After Tens of Thousands of Pigeons Vanish, One Comes Back National Geographic (Steve H)
11 Beautiful Japanese Words That Don’t Exist In English Odyssey (Cry Shop)
After 17 years and $12 billion, Switzerland inaugurates world’s longest rail tunnel Los Angeles Times (Chuck L)
Forbes just cut its estimate of Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes’s net worth from $4.5 billion to zero Quartz (Amateur Socialist). Her expected net worth is therefore negative, since she is going to face a lot of litigation…
One Type of Brain Tumor Is Going Up , the Deadliest Kind Microwave News (furzy)
Fearing Drugs’ Rare Side Effects, Millions Take Their Chances With Osteoporosis New York Times. The problem is the side effects are not just bad, they are horrific. And I’m not sure why they are so negative on exercise, save maybe very few women (even young one) lift heavy weights relative to their strength level, which is what it takes to increase bone density. In other words, the (apparent) limited success may be due to patients that are motivated (already a small subset) not getting good enough direction.
Call for more Marxism in Chinese economics Financial Times
Economists React: China Manufacturing Activity Data Paint Mixed Picture WSJ China Real Time
Picasso and the Fall of Europe London Review of Books
The ECB’s Illusory Independence Yanis Varoufakis, Project Syndicate
EU warns Poland on rule of law euronews
Support for Brexit is no longer a minority viewpoint on the British left British Politics and Policy at LSE
The Brexit Debate – EU Integration or Disintegration? Irish Economy
Why is there so little noise about the Tory election fraud claims? Guardian (Richard Smith)
Election expenses: Allegations “on an unprecedented scale” Channel4 (Richard Smith)
Thessaloniki: Thousands of needy flock to food distribution funded by the EU Keep Talking Greece
How Americans Came to Die in the Middle East Michael Shedlock
Clinton E-mail Tar Baby
Clinton IT aide to plead Fifth in email case The Hill (Carol L)
William Weld Says He Sees Nothing ‘Criminal’ in Hillary Clinton’s Email Use New York Times. Carol L: “And now the NYT is so desperate to buttress Hillary that they give long interview space to the Libertarian Party! I can’t remember them ever looking for a quote from them before.”
Judge orders GOP get more Clinton-related emails before conventions Politico (resilc)
Hillary Clinton used personal AT&T email account as senator, carried practice over to State Dept. Washington Times (Carol L)
Hillary Clinton Holds 2-Point Lead Ahead of California Primary, Poll Finds Wall Street Journal. This is a really weird sample, since it was conducted over Mem Day weekend.
I was wrong: Trump WILL be the next president CNBC (Pat). Key point way down in this interesting piece:
Clinton’s Twitter feed and website are helping Trump immensely as they seem to pump out phrases like “a Trump presidency,” and “President Trump” more often than Trump does himself. These kinds of messages present and reinforce the idea of an actual President Trump in our subconscious brains. This is why the old TV commercials for consumer products when we were growing up used to avoid naming competing products as anything other than “brand x.”
Ronald Reagan Was Once Donald Trump New York Magazine (Phil O)
Obama Bashes Trump’s Economic Policy in Indiana New York Magazine. Resilc: “Like my free trade has created zillions of non existent exceptional jobs.”
Labor Fears Partisan Defections Toward Trump Wall Street Journal. Labor leaders tolerating Team Dem sellouts are finally coming home to roost.
HP Inc. Joins Companies Declining to Contribute to G.O.P. Convention New York Times (furzy)
Police State Watch
The NRA’s Insane Advice: Store Guns in Children’s Bedrooms Alternet. Darwin awards on a mass basis.
More Than 50 Computer Breaches Reportedly at Fed From 2011 to 2015 Wall Street Journal
The Ex-CEO of Calpers Is Going to Prison on Bribery Charges Fortune (local to oakland)
Payday Borrowing’s Debt Spiral to Be Curtailed New York Times
Uber takes aim at Washington bureaucrats Financial Times. Please write or call your Congresscritters to object.
First Rise in U.S. Death Rate in Years Surprises Experts New York Times (furzy)
Use estate taxes to fund inheritance for all: Column USA Today. Taxes do not fund spending at the Federal level!!! However, the general point is valid: taxes can and should promote greater social equity.
Antidote du jour. Maulik has sent an antidote from India: “Here is a picture of Gir Lions (Asiatic Lion).”