The World of Medieval Dogdom History Today (Adrien F)
Double joy as two new cubs of endangered Amur tiger registered in the Far East of Russia Siberian Times (guurst)
Computers Evolve a New Path Toward Human Intelligence Quanta Magazine (David L). I don’t know why human intelligence is so esteemed. It just happens to be the one we know best. Dolphins exhibit a lot of bad human behaviors (young males will capture and rape females, dolphin pods will gang up into bigger groups to raid females) but on the whole they are way more altruistic than humans.
Climate change: Vermont’s hotter, wilder weather is already here VTDigger (resilc)
Scientists Study Sea Levels 125,000 Years Ago And It’s a Terrifying Look at Our Future Science Alert (David L)
Are We Reaching Peak Phosphorus? Maybe Popular Mechanics (resilc)
Vaping Causes Lung Damage in Just 3 Days of Use, New Study Says Lundquist Institute
China Embraces Bankruptcy, U.S.-Style, to Cushion a Slowing Economy Wall Street Journal
US-China trade tensions have persisted for centuries Quartz (resilc)
Brexit: on with the charade EUReferendum
Friends and enemies: France is a big loser from Brexit Financial Times
Delhi struggles to breathe but not even in top 10 polluted Indian cities DIU News (resilc)
Yanis Varoufakis – Capitalism, Democracy and Europe Brave New Europe. A broad-ranging discussion. His take on “neoliberalism” is useful.
Mormon Family Massacre Stuns Mexico, Laying Bare Government’s Helplessness New York Times. Bill B: “Military force was the only rational option for the United States during WWII. Obrador should ponder that as he stares down an existential threat which aims to swallow everything.”
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
This article highlights my concern that the fact that three letter agencies are spying on every American is daunting and disconcerting enough, but at least those agencies are (supposed to be) bound by the Constitution and law, and have an obligation to be accountable to the People (by way of the Congressional , Executive, and Judicial branches). But private corporations have very little restrictions at all, and no duty, loyalty, or accountability (due to rights of proprietary secrets).
After 9-11, the Intelligence Community IMO made a dreadful decision to transfer the development and execution of “inherently Governmental” spying capabilities to private industry. I believe this decision was a lazy expedient to bypass the obligations under the constitution. Similarly, renditioning of torture and other intelligence driven activities were tactics to allow illegal and unconstitutional activities to occur outside the purview, and by flawed logic considered outside the transparency and accountability duties of the Government.
Once this genie was let out of the bottle, these extremely powerful, dangerous, and often unconscionable capabilities and actions become out of the Goverment’s ability to monitor and control. The private spyingbindustry sector can obtain the power to take over and control the Government (which I believe already has in at least some part). This privatized spying model enables industry to create capabilities even more powerful than those they choose to share, or even make known to, the Government – and they are largely free to sell them to the highest bidder.
I believe a mitigating approach might be to have these spying and privacy invading capabilities treated by the law as “munitions” like encryption technologies already are. They could then be treated like the weapons that they have already proven themselves to be capable of. These capabilities are presently being privately weaponized and move freely around the world at will, and we are coming to learn the horrors than occur with no oversight, accountability, nor control.
Inside the Microsoft team tracking the world’s most dangerous hackers MIT Technology Review (David L)
Chinese facial recognition system to discourage minor traffic violations. Cross the road when you shouldn't and a picture of you with your name, ID card number pop up on the big screen for everyone to see. pic.twitter.com/M3uRILtYEG
— Matthew Brennan (@mbrennanchina) November 4, 2019
How Mike Pence’s Office Meddled in Foreign Aid to Reroute Money to Favored Christian Groups ProPublica. UserFriendy: “Sad but I’d be shocked if putting ‘US aid should go preferentially to Christians’ into USAID’s charter wouldn’t pass Congress with a healthy margin.
Three Facts You Haven’t Heard Much About Are Keys to Better Policy Toward Central America Center For Global Development
Trump-Ukraine scandal: Taylor transcript details direct quid pro quo via irregular channels. Guardian. Get a load of this: “House has released the transcript of US diplomat Bill Taylor’s testimony, which describes the existence of a parallel foreign policy approach to Ukraine.” Has everyone lost their minds? The President sets foreign policy.
Democratic Socialists Had a Pretty Good Election Night Vice (UserFriendly)
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Joe Biden: An Anti-Endorsement The Nation
U.S. presidential contender Biden calls Warren jab ‘elitism’ Reuters (resilc). Biden’s touchiness smacks of sexism.
Should Democrats Panic About Warren’s Chances Against Trump? New York Magazine. Resilc: “Bernie no where in view in nymagazineistan.”
There are likely wealthy elites who served in the Obama administration at high levels and swear they are progressive who will answer the same as Bill Gates. When asked to choose between @ewarren versus Trump, they won't publicly answer. Which tells us a lot. https://t.co/vzew1PjIJg
— Matt Stoller (@matthewstoller) November 6, 2019
How Biden Killed Prison Education Atlantic
#Bernieblackout: The Media Isn’t Even Hiding Its Anti-Bernie Bias Anymore Mint Press News (Chuck L)
Pelosi Must Go Current Affairs (UserFriendly)
You can replace the term "distributed ledgers" with "shared Excel sheets" in 90% of talk about blockchain and finance. https://t.co/AE48JnEqq4
— Tracy Alloway (@tracyalloway) November 5, 2019
Rethinking Productivity Project Syndicate (David L)
The Ministry of Wiki-Truth Consent Factory (UserFriendly). More important than you might think.
Farm Bankruptcies Rise in Over Half of States 55 Route Fifty (resilc)
When Did Democrats Lose the South? Policy Tensor (UserFriendly). Intriguing, important, and as you will see, a class warfare issue.
Crocker v. Navient Solutions: A small win for student-loan debtors Condemned to DEBT (UserFriendly)
And she’s an awfully old looking for 60:
it never stops. They'll just keep doing these until the nightly news is 100% stories about inspirational child labor, 92yo Uber drivers acting as ambulance paramedics and mom's donating their kidneys to their kids b/c they don't have healthcare. Totally broken bourgeois morality. https://t.co/9v957aCkNT
— Adam H. Johnson (@adamjohnsonNYC) November 6, 2019
Antidote du jour (CV):
And a bonus. I have to confess I have a weakness for silly cats:
I watch you ?? pic.twitter.com/bmOhECgOWA
— Funny Animal (@animal_Vip) November 7, 2019
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.