The Uncertain Future of Bitcoin Futures Bloomberg. Yves: “And Levine likes everything Wall Street does, particularly ‘innovations’.”
Has the Silicon Valley Hype Cycle Finally Run Its Course? Vanity Fair (Re Silc). Wait, let me ask my pet AI…
Facebook (Still) Letting Housing Advertisers Exclude Users by Race Pro Publica. There are days I think all Silicon Valley really has going for it is impunity.
Tech meets tradition in a new wave of Islamic finance Nikkei Asian Review
Letting the Air Out of Bonds Handelsblatt Global
Corbyn has seen the light on Brexit. Now he’s taking the fight to the Tories Guardian. Yves: “Important.”
The real price of Brexit is hidden in the Budget small print The New Statesman
Today the UK died a little Medium
Five Signs a New Grand Coalition is in the Cards Handelsblatt Global
Saudi Arabia’s Arab Spring, at Last The Moustache of Understanding, NYT
Syria – This U.S. Occupation – Or “Presence” – Is Unsustainable Moon of Alabama
Battered Bangladesh risks everything on unsafe factories Lowy Institute
China cuts import tariffs, including on baby milk powder South China Morning Post
The Chinese classical-music revolution up close The Spectator
Every second person in India has been duped, says a new study Quartz. Not cloned; scammed.
Can biodynamic farming solve India’s agricultural woes? Deutsche Welle
New Cold War
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The Memo: Mueller probe grinds on, with no end in sight The Hill. Cf. “Though the mills of God grind slowly, Yet they grind exceeding small.” –Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Retribution.
Corporate Taxation in a Modern Monetary Economy: Legal History, Theory, Prospects Rohan Grey and Nathan Tankus, Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity
Sex in Politics…. Not!
How DC Predators Target Interns The American Conservative
Trump and the ‘information cascade’ created a cultural reckoning Gillian Tett, FT. Tett invokes the Hegelian dialectic (!).
10 big things: America’s polarized politics Axios. Interesting list, but the final item — “1. How American politics went batshit crazy” — “in the past 24 years” treats liberals and Democrats as having no agency whatever in the process. That seems odd.
Democrats in Disarray
Democratic Party: Discouraged, Disgusted, Dysfunctional Counterpunch (Re Silc): Re Silc: “Last para. True on so many issues, not just sexual assault.”
Is Roy Moore Losing? FiveThirtyEight. Several polls show a steady erosion of support for Moore. OTOH, the accuracy of the predictions turns on assumptions the pollsters make about the composition of the electorate. Pollsters got that wrong in Virginia 2017 (to the advantage of Democrats) but also in 2016 (to the advantage of Republicans).
The Values That ‘Values Voters’ Care About Most Are Policies, Not Character Traits Politico. Suggesting that liberal cries of “hypocrisy!” are misplaced, unless their goal be virtue signaling.
This literal gravy train is here to ruin Thanksgiving The Verge (with video). In general, I am here for trains.
Wealth inequality has been increasing for millennia The Economist. Applies the Gini coefficient to neolithic societies.
Why did we start farming? LRB. James C. Scott’s Against the Grain.
From inboxing to thought showers: how business bullshit took over Guardian (Plutonium Ken). Wait, let me consult a thought leader….
Antidote du jour (via):
It’s not the tryptophan, or the carbs, but the cat nature. And thanks to Richard Smith for giving me the chance to level up my cat game with this anti-antidote:
“SANDRA CAN YOU OPEN THIS FUCKING THING BIT OF A SITUATION HERE” pic.twitter.com/4WOwZn9LGK
— Ash Warner (@AlsBoy) November 22, 2017