Paris Climate Accord Seen as Healing Step, if Not a Cure New York Times. “Healing step”? Since when is a band-aid over gangrene a “healing step”?
Climate deal ‘is world’s best chance’ BBC. That line is official PR from Obama.
Why Poland Is Turning Away From the West New York Times (resilc)
Burundi army: 87 people killed in Friday violence Associated Press’
China Fantasies Jacobin
China clears way for renminbi weakening Financial Times
Refugee Crisis Drives Rise of New Right Wing in Germany Der Spiegel (resilc). Important.
Baghdad calls for withdrawal of Turkish troops in northern Iraq euronews (furzy)
Syrian rebels strike deal with Assad and walk out of major city of Homs Independent (YY). Last week had more wide-ranging news flow than usual, so I could have missed it, but I don’t recall this story being well reported….
House to Investigate US Central Command Intelligence Military.com
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
With Its Focus on Air Travel, U.S. Leaves Trains Vulnerable to Attack, Experts Say” New York Times. Bill B: “Blatant threat inflation re trains.” And these discussions of “threats” are inevitably linked to proposals for more surveillance
LifeLock used to cyberstalk Gilbert woman 12News (Laura Weinstein via Chuck L)
Imperial Collapse Watch
Top 10 Signs the US is the Most Corrupt Country in the World Juan Cole. Sigh. As terrible as American corruption is (and is escalating at an impressive clip), it pales in comparison to the corruption of, say, Ukraine. But it is fair to argue that our corruption has the most deleterious effect in aggregate.
In a bit of Ukraine synchronicity, YY sent this after I wrote the bit above: Ukraine parliament brawl! PM Yatsenyuk manhandled by MP You Tube.
This is what happens if Republicans face a brokered convention Washington Post (Oregoncharles)
“I Would Not Only Not Piss on Him if He Was on Fire—I’d Throw Gas on Him.” Charles Pierce, Esquire
Fear Not: More Americans Support Bernie Sanders Than Donald Trump — No Matter What TV Says Raw Story. But given the fragmentation and disarray in the Republican party, Trump looks to have more power by virtue of being a spoiler than Bernie does with his greater popularity….unless he does better in Iowa than the pundits would have you believe (which IMHO is quite possible, the media is determined to underplay Sanders, while he’s getting a lot of support from young people who are not well sampled in polls and quite a few appear to be motivated to do legwork, like canvass. So if Sanders is capable of building an organization that can leverage them, the calls of his political demise may prove to be premature).
Black Injustice Tipping Point
Harvard study finds racial discrimination by Airbnb hosts Telegram (Chuck L). Note this is the second study by these researchers finding evidence of racial bias at Airbnb.
The Global Face of Student Protest New York Times. One of the first two comments pointed out that the “safe spaces” and restrictions on free speech were likely to be used by the majority (whites) against the minority, that they had uncomfortable parallels to policies during the period of overt racism in the US.
Students at the Citadel Pictured Wearing White Hoods Charles Pierce, Esquire (resilc)
Despair Over Gun Deaths Is Not an Option New York Times. Editorial.
Fannie and Freddie’s Government Rescue Has Come With Claws Gretchen Morgenson. A second major article in this series. I hope to post on this tomorrow.
Sorry, but Your Favorite Company Can’t Be Your Friend New York Times. I cannot begin to relate to the thinking described in this article. I want companies to honor the promises they made contractually and in their marketing (not doing that is advertising fraud). But too many are committed to devising sneaky schemes to do avoid doing that.
The Rise of the 1099 Economy Bloomberg
Fifth of US adults live in or near poverty Financial Times
Smart Car Standoff Pits Social Progress Against Global Competition New York Times. Notice how it’s “workers” who have to make sacrifices, when direct factory labor accounts for only 12-15% of the wholesale price of a car.
Menards Gawker (resilc). It would serve them right if a manager who was leaving decided to help promote an union…
Antidote du jour. Oguk:
Black squirrel, with grey one for contrast.
Wikipedia says they are a “melanistic variant” of Eastern grey and fox squirrels, and “The black subgroup seems to have been predominant throughout North America prior to the arrival of Europeans in the 16th century, as its dark color helped them hide in old growth forests which tended to be very dense and shaded.” Not sure why they would be coming back here (Eastern Mass.)
And a bonus video! YY: “Skip everything and just go to 6:07. A very professional cat video.”