In the news, but dead to us:
Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump, Kanye West
IN SMALL NY TOWN, A FIGHT TO KEEP AMAZON OUT
> THE GUARDIAN
“We all have paid residential tax rates in this neighborhood. They come in with corporations, give them huge tax benefits, and screw everyone else who lives here and the water supply,” said Marci Brunner, a leader of the Birchwood Association with her husband Adam. “We are trying to protect the environment and the quality of life, not just for us but everyone in Schodack and the local areas that will be impacted by this.”
Cops find sucker to blame for murder of TV journalist
— The brutal killing of 30-year-old Viktoria Marinova — who presented a current affairs talk programme called “Detector” for the small TVN television channel — has shocked the country and drawn international condemnation.
Sotomayor pens stinging rebuke of solitary confinement
even as Supreme Republican Court shrugs it off
Courthouse News Service
— After the Supreme Court shot down a challenge to the use of solitary confinement in prison, Justice Sonia Sotomayor voiced alarm Tuesday about depriving inmates of daylight for months and years.
— “It should be clear by now that our Constitution does not permit such a total deprivation in the absence of a particularly compelling interest.”
Treasure hunters challenge the FBI over a dig for Civil War gold
… the latest chapter in a mystery that has persisted for more than a century and a half. As the story goes, around the time of the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg, the Union Army sent a shipment of gold from Wheeling, West Virginia, to Philadelphia. The wagon train took a circuitous route through the wilds of northern Pennsylvania so as to avoid Confederate troops. Along the way, the gold was either lost or stolen.
UK union calls for strike of Uber drivers
√ It’s only a matter of time… Uber’s medieval labor practices will foment driver activism. Unless Uber wises up. But people in power rarely wise up.
Nikki Haley dumps UN post
Running for president? Little old me? Why gracious no.
Google drops out of race to screw Pentagon
— Google has abandoned efforts to win a $10bn Pentagon cloud computing contract. The firm said the work might have transgressed principles it published in June limiting its artificial-intelligence-related activities.
— Thousands of its staff had previously protested against its involvement in a separate Department of Defense project.
Nuns launch bus tour to oppose GOP tax scam
Courthouse News Service
— The aim is to highlight economic inequality from the GOP’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which critics say benefits the highest-income households while ignoring middle and lower-income Americans.
— In an interview, the group’s lead organization Sister Simone Campbell said, “We’re not against people benefitting. We’re all for everyone benefiting. But that’s everyone – not just a few.”
Cop who killed 12-year-old finds a police dep’t that will hire him
— If you’re feeling like a new era of police accountability is coming after Friday’s murder conviction of Chicago cop Jason Van Dyke, a police chief in Ohio is here to set you straight.
Flea-bitten L.A. plagued by typhus epidemic
UN climate report suggests big gas tax
Somewhere north of $19 per gallon?
>>> Nobel award shows how economics can fight climate change
… A premise of his research was that the environment is a public good, shared by all and yet not paid for in any adequate or appropriate way.
… Nordhaus argued a tax on carbon – say US$25 a ton – or a cap and tradescheme that allows companies to exchange pollution credits – offers the best and most economically efficient way of putting a value on that public good and thus doing something about the problem.
… he was able to show, with great clarity, that the most cost effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is by lifting the price of fossil fuels with a carbon tax. This in turn would provide the appropriate incentives for consumers and businesses to use less of those fuels.