Apologies for the lack of original posts. I’m still on the mend and decided to use the holiday weekend to catch up, including on sleep!
EFSA report considers risks of eating insects BBC. We’ve been warning to expect to be eating further down the food chain in the future. The prospect of insects might make that tofu, or beans + grains look a lot more appealing!
Nobel prizewinning scientist dies in poverty Euronews (furzy mouse)
An Alpine Antidote to Working Weekends New York Times
A New Map Traces the Limits of Computation Quanta Magazine (David L)
Your organic cotton tee-shirt probably poisoned a river in Asia Seattle Globalist (resilic)
PUBLIC HEALTH: Study links dengue epidemics to high temperatures in Southeast Asia E&E Pubishing. Resilc: “Here in USA too.”
Baidu and CloudFlare Boost Users Over China’s Great Firewall New York Times
Western economies are still too weak to cope with Fed rate rise, says China Guardian. Translation: Don’t mess with our export markets!
China launches probe into VW emissions Financial Times
More Cubans immigrating in old age Sun Sentinel
For German city, flood of refugees brings hope McClatchy (furzy mouse)
Ankara Bombings Prompt Rally Against Turkish Government New York Times
The Explosions in Turkey New Yorker
US Begins Removing Patriot Missiles from Turkey Defense News
Violence spreads to Gaza, where Hamas leader calls for an uprising McClatchy (furzy mouse)
Imperial Collapse Watch
New Report: Civilian Nuclear Facilities Are Just Begging To Be Hacked Motherboard (resilc)
Insurance Dropouts Present a Challenge for Health Law New York Times. As Lambert pointed out, many people are doing the math and concluding Obamacare is not a good deal. What did they expect when they turned citizens into shoppers and gave them a bad product? Even with all the deliberate complexity and opacity, the stakes are high enough for a fair number of people to puzzle it out. Now this story managed to focus on almost every other factor: inability to afford it (which we stressed was an issue with low income earners, even with subsidies) and quelle surprise, “confusion”.
Clinton Emails Became the New Focus of Benghazi Inquiry New York Times
Panama condo owners to Trump: You’re fired! Associated Press
From Donald Trump, Hints of a Campaign Exit Strategy New York Times. We suggested this was a brand-enhancement exercise that got out of hand due to how much it appealed to Trump’s already ginormous ego. He can’t possibly want to be President. You have to be polite to too many people, starting with Congresscritters and leaders of nations that have nukes. The other tell was that he was not building a fundraising apparatus, flying home every night (a real campaigner would be spending more time on the road) and not spending any real money of his own, save for jetting around.
Trump won’t be next president: Obama Agence France-Presse
Former Fed Chair Ben Bernanke Skirts Questions About That Time Bernie Sanders Kicked His A** Alternet. Watch the video clips.
GOP’s tactics undermine the spirit of US Constitution Edward Luce, Financial Times
This Man Is the Most Dangerous Political Operative in America press Bloomberg. Lambert: “Must read.”
Gun nuts freak out over Texas students’ #CocksNotGlocks open carry protest — and it’s awesome Raw Story (OregonCharles). Ammosexuals do not like being exposed for what they are!
One man injured after carjacking, shooting at gas station KHOU. Resilc: “Police say a witness then pulled out a gun and began shooting at the suspects, accidentally hitting the carjacking victim in the head.”
When Comparing American Deaths Caused by Terrorism to Those Caused by Gun Violence, a Startling Trend Emerges Yahoo. Not “startling” if you are at all on top of how de minimus “deaths by terrorism” are in the US. The odds of being killed by lightening are higher.
Black Injustice Tipping Point
Farrakhan’s “Justice or Else” march rocks DC Veterans Today (Judy B). Important.
Two Reviews of Tamir Rice Shooting in Cleveland Are Seen as Shielding Police New York Times. It’s pretty poor that the media was unwilling to explain what “experts” do when the story broke yesterday. So the first impression was cemented by headlines that made the prosecution witnesses sound objective, when they were bought and paid for, no doubt after considerable pre-screening.
Higher Interest Rates Would Throw Bank Profits a Lifeline Bloomberg. Yes, but there are those “transition to a higher rate regime” costs that hit those sacrosanct quarterly earnings in the meantime….Notice the summary of the findings: “The conclusion drawn by Claudio Borio, the head of the monetary and economic department at the BIS, and colleagues is that the positive impact of being able to earn income by lending money out for higher rates over time is bigger than the hit of defaults and income that doesn’t carry interest.”
US banks build defences against downturn Financial Times
Second Great Depression Silliness CEPR (Scott)
Art investors unfazed by economic woes Financial Times
Antidote du jour. Photo by Susan Partnoy, via Insatiable Traveler: