Why modern mortar crumbles, but Roman concrete lasts millennia Science
The Global Growth Slump: Causes and Consequences Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
Now Fed Officials Are Starting to Wonder If the VIX Is Too Low Bloomberg
RBS on brink of settling chunk of pre-crisis US mortgage probe Sky News. A fine. Of course.
How Uber’s Tax Calculation May Have Cost Drivers Hundreds of Millions NYT. All that stupid money sloshing about and Uber can’t make a profit even after ripping off its drivers.
Mom feared being beaten by United crew, so she didn’t complain when her son’s seat was given away Boing Boing. That’s not a bug. It’s a feature.
US lifts laptop ban on passengers flying with Etihad, Emirates and Turkish Airlines Tech Crunch
Is the staggeringly profitable business of scientific publishing bad for science? Guardian
Scientists Know How Big the Larsen C Iceberg Will Be Climate Central
Searing Heat Is Hurting Texas Wind Power Bloomberg (Re Silc).
Volvo set to be first automaker to ditch cars powered solely by gas Japan Times
G20: A summit full of contradictions Deutsche Welle
Ahead of G20 summit, Putin calls sanctions ‘covert form’ of protectionism Reuters
Europe’s fixer, Merkel faces test in preparing the continent to confront Trump Denver Post
Merkel reiterates Europe can no longer fully rely on U.S. CBC
Here’s a history of Donald Trump’s brief, but tumultuous, relationship with Angela Merkel Mic
Only Radical Thinking and Action Can Tame Globalization Der Spiegel (Re Silc). “They all believe that free trade and the market economy do not produce prosperity for all and merely make the rich richer. They are convinced that the intertwined global economy, digital advance and untamed financial markets only serve a small elite and that the masses become the losers. The majority, they believe, are excluded from prosperity.”
EU chief mocks Brexit by comparing Britain’s trade ambitions to a Monty Python sketch Telegraph. The Black Knight, of course. “Just a flesh wound.”
EU hopes to win London’s euro trading sunk by undersea cables FT. ECB: “Financial centres next to oceans have an advantage ‘because they are directly connected to the internet backbone, at the expense of landlocked cities like Zurich….'”
Corbyn’s earned the right to do what he pleases – and he’s decided to leave mewling self-entitled Blairites out in the cold Independent. Too generous.
Reasons for Corbyn LRB
Dutch PM pleased that MH17 perpetrators will be tried in NL: “Next step” towards the truth NL Times
“They Should Look Up What Dictator Means!” Die Ziet. Interview with Erdogan.
US ready to work with Russia on Syria ‘no-fly zones’: Tillerson AFP
Mosul’s bloody endgame: a bitter new beginning? Cable
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Qatar crisis deepens after Arab states attack ‘negative’ Doha FT
Exclusive: Energy giants court Qatar for gas expansion role despite crisis Reuters
The Saudi-Qatar Spat – Qatar And Iran Are Winning – MbZ, MbS Lose Face Moon of Alabama
Saudi Bloc Slams Qatar ‘Complacency’ Over Gulf Crisis Demands Bloomberg (Re Silc).
Qatar crisis: Saudi Arabia as anti-hero? Le Monde Diplomatique
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Military chief could be new commander of ISIS Asia Times
United States Files Civil Action To Forfeit Thousands Of Ancient Iraqi Artifacts Imported By Hobby Lobby United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of New York. At least the Iraq war was good for something.
Army Unveils 700-Part Op-Order Process For Fighting New Wars Americans Won’t Care About Duffel Blog
US warns Kim Jong-un it is prepared to use its ‘considerable military forces’ against North Korea Telegraph
Can U.S. defend against North Korea missiles? Not everyone agrees Reuters
West Coast lawmakers divided on ever-more provocatory, nuclear-armed North Korea McClatchy
Chinese tech billionaire’s woes mount with asset freeze CNN. “[His company’s] U.S. interests include electric car company Faraday Future and offices in Silicon Valley.”
China polishes up rust belt with switch to creative industries FT. If this both true and a parallel process to what happened in this country — I’d love to know who the Chinese Richard Florida is — that means that Chinese workers are completely [family blog]-ed, and Chinese volatility voters will revoke the Mandate of Heaven. We can’t all become artisanal noodle makers in Chong Qing.
China calls border row with India ‘the worst in 30 years’ as both sides dig in heels South China Morning Post
Who Did Thucydides Trap? The American Conservative
A Cultural Failure: U.S. Special Operations in the Philippines and the Rise of the Islamic State War on the Rocks
Why Another Philippines Terrorist Attack is Coming The Diplomat
Democrats in Disarray
2 Silicon Valley billionaires want to reinvent the Democratic Party with a new project called ‘WTF’ Business Insider. Oh good. Squillionaires with bright ideas.
Hated by the Right. Mocked by the Left. Who Wants to Be ‘Liberal’ Anymore? NYT. The idea that today, liberals and conservatives are two flavors of neoliberal seems to elude The Grey Lady.
New Cold War
Here are the people investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election WaPo
Trump administration sets one of the slowest paces for staffing and nominations in recent history WaPo. Important!
Noam Chomsky: On Trump and the State of the Union NYT
This DOJ Letter May Be More Alarming Than Trump Commission’s Request For Voter Data HuffPo
Now involving Reddit and neo-Nazis, the spiraling Trump-CNN feud is 2017 in a nutshell LA Times
Actuaries identify “critical issues” in Senate health bill Axios
Medicare Halts Release of Much-Anticipated Data Pro Publica. Gee, that’s odd. It’s Medicare Advantage data.
Five things Canadians get wrong about the health system Globe & Mail
Maine Voices: Priceless benefits would come from single-payer health care system Portland Press-Herald
Our Famously Free Press
As Democratic Voters Shift Left, ‘Liberal Media’ Keep Shifting Right FAIR
So this one time at a journalism conference… Medium (DK).
How the AI Revolution Creates New Work John Robb, Medium
Programmers in India Have Created the Country’s First Tech-Sector Union The Nation
Americans are going deeper into debt to buy cars CNN
America’s Future Is Texas The New Yorker. The deck: “With right-wing zealots taking over the legislature even as , Texas has become the nation’s bellwether.” I’ve helpfully underlined the category error.
Oath Keepers’ actions at Woodland Mall upset family Sentinel-Tribune (see also). Yikes.
The rise of the “private government” Bill Mitchell (Furzy Mouse).
Antidote du jour:
Lambert here, about that cat: The cat would live in the barn, not a dank basement, and solve any potential problem with rodents for me (a “barn cat,” as we say in Maine). I say “would” because we hardly know each other! And I don’t have to decide until it gets colder. (I also worry about scaring off birds; I like birds.)
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.