Links 5/17/16

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CERN Discovers New Particle Called The FERIR Steve Keen, Automatic Earth (Chuck L)

Trump Sits Down Beside Fire With Quill And Ink For Evening Writing Out Tweets Onion (David L)

Navy Allowed to Kill or Injure Nearly 12 Million Whales, Dolphins, Other Marine Mammals in Pacific Truthout (resilc) :-(

Yellowstone Park bison euthanized after tourists thought they were saving it. Slate. Resilc: “Put down the tourists too.”

Canada oil workers urged to flee blaze BBC

A Chemical Reaction Revolutionized Farming 100 Years Ago. Now It Needs to Go Wired

LSD’s Long, Strange Trip New York Times (David L). Huh? My recollection is that LSD did start out with scientists.

Dogs Test Drug Aimed at Humans’ Biggest Killer: Age New York Times (EM). The planet has too many people already and now we will make it worse by keeping the rich (as in big resource consumers) around longer.

Mossack Fonseca

Panama Papers reveal George Soros’ deep money ties to secretive weapons, intel investment firm Fox (furzy)

​Nicolas Maduro Declares Emergency to Face Foreign Intervention teleSUR

Refugee Crisis

Clarifying Europe’s Refugee Problem Project Syndicate


IMF Wants Debt Relief for Greece Until 2040 Wall Street Journal. Wow, the IMF version of “debt relief” is more serious than I expected. Reactions in European language papers?

SPQR: Italy & Greece Barry Ritholtz


What awaits Britain, the day after Remain? Telegraph

“Brexit”: the real threat to globalization Open Democracy. Some see that as a feature, not a bug.

EU referendum: 51 per cent back Remain as Sir Lynton Crosby warns Leave camp must focus more on voters and less on infighting Telegraph

On Russia’s border: Bundeswehr takes part in NATO maneuvers Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten (guurst). German original here.


Iran Threatens to Sue US in the Hague for ‘Hostile Moves’ OilPrice (resilc)

Saudi Lies and the War on Yemen American Conservative (resilc)


100 Years On: Sykes-Picot Agreement Still Haunts the Middle East Defend Democracy

Big Brother is Watching You Watch

It’s easy to mine sensitive data from call records, study shows Verge (resilc)

The Intercept Is Broadening Access to the Snowden Archive. Here’s Why Glenn Greenwald Intercept. Bill B: “Sounds more like an apologia.”

Imperial Collapse Watch

CIA ‘Accidentally’ Deletes Senate Torture Report Charles Pierce, Esquire


How Donald Trump turned the tables on The New York Times CNN (EM)

The Wire’ actor Wendell Pierce charged with battery, reportedly for attacking Sanders supporter Washington Post. This is barely covered, while the allegations from Nevada are top stories.

The Coming Democratic Crackup Robert Parry, Consortium News

Erin Bilbray and the Minority Report Facebook. Martha r:

Video of account in interview (by citizen at NV Dem convention) of Erin Bilbray, NV superdelegate supporting sanders, daughter of former NV congressman James Bilbray, who is a Hillary supporter and who ripped up his ballot and left the convention in disgust over the officials’ disregard of democratic process.

“She seems a credible witness.”

“The most unfair convention I’ve ever seen”

“He ripped up his ballot and left”

Lucy Flores Statement on NV Dem Convention ScribD. Martha r: “Lucy Flores says play nice”

Nevada Democrats: Sanders campaign has violent streak Associated Press (martha r)

Bill Clinton Would Be ‘in Charge of Revitalizing the Economy,’ Hillary Clinton Says ABC

At heated Alaska Democratic convention, Wasserman Schultz denies allegations Alaska Dispatch News (martha r)

In Case You Forgot: President Obama Is Hillary Clinton’s Secret Weapon Charles Pierce, Esquire

How Donald Trump turned the tables on The New York Times CNN (EM)

Trump aide dismisses audio tape as Democrats raise character issue Reuters (EM)

The John Miller Thing Scott Adams

Donald Trump’s Pledge to Defend Spending for Old and Poor Belied by Staff Picks Intercept

David Cameron still thinks Donald Trump ‘stupid and wrong’ Politico

Can Mark Cuban Derail the Donald? New York Magazine

Another brick in Trump’s wall Financial Times. As we predicted, the mopping up operation is proceeding apace.

The Republican Party now belongs to Donald Trump The Week (resilc)

Can Trump Be the Man Eisenhower Was? Public Discourse (resilc)

Ted Cruz Just Released the First Presidential Campaign Ad of 2020 Vice

The alt-right’s demographic nightmare Scott Sumner (resilc)

U.S. top court rejects Exxon appeal in groundwater contamination case Reuters (EM)

Philadelphia congressman orchestrated series of frauds: prosecutor Reuters (EM)

Journalists Arrested In Ferguson Barred From Talking About Settlement Huffington Post (martha r)


Police: Man with concealed carry permit [gun-in-sock] accidentally shoots self, woman at graduation ceremony Washington Post (Dr. Kevin)

Debunking the happy headlines about job growth Fabius Maximus

Former Wells Fargo Employee Claims Bank Defrauded Government Of $1.4B In Foreclosure Funding Consumerist

Class Warfare

Charles Koch’s Disturbing High School Economics Project Teaches ‘Sacrificing Lives for Profits’ Alternet (sherry)

Goodbye TAs: Georgia Tech Professor Reveals Online Assistant “Jill Watson” Was a Robot Michael Shedlock. EM:

Sending this mainly because there is considerable pushback against Mish’s perennial techno-triumphalist hyping in the comments – as in ‘this capability has been around for many decades … it commonly referred to by its initialism, as a FAQ’. Further, unless I’m gravely mistaken, the service in this case was provided free of charge by IBM as a way to drum up media buzz for their AI-in-training. The business plan here is well-known: rope in a bunch of gullible educators – or more importantly, edu-administrative types looking to gain an edge in ‘product differentiation PR’ – with freebies, then start charging a price similar to what human TAs would have cost, for a service which is no better or even inferior.

Confronting the Parasite Economy American Prospect. Sherry: “Here Nick Hanauer echos Michael Hudson.”

Antidote du jour (furzy):

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  1. paul

    What happens after remain?
    Business as usual.
    See Gordon brown’s ‘vow’ after the Scottish referendum, though you’ll have to go through Cameron’s waste paper bin to get a good look at it now

  2. EndOfTheWorld

    Sanders campaign has a violent streak? Really? I didn’t see anybody physically injured by any Sanders supporters. This is a meme they want to use to justify shutting down the expected Philly protest to the max, using all kinds of police/military hardware and keeping the protesters miles away from any of the precious Hillary superdelegates. This just makes people madder and will help Bernie pull off an upset in CA, perhaps.

    1. sleepy

      At least they can’t keep the Sanders delegates out of the convention hall.

      They can’t do that, right? lol

      1. Benedict@Large

        Better yet, why don’t they just stay out. It’s not like Hillary isn’t used to playing to empty venues.

    2. Carolinian

      Yes not that long ago the MSM were happily speculating that the Repub convention would turn into Chicago 1968. Now there’s a possibility that instead the Dem gathering will result in protests and tear gas. Hillary Horatio Humphrey?

      Meanwhile the Post editorial board decries the “rank nihilism” of GOP leaders actually accepting their nominee.

      Rudimentary adherence to the truth and respect for openness matter. Mr. Priebus and his confederates in amorality dismiss or excuse Mr. Trump’s mockery of these precious political values because they believe politics matters more than principle.

      Apparently the Posties don’t consider accepting the will of the people as a “principle” that they hold dear. But then after the press rankly and nihilistically accepted Bush’s selection in 2000 why should that be surprising?

        1. JohnnyGL

          NOW, they care about “truth” and “facts”??? It’s been decades since anyone in the Republican Party worried about those.

          I’ll wait patiently for the Post to call on Dem Party officials to respect the party convention rules and not impose a “tyranny of the majority” as was seen in NV.

          I suspect that I’ll be waiting awhile.

          1. James Levy

            I can’t help but think that the Republicans are making the same mistake with Trump they made with Obama–obsessing over their perception of (projection onto) the man rather than using him for their own ends. Trump, like Obama, has a BIG ego and doesn’t like to sweat the details of anything. He can be flattered and he has no core principles (other than grab, grab, grab). But the Republican elites seem to be so petulant and foolish that unless they get everything they want, and the “outsider” is seen to have been taken behind the woodshed in every interaction, they will hold their breath until they get things all their way. If the conceded the generalities of Trump’s pronouncements they could win hugely on the details when the time comes, because I don’t see Trump line-editing 300 page bills. Very stupid.

            1. NotTimothyGeithner

              Jeb Bush is the key to this dilemma. Who in the GOP elite irritates Trump? They don’t know who is on Trump’s enemies list, and given their behavior thus far, it might be extensive. They dug up Mittens to stop Trump. They are afraid of Trump going after their business concerns.

              1. cwaltz

                I doubt they are afraid of him.

                As a matter of fact, I’m pretty sure they will pack his staff with party insiders.

                1. NotTimothyGeithner

                  Trump might not be a threat to the group, but Trump can destroy an individual. Trump as an outsider is dangerous. They don’t know where the hammer will fall, so they need every concession possible. Even with insider staff, Trump can make sure Interest X is punished.

              2. James Levy

                I am trying to understand this point: what about Trump’s life and career would indicate that he’s going to “go after” big business, or is in any way not a true believer in crony capitalism? Granted, Trump is more of a mid-level Free Agent than an integral part of the oligarchy, but that doesn’t mean he couldn’t be used like Reagan and Dubya for the oligarchy’s ends. I firmly believe that Obama wanted to serve even more servilely the ends of those in the Ownership Class, but their minions in the Republican Party wouldn’t have it because they hated Obama for being a nobody and a black nobody to boot. It’s the owners of the Republican Party’s fear of anything going off script that is so shocking. They don’t even seem able to effectively coopt a man like Trump who could obviously be bought. Instead, they antagonize him, thus making him more dangerous than he is (and I’d argue he is not really dangerous at all to their interests). It’s the blind panic of the elite that really startles you.

                1. NotTimothyGeithner

                  This is about individuals and their respective interests, not business in general. His whole campaign revolved around attacking Jeb.

            2. HotFlash

              Professor Levy, your remark is trez apropos. There is no-one more malleable than a narcissist. I have worked for several and they can be flattered to do *whatever you want them to do*. I have stories, oh do I have stories. You can tell them, “Oh, that was a *great* idea you had, to (insert your idea here)!” They will not remember that they never had that idea, but they will *totally* bask in the praise. Done deal!

              I once got a factory manager to ride a high-rise bike painted with yellow and chartreuse spirals b/c it has his initials on it — true story!! Heh, we had rigged the headset, the handlebars wouldn’t necessarily turn when he did. Yeah. Good times.

      1. Jim Haygood

        It’s a fusion ticket, palmetto man: Hillary Horatio Humphrey meets Hillary Milhous Nixon.

        She’s already had her presidential portrait painted:

        Who is the 21st century Spiro Agnew, to tote her bags into the oval office?

    3. pretzelattack

      they have to protect themselves from the ravening hordes of sanders supporters that refuse to accept the coronation process as it is. love the way the press “watchdogs” just lap it up.

    4. JohnnyGL

      I wish Sanders were better at doing battle with the media. CNN shows how Trump put on a clinic of how to destroy media credibility with voters and pump up your own anti-establishment credentials.

      I think there’s a missed opportunity there for Sanders to pick a fight with the media. They’ve certainly not held back on the cheap shots thrown his way.

      He should bang on about the bs numbers of $18trn in deficits that was blatantly made up and widely quoted.

      1. NotTimothyGeithner

        If Trump was just ignored, he wouldn’t be here. He started as a protest candidate, but Jeb and his sheepdogs were worried the early Trump support wasn’t breaking for Jeb and might go to a Christie instead of responsible Jeb. Jeb had his sheepdogs belittled Trump supporters in public along with the media, and GOP voters rebelled.

        The media attacked, and Trump responded. The media didn’t expect Trump could hit back, only seeing a clown who had put a spell on term when the responsible Jeb was waiting in the wings.

      2. James Levy

        I’ll climb out on a limb here and say that the problem is the electorate itself. Trump can survive tons of unfair negative publicity (and he’s had a big dollop of unfair publicity) because he carefully calibrates the irrational aspects of the voter’s ire. Trump is great at contempt, and many people feel contempt for the media and the pundits (although not, sadly, for the people who pay them and give them their marching orders). People want acceptable targets for their rage, and Trump gives it to them (Mexican rapists stealing your jobs, Muslims who are all potential 9/11 mass murderers, the jerks on TV news shows).

        Sanders is making a rational appeal to people’s interests and their better natures. He goes off on the plutocrats time after time but it doesn’t resonate culturally the way hatred for Mexicans, Muslims, and the “liberal media” does. Sander’s attacks on the press would be over their obvious bias towards Clinton, but that’s not what it is about the media millions of people hate. They hate the media for being wealthy blowhards who “aren’t like me or anybody I know.” Sander’s righteous anger doesn’t have the power that Trump’s sneering contempt has to get people going (and Bernie’s appeal is always to the head, not the fist). In short, Trump is playing the conservative talk radio game very well with a more heterodox message, while Sanders is doing the teacher/preacher thing which has limited appeal at the best of times, and these are not those times.

        1. HotFlash

          Yeah, wonder if this is not the way Armageddon works out. Haven’t given it a lot of thought, but so far as I can see of history, ‘head’ doesn’t tend to win.

          That said, the Bernie appeal to make things better for *everyone* should be very old and therefore (I fervently hope) for all of us. That is to say, I put my trust in my firm belief that we humans are herd animals after all.

          Backup plan — plant perennial food crops, they may eventually be useful to somebody/critter.

          1. different clue

            Humans are not herd animals . . . like American bison or Cape buffalo. Humans are pack animals, like wolves. But human numbers have increased to mega-herd levels. A pack animal still has trouble adjusting to life in a herd.

            The rise of agriculture and civilization after that creates an even more hostile matrix for man-the-pack-animal to try surviving in. The history of civilization is the story of man-the-pack-animal’s attempt to live like the social insects.

            Think about that. Isn’t New York City . . . a city of 10 million people . . .something like a termite colony in tropical Africa . . . a termite mound of 10 million termites? Only humans are not designed to live like termites, whereas termites are designed to live like termites.

        2. JTFaraday

          “Sanders is making a rational appeal to people’s interests and their better natures.”

          I think for the Trump demographic in question, it is by now an artifact of their identity that they “are” Republicans. They have no idea what Sanders is or isn’t saying because they haven’t paid any attention, something that is only amplified by the media near blackout.

          Which is why Sanders had time to pander to black people before pivoting for the general election. But he largely didn’t, excluding possibly in Flint, whereupon he garnered his surprise win in Michigan.

          I think he should have pandered more. He already goes around saying he’s “a socialist.” How could it possibly have been any worse?

          People who are so obsessed with this anti- identity politics nonsense basically lost the election.

    5. Tertium Squid

      That article is magnificent. A couple hundred angry delegates in Nevada get generalized to millions of supporters and vague, threatening plans to “disrupt the party’s national convention in July”.

      I’m amazed at the whole Nevada thing. The handful of delegates that Clinton claimed from it are 10x overwhelmed by the photo of Ms. Lange standing behind a wall of brown-shirted police officers. Either Clinton’s machine has no idea what it is doing, or local officials believe this sort of thing is the way to impress the team D big-leaguers. I don’t know which is worse.

      1. RabidGandhi

        Save yourself, my lady:
        The ocean, overpeering of his list,
        Eats not the flats with more impetuous haste
        Than agèd Sanders, in a riotous head,
        O’erbears your Superdelegates. The rabble call him lord;
        And, as the world were now but to begin,
        Antiquity forgot, custom not known,
        The ratifiers and props of every word,
        They cry ‘Choose we: Sanders shall be president:’
        Caps, hands, and tongues, applaud it to the clouds:
        ‘Sanders shall be president, Sanders president!’

        How cheerfully on the false trail they cry!
        O, this is counter, you false Democrat dogs!

        1. Tertium Squid

          That’s good!

          ……………………………… What need we
          fear who knows it, when none can call our power to

      2. nippersdad

        That image was simply incredible. In my mind’s eye, I keep seeing a billboard with that picture that says: Your Democratic Party. This message was approved by Hillary Clinton.

        Imagine seeing that just off the highway, in traffic, in LA.! It may impress her friends (like Kissinger and Albright), but it would send chills down everyone else’s back.

