Links 9/30/18

The warm glow of kindness is real, even when there’s nothing in it for you Science Daily

The Most Important Least-Noticed Economic Event of the Decade NYT. The mini-recession of 2015-16.

The Next Pandemic Will Be Arriving Shortly Foreign Policy

Rat hepatitis E virus can cause disease in humans: Hong Kong researchers Outbreak

Here was a plague LRB. Network analysis wherever you look.

Elon Musk to step down as Tesla chairman in SEC settlement FT

Europe Finally Has an Excuse to Challenge the Dollar Bloomberg

Airbus signs cooperation with synthetic fiber maker Amsilk Handelsblatt. Better than carbon fibre?

Facebook Is Giving Advertisers Access to Your Shadow Contact Information Gizmodo (original). “They found that when a user gives Facebook a phone number for two-factor authentication or in order to receive alerts about new log-ins to a user’s account, that phone number became targetable by an advertiser within a couple of weeks.” Thank heavens I never fell for all those security mavens pushing me to give up my phone number for two-factor identification!

There are now more $100 bills than $1 bills in the world Quartz

Brexit

Brexit: derailing the conference EU Referendum

Sky Data poll: 56% think Brexit will be worse than expected Sky News

No-Deal Brexit to Cost $12 Billion in Food Tariffs, Study Says Bloomberg

Toyota warns ‘no deal’ will spell post-Brexit shutdown FT

New MRC research finds inaccuracies and distortions in media coverage of antisemitism and the Labour Party Media Reform Coalition (report).

Syraqistan

Iraq will have a President and Prime Minister who takes account of both Iranian and US interests Iraq will have a President and Prime Minister who takes account of both Iranian and US interests Elijah J. Magnier

China?

China will lose trade war with the US, then things will get really nasty South China Morning Post

China Is Winning the Race for Water Security in Asia The National Interest

China seeks global role for elite counter-terrorism forces FT

China’s super trawlers are stripping the ocean bare as its hunger for seafood grows ABC Australia (KW).

A cashless supermarket, a bunch of grapes and the growing digital divide in China’s economy South China Morning Post

Effort to Form Union in China Meets Ferocious Repression Labor Notes

Malaysia wants Burma’s commanders probed for ‘atrocities’ against Rohingya Asian Correspondent

Kavanaugh

White House Directs FBI to Interview First Two Kavanaugh Accusers, But Not the Third WSJ but Trump: No limits on FBI’s investigation into allegations against Brett Kavanaugh NBC

Jeff Flake Explains Himself The Atlantic

At Times, Kavanaugh’s Defense Misleads or Veers Off Point NYT. The headline is quite gentle.

How We Know Kavanaugh Is Lying Nathan J. Robinson, Current Affairs. A close reading.

The Secret to Brett Kavanaugh’s Specific Appeal The Atlantic

‘The Tail of the Anita Hill Fury Got Us to #MeToo’ NYT

I’ve thought of the Kavanaugh imbroglio as a lens through which to view elite formation (key traits: dissembling and impunity*). Here is Stoller’s angle. Thread:

The responses are…. interesting. NOTE * Seems legit?

Trump Transition

Congressional Democrats’ Emoluments Suit Against Trump Clears Standing Hurdle National Law Journal

Mueller defends authority, hearkens back to Garfield administration Politico

Tax cuts: The gift that keeps not giving Brookings Institution

Middle America Reboots Democracy Democracy. “College-educated suburban white women.”

Democrats in Disarray

Paging Joe Manchin:

‘I do have some experience with emails:’ Hillary Clinton makes cameo in Murphy Brown revival CBC. Please kill me now.

Health Care

Am I entitled to medical care if I move to Ireland to retire? The Irish Times (Clive). Clive comments: “Bourne our of necessity, I’d say, for the person asking this question. I wonder how many more there are like him or her. The reply makes the point that in Eire, as in the U.K., health services not drowning in junk billing cash means resources are rationed so the price you pay can be long wait times. But at least your losses in terms of co-pays or out-of-pocket are either capped (nominal, trivial charges in the Republic’s system) or zero (in the U.K. system). Note too the nudging to avoid the problem of waiting lists by paying for insurance to, in essence, queue-jump. A slippery slope if ever there was one.”

Imperial Collapse Watch

Welcome to Our Dying Empire Truthdig

Eroding the Chain of Command by Trashing Trump The American Conservative

At U.S. Marine base, families plead for housing help after Florence Reuters (GF). Privatization.

He Saw Our Darkness The Bitter Southerner. Johnny Cash.

Class Warfare

Family Income Affects Kids’ Success More Than Public Vs. Private School, Study Finds WBUR

Drug rehab patients demand back wages after being sent to work for free Reveal News

Missing the Dark Satanic Mills NYRB

AI-produced artwork is moving from the fringes into the high art world Recode. “Once the discriminator tool could no longer distinguish if the portrait was man-made or not, the image was complete.”

One Small Step for the Web… Tim Berners-Lee, Medium. Big if true. “Solid PODs”, though. I dunno…. But worth checking out.

Antidote du jour (via):

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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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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