Links 6/30/16

Dear patient readers,

I am very screwed up as a result of the DDoS attack of yesterday, which kept me up until 10:00 AM. So Links are a bit thin given the high news flow. Please add as needed in comments. Thanks!

Montana hunter survives grizzly bear attack by plunging his arm down its throat, activating its gag reflex International Business Times (Dr. Kevin) Amazing story, but trying to gouge out their eyes is probably easier (as in they will pull their head back).

In Australian Election, Discontent Is the Front-Runner New York Times (Charles N)

The Moral Economy of Tech IdleWords (guurst)


OMG!!! Just breaking: Conservative battle Boris Johnson says he will not stand for Prime Minister, after extraordinary attacks Michael Gove and Theresa May Telegraph

Brexiters at war as Johnson pulls bid to be prime minister Financial Times. First Labor, now this

Top Tories throw hats into UK leadership race CNBC (furzy)

Bullxit LRB Blog

The Labour coup is unravelling fast, and unwittingly hands the party back to those who built it The Canary (margarita)

Young gave up their voice in Brexit betrayal Financial Times. The editorializing via headlines (“betrayal”) comes off as financial services industry whinging masquerading as real concern. Turnout for the election was high, but not among the young.

What are the consequences of Brexit for the refugee crisis? New Statesman

Nick Barber, Tom Hickman and Jeff King: Pulling the Article 50 ‘Trigger’: Parliament’s Indispensable Role UK Constitutional Law Association (vlade). As we discuss in our post on this topic today, experts disagree on this issue.

Brexit: Singapore bank UOB suspends London property loans BBC (furzy)

Could Brexit be the end for the euro? Scutify

They want Corbyn’s head! Defend Democracy. Corbyn’s statement.

Outside the Hall of Mirrors Archdruid (resilc, Christine N)

Italian Bank-Rescue Push Falters as Merkel Sticks to the Rules Bloomberg. Very important. This is playing with dynamite. If Renzi does bail-ins, that gives Five Star a much better chance of winning in the fall. This is the Germans letting their fixation about rules and their bias against members of the periphery states get in the way. Bail-ins guarantee bank runs.

Deutsche Bank Shares at 30-Year Low After Fed, IMF Rebuke Wall Street Journal

French Labor Law, Brexit, and Greek Austerity: Class War Against European Workers Real News Network (Sid S)

UK in breach of international human rights Center for Welfare Reform (guurst)

Allegations of Vote Fraud Emerge in Spain Michael Shedlock

Docs: LNG Exports Were Centerpiece In Promotion of Panama Canal Expansion Steve Horn


ISIL Terrorism Strikes at Turkish Economy; & Someone tell Trump the Victims are Muslim Juan Cole. Resilc: “Someone tell Juan Cole that Turkey created its own shitstorm.”

Istanbul Bombers Were Russian, Uzbek, Kyrgyz Nationals, Turkish Official Says Huffington Post (furzy)

Big Brother is Watching You Watch

VICE News Reveals the Terrorism Blacklist Secretly Wielding Power Over the Lives of Millions Vice (guurst)

Terrorism Blacklist: I have a copy. Should it be shared? reddit (guurst)

Imperial Collapse Watch

The Three Harpies are Back! Pepe Escobar. Margarita: “Oh well, what’s a bit of misogyny, when we have Attila the Hen at stake…” Speaking of (traditionally negative) female archetypes, where is Kali when you need her? She’s supposed to kill off out of control demons like this.

Pew Research Survey finds world sees Americans as greedy, arrogant and violent McClatchy (resilc). That does sound about right.

America’s Foreign Policy Pendulum Atlantic (resic)

Clinton E-mail Tar Baby

Aide: Clinton opposed private emails accessible to ‘anybody’ Associated Press. The article politely suggests that Abedin may have committed perjury.


Primary Turnout: Roughly 1 in 13 Voted in NYC Races City Limits. Timotheus:

I notice that the worst turnout of all the very low-participation primary races was for Rep. Gregory Meeks’s (D) seat in the Rockaways (Queens). Meeks is one of the regulars in your gallery of shame line-ups, TPP turncoat, etc., including just recently one of the guys who voted for that sleazy private equity scam. Now, here is a task for the post-2016 Sanders people (of which I am one), ergo, to find targets like this and put up or support a primary challenger and then whip up a few hundred votes, which could either defeat him or give him the scare of his life.

Fox News Poll: Clinton up by 6 points, 89 percent say ‘hot-headed’ describes Trump Fox (furzy). Means he has to stop going on quick-attack mode on Twitter.

Donald Trump Has A 20 Percent Chance Of Becoming President FiveThirtyEight (furzy, resic). The odds are against Trump but not this skewed. This is more Acela corridor bubble-think presented as gospel.

Trump gets few honours at Wharton alma mater Financial Times. Amusingly, he is not liked on campus because he is too liberal.

