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October 5, 2017

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From Altandmain:

Just a head’s up for NC readers living in NY:

Democratic Primary deadline is Oct 13, 2017.

See the following:

LETTER: To vote in ’18 Democratic Primary, register by Oct. 13

To register:

2018 Primary Voters: Be Aware of Friday the 13th (of October)

NYSVoter Public Information – Voter Registration Search

You will need to get the relevant form from your County. So to be a registered party person, and vote in the Democratic Primary, it has to be done by Oct 13.

NY due no doubt in part to these rules has a low turnout, so any primary votes count for a lot.


Tomb Of Real Santa Claus, St. Nicholas, Found By Archaeologists? International Business Times

How one man changed fashion forever BBC

How Deep Is Your Love? Lapham’s Quarterly. Brings to mind the Visconti film about Ludwig– see it if you ever get the chance on a proper movie screen.


Kazuo Ishiguro wins the Nobel prize in literature Guardian

How Economics Is Forging Renewed Links With Social Sciences The Wire. And high time, too. Better than the headline.

US$750,000 Rolls-Royce swallowed up after sinkhole suddenly appears in Chinese street SCMP. Is this video for real? Readers?

Mackenzie’s messengers: A Raj-era painting shows how Indians helped the British map India

Campaign rids Seattle of 2 million straws in September; vote which city is next Treehugger

Why nation-states are good Aeon

Harvey Weinstein Lawyers Battling N.Y. Times, New Yorker Over Potentially Explosive Stories (Exclusive)  Hollywood Reporter

David Geffen Criticizes ‘Shameful’ Lack of Support for Concert Hall NYT

Class Warfare

Will California Bring Back Free College? International Business Times

Rise of the yimbys: the angry millennials with a radical housing solution Guardian. J T McPhee: “That’ll fix things.”

Bernie Sanders, Wealth, and the Washington Post Fact Checker Center for Economic and Policy Research

They thought they were going to rehab. They ended up in chicken plants Reveal News. ER: “pretty gruesome story from Oklahoma about prisoners promised rehab & sent to work in a chicken factory instead. ‘Work makes you free’”.

Imperial Collapse Watch

 ‘A significantly weaker America’: Major study warns of eroding U.S. military Defense News. resilc: “we need junta aid concerts….”

Health Care

Drug company hands patents off to Native American tribe to avoid challenge Are Technica. Chuck L: “I’m all for native Americans making money off us gringos, but . . .”

Obesity Was Rising as Ghana Embraced Fast Food. Then Came KFC. NYT (resilc)

Las Vegas Shooting Strains Nevada’s Doctor Shortage, Prompts Medical Emergency Governing

Big Brother Is Watching You Watch

Will Retailers Switch to a Price Tag System That Screws Customers at Every Opportunity? AlterNet

A cashless society would destroy our privacy and freedom SCMP

Kill Me Now

What’s Good for Facebook… Jacobin


No country for older men: China’s better educated, well-paid women are opting for younger husbands SCMP

China’s plan for massive cyber-warrior expansion Asia Times

North Korea

US, North Korea balk at using back channels to discuss a halt to Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons programme SCMP

North Korea tests not just a bomb but the global nuclear monitoring system The Conversation. From last month, still germane.

Cold War radiation testing in US widespread, author claims ABC News (martha r)

Video: Everyday Israelis express support for genocide Electronic Intifada. UserFriendly: “God this video makes me think of the Hitler youth.”

New Cold War

Robert Mueller Preps To Go Toe-To-Toe With The President On Pardons Above the Law

Russia Hacking NATO: Troops Near Russian Border Had Phones Compromised International Business Times. And this comes as a surprise?

The “Russian Ads” On Facebook Are Just Another Click-Bait Scheme Moon of Alabama

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Claps Back At Neil Gorsuch Above the Law

Trump Transition

The Trump Presidency TomDispatch. Noam Chomsky.

Lawmakers Push Trump to Release JFK Assassination Files Roll Call

Tillerson’s Fury at Trump Required an Intervention From Pence NBC

Rex Tillerson Will Neither Quit Nor Deny He Called Trump a ‘Moron’ The Daily Beast

Trump calls Tillerson reports ‘fake news’ as State Department denies he called the president a ‘moron’ Business Insider

Why Doesn’t Tillerson Quit? American Conservative

Judicial Roadmap for the Supreme Court Veers Right Truthdig. And largely due to Gorsuch being seated, one real result achieved by the Trump administration — as compared to the smoke and mirrors that constantly distract the MSM.

Pardons Have Changed A Lot (And We’re Not Just Talking About Arpaio) FiveThirtyEight

Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s presidential pardon accepted by federal judge Arizona Republic

Trump Takes a First Step Toward Scrapping Obama’s Global Warming Policy NYT

A Dramatic Increase in Annual Average Temperatures for U.S. Cities This Decade Weather Underground

Hurricane Alley

Calm Before the Next Atlantic Storm? Weather Underground

Tropical Storm Nate likely to form from system in Caribbean Fox

Hurricane deployments stretch US military thin CNN

Puerto Rico

Trump’s war of words with Puerto Rico is masking the true scale of the disaster Independent

Trump sends Puerto Rican bonds into tailspin FT

White House walks back Trump’s Puerto Rico comments as Wall Street reels Politico. That didn’t take long now, did it? As Yves predicted….


Spain high court investigating Catalonia officials for sedition Jurist

Brussels defends use of ‘proportionate force’ in Catalonia Politico. The deck: “In European Parliament debate, Commission First Vice President Frans Timmermans sides squarely with Madrid.”


EU transition deal is needed quickly to stop City firms leaving UK, says Bank official Guardian

Theresa May, Coughing and Caught by a Prankster, Endures a Speech to Forget NYT

In Manchester, May showed that her nerve – if not her voice – holds firm Guardian. Simon Jenkins. A contrary view on the disastrous speech.

Brexit: a “passive aggression” ultimatum


Warren Says Equifax Is Poised to Make Millions Off Its ‘Screw-Up’ Bloomberg

Exclusive: SEC forensics unit sought resources, cyber training ahead of 2016 hack Reuters (martha r)


Is India’s Economic Growth Slowdown Temporary or Technical? The Wire

India’s ambitious new plan to conquer TB needs cash and commitment The Conversation

Antidote du jour (J-LS photo, September 2017):

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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