Cryptoqueen: How this woman scammed the world, then vanished BBC. Former McKinsey consultant takes the punters for $4 billion with “OneCoin” cryptocurrency scheme. “The total worth of the cryptocurrency market has fallen to $139.7 billion – a staggering 80-percent-plus downswing compared to a $819 billion market cap in January 2018.” So 4 / 139.7 = 0.02863278453829635 or 2.9%. That’s impressive. As Yves has always said: Crypocurrencies are “prosecution futures” (2017). And, of course, Companies House! See our own RIchard Smith here (also 2017).
Driverless car groups look past the engineering challenge FT. I’ll bet they do.
Former PG&E employee says he was fired after wildfire safety complaints San Francisco Chronicle
A Solar ‘Breakthrough’ Won’t Solve Cement’s Carbon Problem Wired. But it would ameliorate them.
Burger King is running out of zesty sauce because of climate change TreeHugger (Re Silc).
Why Lifesaving Drugs May Be Missing on Your Next Flight NYT. “Citing chronic drug shortages, however, the Federal Aviation Administration has granted airlines exemptions that permit passenger planes to fly without a complete medical kit if the airlines say they cannot replenish the drugs.”
Do Not Despair of This Election Craig Murray
Imposing Control Through Fire and Blood (interview) Álvaro García Linera, Tribune
Turkey Cracks Down on Cyanide Sale After Mass Killings, Suicides Bloomberg. In this country, we prescribe oxycontin for deaths of despair, not cyanide!
Intimations of an Ending Arundhati Roy, Caravan
Game of Thrones in Malaysia The Interpeter
Hong Kong District Council election: Polls open amid high security, as protesters vow to win at ballot box Hong Kong Free Press. From the piece, ballots are hand-marked. I am not sure that they are hand-counted in public. From this image, it looks like it.
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Donald Trump’s America Can’t Fight Xi Jinping’s China James Palmer, Foreign Policy
A Split Decision From Congress Will Leave Voters With Final Say on Trump NYT. Quelle horreur….
Here is What the Horowitz Report Should Conclude Larry Johnson, Sic Semper Tyrannis
The First Glimpse into Horowitz’s FISA-Abuse Report Andrew McCarthy, National Review
John Bolton announces his next move will be Pac amid calls to testify Guardian. Perhaps Bolton considers the House beneath him.
Impeachment bombshell: Col. Mustard testimony puts Trump in the library with candlestick Duffel Blog (JT McPhee).
Fighting Words Ryan Grim, The Intercept. “Warren is not just glomming onto a movement, but hoping to reorient it from a broad force of resistance to Trump into a fighting force for economic justice.”
Evers signs bill making it a felony to trespass on pipelines WAOW. A Democrat.
Our Famously Free Press
The death knell for local newspapers? It’s perilously close. Margaret Sullivan, WaPo
Ralph Nader: American Seniors Are Being Duped Truthdig. Medicare Advantage, a Bush-era neoliberal infestation, supported by Democrats, now a new line of defense against #MedicareForAll, via loss aversion.
LA Has More Vacant Homes Than Homeless People, Report Finds LAist (JB4049).
Modern Monetary Theory: A Tool for the Global South? (interview) Fadhel Kaboub, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung
Antidote du jour (via):
“A herd of elephants marched 12 hours to the house of Lawrence Anthony after he died – the man who saved them. They stayed there silent for two days. Exactly one year after his death, to the day, the herd marched to his house again.”
A mother cougar with two very playful not so small kittens pass by our trail camera. Along with @WildlifeLeague and @JohnEMarriott we set up a series of cameras to document interesting cougar behavior for our wild cat project. Watch for surprise ending! #cougar #trailcam pic.twitter.com/ssm0nUiuRs
— Jeff Wirth (@itsjeffwirth) November 21, 2019
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.