Armed with 10,000 more genes than humans: Scientists hail the intelligence of the octopus Independent. Resilc: “Could get the nomination of either party….”
Going on vacation? Your cats can enjoy luxury digs, too Associated Press
Hard cheese: Pornhub may face legal action over Parmigiano-Reggiano ad Guardian (Chuck L)
Jimmy Carter suffers spread of cancer Financial Times. Even though he was only an OK President, he has been an exemplary former President.
What Criminals May Gain from the Next Evolution of Bitcoin MIT Technology Review (furzy mouse). As I’ve said for some time, Bitcoin = prosecution futures.
Kodak’s First Digital Moment New York Times
How the Midwest’s Corn Farms Are Cooking the Planet Mother Jones
North Korea vice-premier Choe Yong-gon ‘executed’ BBC (furzy mouse)
China Currency Whackage
Yuan devaluation rerun jolts markets, deepens fears China may further weaken currency South China Morning Post
What a weaker Chinese yuan means for the world Sydney Morning Herald (EM)
China cannot risk the global chaos of currency devaluation Ambrose Evans-Prithard, Telegraph
U.S. Strains Mount After China Devalues Yuan Wall Street Journal (margarita). Subhead: “Beijing’s currency move draws rebuke from lawmakers, threatens to impede Obama’s Pacific trade effort.”
China’s currency devaluation: Thailand’s economic nightmare? The Nation (furzy mouse)
LIVE: Huge explosion in Chinese port city of Tianjin Hong Kong Free Press. OMG, look at the photos! And none of them are all that close in.
At least 17 dead, hundreds injured as blasts from hazardous materials warehouse rock Chinese city of Tianjin South China Morning Post. Lambert: “17 is the official tally….”
Germany criticises Greek bailout agreement Financial Times
Greece Faces Two-Year Recession Amid Bailout Cuts Wall Street Journal
Beware of American econ professors! Politico. Important.
Iran Deal Opponents: The Final Push Tom Callaghan
Who’s Killin’ Who? Cherokee Gothic (resilc). From the article: “It would be far more accurate to say that US drug laws are killing Mexico than to say that any or everything that Mexico may be doing is hurting the US.”
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Julian Assange: Wikileaks founder may walk free from London hide-out News (furzy mouse). Over the Administration’s dead body.
Facial Recognition Software Moves From Overseas Wars to Local Police New York Times (Chris in Pacific). My lawyer was working with a company that had face recognition algos. This technology is overhyped. That makes it prone for abuse, which is almost certainly a feature, not a bug.
A Traffic Analysis of Windows 10 root@localghost:~# (Lauren Weinstein). Chuck L: “As Weinstein notes, if this is correct Windows 10 is a security disaster. ‘ . this is an OS-level keylogger, all the data you’re trying to transmit securely is now sitting on some MS server. This includes passwords and encrypted chats. This also includes the on-screen keyboard, so there is no way to authenticate to a website without MS also getting your password.’ Audio and video input is also captured and sent to MS servers.” Weinstein stressed that, “the item was passed along to me by an A-class correspondent, but the underlying source is significantly less well graded.”
Hillary Clinton on the Sanctity of Protecting Classified Information Glenn Greenwald, Intercept. Important.
Inside the GOP Clown Car Rolling Stone
Jeb Bush’s major foreign policy address: The former Florida governor’s speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library was shallow and wrong. Slate Resilc: “He makes his brother look smart, and that’s hard to do.”
The G.O.P.”s Problems Go Well Beyond Trump New Yorker
Donald Trump Threatens to Fight Black Lives Matter Activists If They Confront Him Alternet. I try to not to look for sexism (I find it to be disempowering) but Trump wears it like a badge: “”The way he [Sanders] was taken away by two young women..” In other words, Sanders was weak (Trump’s word) because women got the best of him. Trump, by contrast, advocated fighting with them physically: “That would never happen with me. I don’t know if I’ll do the fighting myself or other people will, but that was a disgrace.”
Donald Trump touts ‘militaristic’ policies CNN (furzy mouse)
In California, Millions of ‘Shade Balls’ Combat a Nagging Drought New York Times (Ryan R)
Police State Watch
California bans grand juries in fatal shootings by police San Jose Mercury News (EM)
The Worst of the Worst of the Worst: New Century and its Economics Shills Bill Black (resilc)
How to Make Private Equity Honest Yves Smith, Bloomberg. In case you missed it.
U of Illinois to dismiss chancellor, rejects $400,000 bonus Associated Press
Who Will Own the Robots? MIT Technology Review (vlade)
Let’s Expose the Gender Pay Gap New York Times. The claim: “If companies had to publish the difference in wages between men and women, the disparities for identical work would shock people into action.” I wish that were so, but the more likely result is better rationalizations. But it sure can’t hurt and would probably have some impact.
Workers test Italy’s middle way Financial Times
The Teflon Toxin: DuPont and the Chemistry of Deception Intercept (vidimi). Today’s must read.
Antidote du jour. @GeorgeMonbiot via Richard Smith: