People who are really good at swearing have an important advantage Independent. What a [fill in crude expression] this article is! They have what looks like a video in the middle that will help improve your vocabulary, but all it has are still images.
We need a category header along the lines of “Embarrassed to be an American” or “Yes, These People Vote.” Latest example: US town rejects solar panels amid fears they ‘suck up all the energy from the sun Independent (Plutoniumkun). Margarita points out: “She was a science teacher.”
Urine-Powered Socks Could Fuel Mobile Devices Discovery (Jeff W)
Are You Eating Frankenfish? New York Times. The fact that the Grey Lady would run a headline like that, even for an op-ed, is a breakthrough of sorts.
Obama Trades Against China American Conservative (resilc)
Great Graphic: Large Yuan Devalution in 2016? Marc Chandler
As Poland Lurches to Right, Many in Europe Look On in Alarm New York Times
Italian banking system in serious trouble Business Insider
Germany to ‘noticeably reduce’ migrant influx, says Merkel euronews (furzy mouse)
Getting Real: An ISIL Strategy Michael Brenner, Huffington Post (Chuck L)
Ribal al-Assad (cousin) on “Mornin’ Joe” kaffee klatch today Sic Semper Tyrannis (resilc)
Naming Our Middle East Enemy American Conservative (resilc)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
To Those Fleeing President Trump: Welcome to Canada! New Yorker (furzy). A revisiting of what has become a meme around presidential election time.
Trump hits new high in poll The Hill
Trump: Hillary has ‘killed hundreds of thousands of people’ The Hill (EM). Hillary understands that this is part of the job! She’s showing she’s got plenty of experience.
Republicans Have Nothing to Fear But the Fear of Shifting Demographics Charles Pierce, Esquire (resilc)
Voter Outrage Over Political Money Continues to Escalate American Prospect (resilc)
Passions in overdrive on plan to allow rolling stops for bikes SF Chronicle (Jeff W)
Police State Watch
First Trial in Freddie Gray Case Goes to the Jury New York Times
Cop Blasts Unarmed Man as He Tries to Exit Overturned Car: Daily Cop Freak Show Ring of Fire (furzy)
Bond investor anxiety ahead of Fed move Financial Times
Market Instability Won’t Deter a Fed Rate Hike Mohamed El-Erian, Bloomberg
Why Very Low Interest Rates May Stick Around New York Times
Oil tumbles towards crisis-era lows Financial Times
Why the oil price slump hasn’t kickstarted the global economy Guardian (margarita)
Wells Fargo warns of energy ‘stresses’ Financial Times. The FT’s John Dizard predicted either at the end of last year or early this year that the US fracking industrial complex would keep pumping until the money sources cut them off.
The Corporate Takeover of the Red Cross ProPublica (Brooklyn Bridge)
Thousands more bank jobs under threat Financial Times
Uber drivers win union ‘breakthrough’ Financial Times
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