Links 9/30/17

October 1, 2017

Yosemite climber died saving wife from rockfall The Times 🙁

Tropical forests are now emitting more carbon than oxygen, alarming new study finds Independent (David L)

Hidden Costs of Climate Change Running Hundreds of Billions a Year National Geographic (resilc)

Chaos and hackers stalk investors on cryptocurrency exchanges Reuters (furzy)


Is AI Riding a One-Trick Pony? MIT Technology Review

Research on how the ‘weapons effect’ can induce aggressive behavior around guns is riling people up on the left and right Business Insider (David L). FWIW, my sample suggests that there is a huuge difference between people who have grown up around gun use as hunters (they tend to treat them with great caution and keep them locked up a lot of the time) v. the stereotypical suburbanite who has seen too many movies with gunplay and thinks keeping a loaded gun in a nightstand or purse is a sound idea.

Mindfulness Is More Than A Buzzword: A Look At The Neuroscience Behind The Movement Forbes. “Movement” gives me the willies.

The effects of a single terrorist nuclear bomb Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (resilc)

Sexually transmitted diseases are at an all time high. But why? Popular Science

Rich people in California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania are to blame for dangerous anti-vaxx surge Boing Boing (resilc)

North Korea

North Korea seen moving missiles from development center: South Korean broadcaster Reuters (furzy)

In another sign of closer ties with India, US eyes dropping Pakistan as ally Asia Times

Democratic Party effectively disbands, throwing support behind Koike’s party for Lower House poll Japan Times (YY)

US pulls staff from Cuba over ‘specific attacks’ BBC

20 years later: How corporations took over Canada’s health care system Policy Note (Sid S)


Juncker: No sufficient progress unless ‘miracles’ happen YouTube

Boris Johnson’s Brexit ‘red lines’ undermine Theresa May Financial Times

EU complains Cabinet splits on Brexit make dealing with UK ‘like negotiating with jelly’ Express

Boris Johnson favourite among Tory members to take over from Theresa May as Conservative Party leader Telegraph

Tony Blair’s Ghoulish Last Decade Jacobin

Catalonia Defiant

Huge referendum rally in Barcelona BBC

Catalonia referendum: How did we get here? Politico

Catalonia Dreaming? Defend Democracy

New Cold War

Google Conducting Broad Investigation of Russian Influence Wall Street Journal

One week in the media’s McCarthyite witch-hunt against Russia WSWS (micael)

Big Brother is Watching You Watch

Amazon’s Echo Spot is a sneaky way to get a camera into your bedroom The Verge. Moi: I don’t get this at all. I don’t even like remotes. I don’t like talking to devices. They increasingly talk back and we know they spy on you. Lambert: “Why is any of this good for me? I can’t use the remote to turn down the aircon? Will any of this work when disaster strikes? (no)”

You’ll Soon Be Able to Sign In to Facebook With Your Face New York Magazine (resilc). Great, so now facial IDs are being normalized. But some people are rebelling.

This UPS Truck Can Deploy an Autonomous Roof-Docked Delivery Drone Core77 (resilc)

Trump Transition

Price resigns from HHS after facing fire for travel Politico

Good Riddance, Tom Price. But What About the Other Grifters? The Nation. Resilc: “Like Obomba and Clintoon on Wall Street?

Trump Plan Would Raise Taxes on Some Middle-Income People, Study Says Bloomberg

Republicans deny tax plan favours richest 1% Financial Times

Trump Met With Two Possible Candidates for Fed Chairman Wall Street Journal

When Populism Means Corporate Tax Cuts Washington Monthly

Trump tax plan would cost $2.4 trillion, analysis finds MarketWatch (furzy)

Puerto Rico

Trump scrambles to contain Puerto Rico crisis The Hill

Puerto Rico provides a new example of how little Americans know about their own country Washington Post (Brian C)

U.S. Responded to Haiti With More Force Than Puerto Rico Daily Beast (resilc)

More Americans Support Aid When Told Puerto Ricans Are U.S. Citizens FiveThirtyEight (resilc)

Fake News

How Fake News Turned a Small Town Upside Down New York Times (furzy). The new approach to “a Commie under every bed.”

Black Injustice Tipping Point

Kap, Cops and Confederate Statues: a Better World Without Double Standards Frank Serpico, Counterpunch (Sid S)

Police broke her ankle in 2016. She just settled for $6.7 million. Bay City News (Kevin W)

VW’s Scania truck firm fined €880m by EU for price fixing Guardian. UserFriendly:

You may have seen this, but I think what hasn’t been picked up by the media is that this seems to indicate real chaos in VW. You have one subsidiary of VW (MAN) making a complaint to the EU, that has resulted in huge fines for two other VW subsidiaries (Scania and Daimler). I find i really interesting that VW doesn’t seem to have the ability or inclination to control this fight between its own subsidiary companies which is costing billions of euro in fines.

Former Uber CEO Names Two Directors Without Consulting Board Bloomberg

Uber’s former CEO has appointed two new directors to the board, escalating a battle with a major investor Business Insider (David L). If you thought Uber had problems with stability at the top, you ain’t seen ‘nuthin yet. The fight to the death at the board level, which was on hold during the courting of a new CEO and SoftBank, is back on with a vengeance.

CalPERS candidates say ballots aren’t secret, and they’re piling up at a Seattle warehouse Sacramento Bee. You read it first at NC, but the two things CalPERS is most scared of is the Sacramento Bee and the state legislature. I hope CA readers will circulate this + links to our recent posts widely.

Class Warfare

The New Reality of Old Age in America: Working Until You Die Washington Post. Important. My future too, just with slightly more dignified trappings if I still have a readership….

The US Economy is Failing Paul Craig Roberts, Counterpunch

The Future of Retirement Is Margaritaville Bloomberg. I would need a lobotomy to live there. And as Reslic points out, “The future is a used single wide.”

Cities are not the future Medium (resilc)

Antidote du jour. Tracie H: “Round Stingray at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Long Beach, California.”

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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