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Deformed mutt is crowned World’s Ugliest Dog Thailand Forum (furzy mouse)
It would be great to have a progressive, kind Pope. Sadly, Pope Francis isn’t it New Statesman (Chuck L)
THIS BRICKLAYING ROBOT CAN BUILD A HOUSE IN TWO DAYS Popular Science (Robert M)
A Climate Apollo Program Project Syndicate (David L)
Tests vs. Fests: Students in ‘learning celebrations’ rather than exams scored higher and enjoyed themselves ScienceDaily. Chuck L: “Not very significant statistically but suggestive.”
China’s Central Bank Cuts Rates Wall Street Journal
Luddite Violence Marginal Revolution (reslic). Uber.
Terrorist Attacks in France, Tunisia and Kuwait Kill Dozens New York Times
Severed Head Found After Suspected Terror Attack at French Chemical Factory Wall Street Journal
US should explain its harsh rights report on Thailand, govt says The Nation (furzy mouse)
Can we unscramble the euro mess? Can we afford not to? Brian M. Lucey
Tsipras announces referendum on creditors’ bailout demands Financial Times
Greece Calls Referendum on Bailout Terms Wall Street Journal
PM @atsipras did not inform Merkel and Holland of his intention to call a referendum in their meeting Friday morning. @yanpal7. If this is true, it is guaranteed not to be helpful.
#Greece bailout #referendum odds: 1/3 NO to deal 2/1 YES to deal
My Greek colleagues are convinced it will be a NO. My Brussels colleagues are convinced it will be a YES. #greece #Greferendum @EdConwaySky
Tsipras goes for referendum on 5 July Paul Mason, Medium. Very good detail on how ruthless the creditors were last week (and he does acknowledge that some of this was due to certain players being boxed in). But as you can see from the post on the referendum gambit, I don’t agree at all his take that this is a great move by Tsipras vis a vis the creditors. To the extent it serves him, it’s versus his own population.
Germany’s Gabriel open to Greek referendum with caveats ekathimerini. This may be what it seems to be or it may be a ploy: “We’ll go along only if the questions look legit.” Then they attack the legitimacy of the referendum by charging that the questions aren’t fair and accurate, which means they take the position that their refusal is that they object to Syriza not giving voters the right information to make an informed decision.
Trouble or quits: Tsipras gambles Greece Hugo Dixon
Yemeni Heritage, Saudi Vandalism New York Times (reslic)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Scotus Same Sex Marriage Decision
The Craziest Lines in Every Dissenting Gay Marriage Opinion Gawker. Chuck L: “This is a hoot. Follow some of the “More” links for more debunking insights and hilarity.”
This was the best week of Obama’s presidency – The Washington Post
Martin O’Malley Ad Hits Not Hillary Clinton — But Bernie Sanders? Intercept. Reslic: “Hit job because he’s running for VP on the clinttoonz LLC train.”
Bernie Sanders’s Early Online Haul: $8.3 Million New York Times
Libor rigging scandal: German regulator alleges negligence by Deutsche executives International Business Times
Mark Carney: Bankers still do not know how to behave Telegraph. Quelle surprise!
CAMP ALPHAVILLE 2015. Adrien with horror calls our attention to the speaker in the upper left box: “The fraudsters and former CFO/CEOs who have been convicted just never go away..meanwhile the whistleblowers can’t find a job because they are blacklisted ..and the victims of the fraud oh well..”
Michigan might ask poor to pick up transportation tab TaxVox (reslic)
The retreat of social democracy New Statesman (Chuck L)
Antidote du jour (Keith E). These pix enabled this dog to be adopted! Story here.