Once Upon a Time in the Banking Sector: Historical Insights into Banking Competition Liberty Street Economics (UserFriendly)
Boeing to pay bereaved 737 families $144,500 each BBC. Resilc: “2018 10.5$bil in profit.” Moi: You can be sure that anyone who takes the $ will sign a release of liability.
US policeman suspended for arresting two six-year-olds BBC. Misses a key points, which I caught only by being in the vicinity of a TV when a clip on this story ran. The elementary school is a charter school. We’ve documented how the appearance of any academic success (which large scale studies have found does not exist overall) is due to charter schools aggressively getting rid of students with any behavior issues as well as ones who are underperformers (often by by characterizing their difficulties as behavior issues).
We have pointed out that UBI is a libertarian tech squillionaire plan to subsidize workers in their incubators. It is also designed to replace welfare, not improve on it, so the findings below are no surprise. However, UBI is a flawed idea because any UBI that provides an adequate income would be inflationary and would result in the elimination of pretty much all social welfare programs.
"In principal, a universal basic income (UBI) is an excellent idea. Unfortunately, Yang's version throws in three unforced and unnecessary errors that are arguably fatal to the project." @jeffspross pens the article that desperately needed to be written. https://t.co/IzIeHvpgZq
— Steve Randy Waldman (@interfluidity) September 24, 2019
Last year, over a modestly-sized tax, Amazon executives acted like mafia dons: threatening to move 7,000 jobs unless the Seattle City Council backed down.
The Council caved on the tax.
Amazon moved those 7,000 jobs anyway. https://t.co/v9B2Ra9lgv
— CounterPunch (@NatCounterPunch) September 24, 2019
Women are getting surgery to fix their resting bitch face New York Post (Dr. Kevin). Class warfare because women feel cultural pressure to make nice.
Antidote du jour. From the Comedy Wildlife Photography finalists (MGL):
And a bonus (Chuck L):
— RT (@RT_com) September 19, 2019
And a sort of bonus. I’m very fond of Kritter Klub in part because they are so “not from here” in many of the fine points. This one is the sort that a Western rescue group might not have released because it is melancholy but moving story of animal devotion:
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.