Ethereum Developer Explores the Dark Side of Bitcoin-Inspired Technology IEEE Spectrum (JSC). Code is law…
Leaked UK plan to open doors for 1m Turks The Sunday Times. “Proposal under wraps until after EU vote.”
Brexit vote is about the supremacy of Parliament and nothing else: Why I am voting to leave the EU Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, The Telegraph
Brexit: Up to seven years to renegotiate EU-UK relations, says Tusk Deutsche Welle. German financial watchdog: “The biggest banks would have the biggest problems.”
Immigration and wages: getting the numbers right National Institute of Economic and Social Research
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
The Next Balkan Wars The New Statesman
Orlando Mass Shooting
Omar Mateen: Rattled co-worker recalls his unhinged character Palm Beach Post. Note the URL, showing the original URL: omar-mateen-a-trail-of-dead-ends-and-contradiction.
Orlando suspect’s father hosted a TV show and now pretends to be Afghanistan’s president WaPo. Intriguing milieu…
Gunman who killed 50 in Orlando nightclub had pledged allegiance to ISIS WaPo. “Mateen called 911 and pledged allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, according to U.S. law enforcement officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the FBI investigation is unfolding.”
Is the Election ‘Rigged’? Emily Bazelon, NYT. This has been a discouraging day, so I thought I’d pick up a paper version of the Sunday Times and read it to relax. Fat chance. To flipee through the paper version of the Times is to see that the Grey Lady is just as anti-Trump/pro-Clinton now as it was pro-Iraq War, back in the day. Of course, that a warmongering Times was deeply implicated in promoting the greatest foreign policy debacle in United States history in 2002-2003 doesn’t mean they’re wrong in their Hillmongering today. It does mean that their ratio of advocacy to accuracy is perhaps higher than it might be, given the institutional protection we give our famously free press. For example, Bazelon writes:
Dre’s scalding reproof — “The system is rigged” — has long been a refrain of African-Americans; this campaign season, it’s also the mantra of Bernie Sanders and Donald J. Trump, yin-and-yang candidates with restive and largely [lazy!] white voting bases. Bellowing the charge from lecterns in their New York accents, Trump and Sanders play up their outsider status and channel their supporters’ unease. “Millions of Americans are giving up on the political process,” Sanders said at a Democratic debate in February, “because they understand the economy is rigged. They are working longer hours for low wages.” Trump, with his ear for populist rhetoric, spoke in a similar key. “If you think about it,” he said at a campaign event in April, “the economy is rigged, the banking system is rigged, there’s a lot of things that are rigged in this world of ours, and that’s why a lot of you haven’t had an effective wage increase in 20 years.”
It’s a vaguely anti-authoritarian sentiment that Trump and Sanders have effectively turned against the Republican and Democratic parties. Both men invite the angry conclusion that they’re being disadvantaged by the same establishment forces they blame for dooming their constituents.
I don’t know whether the bien pensant Bazelon, in deploying the trope that Sanders and Trump are equivalent, was lazy in her research as well as her writing, or whether she’s simply economical with the truth. What I do know: Sanders was been quite clear “who” “is at fault”: The “billionaire class.” How is it that Bazelon, from her well-padded perch at the Times, can’t say this? Or see it?
Recalling what he told Romney loyalists, Scaramucci said: “Your father just got slayed by your uncle, whom you don’t really like, and your uncle is now in charge. You’ve got the White Walkers descending from the north and they’re coming to hunt you and all the living. What do you do? Do you fight with your uncle or band together and fight the White Walkers?”
Veteran fundraisers acknowledge that the Trump and RNC team has a dwindling amount of time to organize the kind of lavish events that are usually held to solicit six-figure checks, but the team is optimistic. Supporters think that Trump will attract a new cadre of wealthy figures he knows through his real estate developments who had never before given to the party.
Trump tries to expand electoral map by going for Pa. Washington Examiner
Trump Is Looking for a Way Out RealClearPolitics. Persuasive on grounds of self-sabotage, but isn’t that also what Clinton’s email server is about? Hubris, then nemesis?
Sanders and Clinton to meet to discuss Democratic platform Los Angeles Times. Medicare for All is off the table already, of course.
Attorney general sidesteps Clinton veep question McClatchy (Re Silc). Loretta Lynch.
Why Political Parties Never Die Politico
Beyond the Whack-a-Mole Left Jacobin
An End of Power? The Weakening of the Transnational Ruling Class Truthout (Re Silc).
Econ theory as signaling? Bloomberg
Climate Signals and “Demystifying Climate Models”: Two Great New Resources Weather Underground
How did all this science get here? Ars Technica
HCC students serve community with food forest News13. Tampa, not Orlando. But still.
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