Dear patient readers,
Some of you have been getting one or two obnoxious ads that launch entire new windows: a fake Mac virus alert and an exhortation to upgrade your Flash. We’ve complained about them to our ad service, and they hadn’t done anything because tracking down and extracting the particular rogue ads from their “remnant” ads is hard, and they were planning to roll out a new ad system to us last weekend, which would have made this problem go away (plus make the site load way faster).
However, their dev team is behind schedule, so we did not go live last weekend. The frequency apparently got worse, so I insisted they use Google Adsense for the moment for remnant ads, which they are doing (and for which we thank them).
So apologies for any aggravation, but hopefully these problems are over.
Humans Will Never Live on Another Planet, Nobel Laureate Says. Here’s Why. Live Science. Eat your heart out, Elon.
Yahoo Groups is shutting down and deleting all content on December 14, 2019. Reddit/r/Archiveteam (EM).
.@JunckerEU & @BorisJohnson say there's #Brexit deal but DUP still not aboard & #EU leaders haven't seen legal text. Lots of road still to travel. Accord btw negotiators was never hard part. Ratification in hyper-divided #UK Parliament is the real hurdle https://t.co/0gi04ZxNe1
— David M. Herszenhorn (@herszenhorn) October 17, 2019
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UK and EU on verge of Brexit deal Politico. “While accepting a customs border down the Irish Sea, the proposed deal would keep Northern Ireland within the U.K.’s customs remit when it comes to trade, diplomats say.”
Boris Johnson heads to crucial Brussels summit TODAY: Last-ditch talks go down to the wire after DUP scuppered Brexit draft – but PM and EU remain confident agreement CAN be ‘finalised’ within hours as even hardliners hail ‘great progress’ Daily Mail. “Downing Street confirmed the government will now table a motion for the Commons to sit on Saturday – the first Saturday sitting since the Falklands War. If there is a deal at the summit today MPs will be asked to approve it on Saturday, but if not Mr Johnson is expected to stage a vote on whether to delay Brexit or go for No Deal. ”
Brexit: madder and madder EU Referendum
Saturday’s gonna be a busy day….
We believe the Government's proposed Withdrawal Agreement is contrary to section 55 of the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Act 2018 https://t.co/oZ5Jrkn9PR
— Jo Maugham QC (@JolyonMaugham) October 16, 2019
On a lighter note, thread:
A thread on the historic roots of why it's difficult for the UK and the EU to agree a deal. European culture is notoriously averse to compromise, largely because of the legacy of the warring tribes that historically dominated this region of the world.
— Karl Sharro (@KarlreMarks) October 9, 2019
Trump wrote letter to Erdogan telling him ‘don’t be a fool’ CNN. Contrarian view, and note the source:
I am impressed. The economic weapon is a much, much more effective one than the military one. We are no longer in 1936. Trump got it. https://t.co/WNpjHWaQP3
— Nassim Nicholas Taleb (@nntaleb) October 16, 2019
Pelosi: Trump had ‘meltdown’ during White House meeting on Syria – as it happened Guardian. House votes against stopping a war they never voted to start.
The Unholy Mess of US Middle Eastern Strategy Valdai Discussion Club
Khmer Riche Reuters
A terrible pandemic is killing pigs around the world, and U.S. pork producers fear they could be hit next WaPo. No worries. We can sell to the UK after Brexit.
Xi vows to shatter Hong Kong rebellion that is of his own making Nikkei Asian Review
Jimmy Sham, leader of Hong Kong democracy group Civil Human Rights Front, attacked on Mong Kok street South China Morning Post. Good old-fashioned police work:
Just in: This video is circulating online. It shows that a police officer is stepping on the bloodstains which CHRF convenor, Jimmy Sham, allegedly left on the scene. Police confirmed 6-7 people took part in a fight in a public space at 7.40 pm in Mong Kok. #antiELAB #AntiMaskLaw pic.twitter.com/sOe27WfNjE
— Ezra Cheung (@ezracheungtoto) October 16, 2019
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China Makes A Move On OPEC’s No.2 OilPrice.com
Haiti and the Convenience of Imperial Amnesia Black Agenda Report
“There Is Definite Hanky-Panky Going On”: The Fantastically Profitable Mystery of the Trump Chaos Trades Vanity Fair. Looks like the deplorables aren’t the only volatility voters? Comments from traders welcome.
Top US think tank criticized for taking $12 million from a Russia-tied oligarch Quartz. CFR isn’t a bottom-feeder like CAP (UAE) so this is pretty shocking.
Protecting the ‘Whistleblower’ & Other Preposterous Pranks Consortium News. (But see Snowden, Ellsberg on “the whistleblower”).
Historically accurate election model shows Trump on his way to reelection The Hill (WB) (Original from Moody’s, which has an interesting discussion of methodology).
— OpenSecrets.org (@OpenSecretsDC) October 16, 2019
After 184 years, Cherokees seek House delegate seat promised in treaty Roll Call. Elizabeth?
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
The US military is trying to read minds MIT Technology Review (EJ).
CISA’s Request for Subpoena Power Lawfare. DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.
Google exec says Nest owners should probably warn their guests that their conversations are being recorded Business Insider (KW). Never, ever buy a device that’s marketed as being “smart.”
Pontifications: Muilenburg loses chairman’s title; are his days numbered? Leeham News and Analysis
Our Famously Free Press
Flacks and Figures The Baffler
UAW & GM Have an Agreement. Will Strikers Vote Yes? Labor Notes. Explanation of “tiers.”
Aging, thin pipe likely cause of Philadelphia refinery fire Patriot-News. “Philadelphia Energy .” Never eat at a place called Mom’s….
Want To Know Whether A Psychology Study Will Replicate? Just Ask A Bunch Of People British Psychological Society
Antidote du Jour (via):
A year-long timelapse showing all the wild life that gathers around a single tree pic.twitter.com/GrJNf7jbYd
— Nature is Lit🔥 (@NaturelsLit) October 15, 2019
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.