Dear patient readers,
I am again sorry for giving you short rations in terms of original posts. I am slogging along on what will hopefully be some titillating original reporting, and am also contending with laptop loss fallout and resulting time sinks. There is still a possibility the TLC can locate the cab (they said they’d get back to me with the results of a detailed search by end of day yesterday but didn’t). In the meantime, I am checking out replacement options and consultants. In another proof of the severity of Apple crapification, I was shocked to learn that even on laptops, you can’t upgrade the RAM! WTF?!?
This Insider. Dan K: “Certified underdogs.”
CNN (David L)
MedicalXpress (Chuck L)
Sun. Oh, it’s just a sin Herxheimer’s reaction.
PhysOrg (Chuck L)
NBC (Chuck L)
George Monbiot, Guardian
Guardian. This is silly. Clive by e-mail:
The referendum was, constitutionally-speaking, advisory. It had, legally, as much weight as a Daily Mail headline. Parliament voted to trigger Article 50. It could have voted to trigger Article 50 even without a referendum. If it’d wanted to decide based on the result of a game of Happy Families with Leave and Remain teams competing, it could have done that, too.
From guurst. If you click on the tweet proper, there is a tiny “translate tweet” link at the bottom of the text:
Die Deutsche Welle, mit 300 Mio. Euro pro Jahr staatlich finanziert, und unter Rechtsaufsicht der Bundesregierung, schließt die Leserforen. Offizielle Begründung: unbequeme Leserkommentare “strapazierten das Nervenkostüm der Redakteure erheblich”. Na dann.
— Paul Schreyer (@paul_schreyer)
Bruegel. On a perverse prosecution.
Wall Street Journal
New Cold War
RT (Daniel K)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Associated Press. Great. I see a future with no public transportation for me. I opt out of scanners at the airport. As a reader who has worked on military-related projects has pointed out, if you go through and airport scanner, after as few as two trips, they can match your scan to you, effectively creating a biometric ID
BBC. I’ve assumed this to be the case, that if your device has GPS location, the only way to disable that is to put it in a Faraday bag or remove the chip.
Imperial Collapse Watch
Wall Street Journal
Bloomberg. A lawyer buddy says that means Manafort’s team is confident that they can win the argument that the government didn’t meet its burden of proof. We’ll see soon enough if they are right.
Washington Post. UserFriendly: “Why isn’t he behind bars?”
FiveThirtyEight. Dan K:
Gah. There was clearly enough analysis done (mentioned in several detail discussions) to post a second chart aggregating by contest rather than by candidate to eliminate multiple endorsement effects, as discussed here:
In races that have been called so far, 192 candidates were granted that [“gun sense” candidate] label and 79 of them won, for a win rate of 41 percent. But in many cases, gun sense candidates were running against each other in the same districts, which brought their overall win rate down. It might be fairer [ya think?!?!] to look at the how often any gun sense candidate was nominated in races where at least one person received that designation; when we do that, we find that a gun sense candidate won the Democratic nomination in 79 percent of races where Moms Demand Action had awarded the designation to at least one candidate.
New Economic Perspectives
Medium. IowanX: “I think this is a really interesting take on stuff. A long cup of coffee, but likely evergreen. I like this Andrew Dobbs guy from Austin. Housing IS health care! Who knew!”
Quartz (Chuck L)
Wall Street Journal (UserFriendly)
Wall Street Journal
Antidote du jour. From MGL:
Here are series of photos of jellyfish (sorry, can’t say what kind) we came upon on shore of Tutka Bay, AK. This one was snagged on barnacles as tide had receded. Have no idea if once cast ashore jellyfish are goners, but we watched as the tide came in to see what would happen. It did indeed break free of barnacles as bottom photo shows, but didn’t clearly drift away. We were rooting for it to have a safe return to the bay.
And a sort of anti-antidote from Igancio: “Find attached pictures of ‘Plastozilla’. I found this “monster” created to educate people about the risks of plastic waste in Oslo in mid July.”
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.