Americans Opposed to Being Shot Seek Representation in Washington New Yorker (furzy mouse)
The wild side: Africa on Safari – in pictures Guardian (furzy mouse)
A third of cactuses are at risk for extinction Business Insider (David L) !?!
Military base dental assistant accused of witchcraft, fired MRFF (Chuck L). You must read the letter!
U.S. Government Probes Alleged U.N. Bribe Scheme Wall Street Journal
German Factory Orders Unexpectedly Fall in Sign of Economic Risk Bloomberg (furzy mouse)
Top EU court suspends data-sharing deal Financial Times
SHORT AND SHARP: Russian airstrikes on “Rastan” enclave and latest rebel reactions Sic Semper Tyrannis (resilc)
Yemen and the Destructive Habit of Taking Sides American Conservative (resilc)
The Radically Changing Story of the U.S. Airstrike on Afghan Hospital: From Mistake to Justification Intercept (resilc). Important.
The U.S. Gunship that Slaughtered Doctors and Patients in Kunduz Daily Beast (furzy mouse)
Afghan Doctor Slaughter Pulls Back Curtain Consortium News (Judy B)
Syria Daily: Washington Reveals Its Big Plan to Fight the Islamic State EA WorldView (resilc)
Saudi PR machine goes bigtime, hires top US muscle for charm offensive Boing Boing (resilc)
Obama (Quietly) Finalizes His ‘Legacy-Making’ Trade Deal Charles Pierce, Esquire (resilc)
TPP deal still lacks transparency! Young Turks
Republicans Sour on Obama’s Trade Pact Atlantic (resilc)
Clinton’s Syria Folly and 2016 The American Conservative (resilc)
Ben Carson Has Had Ties to Dietary Supplement Firm That Faced Legal Challenge Wall Street Journal
Trump schools ‘Meet the Press’ with some lessons about guns rights in America BizPac Review. Furzy mouse: ”This is sheer insanity…should every teacher be holding a loaded, cocked gun in case a crazy shooter enters the room firing a semi automatic? As I’ve mentioned, I was an NRA member as a teen…it takes time to load and aim any weapon…Our country is rapidly going down the tubes, thanks to the intransigence of the gunnutz and Repugs, and will not be a good place to live…
U.S. to urge countries with fiscal space to spend: Treasury official Reuters. Resilc: “Like our non existent highway bill??
‘We don’t serve cops here’: Dunkin’ Donuts employee turned away police (+video) Christian Science Monitor
Will the South Carolina Floods Change Lindsey Graham’s Tune? Esquire (resilc)
Treasury auction sees US join 0% club Financial Times. Mr. Market loves the smell of deflation in the morning.
Puerto Rico’s Colonial Economy Triple Crisis
Translating “net financial assets” Steve Waldman. Clearing up an MMT debate.
Air France Workers Rip Shirts From Top Managers in Jobs Protest Bloomberg (furzy mouse). Much better than pies in faces. The French still remember the days of the barricades. And despite the claim that the workers were “violent,” the chant suggests that their intent was to strip the execs, not hurt them.
Yes, There is an Imperialist Ruling Class Counterpunch. As we’ve indicated, Lambert and I are not keen about the “deep state” description because it’s not useful analytically and often is invoked in a way that invests the actors believed to be part of it with superpowers. See Lambert’s post for a longer discussion.
Most Americans have less than $1,000 in savings MarketWatch
Why the Post Office Matters Jacobin. Important. Please circulate.
Antidote du jour (Diane P):