Happy 60th Birthday, Interstate Highway System! You Look Awful Wired

Supreme Court Eliminates Political Corruption! (By Defining It Out of Existence) Intercept

US Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Bill Clinton meet privately in Phoenix before Benghazi report ABC15 (Li). It is totally improper for a prosecutor to have a social visit with the spouse of a party under investigation.

White Supremacists Are Met With Rocks in Sacramento and Scorn in Newcastle Intercept. I’m amazed they dare show their faces, but violence is no way to treat them. At most, water balloons and cream pies in their faces. Even that is rougher than I like.

Ted Cruz Brings Anti-Muslim Conspiracy Theorist to Testify at Senate Hearing Intercept (furzy)

U.S. Military White Paper Describes Wearing Hijab as “Passive Terrorism” Intercept (furzy). More proof this country has lost its collective mind.

Health Care Costs Rising Sharply (And It Will Get Worse Michael Shedlock (EM)

Clinton signs charter school bill CNN. Mark Ames files this as “recovered history”.

Millions exposed to dangerous lead levels in US drinking water, report finds Guardian

US banks to dish out $96bn after stress tests Financial Times

Why Negative Interest Rate Policy (NIRP) is Ineffective and Dangerous Thomas Palley

Puerto Rico’s Rapid Population Loss Deepens Economic Crisis Wall Street Journal. This was reported months ago at NC>

Class Warfare

A Strong Middle Class Doesn’t Just Happen NaturallyAtlantic (resilc). Not exactly true. The old yeoman peasantry before the Industrial Revolution, with their rights to the commons and their ability to hunt, could feed themselves and buy beer for a couple of hours of work a day, and once in a while they made their own shoes from leather from cowhides. Privatization of the commons contributed in a big way to pauperization, and the economic effects of that were reversed by 100+ years of struggle by labor.

Antidote du jour (Kittie Wilson via Lawrence R). Kittie has been regularly photographing the loons at her nearby lake. IMHO this is her best photo yet:


See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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  1. windsock

    Meanwhile, Brexit is causing havoc with the Tories too.

    Johnson has said he will not run for leader.
    This is about an hour after Gove (his co-leader of Exit) has said he WILL run for leader (after saying for years he does not have the temperament to be PM) – now see as the “stop Boris” candidate.
    Leadsom has said she will run.
    Fox (previously Defence minister and sacked over dubious Israel/Adam Werrity affair) has said he will run.
    Stephen Crabb and Sajid Javid are running on a joint ticket.
    And Theresa May, current Home Secretary is also running (and now favourite, with Gove).

    Meanwhile, Jeremy digs a deeper hole:
    “Our Jewish friends are no more responsible for the actions of Israel or the [Binyamin] Netanyahu government than our Muslim friends are for those of self-styled Islamic states or organisations.” – at the launch of a report into anti-semitism in the Labour party.

    It’s all tally-ho and goodbye to all that over here!

    1. BruceK

      I am not sure it’s havoc. That was a very skilful disposal of BoJo. At least someone knows what he’s doing – I wonder who?

      1. windsock

        Maybe Gove is re-bonding with Cameron…”Sorry I stabbed you in the back over Brexit. If I do it to Boris, will Sam let us around for dinner again?”

      2. JustAnObserver

        And what were the pressure points. For someone as viciously ambitious as Boris has been to get the Tory leadership whomever it/they were must have used considerable force since “for the good of the country” moral suasion is unlikely to have even scratched Le Pleffel’s armored ego.

    2. RabidGandhi

      Sorry, BBC instigated Blairite hyperventilation notwithstanding, what is there in any way wrong with that Corbyn quote?

      1. windsock

        Not in my mind (and also accepted by a Jewish friend of mine when we were talking this weekend), but the British press will have a field day with it: “Israel compared to Isis”.

      2. paul

        Despite their being an extremely large cross party grouping of friends of Israel within Westminster,nobody I’ve ever met gives a toss about these things.
        There was a bit of an effort to frame up Jeremy as an anti-Semite recently and to read the press you would have thought they had photos of him cutting the ribbon on a zyklon b factory, but it turned out to be nothing.
        But keep throwing mud, you never know what might stick.

    3. RabidGandhi

      Turns out Corbyn never mentioned ISIS at all. The Guardian has now corrected its libel misquote:

      This story was amended on June 30 to correct the quotation in the second paragraph. An earlier version quoted Corbyn as saying: “Our Jewish friends are no more responsible for the actions for the actions of Israel or the Netanyahu government than our Islamic friends are responsible for Islamic State”.

      Corbyn “digging a whole” indeed.

      (note: the link is here, but since this is the British Press and they are in Corbyn piranha attack mode, the digital evidence is highly subject to change.)

    4. Uahsenaa

      Found this funny from the now out of her gourd Polly Toynbee:

      Labour voters are joining the party ready to vote for ABC- Anyone But Corbyn -When will a unity challenger step up?

