Impala Live (Chuck L). An official lookout camera.
Urban Jungle a Tough Challenge for Google’s Autonomous Cars MIT Technology Review. Thank God. But I can see autonomous vehicles being used for deliveries from manufacturers to warehouses outside urban areas.
Wikipedia blocks ‘disruptive’ page edits from US Congress BBC (furzy mouse)
Chinese government defers another default but only for the time being South China Morning Post
Public furious at competent bankers Daily Mash
Brazil injects $20bn into banking sector Financial Times
Judge Griesa Makes History Altering US Governance Counterpunch
You Say Poignant, I Say Depressing Mark Weidemaier, Credit Slips. Key sentence: “What has been clear all along, but is now being acknowledged openly, is just how much the rulings in this case have been motivated by pique that Argentina refused to pay money judgments issued by US courts.”
Gaza: 12-hour ceasefire begins Guardian
It Turns Out Hamas Didn’t Kidnap and Kill the 3 Israeli Teens After All New York Magazine
We should begin preparing now for the evacuation of Israel Fabius Maximus. This takes the “Israel is beleagured” position, but even so, contends Israel will inevitably lose.
Truth is fiercely contested in Gaza war Financial Times
A chessboard drenched in blood Pepe Escobar, Asia Times
NBC Ukraine Hot War story is false Zap Radon
Washington Is Escalating the Orchestrated Ukrainian “Crisis” to War Paul Craig Roberts (OIFVet). Well, sure trying to.
Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta prints front-page apology for MH17 disaster in Dutch News (Australia, furzy mouse). Consistent with other reports of jockeying among the elites v. Putin. Someone like Mark Ames would be much better able to discern how much of this is real v. the West playing up the degree of pushback.
Catastrophic Desertions and Losses in the Ukrainian Army – Official Ukrainian Reports, July 19, 2014 Vineyard of the Saker (Chuck L)
SBU Cleans Website of Bogus “Proof”; Mystery of 312 Grows Michael Shedlock (furzy mouse)
Brussels chiefs urge EU states to approve tough curbs on Russia Financial Times
Sanctions and IMF Put Russian Econ in the Dock Boston Globe
Russia Raises the Policy Rate Menzie Chinn, Econbrowser
ISIS Destroys Jonah’s Tomb In Mosul, Iraq, As Militant Violence Continues Huffington Post (furzy mouse)
The ISIS Crackdown on Women, by Women Atlantic (Swedish Lex)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Trust No One Malcolm Gladwell, New Yorker
Robert Rubin: How ignoring climate change could sink the U.S. economy Washington Post. The official dog whistle that the neoliberals have decided Something Needs to Be Done. Which probably means they’ve figured out a way to keep their position secure while making some changes.
Left Coast Rising Paul Krugman
Chris Christie, In Colorado, Slams Legalized Marijuana — Unlike Rand Paul, His 2016 GOP Rival David Sirota, International Business Times
Abbey’s ghost explains why we’re in Arizona – in summer Arizona Central (David P)
Citi Wasn’t So Clear on What ‘Hidden Orders’ Meant Matt Levine, Bloomberg
Former Bear Stearns chairman Greenberg dead at 86 Reuters. Ace required all Bear partners to give 5% of their income to charity.
Obama Campaign Vets: Pay Us $5,000 To Learn — And Work On A Campaign BuzzFeed. ZOMG, as Lambert would say. Now you have to pay to work for free. And this scheme was created by Team Dem.
The Onshoring Myth? Project Syndicate (David L)
Rewriting History on Doctor Shortages: Protectionists Bury the Bodies Dean Baker (Carolinian). One of Baker’s pet peeves has been protectionism (as in what amount to cartel strategies) in various professions.
Why “Can’t Make Ends Meet” Trumps “Poverty” Bill Moyers. Wow, I can’t quite wrap my mind around this. Poor people don’t want to think of themselves as poor because “poor” is pejorative. But “fat” is pejorative too and a formerly fat person, I didn’t try thinking of myself as not being fat. The reason this bothers me is that it strikes me as a not healthy coping strategy, and I don’t necessarily mean personally, but politically. If you deny being in the group you are in, you won’t align yourself with fellow members to demand better treatment. One might even go Machiavellian and contend that the denigration of the poor has proven useful in inhibiting them about organizing.
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