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Liberty Street Economics
NYT. Again, I don’t want to be Mr. Counter-Suggestible here, but the signature, as it were, of this operation, as it were, is very familiar: (1) Anonymous leaks from intelligence commmunity, (2) evidence nobody can examine, (3) prurient, viral-friendly detail (piss tapes; the saw), (4) inflammatory headlines qualified by text like “increasingly convinced” and “alleged” in the body, (5) moral panic and frantic virtue signaling in the political class, and (6) full spectrum dominance in mainstream press coverage. Of course, this time everything could be true; gaslights really do flicker, after all. And if that’s the case, then all previous gaslighting will seem true, or at least truthy, via the halo effect, a salutary result for all concerned. So we’re talking win-win, here.
Philip Giraldi, Council for the National Interest. Kill a chicken to scare the monkeys. Khashoggi would be the chicken, but who are the monkeys? Internal Saudi factions would be my guess.
Haaretz. Who doesn’t hate loose ends?
HuffPo. The conclusion: “In long term, though, businesses and policymakers will need to signal consistently ― in public and in private ― that, despite the potential damage that sanctions on Saudi Arabia might do to the global economy, there are values that the international community is not ready to sacrifice. The challenge for the international community is to decide what those values are.” Indeed.
Council on Foreign Relations. Deck: “The threat of deep fakes.”
The House. Not a lot of detail on the actual fight, though.
Le Blog de Thomas Piketty (in English).
China Labour Bulletin. Sadly, there’s no animated time-line, but compare the counts in 2011 with the counts in 2018. Assuming there’s no data issue, of course. Readers?
(PDF) Made in China. Starts on page 12.
South China Morning Post
Nikkei Asian Review
New Cold War
Stephen Cohen, The Nation
National Law Journal.
Des Moines Register
Democrats in Disarray
Thomas Edsall, NYT. “The dominant role of well-educated, relatively upscale white Democrats in moving the party to the left reflects the declining role of the working class in shaping the party’s ideology.” Moving “left” and away from the working class is a neat trick, hitherto unknown to political science.
Associated Press. After gutting hundreds of news rooms with their fraudulent “pivot to video” campaign, Facebooks wants to be nice. (Hilariously, AP quotes a spokesman for Media Matters, David Brock’s beard for his oppo operation, as a source.)
The New Republic
FT. This article is much better than the vapid, clickbait headline. In fact, you can skip the rules and go to the rest of the article, which has nothing to do with the office.
Antidote du jour ():
Bonus antidote (repeats, for some reason):
The massive gator known as ‘Chubbs’, famous for shocking golfers in Tampa, Florida was just spotted again
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911)
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.