Earth’s degradation threatens major health gains: study Agence France-Presse
The Most Dangerous Man in America TomDispatch. On Nixon.
Uber fined $7.3 million for keeping info from California regulators Times Free Press. EM: “In theory this could cost Uber its license to operate in CA, but I expect a gaggle of high-paid ‘Uberlawyers’ to file whatever it takes in motions to prevent that.”
Shoppers disappointed in much-hyped ‘Prime Day’ sales Times Free Press (EM)
Three Sydney Hooters restaurants go into administration after superannuation claims Sydney Morning Herald. EM again cannot resist: “I believe the correct phrase is ‘…go tits up’.”
Greece, Its Back to the Wall, Adopts Austerity Steps New York Times
Greek cleaners swept out of work as Tsipras’s defiance fades Financial Times. This is nuts: “Most of the job losses were those on fixed-term contracts, such as cleaners and administrative staff. Their positions were often taken by people hired through outsourcing companies or third-party employers.”
How bad are things for the people of Greece? BBC. Scroll down to the chart “People experiencing severe deprivation”
Merkel’s tough tactics prompt criticism Financial Times
Greece deal under intense assault MacroBusiness. Note that this may be out of date. Even though an IMF leaked document said that it would be hard to make the new funding for Greece work without debt haircuts, Lagarde on CNN stuck to her line that that the IMF has always wanted debt relief for Greece and that no-haircut strategies could do the trick. The staff was hugely upset in 2010 when the IMF got involved in Greece and it is apparently even more upset that the IMF is about to get in deeper. It thus looks plausible that the report, which had not been approved by the board, was not an authorized leak.
Latest IMF debt relief push baffles eurozone creditors Financial Times
Lagarde sees hope for Greek debt Agence France-Presse
What Mr Tsipras learned about bargaining power in the EU Europe on the Strand
Greece’s National Pastime: Tax-Dodging Daily Beast. Isabel PS: “An interesting insight. “what makes the ENFEA so hated is that it is a tax for MERE ownership of property”. Tax collection can improve very quickly (it happened in Portugal and also in Slovakia, I think). But coming from this low base it must be very difficult.”
Lose-Lose: Pushing Greece Out of Euro Is Costlier Than Write-Off Bloomberg (reslic)
When Will Greek Looting and Austerity End? Ian Welsh (furzy mouse)
FREE TRADE FOR THE BIRDS — HOW THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT FORCES UKRAINE TO REPAY $400 MILLION IN LOANS, PRIME MINISTER HARPER COLLECTS UKRAINIAN VOTES, AND UKRAINIAN-CANADIANS GET RICH AT THEIR COUNTRYMEN’S EXPENSE John Helmer
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
U.S. has yet to notify 21.5 million data breach victims: officials Reuters. EM: “‘[chime] You’ve got (black)mail.'”
Imperial Collapse Watch
Why doesn’t US Media interview Real Allies on American Policy Juan Cole (resilc). Drumroll…because we have none!
Army’s Anthropology Experiment Ends in Defeat Bloomberg (resilc)
US lawmakers worry over Malaysia TIP report rating Bangkok Post (furzy mouse)
Filings reveal cash cow campaigns in US Financial Times
What Campaign Filings Won’t Show: Super PACs’ Growing Sway New York Times
How Trump Destroyed the GOP’s Best-Laid Plans New York Magazine (resilc)
After Years of Drought, Wildfires Rage in California New York Times. Lots of dramatic photos.
This Man Took On Fox News And Became A Hero To His City ThinkProgress. Chuck L: “Every self-respecting person, not to mention politician, should respond to ambushes by Faux News staff as this man did.”
How the plunging price of oil has set off a new global contest Washington Post
Obama Administration Finds New Way to Let Criminal Banks Avoid Consequences Intercept (resilc)
Wisconsin asks federal court to clarify food stamp drug testing law Reuters. EM: “Even better, make the food stamp recipients pay for the cost of the drug tests. Ka-ching!”
Why America’s workforce is shrinking and Europe’s isn’t CNN. The excuses are not convincing.
Behind the Slow Pace of Wage Growth Big Picture (resilc)
The Age of Megaprojects Project Syndicate. You need to read get well into the article before it becomes apparent that “megarprojects” are structured in a manner to facilitate looting.
Antidote du jour. From Stephen L: “Gorgeous wapiti buck. Bow Valley Parkway, Banff National Park, June 2015”