Yves here. Thanks so much for your patience with the fundraiser! It is always stressful for us, since we wonder if you still love us or not, but this one turned out very well so we are all pleased and relieved. However, I am a bit fried between this and the news flow (as in the hysteria not only being dialed to 11 but also being sustained), so forgive me for needing to regroup a bit.
Be sure to tune in this evening when Lambert will DJ an open thread (I initially typed “threat,” hhm) for tonight’s Democratic Party debate. He’ll open it up about a half hour before official showtime, which is 8 PM EDT.
How well has China’s ultra low-emissions policy worked? ars technica (resilc)
Indigenous farming practices failing as climate change disrupts seasons National Geographic
Glyphosate Doesn’t Cause Cancer. It Saves Native Ecosystems. Slate (resilc)
I’ll let readers chew on this, but using caffeine as a basis of comparison is extraordinarily disingenuous. The amount of caffeine in coffee and colas is teeny. Pure caffeine is extraordinarily toxic. A research chemist colleague who had 12 patents to her name once took a job running a testing lab (she was a trailing spouse and this was way below her expertise level). For some reason, the lab had a pound of pure caffeine. She was completely freaked out about it. If anyone accidentally got some on their fingertip and put it in their mouth, it would be fatal. She said that pound was enough to kill 50,000 people.
Early Blizzard Wallops Vulnerable Crops Wall Street Journal
The American crackdown on Chinese intelligence Asia Times (Kevin W)
This sham of a Queen’s speech could prove the end for Boris Johnson Guardian (Kevin W). Johnson, like Theresa May, is a dead Prime Minister walking. But her precedent shows they don’t go until they are pushed very hard.
If there’s a pathway, it leads to a dead end Chris Grey. From last week, still important.
Brexit: still anybody’s guess Richard North
A divine, and divisive, institution Handelsblatt (Adrien). On the Bundesbank
SAA/SDF progress Sic Semper Tyrannis. Resilc:
The whole MSNBC crew seems ready to go fight in the Rachel Maddow brigade. NPR Albany New York liberal round table went on and on and on about USA USA leaving Syria and how tragic…. never ending war. War=careers, promotions and retirement contract jobs for CIA, DoD, State and USAid, never forget that.
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
The Foreign Office Must Be Challenged Over Sacoolas’ Immunity Craig Murray (Chris G). Presupposes you know the case, which makes the argument confusing. Key facts spread out across the article:
After I pointed out that Sacoolas does not appear on the Diplomatic List, does not hold diplomatic rank and is not accredited to a diplomatic mission, and therefore cannot be a “diplomatic agent” under the Vienna Convention, the FCO first admitted this and claimed his immunity stemmed from a separate bilateral agreement, as reported by Sky News….
Jonathan Sacoolas does not have, and has never had, any entitlement to diplomatic immunity in international law. Sacoolas works as an NSA technical officer at the communications interceptions post at “RAF Croughton”. His role is support to the interception of communications from British citizens.
Imperial Collapse Watch
The Sanctions Addicts Look For Their Next Fix American Conservative (resilc)
Haiti and the failed promise of US aid Guardian. An indictment of hte Clintons.
British holidaymakers ‘traumatised’ after arrest at US border BBC. This is not how a confident country behaves.
U.S. to Boost Tariffs on Steel Imports From Turkey Wall Street Journal
Kurds face stark options after US pullback Pepe Escobar, Asia Times
A short little history of war propaganda:
Vietnam 1964 – Gulf of Tonkin incident
Gulf War 1990 – Incubator Babies
Iraq War 2003 – Imaginary WMDs
— Sarah Abdallah (@sahouraxo) October 15, 2019
Donald Trump and the Derp State The Week (Dr. Kevin)
Your Neighbor’s Christian Education, Courtesy of Your Tax Dollars Atlantic (resilc)
Republican fail: 40 years of tax cuts, record debt and inequality gap USAToday (resilc). Huh? That’s success!
He who must not be named: How Hunter Biden became a conversation-stopper The Hill (Chuck L)
How Bernie Sanders would give power to workers in their companies Politico (resilc)
according to @gabriel_zucman et al's website https://t.co/LuetxiBJdq, when you include health insurance as a tax (which after all, is mandatory), Bernie's tax plan lowers the effective average tax rate for every income group up to 94% of income. Really cuts through the rhetoric pic.twitter.com/ICij5QVWm7
— Nathan Tankus (@NathanTankus) October 15, 2019
In Midst of Bankruptcy Fight, Elizabeth Warren Said “Joe Biden Should Not Be Allowed to Sell Out Women” The Intercept. If this is semi-official messaging, it is all wrong. The big sin of Biden’s support of 2005 BK “reform” was it hurt women? Really? Not a word about the yoke of undischargable student debt?
Los Angeles fire began under power lines, cause not known Associated Press (David L)
Massive California power outage triggers chaos in science labs Nature. From last week, still germane.
Zume, the Robotic Pizza Company, Makes Pies Only a Robot Could Love IEEE Spectrum (Michael O)
Facebook puts on brave face with Libra BBC. Delusional.
Would You Give Up Google For $17,000 a Year? The Federal Reserve Wants To Know CNBC. This is an utterly ridiculous study. First, anyone who has done marketing will tell you experts figured out decades ago that asking people whether they would buy something and what they would pay produced totally unreliable results, very much biased in favor of considerably overstating their propensity to buy and what they would pay. This likely results from wanting to please or impress the researchers. Second, this study design looks like it plays right into the cognitive bias called the endowment effect, that people value things that they own more highly than they do buying that item.
Becoming White in America New York Times (GlennF)
Antidote du jour. Tracie H’s EB White:
And a bonus (guurst):
Chameleon catching bubbles pic.twitter.com/dka3Lz0Bkf
— cute n squishy (@_Cute_n_Squish) October 7, 2019
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.