      She really seems to believe that all those people who have joined Labour in record numbers since Corbyn took over are silently lying in wait to oust him the moment a “unifier” steps to the plate. My word…

      1. RabidGandhi

        Yes, who will unite the 172 blairites with the thousands who joined the party specifically to vote them into the dustbin?

        Brexit and the Dem Primaries have their clear downsides, but one clear victory is that the old red/blue political configurations are being unveiled to all as having been totally false. Corbyn, Sanders et al. need to continue to widen these divides between the establishment and the establishment’s victims.

        Unity means: let us organise as a class to meet our masters and destroy their mastership.

      2. JustAnObserver

        “out of her gourd” great description using a phrase I’ve not heard in a long time. Very apt since she, any all the other anti-Corbyn hysterics, have far too many of those recreational Kool-Aid molecules rattling around their neocortexes.

  2. Skippy

    Ref – UK in breach of international human rights Center for Welfare Reform

    EU article 7 – ????

    Disheveled Marsupial….. Eeny, meeny, miny, moe

  3. ThePanzer


    Can you provide a quick decoder for the (Furzy, Resilc, Bezzle, etc) language?

    Is that who provided you the link or something?

    Do tell!

      1. ThePanzer

        But per Bezzle below that’s a handy category description, not who provided the link. Which are category descriptions and what do they mean and which are referrals?

        (aside from obvious ones like Li, Charles N., etc.)

    1. ProNewerDeal

      I 2nd the request for a definition of “bezzle”

      Is “bezzle” a scam; or a 0 productive or anti-productive rentier “parasite” company on the economy?

      1. Steve H.

        embezzle (v.)
        early 15c., “make away with money or property of another, steal,” from Anglo-French enbesiler “to steal, cause to disappear” (c. 1300), from Old French em- (see en- (1)) + besillier “torment, destroy, gouge,” which is of unknown origin. Sense of “dispose of fraudulently to one’s own use,” is first recorded 1580s.

      2. RabidGandhi

        Better definition of the Bezzle from Galbraith’s Great Crash of 1929:

        In many ways the effect of the crash on embezzlement was more significant than on suicide. To the economist embezzlement is the most interesting of crimes. Alone among the various forms of larceny it has a time parameter. Weeks, months or years may elapse between the commission of the crime and its discovery. (This is a period, incidentally, when the embezzler has his gain and the man who has been embezzled, oddly enough, feels no loss. There is a net increase in psychic wealth.) At any given time there exists an inventory of undiscovered embezzlement in – or more precisely not in – the country’s business and banks. This inventory – it should perhaps be called the bezzle – amounts at any moment to many millions of dollars. It also varies in size with the business cycle. In good times people are relaxed, trusting, and money is plentiful. But even though money is plentiful, there are always many people who need more. Under these circumstances the rate of embezzlement grows, the rate of discovery falls off, and the bezzle increases rapidly. In depression all this is reversed. Money is watched with a narrow, suspicious eye. The man who handles it is assumed to be dishonest until he proves himself otherwise. Audits are penetrating and meticulous. Commercial morality is enormously improved. The bezzle shrinks.

        1. Uahsenaa

          I just read The Great Crash for the first time last week, and the scales fell from my eyes. Brilliant writing and brilliant insight–yes, please!

        2. ProNewerDeal

          thanks Steve H & RabidGandhi for the defnitions.

          Lambert, perhaps this could be an nonfiction article or book idea: analyze the current US economy through the lens of detailing which industries/etc are bezzle-ish, in contrast to which are providing customers a earnest productive product/service.

      3. none

        I looked up “bezzle” in Urban Dictionary and there were some interesting, ah, alternative definitions.

      4. samhill

        A Big Bezzle sounds exactly like a Buzzle – err, Pubble, ack… Bubble. So, why aren’t Bubbles considered embezzlement?

  4. wbgonne

    Fox News Poll: Clinton up by 6 points, 89 percent say ‘hot-headed’ describes Trump Fox (furzy). Means he has to stop going on quick-attack mode on Twitter.

    Exactly. Trump must stop playing the fool. There is no need to use the word “rape” when attacking TPP. All that does is give the Corporate Media an easy excuse to ignore the content of what Trump says, which is exactly what they did. That speech was excellent and Trump should give it again and again and keep demanding that the CM ask Clinton to declare herself.

    1. Carolinian

      “Let Trump be Trump” was obviously good advice while running as a dark horse in a Republican party where assholery and disregard for pc are seen as a virtue. But you are certainly correct that he should now switch to talking about issues. He doesn’t have to heighten HRC’s negatives–we already dislike her. And I suspect the general public, while they may not have all the facts (thanks MSM), probably instinctively dislikes her as well.

      Of course a Trump talking about issues is a Trump ignored by our pathetic news media but give it time. The substantive case against Hillary is fairly devastating. People just need to hear it.

      1. Yves Smith Post author

        In his latest speech, he did just that and his prepared speech even had tons of footnotes. But the Dems and their large set of allies in the media will do everything they can to keep the bad boy Trump image of the primary campaign alive. And Trump really needs to tone down on Twitter. If he can’t do that, no amount of good speechfying will make him look Presidential

      2. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

        Considering that Trump is a novice at this, while Hillary has been doing it since the 80s, he has more upside and it’s possible we see much improvement between now and November, and he finishes strong, with momentum, at the end of the race.

    2. Katniss Everdeen

      The speech WAS excellent, including this challenge, which I doubt many know he even made:

      Trump then issued a challenge to the media: “If the media doesn’t believe me, I have a challenge for you. Ask Hillary Clinton if she is willing to withdraw from the TPP her first day in office and unconditionally rule out its passage in any form.”

      It will be difficult for Trump to “stop playing the fool,” only because his ideas are so threatening to the status quo, and anyone who thinks that they will easily give up their enormous power is living on another planet.

      He’s pilloried when he doesn’t use a teleprompter and pilloried when he does. His speeches are edited for the most damning bits, with the substantive specifics left on the cutting room floor. The fury and mendacity of the status quo response is classic propaganda, and should be a clue as to how much they fear people even considering what he has to say.

      As paul said above wrt Corbyn, they will “keep throwing mud, you never know what might stick.”

      As for the word “rape,” it is growled out relentlessly when it supports a status quo position–yazidis are being raped, isis is raping young sex slaves– and is undeniable cause for immediate action. But it is considered unacceptably prurient when young boys are being raped by our afghan “partners,” or when Donald Trump accurately uses it to characterize the effect of trade deals on the middle class.

      I’m not getting sucked in. hillary clinton is still far worse. See: loretta lynch.

      1. tegnost

        The meeting with b clinton on the plane, and the resultant “we talked about our grandkids” puts the BS meter in the red zone

        1. OpenThePodBayDoorsHAL

          It takes more and more these days to trigger my political gag reflex but this managed to, this is utter and complete contempt for the people of the nation and their right to govern themselves through their lawmakers and the enforcement of their so-called “laws”.
          I mean let’s just save ourselves lots and lots of money, they can just select a king who can do whatever he wants and we can just close down that Congress farce and the so-called “elections” while we’re at it.
          Maybe if they still taught “Civics 101” in school you could get the supine populace to at least notice when they were being utterly reamed.

        2. Skip Intro

          I can believe it went something like this:
          Bill: “What nice grandkids you have. It would be a shame if something were to happen to them”

          1. DarkMatters

            See? And everyone thought Ms. Lynch was lying. They should be so ashamed of themselves!

      2. apber

        Agree totally; but of course you know the “fix” is in. Special arrangements had to be made for the two planes landing at Phoenix, but we are expected to believe it was a chance encounter? If you believe this and are interested, I have cheap lots for sale west of Lauderdale, but still in Broward County. Plenty of exotic wildlife for your pleasure; pythons, gators, wide boars.

    3. heresy101

      Looks like Trump is pushing all the right buttons while getting a lot of press by “playing the fool”. Trade and jobs worked in Brexit, and will likely work here:

      Meanwhile, the 1% are calling for the elites to rise up against the ignorant masses:

    1. Whine Country

      “The Citizens United decision confidently proclaimed that “ingratiation and access” by themselves “are not corruption … The appearance of influence or access, furthermore, will not cause the electorate to lose faith in our democracy.” Reminds me of the movie Good Morning Vietnam when Robin Williams asks how’s the weather out there, Roosevelt D. Roosevelt replies (among other things): “You gotta a window fool, open it up!” Open up the window SCOTUS, us folks have long ago lost faith in our democracy for the reasons they suggest. Maybe the fine justices must arrive at this decision in recognition of the underlying constitutional provision hidden somewhere in our Constitution which provides that, No citizen shall have the right or power to lose faith in our democracy. Makes sense, I guess. Beatings will continue until morale is improved.

    2. JohnnyGL

      Saw that case, it’s really something. There was a jury trial conviction. Then, it was upheld on appeal. Then, the decision was unanimously REVERSED at the Supreme Court level.

      This should stick out like a sore thumb. The quotes from the majority opinion were pretty damning from Roberts:

      (From the article) But so what, wrote Chief Justice John Roberts: “Conscientious public officials arrange meetings for constituents, contact other officials on their behalf and include them in events all the time.” If McDonnell’s conviction stood, “officials might wonder whether they could respond to even the most commonplace requests for assistance, and citizens with legitimate concerns might shrink from participating in democratic discourse” – since presumably all citizens buy their governor’s wife a full length white leather coat and pay for him to go see the Final Four.

      1. Jim Haygood

        So one gathers that “Bill” will go golfing with “Justice” Roberts next week.

        To talk about their grandchildren, and yoga routines …

        1. Dave

          “Golf” in Phoenix? 99, 102,107 degree temperatures forecast.

