Lost cat miraculously survives California wildfire CBS. Look at her singed whiskers!
Wind Could Replace Coal as Nation’s Primary Generation Source The Energy Collective
Science says your “gut feeling” isn’t a metaphor Quartz. I’m leery of the enthusiasm for this thesis, in that this seems like yet another overhyped discovery.
World population likely to surpass 11 billion by end of century TreeHugger (resilc). It won’t be any world you’d want to live in. I know plenty of people 30 and under who intend not to have kids because they anticipate that the standard of living (broadly defined, not just economic but ecological and social stability) is going to get worse, and probably a lot worse, very soon. But some people in advanced economies making this sort of decision is not likely to alter the trajectory enough. But other possible developments, like greatly reduced efficacy of antibiotics, could.
Google new operating structure Business Insider. First, The Company Formerly Known as Google looks to be going hell bent down the path of being an overly diversified conglomerate. Those typically trade at conglomerate discounts. Second, the rebranding suggests that that the Google name was becoming a negative. Companies generally only rebrand when their original brand has associations they want to shed, like Blackwater. So was Google becoming (correctly) too strongly associated with the surveillance state? And is Alphabet meant to stand for a cheerful “We are foundational to all things technology?” Good luck with that.
People’s Bank of China Devalues Yuan Wall Street Journal
5 Things About China’s Currency Devaluation WSJ China Real Time Report
China ‘preparing shortlist’ to replace markets regulator after shares crisis Sydney Morning Herald (EM)
The 70-year itch: America struggles to maintain its credibility as the dominant power in the Asia-Pacific Economist. Its tweek: “Barack Obama portrays the TPP as the most important aspect of America’s ‘pivot’ to Asia.”
Deflation Stalks the Euro Zone Bloomberg
Greece says outline deal with creditors struck Financial Times
Germans and Slovaks stand ready to scupper Greek deal as Athens insists agreement is near Telegraph
Tsipras seeks to cool talk of him calling snap polls ekathimerini
Russian Authorities Step in to Avert Ruble Slide Wall Street Journal
Turkey Invades Syria, Goes For Aleppo Moon of Alabama
29 U.S. Scientists Praise Iran Nuclear Deal in Letter to Obama New York Times (EM)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
No-fly list uses ‘predictive assessments’ instead of hard evidence, US admits Guardian (Brian C, Chuck L). Pre crime is here!
Why ‘Smart’ Objects May Be a Dumb Idea New York Times. David L: “Our cars, fridges and even bank safes are connected to the Internet. It’s making us vulnerable in new and alarming ways.” Not mine!
Imperial Collapse Watch
Chalmers Johnson on Garrisoning the Planet TomDispatch. Resilc: “Nobody calls this scam. And they want to kill social security to pay for this.”
War in Space May Be Closer Than Ever Scientific American
Megyn Kelly Says She Won’t Be Cowed by Donald Trump New York Times
Stock Buybacks Draw Scrutiny From Politicians New York Times
Black Injustice Tipping Point
Emergency Declared in Ferguson After Shooting New York Times
Statement On Charges Against HuffPost Reporter Ryan J. Reilly From Arrest In Ferguson Huffington Post. The police force in Ferguson really does need to be shut down. When the press investigates, which seems to be the only mechanism for exposing what happened, the response is to charge them too. Lovely.
Bernie Sanders and Ferguson: When Protest Loses Its Purpose Esquire (resilc)
Legislation would give SEC more time to go after fraudsters Investment News (Adrien)
US labour market weakening Bill Mitchell
The Tech Productivity Mystery Noah Smith, Bloomberg
Antidote du jour. Resilc writes, “OK, Yves, top this one.” From Laughing Squid, Photograph Captures Two ‘Dryas Iulia’ Butterflies Drinking the Tears of Turtles in Ecuador: