Links 9/12/18

Deglacial mobilization of pre-aged terrestrial carbon from degrading permafrost Nature

Hurricane, Storm Surge Warnings Up for Carolinas; Florence May Stall Near Coast Weather Underground

SC officials won’t evacuate prison ahead of hurricane The State

‘This is not their first rodeo’: How Chincoteague’s ponies will ride out Hurricane Florence USA Today

More dead pigs? Hurricane threatens hog farms, sewage plants and people downstream McClatchy

The Catastrophe Bond Business Is Booming Bloomberg

A Top Goldman Banker Raised Ethics Concerns. Then He Was Gone. NYT. In 2014.

Apple Wants To Charge A Subscription Fee For Apps LifeHacker (KW).

Intel to outsource 14nm chipset production due to tight supply Digitimes. Delays in advancing to 10nm, originally slated for 2016.

Mark Carney to stay on at Bank of England until 2020 Financial News


U.K. and EU Plan Special Summit to Sign Brexit Deal Bloomberg. For November. Irish border still in question, however.

Brexit: “ultras” on the back foot EU Referendum

‘Poor quality’ preparations at key Brexit department risks billions of pounds in exports, warns watchdog Independent

NHS to be franchised around the globe under post-Brexit plans The Telegraph

NHS vacancies a ‘national emergency’ BBC

Letter from Britain: The Real Reason for the ‘Anti-Semite’ Campaign Against Jeremy Corbyn Consortium News

German domestic spy chief Maassen under pressure to resign Handelsblatt


Seventeen years after Sept. 11, Al Qaeda may be stronger than ever Los Angeles Times. Is the center ready to handle national security?

U.S. Again Cries ‘Chemical Warfare’ in Syria Scott Ritter, The American Conservative

Why the World Should Care About What Happens in Basra Counterpunch

Israel Secretly Armed and Funded 12 Syrian Rebel Groups, Report Says Haaretz


Trade wars: China fears an emerging united front FT

China’s trans-Himalayan tango with Nepal The Interpreter

Logistics is booming in China — but not where you think Supply Chain Dive

Hot water Mekong Review

California’s succulent smugglers: plant poachers seed Asia’s desire for dudleya South China Morning Post

New Cold War

Russia kicks off massive war games, hosts Putin-Xi meeting CNN

Is Putin Losing His Balance? Gordon Hahn

Brazil race begins in earnest with da Silva off party ticket AP

Latin America says U.S. has itself to blame for Chinese entry into region that it opposes McClatchy

Trump Transition

I Am Part of the Resistance Inside Nyarlathotep’s Death Cult McSweeney’s Internet Tendency

Google Cloud’s new AI chief is on a task force for AI military uses and believes we could monitor ‘pretty much the whole world’ with drones Insider

It’s Now Possible To Telepathically Communicate with a Drone Swarm Defense One

Health Care

Unwitting Patients, Copycat Comments Play Hidden Role In Federal Rule-Making Kaiser Health News

Thanks, Obama? Jacobin

Midwifery makes a comeback in Alabama Scalawag

The Myth That Crime Rises as Prisons Shrink Governing

The Worst Police Shooting Yet National Review

MGM offers $500 donation to charity for each shooting survivor who waives notice of lawsuit Chicago Tribune

Democrats in Disarray

Obama Urges Young Voters To Ignore How Many Lousy Candidates Democratic Party Runs The Onion

The Crash Ten Years After

Is the next financial crisis already brewing? Nouriel Roubini, FT

From Trump to Trade, the Financial Crisis Still Resonates 10 Years Later Dealb%k, NYT

Ten years after Lehman, spotting the next crisis: McGeever Reuters

Class Warfare

Missing wages, grueling shifts, and bottles of urine: The disturbing accounts of Amazon delivery drivers may reveal the true human cost of ‘free’ shipping Business Insider

The final insult for desperate job seekers: Employers doing credit checks MarketWatch

Humans Are Destroying Animals’ Ancestral Knowledge The Atlantic

Royal Botanic Garden seeks respect for world’s fungus ABC

The divide between mainstream macro and MMT is irreconcilable – Part 1 Bill Mitchell – Modern Monetary Theory. Parts two and three.

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About Lambert Strether

Readers, I have had a correspondent characterize my views as realistic cynical. Let me briefly explain them. I believe in universal programs that provide concrete material benefits, especially to the working class. Medicare for All is the prime example, but tuition-free college and a Post Office Bank also fall under this heading. So do a Jobs Guarantee and a Debt Jubilee. Clearly, neither liberal Democrats nor conservative Republicans can deliver on such programs, because the two are different flavors of neoliberalism (“Because markets”). I don’t much care about the “ism” that delivers the benefits, although whichever one does have to put common humanity first, as opposed to markets. Could be a second FDR saving capitalism, democratic socialism leashing and collaring it, or communism razing it. I don’t much care, as long as the benefits are delivered.
To me, the key issue — and this is why Medicare for All is always first with me — is the tens of thousands of excess “deaths from despair,” as described by the Case-Deaton study, and other recent studies. That enormous body count makes Medicare for All, at the very least, a moral and strategic imperative. And that level of suffering and organic damage makes the concerns of identity politics — even the worthy fight to help the refugees Bush, Obama, and Clinton’s wars created — bright shiny objects by comparison. Hence my frustration with the news flow — currently in my view the swirling intersection of two, separate Shock Doctrine campaigns, one by the Administration, and the other by out-of-power liberals and their allies in the State and in the press — a news flow that constantly forces me to focus on matters that I regard as of secondary importance to the excess deaths. What kind of political economy is it that halts or even reverses the increases in life expectancy that civilized societies have achieved? I am also very hopeful that the continuing destruction of both party establishments will open the space for voices supporting programs similar to those I have listed; let’s call such voices “the left.” Volatility creates opportunity, especially if the Democrat establishment, which puts markets first and opposes all such programs, isn’t allowed to get back into the saddle. Eyes on the prize! I love the tactical level, and secretly love even the horse race, since I’ve been blogging about it daily for fourteen years, but everything I write has this perspective at the back of it.

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