How debt threatens to undermine China’s growth miracle South China Morning Post. At the local government level (i.e., think about real estate).
Poisonous connections The Economist. “So a company with an opaque ownership structure, connected by family ties to a port official under investigation, was helped by an order signed by another man under investigation to expedite its handling of dangerous chemicals. On August 20th the death toll from the blast stood at 114.”
Jeff Bezos, Amazon, and the Lack of Profits CEPR. Before there were pirates like Travis Kalanick, there was Jeff Bezos. Whenever you hear “disruption” or “innovation,” think “plunder.”
Life sciences slated as first Alphabet spin-out after Google reorg Fierce Medical Devices (Furzy Mouse)
The Real State of Unemployment Economic Populist
Why Donald Trump Won’t Fold: Polls and People Speak NYT. Analysis of likely primary voters from… Civis Analytics, a Democratic polling firm.
Trump Change: Is Donald Trump Broke? The Alpha Pages (Furzy Mouse).
Glenn Beck: Trump is not conservative The Hill. Naturally not. Trump is polymorphous perverse; the id knows nothing of such categories as “conservative.”
Donald Trump, Alabama and the ghost of George Wallace Politico. Trump didn’t fill the venue. Even though Alabama high school football hasn’t started.
This Is How Bernie Sanders Could Win FiveThirtyEight
First on CNN: Biden meets with Warren in Washington CNN. I know what the numbers on Clinton say. But insiders are acting like they don’t believe those numbers matter. And 442 days is a long time in politics.
Hillary Clinton Will Interrupt Vacation to Campaign in Midwest NYT. On the email:
The topic does not typically come up in Mrs. Clinton’s wide-ranging town hall-style meetings, where voters ask her about everything from criminal justice reform to whether they can get a hug. (“Sit down right there, and when I finish my Q. and A., I will give you that hug, I promise,” she told the woman.)
This would seem to replicate the Clinton strategy of 2008, which was successful with voters, at least.
Some big 2008 Obama supporters on new list of Iowa Women for Hillary Bleeding Heartland
DCCC Up To Their Old, Failed Tricks In IL-08 Down with Tyranny
Poll: most Canadians don’t believe Harper on Duffy scandal Toronto Star. Apparently, fiddling one’s expense accounts passes for scandal in Canada.
3 American friends tackle and hogtie gunman aboard European train WaPo. Actually, two Americans and one Brit. Sadly, they weren’t armed, or they would have been able to shoot out some windows and whack an innocent passenger or two.
European hard-left looks to Varoufakis amid Greek turmoil France24. Let us know how that works out.
The Corbyn calamity Politico. By a biographer of — wait for it — Tony Blair.
White House in Chilcot ‘cover-up’: America bans crucial files that could reveal secret of why Blair invaded Iraq Daily Mail. Handy for the Blairites!
The War That Congress Won’t Declare The Atlantic
The Bangkok Bombing Blame Game Foreign Policy
Will 5G Kill Free WiFi? Motherboard
Faith-Based Intellectual Property UCLA Law Review
From Port to Port Foreign Affairs. “How Colonialism Shaped Music As We Know It.”
A great critique of Rational Expectations Noahpinion
MIT, Harvard find ‘master switch’ behind obesity Boston Business Journal. Awesome. Heavy on the High Fructose Corn Syrup, Mom!
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