Fire Blight Spreads Northward, Threatening Apple Orchards New York Times
Apostrophe society shuts down because ‘ignorance and laziness have won’ London Evening Standard
If there is one reason for this is it because I think both neoliberals and left-nationalists avoid the true challenge of the climate crisis. I did so myself when I wrote the book, lured into the categories presented by the actors themselves perhaps. 7/ https://t.co/kVjzklvE6d
— Quinn Slobodian (@zeithistoriker) December 2, 2019
Doctors Are Turning To YouTube To Learn How To Do Surgical Procedures CNBC. This is “kill me now” of another sort….
Hong Kong: A different kind of Cold War Asia Times
Who Pays the Tax on Imports from China? The Big Picture
What Jolly Good Fun It All Is Current Affairs (UserFriendly)
There is a possibility Jeremy Corbyn will be Prime Minister of the UK by the end of next week. There is no better time to highlight how, no matter what Corbyn does or whatever position he takes, his critics will attack him – even if they totally contradict themselves (thread).
— Colin Millar (@Millar_Colin) December 2, 2019
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
All New Cellphone Users In China Must Now Have Their Face Scanned MIT Technology Review
Chinese tech groups shaping UN facial recognition standards Financial Times
Portland Plans To Propose the Strictest Facial Recognition Ban in the Country Fast Company. More of this, please.
Google, Facebook In EU Probe Over User Data Mercury News
Imperial Collapse Watch
The U.S. Army’s Worst Tradition: Never Ready for the Next War Daily Beast (resilc)
Trump just slapped tariffs on Brazil and Argentina to try and dig himself out of a problem he created Business Insider (Kevin W)
Could America Survive a Truth Commission? Charles Hugh Smith (Chuck L). This is a bit off base. The original Truth and Reconciliation Commission was on South Africa’s apartheid era, one massive human rights abuse that had dominated political and economic life. Where do you being and end with America’s truth commissions? WMD in Iraq? Continuing mistreatment of people of color, ranging from mass incarcerations of blacks to ongoing threats, like stop and frisk and trigger happy cops (which also take out white people, just not in the same proportions)? The massive transfer of wealth to financiers post crisis? The second financial services industry bailout, foamed by 9 million significantly preventable foreclosure? Unnecessary deaths, disease, and disability due to unaffordable health care? I’m sure readers can add to this list.
Yes, Ukraine Meddled in the 2016 US Election Consortium News (Chuck L)
Democrats call BS on malarkey Politico
Sharp criticism of Pete Buttigieg from a South Bend City Councilmember: https://t.co/lvoSatIcX4
— Waleed Shahid (@_waleedshahid) December 2, 2019
How a Hillary ‘shill’ went all in for Bernie Politico (resilc)
No More Nice Dems New York Review of Books (resilc)
Mentions of Government as Top U.S. Problem Near Record High Gallup (Jerry B)
PG&E Had Systemic Problems With Power Line Maintenance, California Probe Finds Wall Street Journal. Damning:
State fire investigators had previously determined that PG&E equipment started the Camp Fire, which killed 85 people, and the company hasn’t disputed the findings. But the new [700 page] report goes well beyond earlier findings, alleging numerous serious violations of state rules for maintaining electric lines and specific problems with upkeep of the transmission line that started the fire….
“The identified shortcomings in PG&E’s inspection and maintenance of the incident tower were not isolated, but rather indicative of an overall pattern of inadequate inspection and maintenance of PG&E’s transmission facilities,” the report by the commission’s safety and enforcement division found…
he findings of the utilities commission report could lead California to impose fines and other penalties. It could also influence ongoing investigations by law-enforcement agencies, including the Butte County District Attorney and the California Attorney General, that are deciding whether to file criminal charges against the utility and its executives.
It could also become a factor in PG&E’s probation. The company is on federal probation for failure to properly inspect and maintain its gas pipeline system, which led to an explosion in 2010 that killed eight people. The federal judge overseeing PG&E’s probation has indicated that the company has violated the terms of its probation and is weighing further sanctions.
ECONOMIC LESSONS FOR 2020: A CONVERSATION WITH DR. MICHAEL HUDSON People’s Organization. December 12 in NYC.
MMT Heaven and MMT Hell for Chinese Investment and U.S. Fiscal Spending Michael Pettis. A good primer. From Ed Harrison via DS.
Good article. While IMF economists may be slowly coming around to the view that unfettered capital flows might not always be a great idea, most IMF officials and practitioners I know have long understood that they are almost never a good idea, at least for developing economies… https://t.co/oWRdfS3BqQ
— Michael Pettis (@michaelxpettis) December 3, 2019
Is the fintech bubble bursting? FT Alphaville
Billionaires only, please! London vault for the ultra-rich opens Guardian (Dr. Kevin)
How poor people survive in the USA | DW Documentary YouTube (resilc)
Appalachia vs. the Carceral State New Republic (UserFriendly)
Automating History’s First Draft Scientific American (Robert M)
Antidote du jour (Tracie H, at the Los Angeles Zoo):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.