Drought-Hit Zimbabwe Puts Wild Animals Up for Sale Scientific American (Robert M)
Animals die as Cambodia is gripped by worst drought in decades Guardian (resilc). :-(. IIRC, it took only seven years of drought to end the Mayan civilization.
Danger map shows ‘extreme’ risk of fires in both provinces CBC (martha r). :-(
A single fire mimicry treatment is not effective for longterm oak recovery Sudden Oak Life (Fred A)
Angel turns out to be inflatable sex doll Boing Boing (resilc)
Nimble-Fingered Robot Outperforms the Best Human Surgeons MIT Technology Reiew (David L)
US researchers enter the cutting edge with first robot surgeon Financial Times
Can Artificial Intelligence Be Ethical? Project Syndicate (David L)
Moore’s Law Running Out of Room, Tech Looks for a Successor New York Times
Google : End Of The Online Advertising Bubble Kalkis Research (guurst)
Making China Great Again Foreign Policy in Focus
President Trump: The View From China | The Diplomat (resilc)
David Cameron Says Britain Will Accept More Syrian Children as Refugees New York Times (furzy)
Most of Greek bailout money went to banks: study DW (martha r)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
ACTUV: Darpa’s drone warship Business Insider
LAPD hacked into iPhone of slain wife of ‘Shield’ actor, documents show Los Angeles Times
Top IDF officer Yair Golan compares modern Israel to 1930s Germany in bombshell speech International Business Times (Dr. Kevin)
Hot Air in the Saudi Desert: a Kingdom in Descent? Counterpunch
Imperial Collapse Watch
The Marines Are Running Out of Fighter Jets Daily Beast
The U.S. Navy now has an unmanned drone warship. Could it be hacked at sea? Boing Boing (resilc)
Clinton E-mail Hairball
Hacker “Guccifer” Says He Hacked Hillary’s Server — If So, Clinton Violated the U.S. Code National Review (furzy)
Deadlines loom for answers in Clinton email probe as U.S. judge sets discovery Washington Post (furzy). Notice judge has not ruled out having Clinton deposed. Comments seem pretty consistently skeptical of her.
Trump takes the reins of a divided GOP Washington Post (furzy)
US business alarmed by Donald Trump’s rise Financial Times
Appalachia now firmly in Donald Trump’s grasp Associated Press (furzy)
Tony Blair: The whole world has a Donald Trump problem Yahoo (furzy). Have your barf bag ready. The pearl-clutching goes international.
Warren: More Enthusiasm For Trump In KKK Than In GOP Leadership Talking Points Memo (resilc)
With Donald Trump in Charge, Republicans Have a Day of Reckoning New York Times. Trump has pulled off a hostile takeover. Hostile takeovers become friendly. Just like the unions screwed by the Democratic party over decades, Trump can play the “you have nowhere to go” game (note the unions could have fought back, but that’s a multi-round tit for tat game and they weren’t willing to incur the initial cost). While donors can clearly go to Clinton, who will be wooing them, party apparatchiks are stuck.
Trump’s Vision for His First 100 Days New York Times. Based on a series of interviews. The Grey Lady plays this story straight up. The Wall and repealing the ACA are prominent in his plans. However, remember Obama promised his first act would be to close Gitmo which he could have done via executive order…..
An anthropologist explains why Trump will win in November Fabius Maximus (resilc)
Donald Trump begins weighing vice president options CNN (furzy). Notice female candidates.
Trump Urges Israel Settlement Construction Keep Going Veterans Today (Judy B)
Hillary Clinton’s New Campaign Ad Lets Republicans Do the Talking on Why Trump Is the Worst Alternet. Not from the Hillary campaign officially. Suggests the campaign thinks the priority is winning moderate Republicans.
NATE SILVER: ‘We basically got the Republican race wrong‘ Business Insider (David L). Duh.
Trump Won’t Self-Fund for General Election Wall Street Journal
#DropOutHillary: Twitter blows up with anti-Clinton tirade RT (gs legend)
From DF: By blocking #DropOutHillary from its trending list @twitter joins the establishment in shutting down the voice of the people. #StopCensoring. Here is a search on the hashtag
Andrew Sullivan Is to Blame for Donald Trump Gawker (resilc)
Health Insurers Struggle to Offset New Costs Wall Street Journal. Subhead: “Companies begin to propose big premium increases for coverage next year under health law”
U.S. Department of Transportation expands and accelerates Takata air bag inflator recall to protect American drivers and passengers National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (martha r)
Justice Department Says North Carolina Bathroom Law Violates Civil Rights Act Wall Street Journal
Why Calpers Wants You to Use the Indiana Toll Roadt Wall Street Journal (Chuck L)
Big Banks Just Claimed A Constitutional Right To A Taxpayer Subsidy Huffington Post (Jess M)
U.S. oil industry bankruptcy wave nears size of telecom bust Reuters (furzy)
Negative yields cost investors $24bn Financial Times
Surgical Robot Outperforms Humans; Airbus Plans Humanoid Assemblers Michael Shedlock. But will patients accept robot surgeons?
Empirical Test of Piketty’s r > g Theory Coming Ed Walker, emptywheel (Chuck L)
Antidote du jour (Lawrence R):
And a bonus video (Lawrence R, Chuck L). Amazed the cougar did not seem hurt by all the thrashing around in the trap: