Plastic-eating caterpillars could save the planet The Economist
Oyster farts help (humans) warm the world Deutsche Welle
When is the Time to Wind Down? Handelsblatt
Wall Street found a parasite growing in the US economy that could spur the next recession Business Insider. Shorts looking at health care. On “parasites,” see NC. In 2013….
How Valuable Is a Unicorn? Maybe Not as Much as It Claims to Be Andrew Ross Sorkin, NYT (see NC here). When you’ve lost Andrew Ross Sorkin….
GM to test self-driving cars in N.Y. in early 2018: Gov. Cuomo Reuters (EM). The lead says “Fully autonomous mode,” which is Level 5. Further down, we read that the cars will be Level 4. At the best, sloppy reporting from Reuters. See NC here for an explanation of the levels.
Iraq – Thus Ends The Kurdish Independence Project Moon of Alabama
The War on ISIS Held the Middle East Together Defense One
Seoul to host 3-way talks on North Korea Nikkei Asian Review
US talks with North Korea ‘not ruled out’, says United States official Agence France Presse (Furzy Mouse).
Trump and Kim Madmen? Not So Fast The American Conservative
White House announces plans for Donald Trump’s visit to China with North Korean nuclear programme set to top the agenda South China Morning Post (and People’s Daily). And just when I thought things were dull. There’s nothing about this on the front pages of either the Times or WaPo, as of this writing (3:11AM today). I mean, pro-Trump or anti-Trump or anything else, isn’t this newsworthy?
New Cold War
Weaponized Narrative Is the New Battlespace Defense One
The Legacy of Reagan’s Civilian ‘Psyops’ Robert Parry, Consortium News. Plus ça change…
The Cultural Axis NYRB
Lawrence Summers: Trump’s top economist’s tax analysis isn’t just wrong, it’s dishonest Lawrence Summers, WaPo
Internal White House documents allege manufacturing decline increases abortions, infertility, and spousal abuse WaPo. The headline is amusing since oddly, or not, both it and the lead omit mention of other key effects, especially a “rising mortality rate.” From further down: “The documents list what Navarro alleges are the problems that have resulted from a ‘weakened manufacturing base.’ Some of the consequences are economic, including ‘lost jobs,’ ‘depressed wages,’ and ‘closed factories.’” I’d speculate that somebody in the White House has discovered the Case-Deaton studies (see NC here), and is trying to figure out how to frame them for 2018 and 2020. This should concern liberal Democrats, but here what we get is: “[The documents] were presented without any data or information to back up the assertions.” Yes, the two-page document is PowerPoint-level talking points in bubbles, for pity’s sake; there’s plenty of data out there if Democrats want to look; thousands of excess “deaths of despair” a year in the deindustrialized flyover states.
2016 Post Mortem
How Hillary Clinton Still Can, and Should, Become President After the Trump-Russia Investigation Lawrence Lessig, Newsweek. Lessig’s thesis: Trump is removed because he was helped by “Mother Russia” (!), Pence “should” resign since he got the same help, Ryan steps in. “If Ryan becomes president, he do the right thing and choose Clinton for vice president. Then he resign.” This is where we are. Poor Larry. Such a shame.
The Danger of President Pence The New Yorker (GF).
Democrats in Disarray
Why Democrats Need Wall Street NYT (HM). From a Clinton pollster (1994-2000).
What Democrats and GOP Get in Bipartisan Health-Care Deal WSJ. Summary of the two-year deal: Democrats get: 1) Trump retracts his threat of future CSR cuts, and 2) $100 million in walking around money for their navigators from rescinded cuts. Republicans get: 1) More and quicker waivers, including increased charges for older customers, and 2) crapified “copper” catastrophic plans for those over 30. So Democrats get some temporary cash they might not even have lost anyhow, if their court challenges succeeded, and Republicans get two systemic changes, the second of which will make ObamaCare’s risk pool worse. I’d give the edge to Republicans in this transaction. I wrote that Trump cares about deals, period, and “great” surfaces. Here, he at least looks like he’s willing to deal. What’s the shiny surface? If you think about it, Schumer and company have just managed to undercut the key narrative that the Democrat establishment was been pushing for a year: That Trump, both Putin’s Puppet and Baby Hitler, is a crazed, senile dictator. After all, they sat down at the table with Mr. This Is Not Normal, didn’t they? And for all their yammering about “hostage taking,” they just rewarded it, didn’t they? And Trump gets that surface benefit even if the deal collapses (by which I mean if the Republican establishment causes it to collapse).
Bipartisan deal to fund insurer payments faces tough political slog Modern Health Care
Salvaging MACRA Implementation Through Medicare Advantage Health Affairs. (For more on MACRA, see NC here and here.)
Police State Watch
No Forfeiture-Database Backup With Millions on the Line, NYPD Admits Courthouse News (DK). DK: “Hello, I’d like to report a robbery…”
2016 Post Mortem
Imperial Collapse Watch
A Philando Castile Memorial Fund Has Wiped Out All Student Lunch Debt in St. Paul Splinter. “Student lunch debt.” We’re training ’em early, aren’t we?
Reimagining “right-to-work” The Minskys
How So-Called “Right to Work” Laws Aim to Silence Working People Demos
The Deep Unfairness of America’s All-Volunteer Force The American Conservative
How “Big Data” Went Bust Slate (Re Silc). “[T]he bigger problem is that the [Big Data] data you have are usually only a proxy for what you really want to know. Big data doesn’t solve that problem—it magnifies it.” And integrating multiple proxies is hard; witness the F-35 helmet debacle, which faced exactly that technical problem.
What is sleep, even? Quartz. I wish I knew!
Antidote du jour:
Still working to level up my cat game….
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.