If you haven’t had a chance to catch our talk with Harry Shearer about Greece, please listen to it here. It got high marks from our readers and on Twitter, so I hope you’ll enjoy it.
I’m also a bit late on Links today. Check back at 7:30 AM to 8:00 AM for your full ration.
Combating fatal mange among Australia’s wombats YouTube. Only 4 views of a BBC video when I checked in!
Fossil fuel emissions will complicate radiocarbon dating ScienceDaily. Chuck L: “Atmospheric testing of nuclear explosions during the 40s thru the 60s also affected carbon dating but they figured out a way to compensate for it.”
Fake Hotel Booking Sites Stirring up Turmoil for Travelers CNBC (furzy mouse)
Speculators smash gold as dollar squeeze tightens Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Telegraph
Untold music festival in Transylvania: ‘Pay With Blood’ for free tickets New.com.au (furzy mouse)
Japan ramps up warnings over China Financial Times
As Markets Swing, Beijing Steadies Yuan Wall Street Journal
‘Sarawak Report’ defies Malaysian censors with alternative web address Asian Correspondent
Hollande proposes a Eurozone government Open Europe
Hollande calls for vanguard of states to lead strengthened eurozone EUObserver (guurst)
Poles Suddenly Far Less Interested in Joining Euro American Interest
The European Project is dead Bill Mitchell
Greece: Thousands of migrants and asylum seekers stranded in precarious conditions across islands Médecins Sans Frontières
Greece’s Entrepreneurs New York Times. Lambert liked this video but was struck by how tiny these ventures were.
Europe’s Vindictive Privatization Plan for Greece Yanis Varoufakis, Project Syndicate
Greece’s Debt May Not Be So Daunting Bloomberg. Basically, why the IMF analysis might not mean what it appears to mean (aside from the fact that the numbers don’t matter, since DSK got the initial lending through to Greece despite the initial loans not meeting IMF standards). But the much bigger problem is no matter what debt ratios you think Greece has, they aren’t sustainable when you apply austerity to a deeply depressed economy.
Greece’s Costly Health Care Craze New York Times. Wow, the creditors cracked down on poor pensioners rather than more affluent doctors.
Imperial Collapse Watch
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Clinton’s capital gains tax plan aims at long-term investment Reuters. EM: “Predictably, no mention of the hedge-fund carried-interest loophole. I know, ’tis mere hot blatherous wind in any event, but she could have at least bothered to lie about wanting to address that issue.”
The Only Realistic Way to Fix Campaign Finance New York Times (furzy mouse)
I say it is John McCain who needs to apologize to U.S. military families, for being a perma-warmongering-for-even-the-most-transparently-corrupt-reasons douchebag, and for being complicit in the gross underfunding of the post-combat-support aspects of the defense-related budget. A lot easier to send the fresh-meats overseas to get blown up for whatever the pretext du jour is than it is to give a rat’s patootie about them afterwards, isn’t it, Senator McCain?
Walker and the Evils of Preventive War American Conservative (resilc)
Black Injustice Tipping Point
New Details Released in Sandra Bland’s Death in Texas Jail New York Times
NYT: Obama Picks Michigan Professor for Fed Board Angry Bear. Recall that Kevin Warsh was also on the Fed board. “Nuff said.
Burst of summer rain dampens car-torching California blaze Reuters (EM). When rain is a news story, you know it’s bad…
Will the World Ever Boom Again? Bloomberg (resilc)
Fed calls for $200bn of extra capital buffers in US banks Financial Times
Wall Street Lenders Growing Impatient With U.S. Shale Revolution Bloomberg (resilc)
Interest-only mortgages: They’re baaack CNBC (furzy mouse)
Signs of Overheating in the Single-Family Rental Market WSJ Economics
Right Wing Slant to Non-Partisan Progressive Think Tanks Angry Bear. This is hardly a new technique; see our post on Bribes Work: How Peterson, the Enemy of Social Security, Bought the Roosevelt Name and Some Background on How the Roosevelt Institute Got Into Bed With Pete Peterson, the Enemy of Social Security (Updated)
New York paupers’ cemetery opens to mourners for first time Reuters. EM could not resist: “Nice, but visitors better keep a wary eye out for the pauper-azzi.”
Paul Smith’s alumni protest the college’s decision to change its name for $20 million Syracuse. Bob: “Just simply mind-blowing in its audacity.”
Antidote du jour. Snow monkeys, featured in the Washington Post (hat tip Lambert):