Links 9/14/18 | naked capitalism

Links 9/14/18 | naked capitalism

Bacteria in a Dinosaur Bone Reignite a Heated Debate The Atlantic

Meet the other empty nesters. They’re dogs and they miss the kids, too Boston Globe

New global study reveals the ‘staggering’ loss of forests caused by industrial agriculture Science

Man killed, 12 injured after 70 gas explosions, fires rock Lawrence, Andover, North Andover WHDH

Google wants to get rid of URLs but doesn’t know what to use instead Ars Technica. This and AMP. Horrid.

Where in the World Is Larry Page? Bloomberg

Ig Nobel prizes honor do-it-yourself colonoscopies, a curious use for postage stamps, and other peculiar research Science

‘I Want to Burn Things to the Ground’ Chronicle of Higher Education. On the replicability crisis.


Emily Thornberry: ‘Britain has disappeared into the Brexit black hole FT

UK mass surveillance violates right to privacy, rules European court Deutsche Welle

The storm-clouds are building above Europe The Economist. Word of the day: Weltpolitikfähigkeit.

W(h)ither Italy? Econospeak


EU steps up planning for refugee exodus if Assad attacks Idlib FT

Is speech critical of Israel anti-Semitic? In a case that could redefine campus politics, Trump administration weighs in Los Angeles Times

North Korea

Hopes rise as two Koreas open liaison office on North’s side of border Reuters

Malaysian police probing 1MDB question those paid out of US$972m in Najib’s account Straits Times


China’s Weakest Housing Markets Flash Red in Cautionary Tale Bloomberg

Chinese consumers swing toward local brands Nikkei Asian Review

China’s trans-Himalayan tango with Nepal The Interpreter

Google Is Handing the Future of the Internet to China Foreign Policy. Makes sense. That’s what we did with our industrial base.

New Cold War

Greater Eurasia coming together in the Russian Far East Pepe Escobar, Asia Times

Russia and the United States Don’t Need New Summits Valdai Discussion Club

That Post-Liberal International Order World: Some Core Characteristics Lawfare

Trump Transition

Brett Kavanaugh reportedly accused of sexual misconduct in letter flagged to the FBI by Democrats NY Daily News

Brett Kavanaugh Committee Vote Delayed One Week HuffPo

Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy Bait and Switch The American Conservative

Trump turns back to Maria, falsely says Dems inflated toll Associated Press

Judge Rejects DeVos’s Halt of Rule to Help Defrauded Students NYT

Stephanie Kelton Wants You to Rethink the Deficit Barron’s

Democrats in Disarray

Michael Bloomberg set to run for Democrats against Trump for presidency in 2020 The Times. Please kill me now.

Cuomo wins Democratic primary Times-Union

A Group of Democrats Joined Republicans to Give Them Power in New York. On Election Day, New Yorkers Wiped Them Out The Intercept

Reports of Widespread Voter Suppression in New York State Democratic Primary MSNBC

Health Care

Prominent NYC hospitals making millions through captive insurance companies Modern Healthcare

The Crash Ten Years After

Ten Years After the Crash, We’ve Learned Nothing Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone. At least Taibbi uses the word “criminal.”

Waning co-operation makes next crisis more difficult to tackle Editorial Board, FT

Until we realise the need for a new economic model, we risk another financial crash New Statesman

Guillotine Watch

Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos Pledge $2 Billion for Homeless and Preschoolers NYT. Sanders rattled Bezos.

The “Human Rights Campaign” Has Totally Betrayed Its Constituents Current Affairs

This is how UN scientists are preparing for the end of capitalism Independent

Thousands of Chicago Workers Are Out On the First Citywide Hotel Strike In Over a Century Portside

Why parking-lot attendants across Philadelphia have launched a campaign to unionize The Inquirer

The Meteorological Strangeness Of Hurricane Florence Forbes

Future response of global coastal wetlands to sea-level rise Nature

Sunspot Observatory closed due to security issue and Update: Authorities not saying a lot as Sunspot Observatory remains closed Alamogordo Daily News. Odd.

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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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