Hot News from the Antarctic Underground NASA
Mammoth society seems to have been like that of modern elephants The Economist
Why This Fungus Has Over 20,000 Sexes Discover. “Where we have two traditionally recognized genders…” Who’s “we”? Thailand has 14 (or possibly 18). But who’s counting?
Tiny human brain organoids implanted into rodents, triggering ethical concerns STAT (AB). I would have thought we’d be going the other direction?
How Deutsche Bank’s high-stakes gamble went wrong FT
Me on the Equifax Breach Schneier on Security (CE).
EU gives UK up to 3 weeks to make Brexit bill offer FT. Everything is fine.
Brexit is ‘getting dramatic’, says EU BBC
Creative thinking can provide solutions to Northern Ireland’s Brexit challenges James Brokenshire, Brexit Central. Plenty of handwaving from May’s Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. Any Yes, Minister fans in the house? For “James Brokenshire” read “James Hacker.”
Priti Patel forced to resign from International Development post over Israel trip New Statesman
Catalan strike severs road links as secessionist leader regroups Reuters
The Israeli-Saudi alliance beating the drums of war Middle East Eye
Saudi Arabia has united with Israel against Iran – and a desert storm is brewing The Spectator
The Middle East Is Nearing an Explosion The Atlantic
Defeated Elsewhere, Saudi Tyrant Declares War On Lebanon Moon of Alabama
Don’t Believe the ‘Reformer’ Hype About MBS The American Conservative. MBS is “Mohammed bin Salman,” not “Mortage-Backed Security.” Still, when you think about it…
One year on, jury is still out on India’s ‘black money’ ban FT
When India’s Money Helicopter Flew the Wrong Way Bloomberg and Night Lights, Train Trips Help Study India’s Cash Ban Impact Bloomberg
A year after cash ban, India’s black money market is thriving AFP
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Emboldened by Modi’s ascent, India’s cow vigilantes deny Muslims their livelihood Reuters
Schools in Delhi close for a week due to smog conditions Christian Science Monitor
Trump’s $250 billion China ‘miracle’ adds gloss to ‘off-kilter’ trade Reuters
China signs on for $43bn Alaska LNG development FT
China’s super financial regulator headed by vice-premier more powerful than ministries South China Morning Post
New Cold War
The Democratic Money Behind Russia-gate Consortium News. I won’t speculate why HuffPo pulled the same piece, but its presence at Consortium News illustrates the importance of the small, independent venues the political class and the tech monopolies would so much like to kill.
Judge issues gag order in Manafort, Gates case Politico. “U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson’s directive released Wednesday doesn’t ban such statements outright, but prohibits any remarks that ‘pose a substantial likelihood of material prejudice to this case.'”
Report: U.S. Authorities Have Evidence To Charge Six Russian Officials In DNC Hack Reuters. From 11/1, still germane. Source: “People familiar with the investigation.” Big if true.
Anniversary of Trump’s election as President:
A Year After Trump’s Election, Nothing Has Changed Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone (Re Silc).
The Trump presidency: Looking back one year and forward one year Council on Foreign Relations
Year One: My Anger Management Katha Pollitt, NYRB. I recommend Steps One (“We admitted we were powerless…”) and Four (“Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves”) as particularly appropriate for liberal Democrats. Best of luck to Pollitt in her recovery.
Anniversary of the Apocalypse Michelle Goldberg, NYT
Trump’s Washington, One Year On Der Spiegel
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Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ Bar Metaphor Is Really Stupid Benjamin Studebaker (UserFriendly).
AT&T has ‘no intention’ of selling CNN, no matter what Trump’s DOJ says Business Insider. Heartwarming to see ginormous monopolies joining #TheResistance.
The President and the Bomb LRB
Democrats in Disarray
Poll: Views of Democratic Party hit lowest mark in 25 years CNN. To mix metaphors, a wave built on sand?
The Democratic Party Is a Mess, but It’s Still Winning VICE (Re Silc).
Democrats will struggle to win back Obama-Trump voters The Economist
Suburbs Rebel Against Trump, Threatening Republicans in Congress NYT and Is it finally blue? Democrats speed Virginia’s transformation — thanks to Trump WaPo. Conventional wisdom congeals.
After pledging an aggressive race against GOP Del. Jackson Miller, state Democratic Party abandons populist challenger Richmond Times. Lee Carter won anyhow. It’s important to have an operational definition of “unity” from the liberal Democrat perspective; this is it. This also shows that the conventional wisdom is severely, and tendentiously, oversimplified, as in the articles from Pravda and Izvestia, supra.
Election Results Invigorate Medicaid Expansion Hopes NYT. Sanger-Katz carefully airbrushes away hopes for Medicare for All, also invigorated.
Who Actually Is Reviewing All Those Preauthorization Requests? MedPage Today. Must-read.
Realizing The Promise Of Choosing Wisely Will Require Changes Both In The Culture Of Specialty Societies And In Public Policy Health Affairs. In case anybody from Health Affairs is reading this, the new cellphone-friendly layout is virtually impossible to read on a laptop — the enormous font makes the articles impossible to scan — and hence unsuitable for the expression of a complex thesis.
When Everyone Has Health Care Democracy. A Canadian doctor’s perspective.
Alabama task force performs drug raid, man dies. Officials take his home, split the proceeds. WaPo (SoC). SoC: “Another day, another unconstitutional (but legal) asset forfeiture except the same court that denied appeal gets a cut from the same seizure. As one of the article’s bicommentators said, if it was Robert Mugabe who did this we would expect it.”
Our Famously Free Press
We, The Employees Of ClickHole.com, Have Voted Unanimously To Debase Ourselves In The Most Humiliating Ways Possible To Please The Billionaires Who Could Destroy Our Website On A Whim Clickhole
Imperial Collapse Watch
Nobody’s Quaking in Their Boots, Anymore Patrick Buchanan, The American Conservative. I hate it when that old reprobate gets it right.
Why the U.S. Needs a Federal Jobs Program, Not Payouts Robert Rubin (!), New York Times. ZOMG!!! The Russians got Bob Rubin!!!!!!
Actually the magic money tree does exist, according to modern monetary theory Independent (UserFriendly). Review of Bill Mitchell’s new book, Reclaiming the State: A Progressive Vision of Sovereignty for a Post-Neoliberal World. And When neoliberals masquerade as progressives Bill Mitchell
Walmart could face a huge class action lawsuit from its female employees Quartz
Rural America’s disappearing maternity care WaPo
Airbus knew of software vulnerability before A400M crash Reuters (Richard Smith). Richard: “In addition to the usual weird failure mode, we have an underlying bureaucratic cockup, supplier conflicts, slapdash software controls. Only 4 dead this time.”
Sen. Al Franken torched Amazon, Facebook and Google for using their algorithms to maintain their massive footprints Recode. There’s lots of innovation, for sure; mostly in rental extraction from the means of consumption.
Apple Is Ramping Up Work on AR Headset to Succeed iPhone Bloomberg (Re Silc). “Apple hasn’t finalized how users will control the headset and launch apps, but is investigating touch panels, voice-activation via Siri and head gestures.”
German officials celebrate doubled Twitter character limit AP. “Munich police said that ‘at last’ they won’t need abbreviations to tweet about accidents involving forklift drivers, or Niederflurfoerderfahrzeugfuehrer.”
Qatar Airways plane forced to land after wife discovers husband’s affair midflight Guardian. “A Qatar Airways plane has been forced to land midflight after a woman who used her sleeping husband’s thumb to unlock his smartphone discovered he was having an affair.” The phones may be smart….
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