Links 12/6/18

Flaming hole in Arkansas found to be intentionally set, not the work of Satan or meteorite Japan Times

Bizarre ‘dark fluid’ with negative mass could dominate the universe – what my research suggests The Conversation

These ants decorate their homes with the heads of their enemies National Geographic

Pistachio Wars: The Back Story Yasha Levine

Facebook’s Very Bad Month Just Got Worse The New Yorker. “The documents also reveal that, in 2015, a permissions update for Android devices, which users were required to accept, included a feature that continuously uploaded text messages and call logs to Facebook.” Holy moley. That’s some feature.

Wells Fargo computer glitch blamed as hundreds lose their homes CBS

Occupy Jamie Dimon: Activists Are Chasing the Billionaire Across the U.S. Bloomberg. Much better than accosting politicians at dinner.

What is the yield curve and why has it spooked investors FT

Why isn’t Investment More Sensitive to Interest Rates: Evidence from Surveys (PDF) Steve A. Sharpe and Gustavo A. Suarez, Divisions of Research & Statistics and Monetary Affairs, Federal Reserve Board. From 2014, still germane.


Brexit: Theresa May urged to call off vote The Times

WRECKSIT Double-dealing MPs accused of plot to ‘steal’ Brexit from the British people as top Tories say May will be forced to resign if she loses key vote The Sun

These 20 Labour MPs Are On A Brexit Watchlist Drawn Up By Remain Campaigners And Momentum Buzzfeed

Italian Police Make Major Arrests Linked to Sicilian Mob Courthouse News

Luxembourg to become first country to make all public transport free Guardian

‘Gilet jaunes’ movement spreads to France’s truckers, farmers and students EuroNews

ANALYSIS: The yellow rebellion is threatening to engulf France – Macron must act The Local (France).

What are their demands? Thread:


Canada arrests Huawei CFO after US extradition request FT

Canada arrests Huawei’s global chief financial officer in Vancouver Globe and Mail

Millennials in China Are Using Nudes to Secure Loans Vice (UserFriendly).

Chinese hospital compensates man put off operating table and sent to pay US$2,200 bill South China Morning Post. Impressive.

Three questions no one wants to ask following the Ghosn scandal Automotive IQ

Indonesian authorities release preliminary Lion Air crash report Leeham Air (SS). SS writes:

Like all catastrophes, it aint just one thing.

1. Boeing adds a new safety system (MCAS) to cover up the fact that the new 737Max doesn’t fly the same as the older 737s, and doesn’t’ disclose the new safety system. They don’t want airlines to have to re-certify pilots on the new plane (“Any 737 cert pilot can fly the 737MAX”).

2. Lion air pilots fly this plane for an entire flight with the Angle of Attack (AOA) sensor mafling, don’t return to base, don’t adequately describe the problem in logs. They also had runaway trim due to the AOA failure.

3. Lion air follows Boeing reccs for repair of the AOA sensor but don’t test fly it. AOA won’t come active until it is flown, and it fails again in the next fatal flight.

4. Something else unknown happens as the pilots are struggling against the new MCAS system that deployed incorrectly based on the bad AOA sensor data.

5. 189 people die.

Man, modern airplanes are complicated. I’m an engineer and I can barely read this report. I”m sure we are ready for self driving cars running on black box AI.

Indian Cop Killed by ‘Cow Vigilantes’ as Hindu Nationalists Riot Bloomberg

31 pct of elderly people land low-wage jobs after retirement Yonhap News Agency

New Cold War

U.S. Moves to Defy Russia Through Navy Operation US News (J-LS).

As Dead as a Doornail Handle The Blogmire. The Skripals case.

Health Care

Inside the Trump Administration’s Proposed Medicaid Managed Care Rule Health Affairs

Four small cities may have played an outsize role in spreading deadly flu Science

Carbon emissions from advanced economies rise for 1st time in 5 years Axios

Put more carbon in soils to meet Paris climate pledges Nature

New study explains creation of deadly California ‘firenado’ AP (DL). Original.

West Coast fishermen are suing oil companies for climate change damages LA Times (MR).

Inside the Sunrise Movement (it didn’t happen by accident) E&E News (MR). My concerns are somewhat eased, though it’s certainly odd to see this reporting in a trade magazine.

Our Famously Free Press

“Everyone’s for Sale”: A Generation of Digital-Media Darlings Prepares for a Frigid Winter Vanity Fair

The Club and the Mob LRB

Democrats in Disarray

Sorry to Bother You The Baffler

Imperial Collapse Watch

The Dirty Secrets of George Bush Rolling Stone. From 1988, still germane.

“Education Corporation of America, Virginia College, and Brightwood College Turn Out the Lights”: Important Advice to ECA students from Steve Rhode Condemned to Debt (UserFriendly).

Not-So-Funhouse Mirrors Inside Higher Ed

Class Warfare

Global Wage Report 2018/19 (IPDF) International Labor Organization (UserFriendly).

Your ZIP Code Determines Your Life Expectancy, But Not in These 7 Places Governing

Margaret Atwood warns ‘French Revolution’ is inevitable if US political system does not change Independent (Re Silc).

‘My life is spent in this car’: Uber drives its Indian workers to despair Guardian (Re Silc).

Teaching Civil Procedure with Political Economy in Mind Law and Political Economy

The Unheard-of Center: Critique after Modern Monetary Theory Arcade

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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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