        1. nippersmom

          It was an extraordinarily appropriate image of the fascists that now comprise the Democratic party leadership.

          1. OpenThePodBayDoorsHAL

            Good fascists know you can do whatever you like because in the end the plebs are a compliant lot, they’ve learned to say “Yes Massa” and “No, Massa” just so their supply of crumbs does not run out.

            A few quotes come to mind: “You have a Republic, if you can keep it”


            “The best lack all conviction, and the worst are full of a passionate intensity”

            and lastly Travis Bickle:

            “Someday a real rain is gonna come and wash all of this scum away”

      3. Skippy

        In Hillary’s eyes and mind everyone is a good Haitian on the plantation… when they bend to her will….

        Disheveled Marsupial…. and Bill loves some more than other’s too….

    6. Elizabeth Burton

      Of course they did. Why wouldn’t they, after they corrupted both the rules of order and the democratic process, ensuring in advance they had a battalion of security in the wings to protect their escape?

      However, I don’t expect those who are comfortable with the status quo (and whom I hope remain comfortable after their chosen sovereigns are once again in power) to actually get first-hand information on what happened in Nevada. That “Berniebro” myth is just too convenient. Not to mention how Correct the Record can ensure that “conclusion” goes viral.

  3. HBE

    NYtimes age article.

    Seriously, just Wtf are these live forever types thinking.

    Does this mean the world can look forward to the pleasure of dick Cheneys presence for another 100 years?

    1. Watt4Bob


      SO, my recommendation is that we pair live forever research with a Martian re-settlement program.

      Want to live forever?

      Here’s a free, one-way ticket to Mars.

      We can make Mars a tax-haven to sweeten the deal.

      1. polecat

        …give them some potatoes..and watch them fly…….away…

        …of course, they won’t have the gumption to ‘science the shit’ out of anything…even if it meant increasing their chances of survival…


      2. JTMcPhee

        Mars and other celestial bodies are “commons.” You really want to loose the Kochs and Adelson and Musk on those places too? They are OUR problem!

    2. Jef

      “Seriously, just Wtf are these live forever types thinking.”

      Very big $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    3. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

      From the article:

      Dogs age faster than humans, and bigger dogs age faster than smaller dogs.

      Here is a hint to human anti-aging – homunculus.

  4. hemeantwell

    Nevada Democrats: Sanders campaign has violent streak Associated Press (martha r)

    Enrage them, then blame them. Works against the Palestinians, why not Sanders supporters?

    1. RabidGandhi

      I thought the same thing when I saw the NYT article: this is exactly like the US press coverage of the Iranian Revolution or other mideast popular uprisings. The images are all carefully selected to portray the rabble as irrational beasts driven by animal rage, as opposed to the calm cool Washington adults (who are literally on a global blood rampage).

      1. Brindle

        USA’s flying robot killers are cruising around various countries in the Mideast looking for residents of those countries to blow-up. The crime of the residents is that of acting for self-determination—which is against the perceived interests of the robot killers sponsors. The Best and the Brightest have decided that permanent state violence directed against the poors of the Mideast and Africa is rational and appropriate.
        Those wild and crazy Sanders supporters are likely to be given a “free speech zone”—a chain linked enclosure some miles away from the convention site.

        1. pretzelattack

          complete with pepper spray (at least pepper spray) wielding cops making sure they don’t leave their freedom pens.

      2. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

        The way I understand it, and have never liked it, is that, in a bar, or in a stadium, if someone insults you verbally, and you hit him, you lose and are the bad guy.

        It seems we can only see physical violence, and not emotional or spiritual violence.

        When someone physically hurt your family, the average Joe is justified to ask the government to response physically, via, for example, incarceration.

        Here, the persons resorting to physical force will be portrayed by the MSM, according to view mentioned at the beginning of this comment as the ones at fault.

        1. portia

          you should never take anything personally, and it is never OK to hit someone or get physically violent. yes, if you hit someone, you lost. that’s why all the false reports of violence are going around about Bernie supporters–because if they are standing up for themselves as citizens, that is their right, and no one can stop them. they have to be portrayed as violent to justify suppressing them. and Wendell Pierce, a Hillary supporter who actually attacked two Bernie supporters, will likely not be prevented from attending the Convention and getting a front row seat, if he wants. sure, he got arrested, but he was defending the “status quo”, so he’s safe with the party. all the bullies stick together. the beatings will continue until we STFU.

    2. Pavel

      You want to see a “violent streak”?

      Try an illegal war in Iraq with hundreds of thousands dead. Or the demolition of Libya and the ensuing chaos, including guns and other weapons flowing to ISIS-related groups in Syria.

      Now that’s what I call a violent streak.

      “We came, we saw, he died! [laugh]”

    3. Brindle

      Notice how there is no effort to delve into the actual concerns and charges of the Sanders supporters. The meme of the Sanders side being unruly even violent is what the MSM ( MSNBC included ) has gone with. The Clinton camp is setting the groundwork to stuff the Sanders camp at the convention. They feel they can win in Nov. without strong support from the Sanders/Wellstone wing of the party. Philadelphia looks like it could be a very “get your popcorn” kind of spectacle.

      From AP;
      —On Saturday, Sanders backers shouted down the keynote speaker, Sen. Barbara Boxer, and others they thought were tilting the rules in Clinton’s favor. Protesters shouted obscenities and rushed the dais to protest rulings. The letter by the state party’s general counsel, Bradley S. Schrager, warns that similarly chaotic scenes could unfold in Philadelphia, site of the Democratic National Committee’s July convention.–

      1. RabidGandhi

        These BernieSuperPredators are all hepped out on wacky tabacky, skittles and emoticons. They have no respect for their betters. I blame all that dammed Rap music.

      2. Peter Bernhardt

        Who knows, that may have been Boxer’s plan all along: corrupt the proceedings in Nevada, incite a near riot and hope Sanders’ supporters do something that can be turned against him by association. I was puzzled why there was all this effort to acquire just a few more delegates when Clinton’s lead was “insurmountable”. The propaganda angle makes is the only sane explanation for this insanity.

        And maybe enough voters will see through how the lapdog MSM is getting spun on this. Be great if the truth rules the day and this ploy backfires on the DNC. It’s convinced me, in any case, that I will have nothing further to do with the Democratic party after the CA vote.

        1. Brindle

          Yea, this could be a “set piece” done by the party hierarchy for propaganda purposes. The way the MSM has mostly amplified the party’s framing makes me feel it was planned..

        2. Aneducatedfool

          No. That was not her intent. Boxer expected everyone to love her. She was honestly taken aback by the situation. I have been around her type for years. They are used to everyone one in the room scurrying to curry favors. She did not know how to handle the situation.

          1. NotTimothyGeithner

            + a million. She’s a statewide office holder in California. Hitler wouldn’t run out sycophants to tell him how great he was. If he would have an army of yes men, so will Boxer. Outside of official Republican criticism, she probably hasn’t met someone who wasn’t a sycophants or a donor interested in giving money in exchange for a good word since she was elected.

            I told off a local legislator once for voting to repeal the estate tax, and people were astonished, even In a room full of people who in theory opposed that vote. Sycophants are everywhere.

            The Obama cultists attacked and chased dissenters out of Team Blue for years. The young people who were left were loyal or too compromised. These elites don’t know how to deal with a new generation of young people. They’ve tried the racist shouts again, but of course, an openly racist candidate doesn’t help their argument.

            While the Democratic elites were hiding behind Obama, Obama’s cultists did push the message that the Democratic elite opposed Obama, so even many Obama cultists won’t accept random Democrats telling them lies.

            1. Lambert Strether

              I think that Democratic factions did oppose Obama, but not in a principled fashion. Hence, the deal cut between Obama and Clinton in Denver, whose fruits we now see. I’m thinking a deal with Sanders will be harder, since there are disagreements in principle between hard neoliberals like the Clintons and even a moderate social democrat like Sanders.

              1. JustAnObserver

                Remind me of the infamous back room deal between Tony Blair & Gordon Brown struck in some Islington restaurant whose name escapes me (Granola or something equally cringe making) and its consequences.

          2. RP

            No room in their bubble for people who speak truth to power.

            If the apparatchiks truly understood the depths of our contempt, they’d be terrified. And rightfully so.

        3. tejanojim

          Those don’t have to be mutually exclusive options. Team HRC may have decided to fight dirty for every last pledged delegate, then whine to a cooperative media when the Sandernistas get mad and push back.