          Was that sack of bones playing golf at five in the morning?

          1. optimader

            I wonder if Bill will be doin his saggy bag of chicken skin dressed in boxer shorts snake dance for that meeting as well?

            Somewhere on a hot, remote ramp at the Phoenix airport
            ….”Loretta, make yourself comfy over here by ‘ol Billy Boy, on this couchy thang” Ah jst have to press this here button and darn if she dont recline!,,, aint that the greatest thang eva? Slicker than a salamander in a big ol tub of spermicide jelly!!

            So that ‘ol Capt told me they jus couldnt get that dang APU goin soes to faar up the AC on this cranky ‘ol bird.

            Here have a sip a this!

            Oooohhh baby doll, lemme help youall with them hot ‘ol pantyhose, ahh know them dawgs can get awful sticky in this heat”. Now did ah eve tell you How it came to pass that ah was the first black president an ‘ol Barry Boy was the last??

            Awww, cant move now huh, you getting sleepy yet??

      2. James Levy

        This is legalized graft. And the great thing is, given the list we’ve seen from Trump and the kinds of people the Clintons hobnob with, we’ll be getting even more of the same after November! And yes, I know this undermines the hollow “vote for Hillary because her SC noms are less likely to be Scalia clones than Trump’s”, but doesn’t that make people just a little bit queasy nonetheless? It sure as hell scares me.

        1. Lambert Strether

          Clinton wants the moderate Republican vote. So one can only speculate as to what deals she is making about SC justices with Republicans she believes can deliver that those votes. Probably to them Merrick Garland is next door to being a Communist…

      3. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

        “Conscientious public officials arrange meetings for constituents, contact other officials on their behalf and include them in events all the time.”

        There is a lot of room to maneuver there.

        Everyone gives what he/she can.

        So, a rich person donating $1 billion to Save-The-Planet is not worthier than a poor giving $1 if that is all he/she has.

        If you can afford it, give a leather coat. If you can’t, give the governor or your teacher an apple.

        How does the executive branch regulate itself? And how does the legislative branch regulate itself?

      4. Bubba_Gump

        Everyone I know here in NOVA is resigned to the absurdity. We all have been watching the Bob and Maureen show for years; we know what’s up, and he’d gotten what he deserved. Chief Justice Roberts has applied his agile mind successfully to redefining beneficial use of public office.

  5. Tom Stone

    Loretta Lynch’s meeting with Mr Bill was a signal.
    It was intended that way, as something no one paying the least bit of attention could miss and the message was clear “The mask is off and the gloves are too”.
    Get in line or get hurt.

    1. Ulysses

      Yes, the mask is off. I wonder if the factional power struggles between our kleptocratic overlords will soon come to be the only meaningful “politics” left. We are moving more rapidly into our neo-feudal future than even the most pessimistic among us feared a few years ago.

      How long before new sumptuary laws are put into place? I think the transnational kleptocrats are tired of merely demonstrating their higher status by taking private planes, owning tropical islands, sports teams, etc. They now wish to strip away any pretense of equality before the laws, and are looking for ways to humiliate the 99% more thoroughly. Perhaps if we let them put special purple stripes on their garments they might stop destroying what’s left of “modern civilization?” Or will they also insist on us bowing, scraping, and strewing rose-petals in their path?

      “The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it’s profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way, and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theatre.”

      — Frank Zappa

      1. Jim Haygood

        Just four months remain to stop one of the nastier pluto pairs, the Clintons. A fresh dirt dump titled Partners in Crime by author Jerome Corsi will be published in August. It expands on claims that the Clinton Foundation is a money laundering scheme which diverts “contributions” to the Clintons’ personal use.

        Wall Street analyst Charles Ortel alleged that Clinton had ‘developed a methodology of exploiting epidemics and natural disasters to raise hundred of millions in “charitable donations” that in a relaxed regulatory environment could be diverted to personal gain, funding Hillary’s political campaigns and supporting Democratic Party causes’.

        Ortel noted that substantial funds went missing from the charitable funds donated for the earthquake relief in India.

        ‘All years from 2001 onward when the Clinton Foundation operated are not audited as required, so it is difficult to be precise, but total Clinton Foundation fraud runs to hundreds of millions of dollars’, Ortel said, ‘with diversions for political purposes and personal enrichment likely to exceed $200 million’.

        Ortel also cited the American India Foundation as ‘a false front that attracts donations, allows unknown sums to be diverted and then manufactures deductions for cronies’.

        The Clinton Foundation method of operation is: ‘No natural disaster should go to waste.’ They have succeeded at cashing in on human misery.

        In any case, a thorough road map to the Clintons’ fraud trail is being established, so that the committee hearings and impeachment investigation can start promptly on Inauguration Day.

        1. Bev

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        2. Katniss Everdeen

          I found the picture of chelsea clinton leaving the hospital after having recently given birth very interesting. It’s at the very end of the Daily Mail article. A BRITISH publication if I’m not mistaken.

