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Great apes use self-experience to anticipate an agent’s action in a false-belief test PNAS. Lambert: “They have a ‘theory of mind'”.
315 billion-tonne iceberg breaks off Antarctica BBC (resilc, David L)
A single tea bag can leak billions of pieces of microplastic into your brew CNN (resilc). A more “Eeew, gross” version of a story we ran earlier.
On Exhaustible Resources Everyday Economist. UserFriendly: “Quite possibly the stupidest thing I’ve ever read.”
3G Internet and Confidence in Government SSRN (resilc). Important.
As huge diverse crowds join this march, want to emphasize for those who STILL don’t get it: This is NOT a bunch of people upset because they can’t get on the housing ladder. This is a broad cross-section of HK’s mainstream. I daresay many of them own at least one apartment. pic.twitter.com/gJfy5X0YrN
— Antony Dapiran (@antd) October 1, 2019
A former Chinese mayor was hiding 13 tonnes of gold bullion at his home – video MBS News. Kevin W: “‘Might as well be hanged for a sheep as a lamb'”.
Whoa, this is blunt. Even more amusing, Johnson denied having made this proposal (checkpoints near but not at the border) on BBC 4 Radio:
Non-Paper = Non-Starter. Time the EU had a serious proposal from the UK Govt if a #Brexit deal is to be achievable in October. NI and IRE deserves better!
— Simon Coveney (@simoncoveney) September 30, 2019
Lib Dem newspapers delivered to Remain constituencies trumpet: 'No Deal? No Way!' Meanwhile, in Westminster:https://t.co/gBgiC5n0nk
— Richard Seymour (@leninology) October 1, 2019
Houthi rebels video fails to prove Saudi troop capture claim BBC. However, the Saudi silence is awfully loud.
Amid tensions with Iran, US shifts Middle East command from Qatar to S Carolina PressTV. Resilc: “More like prepping for Trump’s civil war threat in USA USA.”
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Can’t You Read? Nina Illingworth (UserFriendly)
YouTube is Experimenting With Ways To Make Its Algorithm Even More Addictive MIT Technology Review
Imperial Collapse Watch
American History for Truthdiggers: A Once, Always and Future Empire TruthDig. John Z: “This is Maj. Danny Sjursen’s (Ret.) last installment of his 38 part series on American History at Truthdig. It contains links to all the other parts.His analysis is particularly perceptive and he has a deep understanding of the overarching forces at work in American history.”
How Australia responded to Donald Trump’s push for help discrediting the Russia investigation news.com.au. Kevin W: “Alternate link at https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-01/donald-trump-asked-scott-morrison-for-help-mueller-report/11562604”
Border Crisis: Arizona Desert Crossing Has Claimed Thousands of Lives Rolling Stone (furzy)
Trump Knew the Ukrainian Conspiracy Theory Had Been Debunked — But Pushed It Anyway Rolling Stone (furzy)
‘Straight Shooter’ Justice Dept. Watchdog Has Held His Fire on Powerful People RealClearInvestigations (UserFriendly)
Office of the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community’s Statement on Processing of Whistleblower Complaints Office of the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community. An awfully weedy press release.
Trump impeachment: Lawyer Rudy Giuliani subpoenaed for documents BBC. Oh, now we get to the real fun. Giuliani was wearing a lot of hats for Trump. He can claim attorney-client privilege, and courts are very deferential to that, but attorney-client privilege extends only to legal as opposed to say, business or political advice. Next fallback is executive privilege. This will be instructive, needless to say…
Trump Threatens “Civil War” If He’s Impeached Vanity Fair and GOP lawmaker blasts Trump for quoting pastor warning of civil war over impeachment The Hill (resilc)
Whistleblower Complaint: Now Trump Talks of Civil War and Treason Bloomberg. Furzy: “Transcript-gate is eeirily like Nixon’s tapes being revealed by Dean….”
The Ukraine Scandal Might Be a Bad Gambit for Democrats Aaron Mate, Nation
Ukraine: A Short History of Meddling Yasha Levine
MoveOn’s Phony New Campaign for ‘Protecting Whistleblowers’ Antiwar.com (Kevin W)
Twisted Pair 1 – US Ilargi. Note the info about the impeachment process change (no floor vote) has been repeated, and therefore I assume confirmed, by non-right wing sites.
Who Ordered This Clinton Comeback Tour? New York Magazine. Resilc: “If I see much more of her I’ll vote for Trump.”
Joe Biden’s Digital Ads Are Disappearing. Not a Good Sign, Strategists Say. New York Times (resilc)
The Failed Political Promise of Silicon Valley New Republic
A Tale of Two Hospitals; One Survived, the Other Didn’t Daily Yonder (boots)
The At-Home Rape Kit Start-up Is a Useless Mess The Cut. UserFriendly: “Dear God who ever green lit this?”
WeWork shows why some venture capitalists are in a world of make-believe Economist (UserFriendly)
Wondering about that growing herd of start-up unicorns? and why IPOs flop? Turns out banks like Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase make the valuations. Have incentive to hype the start-up value in hopes of getting to do IPO, make $$$$ in fees. https://t.co/Vf75zTEGQG Read to end.
— Eileen Appelbaum (@EileenAppelbaum) September 30, 2019
Stock Buybacks Threaten Economic Growth Worth. UserFriendly: “Notable for where it’s published.”
Stores are closing at record levels. The number of people working in retail is on the decline. And if the US slips into a recession, as many economists fear it will sometime next year, the problems plaguing retail could get far worse. https://t.co/C2EKFOX93N
— CNN Business (@CNNBusiness) October 1, 2019
Fannie, Freddie to Retain Earnings Wall Street Journal. The hedgies get their payoff.
These Sheriffs Release Sick Inmates to Avoid Paying Their Hospital Bills ProPublica (resilc)
America’s Perilous Path Of Wealth Distribution Global Macro Monitor (UserFriendly)
The White-Collar Job Apocalypse That Didn’t Happen New York Times (UserFriendly)
Autonomous Weapons Need Autonomous Lawyers Air Force JAG Corps Reporter (resilc)
Antidote du jour (furzy):
And a bonus:
An octopus changing colors while sleeping has prompted marine biologists to question if it can dream pic.twitter.com/wH5bJx4TTT
— Reuters India (@ReutersIndia) October 1, 2019
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.