      3. Left in Wisconsin

        Yes, Rachel was in fine form on MSNBC last night. In paraphrase, “Sanders’ supporters upset that they didn’t have the numbers, some delegates on both sides not seated because they hadn’t registered in time or properly (no consideration of nefariousness, no mention of actual numbers), so they attempted to change the rules (i.e. because they would lose without a last minute rules change), they lost, then they went berserk.”

        Prediction: the convention in Philly is going to be a doozy and the MSM is going to come down hard on Sanders’ supporters as violent instigators.

        1. Roger Smith

          Reminds me of when the colonists were “violent instigators” to the crown. It is amazing how people cannot even learn from the biggest historical events in this country’s past.

        2. fresno dan

          Except for Fox… (enemy of my enemy is my cudgel)
          Ah, the deliciousness of “capitalistic” Fox pillaging Hillary by using that “socialist” Sanders…
          Of course, MSNBC will discover the principals of Ted Cruz…
          LOL – at least we will get to enjoy far more irony when our Titanic goes down than the original passengers….

          Hmmmm, what wine goes best with popcorn?

          1. James Levy

            I don’t know about you, but I’m a passenger on this particular Titanic, and I’m scared to death.

            1. aletheia33

              agree. the pass the popcorn meme is getting a bit stale. the dem national convention is not going to be a pretty sight. some people will suffer permanent physical damage. it will not be reported on the news. the consequences for the rest of us of what will go down there will be dire.

              1. Roger Smith

                The decay and disintegration of this culture is astonishingly amusing if you are emotionally detached from it. — George Carlin

                It is not like we have any legitimate or useful course of action at the (most likely) impending general election standoff. More people than any in recent times care and are rallied together and they are still being ignored and labeled as violent or white-trash, bible thumping racists. There are too many corporate consumer drones out there.

                Regardless of how much longer any of us are going to be around, we might as well go down “playing” and with a sense of humor to recognize what a poisoned society with such wasted potential we have.

                1. B1whois

                  I am reminded of that Gandhi quotes, first they ignore you then they laugh at you then they fight you and then you win.

            2. RP

              Oh to be old enough to laugh at the future travails of others.

              Those of us on the Titanic for a few decades more aren’t laughing. We’re bracing for impact.

          2. polecat

            any and all….. and popcorn is especially tasty when flavored with extra hypocrisy !!

        3. nippersmom

          The DNC better be careful what they wish for. Sanders supporters are not inherently violent people, but they have proven to not take kindly to being told to just sit down and shut up. Sanders supporters started out (and still are) pro-Bernie, have become increasingly anti-Hillary, and are now overwhelmingly anti-DNC. This will have down-ticket ramifications. The Dems corporate sponsors will have no need to continue to provide funding if the Dems can’t manage to muster enough votes to retain a significant number of seats. There will be no return on the investment.

        4. Lambert Strether

          The key rule change happened before the convention, when the Nevada Dems awarded Sanders delegates to Clinton and changed the rules so that challenges could be squashed.

          So the timeline is like:

          1) sucker punch

          2) turn on cameras

          3) film reaction to sucker punch

          4) “Chaos ZOMG!!!!!!”

          Adding, rather like the Gulf of Tonkin incident when you think about it.

          1. RP

            Many old activists in my area from years past will be going to Philadelphia to raise hell (or at least try to be heard).

            The anti-DNC and anti-Hillary hatred (and it is HATRED at this point) will not heal. Certainly not by November, if ever.

            This is truly the most toxic candidate the Democrats have ever attempted to force down people’s throats. In a 1-on-1 with no 3rd parties, whe will lose to Trump, perhaps decisively. What a dark chapter in our history this is.

            1. Roger Smith

              You’ve got to hand it to Trump. Once he squashes Clinton like the filthy roach she is, he will have won a clean sweep of both party establishments. Regardless of him personally or his background, that is quite a feat in our tainted duopolistic history.

        5. JE

          In reply to LiW:

          Prediction: after years of militarization, an overwhelming and overpowering police force will quickly shut down most all dissent. That which seeps through the cracks will be ignored by the media.

          Confused, spent and beat, the Sanders crowd will all have to return home and ask the same question – Is it time to hold the nose and vote for Trump?

          1. aab

            I know this is what has been planned and prepared for. But military folks hate Clinton almost as much as progressives, apparently. I know the police haven’t been sent to die by her on behalf of oil companies. But is police culture really so different? I get that they’re authoritarians and happy to shoot black people and college kids. But if she is installed as president, lots of the protesters will be at most degree of separation from police officers. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t think she’ll get elected. But even if she did…

            Philadelphia, I agree, will be bad. Trump supporting cops beating on Sanders supporting hippies with the permission of the Democratic elite seems like a no-brainer. And yes, tons and tons of Sanders voters will vote for Trump. Clinton is making my “she’s the greater evil” argument for me at this point.

            I would like to point out that I have now met Trump supporters in person and online, and every single one has been articulate and very kind to Sanders people. They see us as basically being on the same side, against corruption. But we were the naive ones who thought anyone other than a strong man could make it through. And, it’s looking like they were right. Some are people of color. Some are highly educated. Some are highly educated women who are people of color. I’m sure the stereotypical Trump voter is out there. But I also suspect a lot of that is made up, just like BernieBro is made up. I’m guessing a lot of cops are Trump supporters. Which leads me to wonder if they will be as enthusiastic in their hippie punching in Philadelphia as they normally would be. My impression is that most of the country could be brought together in a united hatred of the Clintons, at this point.

            1. aumua

              Apparently we hang out in different online forums, cause the Trump supporters I’ve met online are fanatical white supremacists who call Trump the “God Emperor”, and talk casually about murdering ‘communists’ often. Yeah, maybe I should quit hanging out there, but.. it exists.

              1. aab

                I’m sure it does. But nobody comes at me saying that. Meanwhile I do get threats, orders and insults from Clinton supporters on the regular. And so, so much smug, as they assert stuff that is EASILY disproved, often with video of Hillary speaking for herself.

                And more importantly, Clinton, DWS, Lange, Rendell — the power players make threats, cheat, etc. Blaming the supporters is always a con. My main reason to raise the Trump supporter thing is that while I’m sure Trump is a real racist and I do not want him as my president, there is quite a bit of evidence that Trump’s positions, rallies and supporters are not quite the demonic cesspool MSM would have you believe. Lots of his supporters are going with him because he is the only change agent they even know about. Many seem to be perfectly well aware he’s fundamentally a trickster. They’d rather a trickster than Hillary Clinton or Jeb Bush. In my book, that makes them rational decision-makers.

                1. aumua

                  They’re both horrible, and I don’t think I can bring myself to vote for either. I just can’t. In good conscience. Vote for Trump. or Clinton.

                  What can ya do? I’ll vote Stein or write in Sanders or otherwise throw my vote away then. That’s it, I reject the choice of Trump or Clinton completely.

                  So yeah I mean sure the MSM/PTB doesn’t like Trump, but they still give him oodles of attention, and they have all along. It’s obvious who they are really afraid of: Bernie Sanders. But now that they are nullifying that threat, sure they go after Trump, but it’s not with the same viciousness and relentlessness they have gone after Sanders. Not even close.

                  Of course the Clintons get kid glove treatment, non stop. It’s disgusting. My brother wants to vote Trump cause he says that will hasten the decline and fall of the US Empire. THAT’S logical and rational thinking, to my mind.

        6. different clue

          I watched Rachel Maddow a couple of times just to see. I stopped watching but for stylistic rather than political reasons. Over and over and over again . . . she spoke a whole paragraph of words to get a sentence of meaning said.

  5. Carl

    Re: Article on Sykes-Picot
    I’d recommend to anyone the fascinating Lawrence in Arabia, Scott Anderson, for an in depth look at the beginnings of the modern Middle East, circa WWI. It’s truly jaw-dropping how little we’ve learned about the region in the ensuing years.

          1. vidimi

            agreed that either way it doesn’t look good. bernie should at least fight back as for every sanders scandal there are 50 clinton ones

    1. Roger Smith

      It is trending on Facebook too. I know why Lemmings walk straight off cliffs. I feel the urge to do the same.

      Zuckerberg’s “algorithms” at it again.

    2. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

      The timing is not really optimal…would have been better before the NY show down or perhaps just days before the CA primary.