          It resembled, in a creepy sort of way, the pictures of Kate and William leaving the hospital after the birth of their children. chelsea was even wearing a blue dotted dress.

          Our new american monarchy–the house of clinton.

          1. Carolinian

            Hillary will have to start wearing those funny hats like Queen Elizabeth….may not go well with pantsuits.

        3. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

          “charitable donations” that in a relaxed regulatory environment could be diverted to personal gain

          Isn’t that a problem with non-profit organizations in general?

          “How much of my donation will go toward actually helping the living things (people, trees, animals, etc) you say in your brochure or, for non-Luddites, website? And how much will go toward helping your own very profitable – and virtuous (thank you for saving the planet) – lifestyle? By the way, I really like the sleek furniture in your office.”

      2. Brooklin Bridge

        We are moving more rapidly into our neo-feudal future than even the most pessimistic among us feared a few years ago[…]

        They (the powers that be – to be specific) are trying to synchronize it with climate change; a weird sort of ode to dystopia in ballet form in which they are so caught up they don’t realize they are enacting their favorite cartoon character of bygone years, Willie Cyote, who could never give up his own dance with ze Road Runner, in which he always ended up standing on his own imagined success: a puff of air 10,000 feet up that suddenly went “pop” as he realized his predicament to the peals of laughter of these future fu*ker-uppers of our world (and to the rest of us who play a lessor, but more painful role).

        Anyway, it’s hard to get right. Just when they think they have the moves, climate change hurries up and becomes substantially more dire, and so it goes…

        1. tiresoup

          Sorry, it is the predictions of climate change becoming more dire, not the effects. The sky is falling, the sky is falling! Climate is always changing, we are going to stop it? Really? Climate models are so good that real data gets discarded and manipulated to make reality fit the models? Fifteen years now of the disaster drum beat, where are the disasters? And don’t point to weather. Weather is climate when it fits the narrative, and isn’t when it doesn’t. Huge confirmation bias going on. What really bothers me is that climate change is a good mechanism of control of the masses, not to mention for financialization schemes. Climate is never going to be under “control.” But oh, they will be really, really trying, and need just a little more cooperation to end the “dire threat” that’s just about to get worse. Already, every little thing is “climate change.” Be afraid! A few more sharks spotted? Climate change! A hurricane? That never happened before, must be climate change! I have no objection to disinterested scientific inquiry but when a supposedly scientific conclusion is accompanied by rampant propaganda and ostracism of dissent, I smell a rat.

          1. Whine Country

            I don’t know why no one has thought of it yet but the way to controlling climate is simple. We just need to declare war on it and it’s done. You know like the war on drugs and the war on terror. There have also been numerous culture wars fought and won over the years (look how swell our cultures are playing with other during the elections). When we declare war the problems just…well…persist. Never mind.

          2. coboarts

            I grew up in SoCal and remember well the Santa Anas coming in the first few weeks of school, in September. When I returned from the Army and went to college, I noticed that the Santa Anas weren’t coming in September. We were actually getting our descending, easterly winds in December. Later on, those winter high pressures became the blocks to the systems that are causing California’s most sever recent drought, by geological time. Geological time is the time in which the Earth moves. There is a lag in the natural systems based on the immensity involved in their inertia. That is why the hottest days of summer come so long after the longest day of the year and don’t build up with it. Little by little, the rising temperatures and the corresponding impacts on the natural systems will make themselves more noticeable, even to those who have no sense of environmental awareness.

          3. different clue

            If you are correct you have a real contrarian investing opportunity lying at your feet.
            Just figure out all the things the Warmists are predicting will happen, figure out which assets would be lost and destroyed if those things happen, and then invest everything you have or can borrow into those assets. Then, when the warming fails to appear and fails to destroy those assets, you will be in a position to profit from your owning-ahead of these assets when everyone else who fled from them tries to get back into them.

          4. Aumua

            Yes of course, the denier’s narrative, plucked from convenient web based repositories of prepackaged information, has evolved from “It’s not happening” to “it might be happening, but it has nothing to do with us”, to the more recent “It’s happening, and it may even be caused by us, but it’s no big deal and/or there is nothing we can do about it anyway.”

            Of course.. even if, through pollution, we are altering the chemistry of our atmosphere, upsetting a rather sensitive balance that will have far reaching effects, even up to the possibility of a runaway greenhouse effect that will leave the entire surface of Earth uninhabitable, there’s nothing to worry about because “the climate has always changed.”

            Well, we had us a run, didn’t we? Too bad.. I don’t think it’s going to last much longer. It just doesn’t seem like we have it in us to overcome the drag of our own evolutionary ancestry. Looks like it’s back to the primordial drawing ooze.

