Burberry, H&M, and Nike destroy unsold merch. An expert explains why. | Vox


.. Burberry is hardly the only company to use this practice; it runs high to low, from Louis Vuitton to Nike. Brands destroy product as a way to maintain exclusivity through scarcity, but the precise details of who is doing it and why are not commonly publicized. Every now and then, though, bits of information will trickle out.

Last year, for example, a Danish TV station revealed that the fast-fashion retailer H&M had burned 60 tons of new and unsold clothes since 2013.

Source: Burberry, H&M, and Nike destroy unsold merch. An expert explains why. – Vox

Renault-Nissan adopts Android in coup for Google | Reuters


The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi carmaking alliance said on Tuesday it will adopt Alphabet’s Google Android operating system, handing a victory to the U.S. tech giant as it pushes for a bigger share of the infotainment market.

Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi, with combined sales of 10.6 million vehicles last year, said future models will “integrate Google applications and services” including Maps and the voice-commanded Google Assistant.

Source: Renault-Nissan adopts Android in coup for Google | Reuters

Audi launches electric SUV in Tesla’s backyard, with assist from Amazon | Reuters


German luxury car brand Audi on Monday staged the global launch of a new electric sport utility vehicle on the home turf of rival Tesla Inc (TSLA.O), and highlighted a deal with Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) to make recharging its forthcoming e-tron models easier.

Source: Audi launches electric SUV in Tesla’s backyard, with assist from Amazon | Reuters

Democratic transition in Myanmar ‘at standstill’: U.N. rights panel | Reuters


Marzuki Darusman, chair of the U.N. Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar, denounced what he called “the extreme brutality of the military” known as the Tatmadaw as he presented a report that Myanmar’s envoy dismissed as one-sided.

The panel was presenting its full 440-page report to the U.N. Human Rights Council after a summary issued on Aug. 27.

Source: Democratic transition in Myanmar ‘at standstill’: U.N. rights panel | Reuters

Kavanaugh claims give vulnerable Democrats in Senate cover to oppose him | Reuters


Since Kavanaugh was nominated to the high court by President Donald Trump, Democratic senators from states that Trump won in 2016 were locked in a dilemma. If they didn’t vote in favor of Kavanaugh’s confirmation, they would have appeared to be out of step with voters at home and risked losing re-election. Vote for him, and they would hand the president a bipartisan victory.

The allegation that Kavanaugh assaulted a woman while in high school, however, now gives those endangered Democrats an escape hatch.

Source: Kavanaugh claims give vulnerable Democrats in Senate cover to oppose him | Reuters

Trump tariffs only a weak blow to China


David Bostwick, a venture capital investor from Silicon Valley and CFO of Crystal Solar, observed that’s how China got a strangle-hold on the American solar panel market. It reduced prices, helping to gut the American solar panel manufacturing industry.

“All the Chinese have to do is cut their prices 20 percent and they can keep selling their products in the U.S. without any disruption,” Bostwick observed.

Source: Commentary: Trump tariffs only a weak blow to China

Shares hold ground as U.S. and China ramp up trade war | Reuters


“In a way it is remarkable that the market is holding up so well,” said Rabobank’s Head of Macro Strategy Elwin de Groot.

“This is clearly a further ratcheting up of the trade war and we are now getting close to a situation where you can almost speak of a full-fledged trade war. Clearly that is not positive.”

Source: Shares hold ground as U.S. and China ramp up trade war | Reuters

Hillary Clinton: American Democracy Is in Crisis | The Atlantic


Trump and his cronies do so many despicable things that it can be hard to keep track. I think that may be the point—to confound us, so it’s harder to keep our eye on the ball.

The ball, of course, is protecting American democracy.

As citizens, that’s our most important charge. And right now, our democracy is in crisis.

Source: Hillary Clinton: American Democracy Is in Crisis – The Atlantic

Phishing Is the Internet’s Most Successful Con | Nextgov


This might be the best way to think about phishing: a set built for you, to trick information out of you; built either by con men or, in the case of the recent spear-phishing attack caught and shut down by Microsoft, by spies and agents working for (or with) interfering governments, which seems a bit more sinister than Paul Newman with a jaunty smile and a straw hat.

But perhaps it should not seem so sinister, because phishing is profoundly easy to do.

Source: Phishing Is the Internet’s Most Successful Con – Nextgov

Watchdog slams safeguards for foster kids on psych drugs


Among the situations investigators encountered was the case of a 6-year-old boy diagnosed with ADHD, learning and speech disorders, outbursts of temper and defiance, and hair-pulling disorder. He had been put on four psychiatric drugs.

But a medication review questioned the need for some of the medications. Of the four, two were discontinued and one was reduced in dosage, investigators said. Two different medications were then prescribed.

Investigators found no evidence that a treatment plan for the boy had been developed in the first place, before starting him on medication.

Source: Watchdog slams safeguards for foster kids on psych drugs