      Incompetency on the part of Sanders haters?

  6. Julius 'n Ethel

    RE the Intercept, in the case of “documents containing government speculation about bad acts committed by private individuals,” the only ethical thing to do is contact the state’s victims. The victims need access to the Human Rights Council, Inter-American Council on Human Rights, international NGOs, or other forums so they can complain for protection and redress of US attacks on their honor and reputation in breach of ICCPR Article 17. Is the Intercept accepting this ethical imperative, or are they leaving US political enemies at risk? We know the US government tortures and murders on the basis of subjective conjecture like this. Greenwald will wind up with blood on his hands if he leaves US victims in the dark.

  7. ambrit

    File this under, “You can never be too cynical.”
    The tin foil hatter in me wonders if all this Epstein Lolita Express ‘newsiness’ isn’t “A Cunning Plan” to derail both Trump and Clinton and so set the stage for a Battle of Midgets that results in a Pure Neoliberal Nonentity as President. No rocking the boat, no reform agenda, no breaking of rice bowls. In short, President Coolidge all over again!

    1. Jim Haygood

      Hard to say. Believe it was Fox News that ferreted out Clinton’s 26 orgies rides on the Lolita Express, and the legal brief by Jane Doe #1 and #2 seeking to overturn Epstein’s plea deal because victims weren’t notified as required by law.

      Although Clinton apparently shook off his bodyguards on five of those trips, Fox is trying to obtain the identities of Secret Service agents who presumably accompanied him on other Lolita Express flights — so far, with no success. No law prohibits the Secret Service from testifying about crimes committed by the president, though there’s no precedent for it either.

      Whatever the motivation for investigating may be, unintended consequences are a near certainty if it turns out (as it so frequently does) that those in power are engaged in some hardcore kink on the sexual side.

      1. Arizona Slim

        Isn’t the POTUS — and the ex-POTUS — supposed to have Secret Service protection at all times?

        1. ambrit

          Yeah, but see the ‘infamous’ South American Trip for an example. (Hookers and Blow.)
          Not only does “power corrupt,” but association with Power corrupts also. (In formal Magic, that’s known as Contagion. We have definitely left the observable and rational World for Magical Thinking when we enter the Clinton Zone.)

      2. Vatch

        Maybe Eliot Spitzer could be hired as the special prosecutor who investigates Bill Clinton’s rides on the Lolita Express! Am I joking? Probably, but Spitzer’s already been outed as a John, so he doesn’t have any incentive to cover up Bill Clinton’s shenanigans.

    1. different clue

      I looked up “metformin” on the web to see what it is and what it does. In briefest, it ” works by decreasing glucose production in the liver, and by increasing glucose use by body tissues”. Less glucose floating around in the blood combined with greater upsuck of that glucose from the blood into body tissues . . . which then USE it . . . . would mean even still LESS glucose hanging around in the blood. And less glucose hanging around in the body tissues too, if it gets used instead of left alone to hang around. Here is the link.

      So why might reducing the background level of glucose hanging around in the blood and tissues have a counter-aging effect? Some age-related breakdown is the result of glucose combining with various connective-tissue (and maybe other) proteins, degrading them into stiffened usefulness-compromised glyco-proteins. You get “Advanced Glycation Endproducts” . . . ” AGEs” building up in the body. Here are a couple articles about that.

      and . .

      So if this Advancing Glycation of proteins is a major driver of aging over time, perhaps eating as near-zero a sugar-supplying, glucose-producing a diet over time as is safe for the body could be a way to achieve the same “anti-aging” effect that metformin is supposedly achieving . . . without having to use the metformin.

  8. vidimi

    re the bison calf, everything indicates that it was already rejected from its herd as it was already separated from them when found by the tourists.

    re the 12 million marine mammal massacre (12mmmm), a force as dedicated to deliberate destruction in all forms and means as the US military machine can only be described as satanic.

    1. Ralph Reed

      At an extended family gathering, Christmas 1977, at the age of 13, I met an uncle by marriage who had just left Naval Intelligence with a psychiatric discharge. He said the nuclear waste along the US Atlantic continental shelf was the fun fact he couldn’t assimilate.

    2. nycTerrierist

      agreed, the navy’s wanton mass marine mammal massacre is devastating.
      very very sad and disturbing.
      violates any concept of decency.
      is there any int’l. law that can be brought to bear against this violation of our planet?

      sometimes i think nature’s blowback for this crap will be well-merited.
      too bad all living things will suffer, not only the perps.

  9. Optimader

    I would have thought their would be a standing list of loacal ranches to take sn orphan?
    I wonder ehos freezer it is in now?

    1. MtnLife

      Maybe an adoption to someone with goats. Goats are the least speciesist herd animals I know and will accept other animals, even non herd animals, into their herd. People who have less than the optimum number of cows keep goats around to keep them company.

      1. nycTerrierist

        Agreed. Sounds like ‘kill’ was the first option and not much effort was made otherwise.

        Very sad.

  10. C

    From the AP Article:

    The allegation is the latest fallout from a divisive Nevada Democratic convention that had to be shut down because security at the Paris Las Vegas hotel could no longer ensure order on Saturday night. The gathering closed with some Sanders supporters throwing chairs; later, some made death threats against state party chairwoman Roberta Lange.

    On Saturday, Sanders backers shouted down the keynote speaker, Sen. Barbara Boxer, and others they thought were tilting the rules in Clinton’s favor. Protesters shouted obscenities and rushed the dais to protest rulings. The letter by the state party’s general counsel, Bradley S. Schrager, warns that similarly chaotic scenes could unfold in Philadelphia, site of the Democratic National Committee’s July convention.

    “We believe, unfortunately, that the tactics and behavior on display here in Nevada are harbingers of things to come as Democrats gather in Philadelphia in July for our National Convention,” Schrager wrote. “We write to alert you to what we perceive as the Sanders campaign’s penchant for extra-parliamentary behavior — indeed, actual violence — in place of democratic conduct in a convention setting, and furthermore what we can only describe as their encouragement of, and complicity in, a very dangerous atmosphere that ended in chaos and physical threats to fellow Democrats.”

    That is an interesting take on things and one that does not bode well for any actual “reconciliation.” It is also a change from yesterday when the official word was that the meeting ended because they ran out of time. Now the word is that they fled in fear of their lives. I would be curious to see video of the chair throwing if it exists.

    The article also includes Sanders opposing violence and a mention of the rules changes that were being objected to but the focus, unfortunately, is clearly on the dangers inherent in the Sanders mob.

    1. nippersdad

      “Now the word is that they fled in fear of their lives.”

      The delegitimization of Sanders’ supporters in this way looks like a Rovian PR ploy to counter that damning picture of police lined up in front of the PTB. If such authoritarian proclivities are the image that Clinton and the establishment Democratic Party take into the California Primaries, they are both going to be in deep trouble.

      1. Lambert Strether

        I don’t like the time lag, simply because those pushing it had every incentive to get the story out earlier; and I was following on twitter ’til convention close, didn’t see or hear anything, and follow Clintonites.

        So I’m inclined to say “Clips or it didn’t happen.” Has anybody seen any videos of, e.g., the putative chair throwing incident? And how significant was it? Was it a Weldon Pierce-style assault, or just a scuffle?

        1. nippersdad

          I haven’t seen or heard anything about violence in the convention save for in one video where someone is heard to say that “someone is throwing a chair”; prolly just someone taking out their frustrations on an inanimate object. FWIW, it sounds like a whole lot made out of nothing. It may have just taken a while for them to comb all of the videos for something to pin a story line on.

        2. different clue

          Since this whole affair is a Clintonite made-for-TV setup produced in service to the longer range Clintonite information operations, it is up to the Clintonites to prove someone through a chair. Let them produce video of a Sanders supporter throwing a chair. Till the Clintonites produce the “flying chair” video, the Sanders side can deny it ever happened and dare the Clintonites to prove otherwise. If the Clintonites can prove otherwise, then the Sanderists can apologise.

          Or better yet, the Sanderists can offer to apologise just as soon as the Clintonites apologise for their own Clintonites coming into federal felony possession of child pornography and posting it to Sanders FacePages. Two can play at the Information Operations game. That should be the fallback Sanders position in this affair if the Clintonites can produce the flying chair video.

          Trump: more fun than a barrel of monkeys.
          Clinton: more trick than a bucket of Nixon.

          new meme for launching?