          1. Fiver

            Indeed. Note the large spike at the far right of the graph, the last (roughly) 12,000 years of which represent the ‘Holocene’ period. It just so happens that this span covers the cardinal events of human civilization which saw the transition of humankind from nomadic, hunter-gatherers in small groups perpetually on the edge to, through the invention and transmission of agriculture, an explosion of growth in numbers which in turn drove settlements, then cities, then – you know the rest. We are toast without the foods that thrived in the relatively stable period up to pre-industrial times, foods whose tolerance no amount of idiocy out of Monsanto will be able to ‘enhance’. Of course, the recurrent extreme droughts, floods, soils destruction, oceanic effects, fried forests and herds, plus the totality of all the known (plus those to be discovered and/or made public) toxic effects of fossil fuel uses in their thousands on the entire biosphere are of little or no concern – that the Earth and life existed with different climates and atmospheres even though human civilization did and could not, is I agree comforting, as life as a whole has a chance even of surviving us.

      3. mad as hell.

        “they will move the tables and chairs out of the way, and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theatre.”

        Best line since “Mayberry Machiavellians”

    2. Jim Haygood

      Lynch’s behavior is the sort that, back when the U.S. was a functioning republic, would have resulted in an invitation to testify to a Congressional committee. An R-party majority chairs House and Senate committees, so this should be red meat for them, right?

      Errrr … not so much.

      “Lynch & Clinton: Conflict of interest?” Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn wrote. “An attorney cannot represent two parties in a dispute and must avoid even the appearance of conflict.”

      On the D side:

      “I do agree with you that it doesn’t send the right signal,” Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) said Thursday. “I think she should have steered clear, even of a brief, casual social meeting with the former president.”

      Oh well, our 535 Kongress Klowns are preparing for their August vacation.

      More importantly, it’s the R party’s “turn” to hold the White House for eight years. So we mustn’t upset the bipartisan apple cart.

      Those who remember R party Speaker-elect Bob Livingston’s dramatic resignation during the 1998 Clinton impeachment debate realize that all kinds of skeletons come tumbling out of the closet when bipartisan harmony is ruptured.

      After all, they’ll still have to work with Loretta Lynch when she becomes a well-heeled lobbyist next year, an occupation that’s still putting bread on ol’ Bob Livingston’s table.

      1. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

        The approach is definitely more carrot and less messy than Trump’s.

        He would have called Lynch biased, having absolute conflict because she is a woman or something like that.

        Bill, instead, wants to be friends with her.

        And you want World Peace, if you want a peaceful, quiet world, who are you going to vote for?

    3. Butch In Waukegan

      Come on, you all!

      This was clearly just a personal encounter. This kind of unfounded speculation is the reason Hillary deleted all those personal emails.

      1. Katniss Everdeen

        Yes, and the off-hand remark by the “prince” of saudi arabia saying that they’d funded 20% of hillary’s campaign was just a “hack” of the the obscure website that reported it.

        And then deleted it.

        These clinton people must get some profound belly laughs sitting around discussing how the proles will believe absolutely anything that comes out of their ivy league-educated mouths.

  6. nobody

    “Mark Blyth: The Why of Brexit.” The Majority Report with Sam Seder
    (Starting @13:00)


    “Brexit Pro and Con: The View From Germany” Counterpunch


    “The Refugee Question: Is Merkel To Blame for Brexit?” Spiegel Online International


    “US imperialism the BREXIT culprit.” Michael Hudson


    “Against the Continent: The walls are going up.” n+1


    “Outside the Hall of Mirrors.” The Archdruid Report


    “The lack of diversity in philosophy is blocking its progress.” aeon


    “Elie Wiesel Visits Disneyland.” Tablet



“The $15 Minimum Wage Is Dangerous.” Jacobin

    1. Brooklin Bridge

      Indeed, this is important. Here is Beckwith’s summary of Jet Stream cross-over:

      I can’t stress enough how important this is to the climate system. You can watch on the other videos to see my reasoning, but we need to declare a climate change emergency. We’re going to have massive hits to the food supply; we’re going to have massive geo political unrest. We are already seeing things happening like that around the world.

      1. ambrit

        The “olde tymers” of our area already speak about the chaotic weather today being manifestly different from what it was a generation ago. Add in the disappearance of locally sustainable agriculture from many regions of America and one sees a big market in “Chaos futures.”
        I hope you live above the roughly 210 foot above present sea level full melt out projected sea level.
        Besides the meltwaters’ effects on sea level, I wonder if anyone has factored in the isostatic rebound effect from Greenland and Antarctica.

        1. James Levy

          My question being: what the hell are we to do if or when Hillary or The Donald win in November, because no matter how many people hate each of these two candidates the problems are not going away and neither of them have the slightest commitment to solving them (and The Donald refuses to even admit that the problem exists).

          We need some serious organizing and action plans. And for once it doesn’t matter which of these clowns you prefer to cast a vote for next November–sentient citizens have got to start getting prepared to fight now.

