Links 11/18/18

Plenty of Brits reckon a robot would make smarter decisions than a human boss Metro.UK

A vaccine that could block mosquitoes from transmitting malaria The Conversation

Alcohol is killing more people, and younger. The biggest increases are among women USA Today. More deaths from despair.

The mystery viruses far worse than flu BBC

One of the fathers of AI is worried about its future MIT Technology Review

The Other Constitutions New York Review of Books. Retired Summer Court Justice John Paul Stevens. One way of reading this is that with the Supremes captured by you know who, we’ll have to look increasingly to state courts for sensible jurisprudence. Alas, such judgements will apply to a specific state, and can be overruled by the Supremes. Note that Stevens was a For appointee.

California Burning

Here’s why researchers say breathing San Francisco air today is like smoking 11 cigarettes SFGate

Is wearing a face mask the new normal for Californians? TreeHugger

Search on for 1,276 now missing after California’s deadliest wildfire Reuters

California fires: Trump views devastation, vows to help prevent future catastrophic wildfires LA Times

Wireless throttling: Senators ask four major carriers about video slowdowns Ars Technica

Our Famously Free Press

The Media Wants Congress To Let It Gang Up On Facebook And Google Buzzfeed

Class Warfare

Tech Workers Need to Keep Organizing Jacobin

Barack von Obamenburg, Herr Donald, and Big Capitalist Hypocrisy: On How Fascism Happens Counterpunch. Read this, it’s much better than the title promises.

Century-Old West Virginia Leases Yield Paltry Gas Royalties. A Suit Could Cut Others’ Payouts to a Trickle, Too. ProPublica

The Egregious Lie Americans Tell Themselves Truthdig

The Courts See a Crime. These Lawyers See a Whole Life. Marshall Project

Woman’s death casts shadow over France’s ‘yellow vest’ protests Agency France-Presse

UK austerity policies ‘punitive, mean-spirited and callous’ says UN expert DW

Voting advice on CEO pay is usually ignored by big asset managers FT

Enemies pursue Soros in Germany Handelsblatt


Brexit: another fine mess

Brussels won’t allow Brexit deal do-over Politico

Brexit: ‘No question’ of further negotiations if Theresa May’s deal rejected, says Merkel Independent

From The Sunday Times:

Democrats in Disarray

Dems wonder if Sherrod Brown could be their magic man The Hill

Is Bill and Hillary’s tour a sideshow the Democrats don’t need? Guardian When you’ve lost the Guardian…

Ocasio-Cortez backs campaign to primary fellow Democrats Politico

2018 Post Mortem

Chuck Schumer Caved to Facebook and Donald Trump. He Shouldn’t Lead Senate Democrats. Intercept

Fight for House speaker explodes into national political campaign WaPo

Gillum concedes in Florida gubernatorial contest WaPo


By Blocking Yemen Resolution, House GOP Is Abdicating Its Duty to Decide War and Peace TruthOut

Afghanistan takes center stage in the New Great Game Asia Times. Pepe Escobar.

Jamal Khashoggi case: All the latest updates Al Jazeera

Trump speaks with CIA about Khashoggi killing WaPo

Turkey reportedly has a second audio tape of a Saudi hit team discussing details of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, bolstering the CIA’s claims Business Insider


India’s plan to tackle antibiotic resistance is toothless without a strong public health system

Modi Govt to Propose Rules Allowing Closer Supervision of RBI: Report The Wire

India revives its dream of manufacturing passenger aircraft Economic Times magazine

Tariff Tantrum

Xi Jinping, Mike Pence trade barbs over trade war at Apec summit while selling visions for regional cooperation SCMP

Trump Transition

Big Pharma Bankrolled Pro-Trump Group As Trump Pushed Pharma Tax Cut Capital & Main. David Sirota

“Tough on Crime” Trump Comes Out for Sentencing Reform American Conservative

Trump’s Defense Spending Is Out of Control, and Poised to Get Worse Rolling Stone. Matt Taibbi

As the Obama DOJ Concluded, Prosecution of Julian Assange for Publishing Documents Poses Grave Threats to Press Freedom Intercept. Glenn Greenwald. Important. Greenwald makes clear that too many Democrats misguidedly support targeting Assange, for the role they think Wikileaks played in thwarting HRC’s installation in the position that was her due..

Too Rich to Jail NYT. MoDo. And, what’s got into MoDo?:

Reading all the recent stories about the 10th anniversary of the financial crisis, it’s easy to see the neon line leading from Barack Obama’s failure to punish Wall Street scammers to the fact that Republican scammers are now infecting the entire infrastructure of government.

President Obama and his Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. made a terrible mistake by letting the miscreant bankers off the hook rather than saying, as F.D.R. did, “I welcome their hatred.”

It almost seems like she’s reading Naked Capitalism — and to that I say, welcome! The more, the merrier.

The day MIT won the Harvard-Yale game ESPN. Permit me a short amble down memory lane. I remember this well, as it was my senior year, and I was just finishing my tenure as editor-in-chief of The Tech, MIT’s oldest and largest student newspaper. The staff ate pizza the Sunday night after the Saturday game and put our next issue to bed. Seeing the pix, and the video, the years just fell away. And I realized that no one could get away with such a stunt today – at some stage, the perpetrators would have been frogmarched out of Harvard Stadium, to face who knows what charges.

Whereas way back when, Paul Gray, then MIT-prez, wrote to his Harvard counterpart, Derek Bok, after the fact (according to The Tech):

Dear Derek,

Word has come to me that your campus police are holding some property which rightfully should be located in the MIT Museum. Can this be true?

Surely you have little use for a makeshift device constructed from vacuum cleaner parts, points from a 1967 Mustang, and a handful of marbles. We, however, being the sentimental sort, would take great care of – indeed, we would enshrine – this symbolic highlight of the 1982 football season. Please give it back. Sincerely yours, Paul E. Gray

Antidote du Jour (blennylips, who asks for the help of fellow Links readers in identifying this bird):

Magda, meet the Naked Capitalists

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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