      2. FluffytheObeseCat

        In addition to this AP article, with its National Enquirer tone and less-than National Enquirer level of supporting data, there has been an aggressive, coordinated effort to smear NV Sanders delegates in the online comments sections of a few key publications* (and of course Twitter). This is not a new mode of attack for the Clinton machine, but they’ve ramped it up significantly over the past 30 hours.

        The target audience seems to be wavering middle-aged Clinton-leaning Democrats (i.e. female para-professionals with families to support) who can be frightened easily when subjected to a little pressure. Got to be. Anyone who is truly familiar with ‘new media’ would see the guided, concerted nature of the effort, and would dismiss it on that basis. My teenager would scoff at it all; after 3 years on Instagram etc., she and most of her peers are impervious to this sort of ham-fisted manipulation.

        I wouldn’t call it a “Rovian” ploy; Rove was competent.

        *another commenter mentioned it above.

    2. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

      There is also this, from the AP link:

      Several Sanders backers have condemned some of the threats against Lange and other actions Saturday. Former state assemblywoman Lucy Flores, a current congressional candidate, said in a statement: “There were actions over the weekend and at the Democratic convention that very clearly crossed the line. Progressives need to speak out against those: Making threats against someone’s life, defacing private property, and hurling vulgar language at our female leaders.”

      State party offices remained closed Monday for security reasons after Sanders supporters posted Lange’s home and business addresses, email and cell phone number online. Copies of angry and threatening texts to Lange were included with the letter.

      Lange said she’d been receiving hundreds of profanity-laced calls and texts from inside and outside of the U.S., threatening her life and her family. Lange said the restaurant where she works has received so many calls it had to unplug the phone.

      “It is endless, and the longer it goes the worse it gets,” Lange said in an interview. “I feel threatened everywhere I go.

      Was Lucy Flores there in person or did she just buy into the MSM propaganda?

      1. aletheia33

        Lucy Flores was there in person. see interview with nina turner in water cooler today. she mentions her own conversation with Flores.

      2. different clue

        And how many of those calls were from false-flag Clinton agents “painting a picture” of hostile phone calls?

  11. Jim Haygood

    At midday, June crude’s at $48.24, another new high for 2016. A test of the fifty-dollah round number is likely.

    Meanwhile, the Consumer Price Index inched up to 1.1% year-on-year, finally breaking out of those scary zero handles.

    A wave of euphoria has swept the Eccles Building, where a caterer was hastily arranged to serve canapes and cocktails for lunch in the top floor conference room.

    We don’t know what the hell we did. But it seems to be working! :-)

    1. Jim Haygood

      Sh*t, they’re already plastered:


      Turn off that mic!

    2. ewmayer

      So Jim, is there some price level at which you might be looking to put on a short position, or do you think the ongoing rebound rally may actually have some fundamentals behind it? Last Q4 2015 / Q1 2016 I had an open order to buy the SCO short oil ETF if it dropped to $60, but that never got hit. I am contemplating putting it back on. [Fear not, I take as implied the ‘not to be construed as investment advice disclaimer in any reply you or others care to make.]

  12. Goyo Marquez

    FWIW Re: LSD
    At my first lawyer job, one of the lawyers had a masters in Chemistry from UCLA. One day he told me that in the fiftys he’d worked for the military doing research with LSD. He said at the end of the day they’d take bags of it home with them and use it. He said it was perfectly safe and non addictive.

    1. perpetualWAR

      “Perfectly safe” tell that to some people who ended up severely mentally ill from its use. The psychiatric community has conducted research which claims that use of LSD causes people with brains that have mental health issues to have those issues magnified.

      I believe this research, I’ve seen it first hand.

      1. Jim Haygood

        I believe you, though among dozens of people I’ve known who used LSD, none said that they had been harmed by it.

        Tragically, research on LSD’s apparent promise in treating alcoholism was stopped cold in 1970 by the Controlled Substances Act, so that another couple of generations were lost.

        This outcome is quite alright with the rehab industry, which gets great publicity from celebrity check-ins, even as celebrities continue succumbing to their addictions, along with regular folks self-medicating their quiet desperation.

        LSD can lift minds out of that self-reinforcing downward spiral.

        1. hemeantwell

          As a clinician, what I’ve seen is mostly damage. Skewed sample, sure. But, to put it in general terms, what LSD did was make people afraid that their usual defensive routines could not be relied on. For example, while tripping one patient was deliberately frightened by a housemate. That sort of thing went on all the time, but the patient became terrified that he was going to attack and kill the housemate, and so he ran off down the street, trying to make himself too tired to attack. What he normally could have put out of his mind made him go out of his mind. Good psychotherapy involves slowly disassembling defenses in a way that leaves patients feeling more autonomous, while in cases like this they felt less so, shaken in their self-understanding and confidence. And, guruism and other forms of hierarchical spirituality are waiting to serve as buttresses for people on the run from themselves.

            1. hemeantwell

              For this fellow the circumstances do stand out, although it was something he could normally handle as a PITA. For others it could be just a run of the mill awareness that they were lonely or sad or horny. There was always, of course, a varyingly important backstory, e.g. here it was the usual rage at the birth of a sibling. For him, bringing that into view really helped (sounds canned, but true).

              I’ve known people who had great trips, and I don’t doubt that the experience might be, as reported, useful for some. I do worry about how it can lead to a kind of flying away from social relations, either internal or external, a flight which our social order tends to promote.

              1. aletheia33

                “I do worry about how it can lead to a kind of flying away from social relations, either internal or external, a flight which our social order tends to promote.”

                agreed our social order does tend to promote that. there are an awful lot of things that can lead to a kind of flying away from social relations, internal or external. have you had many clients in your clinical practice with whom you’ve seen lsd use lead to it?

          1. aumua

            Wait a sec.. you guys haven’t taken acid, or.. a LOT of acid even? Jesus, where am I? I think I took a wrong turn at Albuquerque..

    2. Optimader

      Considering you could ptobably fit about six four way hit of windowpane on an average little fingernail, id say he was gaving a bit of fun with you about “bags”.
      I have no idea how it could really cause long lasting persistent behavior changes as i dont believe there are any organic/neurological changes that occur with its use. When under the influence, certainly opportunities for unanticipated behaviour

  13. Isolato


    Nick Hanauer…whose argument that raising the minimum wage is a good thing is utterly belied by the source of his fortune, minimum wage workers at his original company and the brutally exploitative practices at Amazon where he made his real money as an early investor. This is the same NH who warned the rich that the poor were coming to get them. Lots of talky talk, very little walky walk.

  14. Pelham

    It looks as if the baby bison was euthanized because it was abandoned by its parents, not because of anything the tourists did.

    1. nycTerrierist

      The authorities could have looked for a sanctuary in the region who would be happy to rescue the baby bison.
      There are many cases of inter-species ‘adoption’ or provisional foster parenting situations in animal sanctuaries.
      Sounds like the authorities did the laziest and cheapest thing: kill.

      1. Jason

        The bison (and elk) in Yellowstone are the last remaining North American reservoir of the Brucellosis bacterium. For that reason they are basically never allowed out of the park, under any circumstances. Doing so would threaten not just the health of bison and cattle they might come into contact with, but the viability of US the beef industry.

        While I don’t know that the Brucellosis quarantine of Yellowstone is why it had to be euthanized if they couldn’t get a nursing mother in the park to take it, it seems very likely. (There is no cheap or easy way to deal with the infection in the park. Various solutions, including wiping out the entire native population of bison and elk and then re-populating, are endlessly debated.)

        1. sleepy

          DNA testing has indicated that it is not bison, but elk that have transmitted brucellosis to cattle. Even then, with elk free-ranging throughout the area on and off the park, transmission has been minimal. It should be noted as well that the original transmission of brucellosis was from cattle to wildlife, not the other way around.

          “The data, which suggest that elk rather than bison are most likely the origin of recent outbreaks of brucellosis in Greater Yellowstone cattle, are consistent with the fact that elk comingle with cattle more often than do the wild bison, which have been managed to prevent dispersal outside established conservation areas,” notes the Yellowstone Science article.

          Some might not find that conclusion too surprising in light of the fact that there has never been a documented case in the wild of a bison transmitting the disease to cattle, while it has been seen with elk populations.

          Wiping out the US beef industry is a bit of a stretch, considering Montana is one of only two states whose cattle are certified as brucellosis-free.

