Links 9/15/17

September 15, 2017

Cassini: The Grand Finale NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Are Earth’s oldest trees losing the race in a warming climate? Treehugger

Snow leopard no longer ‘endangered’ BBC

Equifax Isn’t A Data Problem. It’s A Political Problem. Matt Stoller, HuffPo

I called Equifax with a simple question. This is what happened. WaPo. Sounds like everything is working as designed.

Equifax used the word ‘admin’ for the login and password of a database CNBC

Electric car dream collides with reality on profits FT

Portland probe finds Uber used software to evade 16 government officials Reuters. Greyball.

Court reveals another overseas-data fight between Google and feds Politico

Google hit with class action lawsuit over gender pay AP

Are Index Funds Communist? Bloomberg. Betteridge’s Law…

Hurricane Alley

Florida’s Poop Nightmare Has Come True TNR

Florida Is Short on Insurance Adjusters, and That Could Stall Recovery Efforts WSJ

Zoned for Displacement City Lab

‘Los Zetas Inc.’ Author on Why Mexico’s Drug War Isn’t About Drugs Texas Observer

AP Explains: Brazil president charged, and what comes next Miami Herald


Brexit transition offer ‘key’ to settling EU divorce bill FT

Britain will regret leaving the European Union: Juncker EU Business

This single speech shows that the Tories aren’t taking Corbyn or Brexit seriously The New Statesman

Grenfell Tower inquiry judge vows to find out truth as witnesses could be forced to give evidence Evening Standard (MR).

EU Worries Grow over U.S. Economic Chaos Der Spiegel

In the Centre of the Centre LRB. Angela Merkel.

Catalonia kicks off banned independence referendum campaign Deutsche Welle

Ukraine’s Imperiled Press Freedom Project Syndicate

EU report on weedkiller safety copied text from Monsanto study Guardian (MR).

North Korea

North Korea fires another missile over Japan, deepening regional tensions Reuters

US demands China take ‘direct action’ after North Korea fires another missile over Japan South China Morning Post

In a first, Myanmar’s ‘ethnic cleansing’ unites Suu Kyi’s party, army and public Reuters

The oil economics and land-grab politics behind Myanmar’s Rohingya refugee crisis Quartz


Hong Kong’s opposition politicians get chance at game-changing comeback next March South China Morning Post

Bitcoin crashes as China closes in Macrobusiness

Trump Transition

The Four Seasons of Kremlingate Foreign Policy

Warning for GOP: Trump voters blame Congress for his flirtation with Dems McClatchy

‘A new strategy’ for Trump? Democrats cautious but encouraged by fresh outreach. WaPo

As G.O.P. Moves to Fill Courts, McConnell Takes Aim at an Enduring Hurdle NYT

10 Things You Need To Know About Blue Slips HuffPo

Trump’s nominees are getting confirmed at half the pace of Obama’s picks CNN

What Happened: Hillary Clinton unleashed FT

DC socialite Sally Quinn, 76, says she is psychic and killed THREE people with CURSES Daily Mail. Yes, this is what the Village is like, if you couldn’t tell from Clinton’s book.

Imperial Collapse Watch

Former acting CIA director quits Harvard over Chelsea Manning post Yahoo News and CIA Director Cancels IOP Appearance After Manning Appointment Harvard Crimson. Morrell’s pro-torture. Pompeo gave Morrell, and all the torturers, a Get Out of Jail free card. Good riddance to all of them.

Tenting the Homeless and Bleaching the Streets: How San Diego Is Fighting a Hepatitis Outbreak Governing. Welcome to the Third World.

CDC official sends troubling message to employees about media questions CJR

Health Care

Everyone Covered, No One Goes Broke’: Sanders Introduces Medicare for All Bill Common Dreams

Trump would veto single payer:

Anybody who’s against single payer is pro-Trump. Those are the rules.

Why Bernie Sanders’ single-payer push is great policy and even better politics The Week

Big Brother Is Watching You Watch

News you can use: “Just saw something come across my FB feed which is truly disturbing: With the new facial recognition, a cop can arrest you, handcuff you, then shine your phone in your face, unlock it, and delete any recordings you have made of that cop breaking the law. Scary. Big time scary.” Hat tip: JM. I guess FB is good for something after all…

Another threat to your privacy: the way you write Privacy News Online. Le style c’est l’homme même…

Crime in 2017: A Preliminary Analysis Brennan Center. “The overall crime rate in 2017 is projected to decrease slightly, by 1.8 percent. If this estimate holds, 2017 will have the second-lowest crime rate since 1990.”

Class Warfare

Welfare for Wall Street: fees on retirement accounts Real-World Economics Review (MT).

Union Power Is Putting Pressure on Silicon Valley’s Tech Giants Bloomberg (MR).

Heroin in Cincinnati: This is what an epidemic looks like Cincinnati Inquirer

Prior expectations induce prestimulus sensory templates PNAS

The flaw of averages The Economist

Insurance companies should collect a carbon levy Nature

The great nutrient collapse Politico

Antidote du jour (Chris):

Chris writes: “Attached is close up of a female sunbird on the nest – probably one egg, we shall see.”

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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About Lambert Strether

Readers, I have had a correspondent characterize my views as realistic cynical. Let me briefly explain them. I believe in universal programs that provide concrete material benefits, especially to the working class. Medicare for All is the prime example, but tuition-free college and a Post Office Bank also fall under this heading. So do a Jobs Guarantee and a Debt Jubilee. Clearly, neither liberal Democrats nor conservative Republicans can deliver on such programs, because the two are different flavors of neoliberalism (“Because markets”). I don’t much care about the “ism” that delivers the benefits, although whichever one does have to put common humanity first, as opposed to markets. Could be a second FDR saving capitalism, democratic socialism leashing and collaring it, or communism razing it. I don’t much care, as long as the benefits are delivered.
To me, the key issue — and this is why Medicare for All is always first with me — is the tens of thousands of excess “deaths from despair,” as described by the Case-Deaton study, and other recent studies. That enormous body count makes Medicare for All, at the very least, a moral and strategic imperative. And that level of suffering and organic damage makes the concerns of identity politics — even the worthy fight to help the refugees Bush, Obama, and Clinton’s wars created — bright shiny objects by comparison. Hence my frustration with the news flow — currently in my view the swirling intersection of two, separate Shock Doctrine campaigns, one by the Administration, and the other by out-of-power liberals and their allies in the State and in the press — a news flow that constantly forces me to focus on matters that I regard as of secondary importance to the excess deaths. What kind of political economy is it that halts or even reverses the increases in life expectancy that civilized societies have achieved? I am also very hopeful that the continuing destruction of both party establishments will open the space for voices supporting programs similar to those I have listed; let’s call such voices “the left.” Volatility creates opportunity, especially if the Democrat establishment, which puts markets first and opposes all such programs, isn’t allowed to get back into the saddle. Eyes on the prize! I love the tactical level, and secretly love even the horse race, since I’ve been blogging about it daily for fourteen years, but everything I write has this perspective at the back of it.

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