Links 8/29/18 | naked capitalism

Links 8/29/18 | naked capitalism


Dear patient readers,

Your humble blogger was very very bad and did not give our Clive the credit he was due with our Marcie Frost hiring fraud stories. Specifically, Clive found critical information on the State of Washington website, most importantly, her gubernatorial application for her appointment to the Executive Director position at the Department of Retirement Systems. So please give Clive a big and overdue round of applause!

Runaway tortoise travels across Duluth, meets mayor Duluth News Tribune (Chuck L)

Bees become ‘addicted’ to harmful pesticides, scientists warn Telegraph

A controversial comeback for a highly prized tuna Associated Press. I did my tiny part to help. I haven’t had maguro or toro for at least 15 years.

Boundary Waters canoe trip provides courage, strength, and starry nights to young East African women Quetico Superior Foundation. Chuck L:

Beginning when my kids were 10-12 or so I took my kids, one at a time, to the BWCA and in a few instances out west to the mountains, as much as I could. Kept it up until they were in their mid-20s or later, until they were too busy with life and loves. Great bonding times with daughters and son.

New Nuclear Engine Speeds Nuclear Power Energy Central (Chuck L)

Letting neural networks be weird • This AI is bad at drawing but will try anyways. AI Weirdness (UserFriendly)

Study shows air pollution may be causing cognitive decline in people MedicalXpress (Chuck L). See also: Air pollution causes ‘huge’ reduction in intelligence, study reveals Guardian (Chris m)

‘Apocalyptic threat’: dire climate report raises fears for California’s future Guardian (David L)

EU tackles cancer risk in football pitches Politico

A future for neuroscience Opentheory.net. UserFriendly: “Huge if true.”

Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s Favorite Literature Books Nuggets of Thought (Chuck L)

China?

Stocks say China’s economy is in bad shape. Steel prices tell a very different story CNBC

China Has Withheld Samples of a Dangerous Flu Virus New York Times (chuck4)

China’s refusal to share virus is “scandalous… many could die needlessly” ars technica (Kevin W)

North Korea

U.S. military says no plans to suspend more major exercises on Korean peninsula Reuters (furzy)

How Media Failures Complicate The Nuclear Talks With North Korea Moon of Alabama (Kevin W)

Italy’s anti-migrant stance puts EU Mediterranean mission at risk Reuters

Pope Francis Couldn’t Even Give Away Free Tickets to the Papal Mass in Ireland Patheos (Chuck L)

Q&A: What next for Northern Ireland after a record 589 days adrift? Guardian

Brexit

No-deal Brexit: Plan to maintain medicine supplies ‘could cost £2bn’ Guardian

Why is anyone infatuated with a no-deal Brexit? Gideon Rachman, Financial Times (syndicated)

Brussels: May’s Brexit plan would save UK business billions: EU negotiators proposed boycotting the talks if the UK presented the Chequers Brexit plan. Politico

New Cold War

Skripals – When the BBC Hide the Truth Craig Murray (Chuck L)

Facebook Censorship, Mad Ben Nimmo and the Atlantic Council Craig Murray (Chuck L)

Syraqistan

Russia’s fleet to counter US moves ahead of Syrian offensive Asia Times

Syria Spurns US Offer to Pull Out Troops as Trade for Iran Withdrawal – Report Sputnik. Kevin W: “Report sounds legit as Trump wants a cut of Syria’s oil.”

Leaked Scenes from Censored Documentary Reveal Israel Lobbyist Noah Pollak Astroturfing an Anti-Palestinian Protest Grayzone Project (Chuck L)

Big Brother is Watching You Watch

If you have a Yahoo account your emails have probably been scanned to figure out what you buy — and they may have been read by employees of the company Business Insider

Report: Baylor Secretly Infiltrated Sexual Assault Survivor Groups DeadSpin (Chuck L)

Imperial Collapse Watch

The Sun Does Not Revolve Around the US Consortiumnews (KF)

Trump Transition

‘He woke us up’: Why these Latinos love Trump BBC

The FBI Informant Who Monitored the Trump Campaign, Stefan Halper, Oversaw a CIA Spying Operation in the 1980 Presidential Election Intercept (furzy)

McCain’s death marks decline of Trump’s GOP Senate critics The Hill (Chuck L)

Senate Democrats want government to say if GDP growth helps middle class Vox. UserFriendly: “Odd they didn’t want this under Obama.”

Republicans Suffer from “Backfire Effect” in Study on Exposure to Opposite Views Inverse (David L). This should not be seen as news. Other cognitive bias studies have found that people with strong views double down on their priors when presented with contradictory information.

Fake News

CNN, Credibly Accused of Lying to its Audience About a Key Claim in its Blockbuster Cohen Story, Refuses to Comment Glenn Greenwald, Intercept

Trump Warns Tech Giants to ‘Be Careful,’ Claiming They Rig Searches Bloomberg. NC no longer appears in Google alerts, FWIW.

Dozens at Facebook Unite to Challenge Its ‘Intolerant’ Liberal Culture New York Times (Darius)

Hurricane Maria caused an estimated 2,975 deaths in Puerto Rico, new study finds CBS

Toyota invests $500 million in Uber CNN (Bob K)

Elon Musk Is Doubling Down on the Pedo Thing Jalopnik (Kevin W)

Tesla, Musk face SEC wrist slap at worst, experts say: Frankel Reuters (UserFriendly)

The irredeemable in pursuit of the insatiable Inside Story

Class Warfare

‘I feel very betrayed’: Basic-income recipients react to one of the world’s largest experiments suddenly being canceled Business Insider. UserFriendly: “I think this is a perfect example of how an UBI would work; get canceled as soon as a conservative gets elected.: Moi: We warned about this early on, with the Speenhamland system leading to the backlash of the Poor Law of 1834, designed to punish the poor and included workhouses which deliberately broke up families.

A social wealth fund proposal: the American Solidarity Fund Vox. UserFriendly:

Sigh. Bruenig’s convoluted, never gonna happen, way to an UBI gets a mixed review from Yglesias. Of course he likes all the bad parts and doesn’t like what’s good.

‘I hate them’: Locals reportedly frustrated with Alphabet’s self-driving cars CNBC. Top story on the site as of now. Get one of the summary points:

Stocks say China’s economy is in bad shape. Steel prices tell a very different story CNBC

China Has Withheld Samples of a Dangerous Flu Virus New York Times (chuck4)

China’s refusal to share virus is “scandalous… many could die needlessly” ars technica (Kevin W)

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Antidote du jour. I am hoisting some old antidotes I missed. From Stephen L in 2015 via e-mail:

Stocks say China’s economy is in bad shape. Steel prices tell a very different story CNBC

China Has Withheld Samples of a Dangerous Flu Virus New York Times (chuck4)

China’s refusal to share virus is “scandalous… many could die needlessly” ars technica (Kevin W)

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And a bonus video. This is hysterical. Does this horse always show off, or only when he knows he’s being filmed? Secretariat, who was a very smart horse, would always pose for the camera: he’s face the photographer, perk up his ears, stand prettily and arch his neck.

And is he really huge or do these happen to be miniature cows?

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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