NPR (Dvid L)
Agence France-Presse (Chuck L)
Fortune (David L)
NPR (Chuck L). I don’t know if it is still true, but from what I have read, the only biofuel that makes ecological sense is ethanol made from cane sugar, and then only when grown in Brazil.
Inc. (David L). A step in the right direction, but why are they taking so long?
Meltdown and Spectre
Business Insider (David L)
Vineyard of the Saker. Chuck L: From a few days back but still very much topical. The following especially caught my attention:
I got a letter from this intelligence analyst who said that I underestimated the threat just by having economic chaos in South Korea, because, he said, the ports in South Korea are crucial. A lot of what is produced in China is actually manufactured in Korea, then assembled in China, so war in the Korean Peninsula would also stop a lot of the manufacturing in China. It would dramatically effect shipping through the entire region and even air movement because crucial airports are also located in South Korea, which I had overlooked. And yes, of course, in Japan.
So we’re looking at a paralysis of basically Far East Asia economically, which would be devastating economically worldwide. And this is not something that’s usually discussed.
Reuters (Kevin W)
Hat tip Richard Smith, this long tweetstorm is very informative:
Thread: How bad is and why is it so hard to unpick? Having spent the best part of 15 yrs looking at public procurement data, this is my take on the situation.
— Ian Makgill (@ianmakgill)
This may well happen here in Ontario as well. has $100's of millions in contracts in Ontario. 6,000 employees. Highways maintenance contracts covering tens of thousands of roads including the 401.
They have many hospital maintenance contracts across Ontario.
— Rick Barnes (@queerthoughts)
Guardian (Kevin W)
Imperial Collapse Watch
Pentagon Mulls Nuclear Response to Cyberattack New York Times. Help me. When attribution is at best informed conjecture? Bill B, who is a security expert, adds:
The quandary of attribution makes deterrence unrealistic. However, it would effectively lower the bar for false flag attacks. Thanks to WikiLeaks we know the CIA poses as foreign entities, like Kaspersky. Cyber Gulf of Tonkin anyone?
Daniel Ellsberg The Asia Pacific Journal. Chuck L: “Nearly nine years old but as pertinent as ever.” Moi: Today’s must read.
Reuters. EM: “After learning of the resignations U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, in an embarrassing open-mic gaffe, was heard muttering to an aide, ‘who needs that bunch of goddamned tree-hugging hippies, anyway?'”
The Hill. Will probably be resolved by Links launch time, but if not, this gives a real-time look at some of the sticking points.
New Yorker (furzy)
Minneapolis Star-Tribune (TF). Not well covered in discussions of the shutdown bill…by design.
Wall Street Journal
Politico (JTM). Mark Ames, in his book Going Postal, found that the common element among mass shooters (and this included the very few women) was being on the receiving end of sustained bullying.
Wall Street Journal
Michael Hudson, Center for Economic Policy Research
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.
Antidote du jour. Tracie H: “This is a little “Ceraunus Blue” (20-30 mm wingspan) butterfly keeping me company in the front yard while I watered.”
And a bonus antidote (Chuck L). A bit rough to watch…