Links 08/13/17

August 13, 2017

Pic of the week: Mother Nature displays a hat-trick of beauty over Arizona WaPo.

The Turkish city that discovered the key to happiness BBC

Yosemite struggles to find an answer to traffic woes LA Times

Anti-tourism attacks in Spain: who is behind them and what do they want? The Conversation

Elephants unchained: ‘The day has gone by when this was entertainment’ Guardian

American investment banker accused of pushing London woman in front of bus is cleared in investigation NY Daily News (MF). Update from yesterday.

Silicon Valley under attack both from within and without CNBC And about high time indeed.

Google warns 700 publishers digital ads will be blocked by Chrome update NY Post

Police State Watch

Federal Court Rules Citizens Have No Right to Film Politicians & Police in Public Free Thought Project (Jess)

Ex-MI5 chief warns against crackdown on encrypted messaging apps Guardian

Students, Cities and States Take the Climate Fight to Court NYT

New Orleans braces for new flooding as it copes with power outages, failed pumping system LA Times

New York’s Fracking Ban Was Supposed to Set a Precedent — but Governor Cuomo Is Going Back on His Word Truthout

The Madman and the Bomb Politico

North Korea

The War of Words that Could Go Nuclear Der Spiegel

Why a war with North Korea is unlikely Al Jazeera

China reaping rewards of Korea tensions Asia Times

Xi urges restraint from Trump in phone call on North Korea crisis SCMP

Take Cover, Avoid Bomb Flash: Guam Issues Nuclear Attack Guidelines The Wire

Leading Progressive Dem. Congressman: War With North Korea Is Grounds for Impeachment AlterNet. If the US goes to war with NK, impeachment would be the least of anyone’s worries.

Flier’s battery caught fire on Lufthansa A380 with 410 people on board; all safe USA Today. Good thing it caught fire in the cabin and not in the hold.

Drone enthusiast ‘amazed’ as he lands device on deck of £3bn HMS Queen Elizabeth without being detected Yahoo


Confirmed: UK to publish key Brexit papers this week Politico

Hammond and Fox: We will leave customs union during Brexit transition Guardian


Democrats in Disarray

Finally, Democrats are looking in the mirror. That’s reason for optimism Guardian. Thomas Frank.

Class Warfare

Drug industry faces ‘tidal wave’ of litigation over opioid crisis FT

This American Town Was Left to Die, and Suddenly Economists Care Bloomberg

Theresa May under pressure to cut cost of university as public rejects high fees and huge debts Independent


China and India on brink of armed conflict as hopes of resolution to border dispute fade SCMP


If you’re wondering why Saudi Arabia and Israel have united against Al-Jazeera, here’s the answer Independent. Robert Fisk.

Yes Congress, Afghanistan is Your Vietnam American Conservative

Shireen Al-Adeimi – Has The War In Yemen Become A Spectator Sport? Moon of Alabama

War Crimes: Saudi Arabia Should Pay the Penalty for Catastrophe in Yemen AlterNet

New Cold War

Another Russia-U.S. Proxy War Looms Over Afghanistan Cipher Brief. resilc: “how stupid can we be? W, Obomba, Trump, clintoons, all of them.”

Why the Pope ❤ Putin Politico

Union throws wrench in self-driving works Reuters (resilc). This is very important. Despite the hype re cars, trucks would be the easiest place to start with self-driving vehicles.

The Fed Wants to Make Life Easier for Big-Bank Directors NYT. Gretchen Morgenson.


Unusual Deposits of Rs 1.7 Lakh Crore During Demonetisation: RBI The Wire

India is set to become the world’s most populous country by 2024. But is it ready?

Trump Transition

Commentary: Trump’s dysfunctional NSC a threat to national security Reuters (resilc)

Trump Is Ready to Turn Up the Heat on China Over IP Transfers Bloomberg

The next step for EPA to relax fuel economy standards: Public comment period Ars Technica

Even Gingrich is criticizing Trump: “He doesn’t want to take responsibility” boing boing (resilc)

In Wake Of Trump, Liberals Start To Realize They’ve Had The Judiciary All Wrong Above the Law

Commentary: From Putin to Zuma to Trump, voters put personality over policy Reuters  (resilc)

Interest in U.S. diplomatic corps tumbles in early months of Trump Politico


One dead and dozens hurt as white supremacists clash with anti-fascist campaigners in Virginia  Independent

Justice Department opens civil-rights investigation into Charlottesville crash The Hill

In Appalling Speech on Charlottesville, Trump Condemns Bigotry and Violence “On Many Sides” Slate. The violence seen in Charlottesville “has no place in America,” Trump said shortly after the Charlottesville mayor confirmed that at least one person had been killed by a car that plowed into a group of counter-protesters. “What is vital now is a swift restoration of law and order and the protection of innocent lives,” Trump said.

Resilc: “no place in America but everywhere we touch overseas…..violence is as american as apple pie, since 1492.”

James Alex Fields Jr. Wiki & Bio Everipedia  Includes raw video footage.

Brian C:

“BTW two other things struck me as unusual: 1) why didn’t the airbag deploy in a 40-50 mph head on collision that crumpled the bonnet (was it disabled)?; and, 2) note the impressively straight and fast reverse egress of the Dodge Charger in the video (extreme presence of mind one concentration if the crash was panicked or heat of the moment)”


“The video gives strong indicators of premeditation. The acceleration appeared controlled, as well as the impressive egress. Hard to imagine that egress if the act was from panic or road rage. Note too the hands seemingly calm at 10 and 2 at the impact.

Seemed more like it was the plan to crash then back out. Then there’s the air bag. If it was planned, you would want to disable the system because an air bag can injure you or even knock you out.”

How reducing the number of stressful events in our lives could help beat dementia The Conversation

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