          There are 900 Yellowstone bison which will be captured and slaughtered this year, mostly from the northern edge of the park which blends into grazing rights areas leased from the federal government. Many consider the slaughter of bison has more to do with their competition with cattle for grass on those leaseholds than any threat of brucillosis.

          As far as elk go, the National Elk Refuge in the Yellowstone/Grand Tetons area concentrates 7500 elk over the winter for its winter feeding program, the largest elk herd in North America. Many point to this unnatural concentration as grand zero for brucellosis infestation.

      2. nippersmom

        It continues to appall and dismay, although it no longer surprises, me how eager most governmental and quasi-governmental agencies are to seize any excuse to kill animals.

    2. cwaltz

      It’s kind of ridiculous that they’d put it down rather than find a zoo to foster it.

    3. cassandra

      Dang! Not another one! Maybe this isn’t the first time the Service had to deal with a Bison orphan; maybe all the suggestions here are been-there-done-that’s; maybe it’s practically impossible to find anyone who wants to adopt a bison; maybe those that do don’t have goats. We should listen to the rangers’ side of the story.
      Then, in the finest western tradition, hang ’em high.

      I do think the fine was excessive; the ‘tourists’ went through a lot of trouble, admittedly misguided, but well-intentioned, so a good talking to should have been enough. Sure they should have called in, but would it have been better to just ignore the situation?

      1. cwaltz

        I think if an animal is endangered, and based on the fact that I can adopt a bison on WWF, NWF, and WAF and they say it’s numbers are less than a quarter of a million(with the 16,000 living in Yellowstone being the only free roaming population left) that instead of euthanizing that they should have found a better alternative.

        For the record, I DID listen to the rangers side of the story(all about how attempts to reintroduce the animal failed and how bison, when grown, are a threat to humans who visit the park, etc, etc)

        1. Harry

          So that’s all very sad and I feel for the bison, and all that. But how was the park rangers cook-out?

  15. Jeff Martin

    If Brexit is a threat to globalization and financialization, and the vote is close, it will be flipped to Remain by fraud. Capital does not want its iron fetters upon democracy and the nation-state loosened, as the coming two decades were supposed to bring the endgame. It’s really that simple.

      1. JTMcPhee

        They do have a certain vulnerability to ” regime change,” by various shall we say undemocratic means? Not all , but enough…

  16. shinola

    I’d flag “Confronting the Parasite Economy” as a Must Read (it’s on the long side though).

    Penned by a venture capitalist no less!

    1. vidimi

      i believe nick hanauer is the guy who gave everyone in his company a minimum salary of 75k.

      if more rich people were like him we wouldn’t hate them that much.

      1. Left in Wisconsin

        No, that wasn’t Hanauer. Read the entire article to see how little Hanauer’s employees are paid. And that’s not counting the 20-30% that are temps.

  17. fresno dan

    The Coming Democratic Crackup Robert Parry, Consortium News

    Another feature of the LBJ-Hillary comparison is that the Democratic Party’s turn against the Vietnam War in the 1968 and 1972 campaigns prompted a collection of pro-war intellectuals to bolt the Democratic Party and align themselves with the Republicans, especially around Ronald Reagan in 1980.

    Those Democratic hawks became known as the neoconservatives and remained attached to the Republican Party for the next 35 years, eventually emerging as Official Washington’s foreign policy establishment. However, in some prominent cases (such as Robert Kagan), neocons are now switching over to Clinton because of the rise of Donald Trump, who rejects the neocon passion for interventionism.

    In other words, just as Johnson’s Vietnam War escalation — and the resulting fierce opposition from anti-war Democrats — set in motion the neocons’ defection from the Democrats to the Republicans, Clinton’s enthusiasm for the Iraq War, her support for escalation of the Afghan War, and her scheming for “regime change” wars in Libya and Syria are bringing some neocon hawks back to their first nesting place in the Democratic Party.

    But a President Clinton’s transformation of the Democratic Party into “an aggressive war party,” whereas under President Barack Obama it has been “a reluctant war party,” would force principled anti-war Democrats to stop making excuses and to start trying to expel Clinton’s neocon pro-war attitudes from the party.

    Such an internecine battle over the party’s soul could deeply divide the Democrats between those supporting Clinton – as “the first woman president” and because of her liberal attitudes on gay rights and other social issues – and those opposing Clinton because of her desire to continue and expand America’s “perpetual wars.”

    Coming of age during Vietnam, I always equated the dems as the “peace” party and the “liberal” party, for no good reason than that was what was on the nightly news.
    I suspect I have lived too long when Trump will be equated with Goldwater, unfit to have his finger on the nuclear trigger, and Hillary as the sober, measured candidate. For the irony to be complete, shortly after taking office, escalating our involvement in some small third world country lest the ISIS dominoes fall.
    We don’t have a draft – will we see the day when the military, bled dry, revolts against any more deployment? Or will technology be our “savior” and metal men….will visit exotic lands and kill people?

    1. nippersmom

      because of her liberal attitudes on gay rights and other social issues

      Except that she doesn’t have particularly liberal attitudes on social issues. She will throw crumbs when absolutely necessary to appease a voter block she needs, but only when absolutely necessary. Dick flippin’ Cheney was ahead of the curve on her when it came to gay rights.

      1. hunkerdown

        Exactly. Liberal, as in market-driven, just like identity politics in general.

    2. Benedict@Large

      … because of her liberal attitudes on gay rights …

      Attitudes of convenience, mind you, that developed only after Hillary could see the anti-gay forces had lost the war. Prior to that, she was a founding member of the morally bankrupt Don’t-Ask-Don’t-Tell policy.

    3. Jim Haygood

      No draft, but Selective Service registration soldiers on, four decades later. Now Maddog McShame’s gonna make it gender neutral:

      The final House version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) contains a provision for the first time ever including young women in the requirement to register for Selective Service.

      However, this provision was only added because of a strategic mistake of the committee chairman who thought the members would vote down this absurdity. He was just trying to make a point. John McCain, on the other hand, who is chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, deliberately placed that provision in his chairman’s mark of the NDAA, according to a Senate staffer.

      It is unlikely an amendment to strike this provision will succeed on the floor of the Senate, which means a majority of that body now supports drafting women. The only hope to stop this is on the House floor.

      Sen. Mike Lee put forth an amendment to strike out the provision including women in the draft. The amendment was defeated 7-19. Every Democrat on the committee, along with GOP Sens. McCain, Ayotte, Fischer, Ernst, Tillis, Sullivan, and Graham voted to include women in Selective Service. Sens. Inhofe, Sessions, Wicker, Cotton, Rounds, and Cruz voted with Lee to strike out this pernicious provision.

      Natural-born, gender-neutral killers … Hillary/McCain 2016!

      1. Massinissa

        Hey, McCain is actually good on a few issues like the F35. More than I can say for Lindsay Graham.

        So obviously Clinton would be more likely to pick Graham as a running mate :P

        1. Jim Haygood

          Great skit for the convention: Lindsay in a diamond-studded collar, skittering behind Hillary on all fours as she yanks the leash and yells “I said HEEL, b*tch!”

    4. polecat

      we no longer have a military…..what we have mostly, are contract warriors…. new age hessians !!

  18. Left in Wisconsin

    Confronting the Parasite Economy American Prospect. Sherry: “Here Nick Hanauer echos Michael Hudson.”

    Somebody will have to explain the Michael Hudson reference to me. What I found was some serious cognitive dissonance from the liberal-left’s favorite anti-public school billionaire.

    Very long excerpt follows but required to truly witness the gymnastics. Then answer the following reading comprehension questions. All questions begin with “According to Nick Hanauer,”:

    1. Raising wages for working people requires:
    a. stronger unions
    b. more benevolent employers like Costco
    c. a higher minimum wage

    2. A living wage is:
    a. a wage that allows a person to afford a modest but dignified existence
    b. a wage that allows a person such an existence without drawing on public benefits
    c. $13 per hour; $15 in Seattle! and Los Angeles!

    3. Company owners who ‘work their way up’ through family-owned pillow manufacturing businesses can afford to pay their workers a living wage if:
    a. They pay all of their employees, and not just ‘more than 90%,’ the minimum wage
    b. They stop using low-paid temp workers for 20-30% of their workforce
    c. They encourage their employees to unionize
    d. All U.S. competitors are required to pay a higher minimum wage
    e. All U.S. competitors are required to pay an actual living wage
    f. All worldwide competitors are required to pay a PPP-equivalent minimum wage.
    g. That owner wasn’t a hypocritical douche.

