Links 8/6/18 | naked capitalism

Links 8/6/18 | naked capitalism

Personality Research in Mammalian Farm Animals: Concepts, Measures, and Relationship to Welfare Frontiers in Veterinary Science

We’ll All Be Eating Bugs Sooner Than You Think Bloomberg

Could California Flame Out? Wolf Street (EM).

Cities’ Offers for Amazon Base Are Secrets Even to Many City Leaders NYT

The Rogue Tesla Mechanic Resurrecting Salvaged Cars Vice (TS). In Massachusetts, the only state with a “right to repair” law (see NC here and here).

The great German sand shortage Handelsblatt

A copper-bottomed sign: why the metal is telling us to panic FT

Ten years after the financial crisis The Economist


A double-flash from the past and Israel’s nuclear arsenal Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

‘We Need Equality’: Tens of Thousands Attend Druze Rally Against Nation-state Law Haaretz

Saudi Arabia to freeze new trade with Canada, recalls ambassador CBC

Three Reasons Why ‘Fire and Fury’ Won’t Work With Iran Scott Ritter, Truthdig


Political bigwigs say Britain is on course to leave the EU without a deal Quartz. Liam Fox, Mark Carney.

Why stubbornness is the secret to Britishness FT

The WTO has become dysfunctional Dani Rodrik, FT

Head of German secret service advised far-right Alternative for Germany WSWS. How nice for both of them.


China’s Minsky moment beckons Asia Times

Number of people sleeping in Hong Kong McDonald’s branches skyrockets, as residents battle high rents and substandard housing South China Morning Post

Trump’s Tariffs Push Electronics From China to Southeast Asia Bloomberg

Kashmir’s war gets smaller, dirtier and more intimate Irish Times

A wave of war memorials is coming to D.C. Are we all at peace with that? WaPo

New Cold War

In a change, Trump says meeting’s purpose was Clinton info AP

Trump vs. Mueller: Bill Clinton’s Starr Strategy Meets Twitter Andrew McCarthy, National Review. Before the link above.

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The Trump-Putin friendship could be all about oil and China The Conversation

Venezuela’s President Maduro Survives Assassination Attack On Live TV Venezuelanalysis

Trump Transition

3 Takeaways After First Week of Manafort Trial Roll Call

How A Questionable Tech Contract Jeopardized Food Stamps at Farmers’ Markets Talk Poverty

Our appellate courts are too politicized. Here’s one way to fix it. Hal Singer.

The Fog of Immigration Project Syndicate

Democrats in Disarray

The Progressives’ Plan to Win in 2018 The Atlantic. “[P]rogressives offer up Alabama as a test case: In December, Doug Jones became the first Democrat elected to the Senate from the state in 25 years with the help of 96 percent of black voters.”

Democrats’ 2020 presidential fight gets an early dress rehearsal Politico

The Third Way Is a Death Trap Jacobin

Just why is the Obama Center heading to Jackson Park? Crain’s Chicago Business

Health Care

Slow rollout, more fine print with Trump health care options AP

Virgin awarded almost £2bn of NHS contracts in the past five years Guardian. Well, well; see NC here, just two days ago.

Our Famously Free Press

The local-news crisis is destroying what a divided America desperately needs: Common ground Margaret Sullivan, WaPo. Oddly, no mention of private equity.

‘The Onion’ Proudly Stands With The Media As The Enemy Of The People The Onion

Michelle Moravec — The Endless Night of Wikipedia’s Notable Woman Problem b2o

Ankle Monitors Aren’t Humane. They’re Another Kind Of Jail Wired

Class Warfare

Uber drivers strike across Australia this morning Courier Mail

Gig Firms Ask California Dems to Rescue Them From Court Ruling Bloomberg

Atmospheric carbon last year reached levels not seen in 800,000 years Science

To Freeze the Thames New Left Review

Capitalism Killed Our Climate Momentum, Not “Human Nature” Naomi Klein, The Intercept

Excess Management Is Costing the U.S. $3 Trillion Per Year Harvard Business Review. From 2016, still germane.

Antidote du jour (via):

And also from Richard Smith, an anti-antidote:

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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About Lambert Strether

Readers, I have had a correspondent characterize my views as realistic cynical. Let me briefly explain them. I believe in universal programs that provide concrete material benefits, especially to the working class. Medicare for All is the prime example, but tuition-free college and a Post Office Bank also fall under this heading. So do a Jobs Guarantee and a Debt Jubilee. Clearly, neither liberal Democrats nor conservative Republicans can deliver on such programs, because the two are different flavors of neoliberalism (“Because markets”). I don’t much care about the “ism” that delivers the benefits, although whichever one does have to put common humanity first, as opposed to markets. Could be a second FDR saving capitalism, democratic socialism leashing and collaring it, or communism razing it. I don’t much care, as long as the benefits are delivered.
To me, the key issue — and this is why Medicare for All is always first with me — is the tens of thousands of excess “deaths from despair,” as described by the Case-Deaton study, and other recent studies. That enormous body count makes Medicare for All, at the very least, a moral and strategic imperative. And that level of suffering and organic damage makes the concerns of identity politics — even the worthy fight to help the refugees Bush, Obama, and Clinton’s wars created — bright shiny objects by comparison. Hence my frustration with the news flow — currently in my view the swirling intersection of two, separate Shock Doctrine campaigns, one by the Administration, and the other by out-of-power liberals and their allies in the State and in the press — a news flow that constantly forces me to focus on matters that I regard as of secondary importance to the excess deaths. What kind of political economy is it that halts or even reverses the increases in life expectancy that civilized societies have achieved? I am also very hopeful that the continuing destruction of both party establishments will open the space for voices supporting programs similar to those I have listed; let’s call such voices “the left.” Volatility creates opportunity, especially if the Democrat establishment, which puts markets first and opposes all such programs, isn’t allowed to get back into the saddle. Eyes on the prize! I love the tactical level, and secretly love even the horse race, since I’ve been blogging about it daily for fourteen years, but everything I write has this perspective at the back of it.

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