Florida Cat Goes Viral After Bravely Staring Down Alligator Who Shows Up At Front Door Animal Rescue (David L)
Room-Temperature Superconductivity Achieved for the First Time Quanta Magazine (David L)
Digital Planet, Predicting US elections results every hour BBC World Service. Resilc:
First two are interesting sections
1. on the election betting market
2. on solar energy in rural Africa. Components are failing. Right to repair essential. Tthe cheapness of quality of all the components is a real weakness. I have Chicom solar lights on outdoor sculptures here in Vermont. Some work for years, some work for 3 months. Cannot be fixed after they break. More e-waste.
Covid deaths in Europe, US exceed official tallies Agence France-Presse. Resilc: “What a shock.”
Sudden irreversible hearing loss post COVID-19 BMJ. Not to worry, n=1.
Macron announces curfew for Paris and 8 French cities Financial Times
The whole thing stinks.
This Government’s incompetence, its cronyism, its ideological obsession with outsourcing and rip-off privatisation has undermined our NHS and put lives at risk.
Time to kick the profiteers out of the system and put local public health teams in charge. pic.twitter.com/ivqRy4WgOe
— Dan Carden MP (@DanCardenMP) October 14, 2020
Survey finds Americans are more united than divided on wearing face masks MarketWatch (resilc)
Trump again attacks Fauci’s guidance as coronavirus infections tick upward Washington Post (resilc)
Change in Real GDP by State Barry Ritholtz
Shaky U.S. Hospitals Risk Bankruptcy in Latest Covid Wave Bloomberg (furzy)
US appoints Tibet coordinator amid tensions with China Al Jazeera (furzy)
China braced for lose-lose scenario as US election fuels unease Financial Times
Thailand declares state of emergency and cracks down on demonstrators Financial Times. Hoo boy.
After months of largely peaceful protests, pro-democracy activists and Thai monarchy supporters clashed, throwing punches and bottles at each other pic.twitter.com/RwAz7GrEfc
— SCMP News (@SCMPNews) October 15, 2020
US lets Indonesia’s Prabowo off the hook Asia Times
EU court ruling threatens EU-UK data flows Politico. From last week. Too many people acting as if “of course this will be solved” when it isn’t yet.
New Cold War
Is NASA Finally Done Paying Russia for Trips to Space? Gizmodo (Kevin W)
In Mexico, Cross-Border Fight Over Water Erupts New York Times (resilc). We warned over a decade ago that potable water was the world’s most limited resource. Not hard to see that it would become a source of conflict.
Imperial Collapse Watch
The Pentagon’s AI ‘ghost fleet’ is more than just scary — it’s unwise Responsible Statecraft (resilc)
Key moments from Barrett’s marathon question-and-answer session The Hill (Kevin W)
Why The Amy Coney Barrett Hearings Are Verging On The Absurd FiveThirtyEight
Dems Silent As Barrett Evades Climate Query With Shell Case Looming David Sirota, Andrew Perez
Biden Has 11-Point Lead Over Trump Less Than Three Weeks to Election Day Wall Street Journal
Trump and Biden offer starkly different visions of US role in world Guardian. Resilc: “Same ole shit, different spins…….SecState Rice ❤ interventions.”
Harris and Truman? How an embrace of the national security state runs in the family Responsible Statecraft (resilc)
NBC Is Giving Trump, Who Refused to Debate Biden This Week, a TV Special. Slate. Um, Biden will have gotten two televised town halls…one was with NBC, not sure who is running the Oct 15 one.
Biden’s Covid Response Plan Draws From F.D.R.’s New Deal New York Times
GOP Vows to Act As Check on Biden’s Plans to Avert Recession New York Magazine
It’s Hispanic Heritage Month, and the Latinx Vote Is Still Being Ignored New Yorker (resilc)
It’s Not The Economy, Stupid. It’s Your Identity Heisenberg Report (resilc). Wild, but a spurious correlation?
Visualized: A Breakdown of Amazon’s Revenue Model Visual Capitalist (furzy)
Our Famously Free Press
Facebook, Twitter Restrictions on Biden Article Infuriate Trump Bloomberg. Streisand effect. This the lead story.
Proposed Reform to US Espionage Act Would Create Public Interest Defense Consortiumnews (UserFriendly)
With the U.S. importing more goods than it’s exporting, shipments of American cotton, grain and hay are getting squeezed by a shortage of shipping containers https://t.co/L2EXGYfzmq
— Bloomberg (@business) October 15, 2020
Split-Second ‘Phantom’ Images Can Fool Tesla’s Autopilot Wired (Chuck L)
For Rudolf Hilferding, Socialism Was About Freedom Jacobin (Chuck L)
The Pandemic Has Benefited One Group Of People: Billionaires HuffPost (UserFriendly)
Antidote du jour. Tracie H:
Spotted this beautiful German Shepherd in the back of this truck on a food stop in Phelan, California, on one of our three-hour weekend drives to the desert. I tried for a bit sharper image but just then my battery died. ☹ Aaugh! As Snoopy and his friends would say!!!
And a bonus, from guurst:
The title should be “Reservoir Bears” – but these things only come to one later. https://t.co/9I1YKXrBil
— Paul Tout (@adriawildlife) September 18, 2020
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