    4. Short essay – finish the following sentence: Costco can pay higher wages and still compete with Walmart but my pillow company can’t compete unless it pays some employees below minimum wage and makes heavy use of temp workers, even though labor costs in our business represent a smaller fraction of total costs than in retail, because:

    Happy excerpted reading:

    There are two types of businesses in America today: those that pay their workers a living wage—the real economy—and those that don’t—the parasite economy. ..The difference between these two economies is stark. The real economy pays the wages that drive consumer demand, while the parasite economy erodes it. …

    To be clear, I am not making a moral argument for the real economy (though there is surely a moral argument to be made), but rather a cold and calculated economic appeal based on self-interest properly understood. You see, I am an entrepreneur and venture capitalist invested mostly in technology companies that pay the sort of middle-class wages that enable our workers to fully participate in the economy as consumers of other companies’ products. ..I know a thing or two about sales and customers. And I have never been in a business that considered minimum-wage workers earning $10,000 to $20,000 per year as our target customer.

    Blue-collar manufacturing workers didn’t earn solid middle-class incomes because they were better trained, better educated, or more productive than their service-sector counterparts, or because their employers were larger or more profitable than the giant service companies of today. Manufacturing workers earned middle-class wages because they were unionized (itals original) …

    I used to take parasitic business practices for granted, believing that they were an inherent and unavoidable feature of capitalism. But the more I examined the evidence, the more I realized that this just isn’t true. Some companies just choose to pay their workers as little as possible, and others don’t…

    For every Walmart, there’s a Costco. For every McDonald’s, there’s an In-N-Out Burger. For every single mom waiting tables at the local diner for $2.13 an hour, there’s a healthier, wealthier counterpart earning $13 an hour or more (soon to be $15!) in Seattle or San Francisco…

    Compare Walmart’s Sam’s Club chain of warehouse discount stores with its rival Costco…[T]he biggest difference? Costco offers its average worker the opportunity to earn a living wage, while Sam’s Club does not.

    Neither company publishes its wage scale, so exact numbers are hard to pin down, but …, which relies on worker-reported data, lists an average wage for a Sam’s Club cashier at less than $10 an hour, while a Costco cashier earns nearly $15. Costco’s wages may start only a couple bucks an hour higher than at Sam’s Club, but Costco quickly rewards workers for their loyalty and experience. A 2008 article in Slate reported that a Costco cashier with five years’ experience earns $40,000 a year plus benefits….

    INSERT REALITY CHECK: Teamsters recommends rejection of Costco contract 3/15/16 (Reuters): “‘[H]opefully we can work something out,’ Aloise told Reuters, estimating that Costco union members earned about $17 an hour on average.”


    Both models can be highly profitable—both Costco and Sam’s Club have returned billions of dollars to shareholders. But only one model lifts workers into the Great American Middle Class that is the primary engine of economic growth….

    Take it from someone who has created dozens of businesses—people don’t get paid what they are “worth.” They get paid what they negotiate. …

    This brings me to an uncomfortable confession, and the part of this essay that is least fun to write: I’m a parasite, too. And I hate it.

    I worked my way up through the family business, Pacific Coast Feather Company, one of the largest domestic manufacturers of textile products in the nation. We employ roughly 750 workers in factories across the United States, making pillows, comforters, and mattress pads. And I’ll admit it: I am not proud of the wages we pay many of our workers. We do pay more than 90 percent of our employees above the state minimum wage—and the majority of those minimum wage workers are in California, where the wage floor was recently raised to $10 an hour (and will go to $15 over the next five years)—but at any given time, between 20 and 30 percent of our workforce (around 250 people, give or take) come from temporary labor firms, which very likely do not pay those employees enough to sustain anything close to a middle-class life.

    Today, I co-chair the board with my brother; a non-family CEO manages the day-to-day operations. But like many other business owners in the parasite economy, I feel trapped by the low standards and competitive dynamics of our highly price-sensitive industry. The retailers we sell our product through are viciously price-competitive; if our prices inch higher than our competitors’ on pillows and comforters of comparable quality, we’d lose the bulk of our market share in a New York minute. I desperately want to pay our workers a living wage, but while labor only accounts for a fraction of our costs, we just couldn’t compete against manufacturers paying at parasitic wage levels. No doubt our better-paid workers would be more productive, happy, and loyal, but I fear the labor cost differential might be too great and our margins too small for us to survive. …

    [M]y main point[:] We could collectively solve the problem of the parasite economy quickly and fairly, simply by raising the federal minimum wage back to a reasonable level—say $12 to $15 an hour. And the ironic part is that everyone would benefit—even the companies that currently pay low wages. …

    Yes, the parasite economy is a choice. But while there are some individual bad players, it is largely a choice that we as a nation have collectively made. In Washington, D.C., and in state capitols nationwide, we have chosen to erode the minimum wage and the overtime threshold and the bargaining power of labor. We have chosen to sit quietly by as corporate America has stripped workers of the benefits that define what it means to be middle class. We have chosen not just to tolerate the parasite economy, but also to subsidize it. …

    Stagnant wages are a collective-action problem that Pacific Coast Feather Company cannot solve on its own; but if Congress were to solve it for us by gradually raising the minimum wage for all American workers—including those of our competitors—it would be no problem for us at all. In fact, it would be fantastic—not just for workers, but also for my family business. …Sure, the price of a new pillow might rise a few pennies to cover the higher labor costs. But what a trade-off! What a difference! What a great nation in which to sell pillows!

    Given a choice between a high-wage America and a low-wage America, I’d happily choose higher wages. But I can’t make this choice on my own. I need you to make me do it. I need you to level the playing field by forcing me and my competitors to raise our wages, so that one low-wage employer can no longer drag the rest of us down with him. I need you to raise the minimum wage.

    1. jrs

      I as CEO have zero power at all because of market pressures (at least you think they could try marketing to socially conscious consumers in that case). But I want proles out there whose voices have no weight at all in government to somehow make it happen … because you do have power or something …

      It is true minimum wage increases are possible to implement due to popular petition locally on the city or sometimes state level as has happened recently. That is apparent. But the Fed Gov, the very structure of the political system dis-empowers working people far far more than any market pressures dis-empower him. He just doesn’t get it. He won’t take responsibility for what he may actually have some power over (his own company’s wages) but wants us to take responsibility for a gerrymandered, bought and sold and rigged and vote hacked and controlled by billionaires political system. Presumably to make up for his guilty conscience.

    2. Yves Smith Post author

      Hudson at the beginning of his new book Killing the Host has an extended riff on the history of the word parasite and how rentiers are parasites.

    1. aumua

      Speaking of not hilarious, the Onion article is another flatline. Please stop posting the Onion links guys.. it makes me depressed. RIP onion.

  19. Plenue

    Wow, Wendell Pierce is both a Clinton and Obama supporter? I guess working for years with David Simon doesn’t guarantee you can’t still be a pigheaded idiot. Hey, Pierce, you’re supporting exactly the fundamentally broken status quo that The Wire and Treme relentlessly attacked.

  20. Mark

    Re Canadian Oilworkers flee blaze

    “The Fort McMurray wildfire has destroyed one of the oilsands camps north of the city and is roaring eastward toward others in its path.

    In a news conference Tuesday morning, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley confirmed fire had destroyed all 665 units at Blacksand Executive Lodge, which provided temporary housing for workers in oil facilities nearby.”

    CBC news just now.

    I read earlier that in some places the fire is moving at forty metres a second.

    Americans need not feel alone, in wondering why so many of their citizens are so uniformed, and uninterested in these kind of things;

    Many, perhaps most Canadians have lost interest in this catastrophe.

  21. Propertius

    The planet has too many people already and now we will make it worse by keeping the rich (as in big resource consumers) around longer.

    It seems to me that if you really want to solve this problem, the thing you should be worried about is the number of breeding-age adults – and that the best way to attack it is to increase childhood and young adult mortality (rather than worrying about a modest extension in overall life span). Copying the phenomenal success of water treatment in Flint is probably a good start and coupling that with domestic application of proven cluster bomb and depleted uranium munitions that have been so successful abroad should remedy the excess population problem in no time flat.

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