Links 11/23/17

November 23, 2017

Happy Turkey Day! I hope those of you in the US get some R&R and better yet, have some fun too.

World’s best cheese is revealed Yahoo (furzy)

Thanksgiving Travelers Smash Records OilPrice

Turkey farmers facing squeeze after Trump kills agriculture rules Politico

Light pollution: Night being lost in many countries BBC

Bitcoin Mining Now Consuming More Electricity Than 159 Countries Including Ireland & Most Countries In Africa PowerCompare (Michael Olenick)

Hairy situation: DC’s rail system may be taken down by human shedding ars technica (JTM)

You can’t love mass immigration and hate expensive infrastructure MacroBusiness

Smart cities might not be such a bright idea Financial Times

‘Looting’ spree threatens wildlife and forests across eastern Europe Guardian. JTM:

It’s not nice to pile on, I know, and I think it’s frowned on to talk directly about how f***ed we and the planet we afflict are, but really now… And even a lot of posters and commenters are now all “Woe is us! Why didn’t we avoid global catastrophe when we could?” Except for the ones who are all “Nothing to see” and “keep on keeping on” and “We can Tech our way out of this, no sweat!” Futilitarianism is a comforting religion for those who can grok it…

Wir kann night anders…

Choice of tipple ‘determines different moods’ BBC (Chuck L). IMHO, this reflect the power of marketing

The Root of All Cruelty? New Yorker (furzy)

How Canada is dominating the field of sexuality research Globe and Mail (Chuck L)

How Alzheimer’s emerged from the shadows Financial Times. See also movies like Away fro Her.


Philip Hammond to set aside £3B more for Brexit preparations Politico

Where Brexit Hurts: The Nurses and Doctors Leaving London New York Times. We pointed out long ago that 10% of NHS doctors and 5% of nurses are EU immigrants.

London seeks protection for legal services after Brexit Financial Times

Brussels takes aim at Britain’s budget rebate in Brexit talks Politico. Hoo boy. Also confirms a point we’ve been making: “And with the EU demanding a formula, not a total price-tag, the key to a deal is agreeing on the U.K.’s share of EU budget costs — past and future.”

Brexit: Battle over Irish border threatens EU-UK trade talks Financial Times

« Non, le Brexit n’est pas que l’expression du nationalisme anglais » Le Monde

Catalonia crisis disrupts Spain’s recovery Financial Times


Gen. Ratko Mladic Was Convicted of Siege Warfare in Bosnia. Will the U.S.-Backed Siege in Yemen Face Justice? Intercept (resilc)

Syria, ‘Experts’ and George Monbiot Counterpunch

Translated Doc Debunks Narrative of Al Qaeda-Iran “Alliance” American Conservative (resilc)

Drums Along the Euphrates TTG Sic Semper Tyrannis

American mercenaries’ are torturing Saudi princes Daily Mail (resilc)


Report: Abbas refused Kushner’s phone call following decision to sever ties with Washington – Palestinians Haaretz (furzy)

On The Destabilization Of The Middle East Lobe Log (resilc)

New Cold War

Facebook opens special ‘Russia portal’ to help safeguard US democracy RT (Kevin W)

These Are the Ads Russia Bought on Facebook in 2016 New York Times. UserFriendly: “WOW these totally flipped the election /s.​”

Google’s Eric Schmidt admits political censorship of search results WSWS (Randy K)

Big Brother is Watching You Watch

No, you’re not being paranoid. Sites really are watching your every move ars technica (BC). Lambert features a related story in WC.

Uber Hid 2016 Breach, Paying Hackers to Delete Stolen Data New York Times. Bill B:

Wow! *Not a peep* about Amazon Web Services, which is arguably the larger
story. Witness the parade of breaches:

For example, an NGA contractor from Booz leaves a load of agency
intelligence in a S3 bucket.

Then a group of quants hired by the GOP leak data on 200 million voters.

And finally someone finds a Pentagon stockpile of social media intel.

People used to fear that men in black would come and steal their computers.
Now people are giving them both the data and the OS is rode in on.

Russian criminals suspected of hacking Uber users’ accounts The Times

Net Neutrality

If Portugal is a net neutrality nightmare, we’re already living in it The Verge (Kevin W)

FCC explains why public support for net neutrality won’t stop repeal ars technica

Investigation of fake net neutrality foes has been stymied by the FCC, New York Attorney General says Washington Post

Trump Transition

Jamie Dimon thinks Trump is a one term President Business Insider. Resilc: “Advised Democrats to come up with a pro-free enterprise platform…”

New York’s Trump SoHo hotel to drop ‘Trump’ brand Financial Times

Is Trump Sabotaging Police on Purpose? New York Magazine (resilc)

Can Republicans Stem the Tide of Women Abandoning the GOP? Atlantic

Tax “Reform”

House Republicans plan to eliminate the $250 tax deduction for teachers Washington Post (resilc)

Sex in Politics…Not!

RRoy Moore’s Communications Director Resigns New York Magazine (resilc)

Trump, Senate GOP at odds over Roy Moore The Hill

Editorial: U.S. Rep. John Conyers must resign Detroit Free Press (BC)

GOP rep apologizes for lewd photo shared on Twitter The Hill.

The Great American Sex Panic of 2017 Counterpunch (tongorad)

Sexual Allegations Against Jordan Chariton And Need For Due Process Shadowproof (UserFriendly)

The Culture Is Changing, With Feminist Cheese New York Times. Resilc: “Both in North Carolina and Vermont I see loads of female small farmers.”

Keystone pipeline spill sends oil prices higher Financial Times. BC: “Read the comments too.”

Norway’s $35B Oil Stock Dump Could Hurt The Industry OilPrice

The Toxic Chemical Industry Is Having a Really Great Year New Republic (resilc)

Thank Record-High Stock Prices for a Flattening U.S. Yield Curve Bloomberg

Fed officials fear financial market ‘imbalances’ and possibility of ‘sharp reversal’ in prices CNBC

Portrait of the Con Artist as a Stung Man Daily Kanban. (Matthew K) Overview: “Rolling Stone’s recent profile of Elon Musk revealed Mr. Musk’s plans to shape the world. But much more than this it revealed how the world has shaped Mr. Musk. The panegyric to this man of genius without limit is more the portrait of the con artist as a stung man.”

America’s ‘Retail Apocalypse’ Is Really Just Beginning Bloomberg (Gabriel U)

Stop Using Excel, Finance Chiefs Tell Staffs Wall Street Journal. But the alternative is “the cloud”.

An Interview With James Howard Kunstler American Conservative (resilc)

Class Warfare

Millions of Patients Face Pain and Withdrawal as Opioid Prescriptions Plummet Bloomberg

Apple only wants to put its stores where white people live The Outline (Chuck L). I am sure the same is true of Whole Foods.

The death of the MBA Axios. When I was a kid, the second-tier MBA programs didn’t do all thast much for your earnings potential, but they cost much less, and would open up career options. The problem was that MBAs successfully expanded their natural market to include not for profits, hospitals, and higher education, ruining all in the process. So the bubble is finally ending, but the damage will be very hard to reverse.

How to Face the Housing Crisis in Expensive Cities Wolf Street (EM)

Delaware’s Odd, Beautiful, Contentious, Private Utopia Reason (UserFriendly)

Antidote du jour. GLM:

This is Zoey Oatmeal. She was an Australian shepherd and passed away Friday, 11-17-17.

She was only nine and it was very sudden. She was a beautiful creature and too smart to serve in Congress.

I thought it would be nice to share her memory.

And for Thanksgiving:

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See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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