Could we grow our own painkillers? Genetically modified yeast is used to produce home-brewed morphine-like drug Daily Mail. And they say “home-brewed morphine-like drug” like that’s a bad thing…
Evaluating the Chinese Devaluation Econbrowser
The Monetary Policy Advice Process at the New York Fed Liberty Street
The Greek Debt Deal’s Missing Piece NYT. The IMF.
Labour’s choice: death in glory, or death in boredom New Statesman. “The Corbyn Surge, whatever it is, is a resounding comment on what has become of the worst of New Labour; an unflinching belief that Britain is a ‘conservative country’ and a ‘centre’ that must chased not shaped.”
Chemical levels above safe limit at site of Tianjin warehouse explosion South China Morning Post. Deaths now 104.
Police seize control of Burma’s ruling party headquarters Asian Correspondent
PM’s Anonymous ‘Donation’ Was Transferred Back To Singapore! MAJOR EXCLUSIVE Sarawak Report. Wait, wait. I thought Singapore was supposed to be clean?
Cracks in Correísmo? Jacobin
EXCLUSIVE: Top executive at Hillary’s server company was sued for ‘fraud’ after ‘receiving proceeds’ from $500m Ponzi scheme run by Backstreet Boys impresario Daily Mail. Of course, the tradition of planting U.S. oppo on Fleet Street is a venerable one, and so cum grano salis (and note “sued for” is not the same as “convicted of”). Nevertheless, if you, as Secretary of State, decide to privatize your email, eruptions like this are nearly inevitable. Clinton had to have known that going in, so why take the risk? A question that answers itself, once asked.
She remains carefully managed in Iowa. Clinton read from a Teleprompter as she spoke. She visited the Iowa State Fair Saturday and unlike most other candidates, did not speak from the Des Moines Register Soapbox. Candidates usually speak for a few minutes and take questions from fairgoers.
Is There Anything Progressive About Hillary’s Economic Plan? Dean Baker, Counterpunch
Bernie Sanders in Iowa: The next Obama? McClatchy. Eesh. I hope not. That would be bad.
Bernie kicking into overdrive Politico
President Obama Plays Golf With Bill Clinton on Martha’s Vineyard Time. Hmm. I wonder what they talked about?
The Kansas Experiment NYT. Missed this one.
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Facebook Should Pay All of Us Tim Wu, The New Yorker. Yep. Facebook’s revenues are plunder, albeit of a genteel sort.
Black Injustice Tipping Point
One Year After Mike Brown Was Killed, St. Louis County Still Doesn’t Know How to Handle Protests HuffPo. Or they think they do. Or, in fact, they do.
Municipal court officials prepare in secret for major reforms St Louis Post-Dispatch. Would be nice to have a list of demands to lay the reforms against.
Report: Racial Motivations in St. Louis County Traffic Practices Newsweek. Still going on.
Where did the antiwar movement go? Le Monde Diplomatique
How to See Invisible Infrastructure The Atlantic. “The 14th Annual International Utility Locate Rodeo.”
Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace NYT. Notice the lack of agency in the headline. Shockingly, Jeff Bezos has created a dystopian hellhole:
At Amazon, workers are encouraged to tear apart one another’s ideas in meetings, toil long and late (emails arrive past midnight, followed by text messages asking why they were not answered), and held to standards that the company boasts are “unreasonably high.” The internal phone directory instructs colleagues on how to send secret feedback to one another’s bosses. Employees say it is frequently used to sabotage others. (The tool offers sample texts, including this: “I felt concerned about his inflexibility and openly complaining about minor tasks.”)
Worse, the “winners” in this environment will then metastatize through the rest of the workforce.
Contractors become employees as start-ups solidify a business model Los Angeles Times
Fairness, decentralization & capitalism Stumbling & Mumbling
Is Financial Success a Product of Inherited Genes? Institute for New Economic Thinking. Take-down of an unsurprising paper by Mankiw.
‘Bama sorority video worse for women than Donald Trump Birmingham News
The Emotions That Make Us More Creative HBR. Greed isn’t one of them.
How Humans Cause Mass Extinctions Project Syndicate
The War Against Change The Archdruid Report
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