Scientists have performed the first full-scale genome analysis of the Ebola virus Business Insider (David L)
This AI Algorithm Learns Simple Tasks as Fast as We Do MIT Technology Review (David L)
Chile plans hydropower plant—in desert PhysOrg. Chuck L: “Interesting wrinkle on the proven pumped storage technology. Main obstacle may be ecological impact of the saltwater on the desert.”
Psychiatric Drugs Are Being Prescribed to Infants New York Times. Furzy mouse: “As Bernie Sanders points out, the operating model for many of these corporations is GREED AND FRAUD….”
China’s weakening renminbi poses stability threat Financial Times. Ambrose Evans-Pritchard made a similar warning yesterday.
Why Pollution is Good for China New York Review of Books (resilc)
EU plans border force to police external frontiers Financial Times (Li)
Refugee chaos humiliates Berlin Financial Times
IS oil trade ‘worth more than $500m’ BBC/blockquote>
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
How Scared Should I Be of the NSA? VICE (resilc)
Can Cyber Warfare Be Deterred? Project Syndicate (David L). Note who the author is and discount as you see fit.
Imperial Collapse Watch
Trafficking in Terror New Yorker (resilc)
Fear of Terrorism Lifts Donald Trump in New York Times/CBS Poll New York Times. But even with the post-Paris hysteria, he is still only at 35%.
Five Supreme Court Cases from the Second Trump Administration New Yorker (resilc)
Donald Trump blasts ‘ungrateful’ Scots politicians Financial Times
CBS Chief Cheers Trump: “Go Donald! Keep Getting Out There!” Intercept (resilc)
Map: The countries that ban arrivals based only on religion Washington Post
London police offer Donald Trump a reality check Washington Post. OMG, for once I applaud Boris Johnson:
“As a city where more than 300 languages are spoken, London has a proud history of tolerance and diversity and to suggest there are areas where police officers cannot go because of radicalization is simply ridiculous,” he said.
“The only reason I wouldn’t go to some parts of New York is the real risk of meeting Donald Trump,” Johnson quipped.
GOP preparing for contested convention Washington Post (furzy mouse)
What If Republicans Can’t Pick A Nominee Before Their Convention? FiveThirtyEight. Resilc: “What about the right to open carry folks on the floor?”
Texans begin nightly smashing windows of Muslim family only six weeks after they move in* Raw Story (furzy mouse)
When Catholics Were America’s Muslims…. The Broken Elbow (Ed M)
How Electricity Markets Could be Upended by this Supreme Court Decision OilPrice Chuck L: “Even if SCOTUS comes down on the side of FERC I think regulations promoting Demand Response technologies are low hanging fruit for TPP and TTIP suits by the numerous off-shore-based owners of US generation resources. The writer is correct in asserting that the $$$ are huge.:
Black Injustice Tipping Point
Obama silent on fate of hometown mayor amid racial unrest CNN (furzy mouse)
Police State Watch
Autonomous Weaponized Robots: Not Just Science Fiction Wall Street Journal (Li). It is not nice when life starts imitating dystopian fiction.
Connecticut gov bans gun sales to those on watch lists CNN (furzy mouse)
Bulletproof backpacks for kids? Here are 10 sick products you can buy in America — thanks to the NRA Raw Story (furzy mouse)
IEA Chief Sees No Oil-Price Recovery Until 2017 OilPrice. Remember how conventional wisdom, when the Saudis said they weren’t going to cut production to prop up oil prices, that the price decline would last only for the first half of 2015 and prices would be back to their old level by not that far into the second half of the year? And that we didn’t buy that?
Plunging Commodities Interfere With The New World Order Ilargi (Chuck L)
Boost From Oil-Price Drop Is Elusive Wall Street Journal
Banks score victory on use of ratings in capital calculations Financial Times (Li). Eurobanks get to dispense with independent rating in their risk weightings. Of course, as London Banker pointed out years ago, pretty much every favored category in the risk weightings blew up in some way, so the whole concept has performed badly. And the ratings provided by ratings agencies are so sus that it’s not clear how much worse the Euro-self marking system will be (but one could also cynically argue that this is about hiding how weak Deutsche is, and maybe some others…)
Older Americans reshape the middle class Financial Times
The Guardians of London’s Black Cab ‘Knowledge’ Motherboard
‘Sharing economy’ titans stay private Financial Times. Subhead: “Demand doubts cloud outlook for valuations.”
Buybacks enrich the bosses even when business sags Reuters. A feature, not a bug.
Antidote du jour. Reader Rajesh sent us a raft of great nature photos he took himself, and he didn’t e-mail many of his best because they would be too large for us to upload. But I am sure you’ll enjoy the ones he sent, like this one:
And a bonus of sorts from Vlad:
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.