          1. coboarts

            It’s not just about the US. And, as the effects become more extreme, whatever limitations to greenhouse gases may have been put into place will be thrown out. Civilization(s) will need every kw they can get to maintain whatever standard of life they can.

          2. Fiver

            Clinton true to form will transform the equation openly by casting China and Russia and perhaps soon the Saudis as global villains on the emissions front of what is going to be her multi-pronged counter-attack on all those forces and entities that have dared challenge the global status quo – macro to micro, from the first serious resistance to US hegemony with Putin or the push-to-shove Fed (and the ‘markets’ it manages) relationship with the PBOC even as the US Navy parks in the South China Sea, to TPP, to what I’m sure is going to be an assault on alternate media. It’s going to be like being in the grip of a constrictor – once wrapped, it grips more tightly with each breath expelled by the victim.

        2. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

          Just saw yesterday on (I think) Marketwatch about the top 10 greenest cities in America.

          When the globe warms, it doesn’t matter if your city is green or not.

    2. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

      Somehow, this feels like the hottest June I have experienced here in LA.

      Not looking forward to September, which is usually the hottest month.

  7. DWD

    Just a note, Yves.

    If you are experiencing these attacks with regularity I would take it as sign of admiration.

    If you were not effective, no one would care.

    Sorry about this, thanks for fighting on – this has become my favorite site on the web.

  8. ProNewerDeal

    (note: reposting this comment, that I posted “too late” on the yesterday 3p links page)

    I noticed that difference in EU nations on personal “net” median wage income between the rich nations like UK & the poorer ones like Bulgaria were ~5X. IIRC this is similar to the ~5X difference between US & Mexico.

    In contrast, the per capita income (similar yet not exact same & personal net median wage income) between US states is ~1.9 (CT $39.4K v MS $21.0K). If you include DC ($45.9) & PR ($11.2K), this ratio is ~4.1. However, the 3.5M PR population is too small relative to the 50 states, whereas presumably the Bulgaria/Poland type lower personal income nations are sizeable portion of the EU population.

    Is there another nation or EU-like nation-union that has such a huge personal income multiple between its regions? Perhaps the (few?) BA+ degreed professionals in the Bulgarias that are not already Type 1 Overqualified Underemployed, can get a raise by voluntarily & willingly becoming Type 1 Overqualified Underemployed in the UK/Swedens?

    My guesstimate is that this seems to be a unsustainable “status quo” attribute in the EU. Seconldy, another unsustainable attribute is how the Germanys are intra-EU net exporters for a decade+, & the Greeces are intra-EU net-importers, whilst the Greeces must also maintain a government balanced budget.

    If these 2 conditions are indeed unsustainable, I would guess that is inevitable that other nations will withdraw from the EU in the coming years.

    Am I missing something here?

    1. RabidGandhi

      It’s a good question. My first thought was China, where there are gaping income disparities between cities and villages. But the CCP have ‘solved’ this problem with an internal passport system that impedes internal migration.

    2. JohnnyGL

      “Is there another nation or EU-like nation-union that has such a huge personal income multiple between its regions?”

      In short, yes, all of them. Massive inequality within nations isn’t that unusual, especially in developing countries. Sadly, though we all wish it WOULD be unsustainable, such stark inequality can often be side-by-side for a long time. Whether it’s compatible with democracy is a more open question.

      Look at cities like Sao Paulo, Johannesburg and Mumbai. Tremendous wealth often right next to grinding poverty.

      But, yes, to your point, it’s on a state/regional level too. Brazil, which I’m more familiar with, provides a stark example of regional inequality. Sao Paulo state has per capita income of around $20K USD. Alagoas or some of the other poor, small states in the northeast of Brazil have income per capita of around $4-$5K per head. So there’s you’re 4-1 ratio that you’re looking for. If you get more granular, you can probably find bigger gaps. Keep in mind, Brazil has had a sharp drop in inequality in recent years under PT governments, so it was actually worse a decade ago.

    3. Yves Smith Post author

      We have China-level income disparities between zip codes in NYC. Not making that up. 10021 has lots of billionaires in 2 buildings: 720 and 740 Park Avenue.

      1. Pat

        I would bet you would find some China level disparities within zipcodes in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Rent control and stabilization along with some city rent protections allow many people with poverty level incomes to live in some very expensive neighborhoods. They may be dying out but even with lowered life span there are decades to go before they disappear.

        1. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

          Anywhere a billionaire goes, he/she will cause income disparity.

          When one walks into a room with you, the room is filled with wealth inequality instantly. You feel the ‘force’… that life-sucking negative energy (for me anyway. I know it fills some people with joy or desire to increase world population).

          “When one comprehend the root cause of a problem, the solution presents itself.”

    1. Roger Smith

      Yes, utterly pathetic that not even one of those fools sided against political corruption. To paraphrase Roberts, we cannot say it is bad because everyone is doing it (“Conscientious public officials arrange meetings for constituents, contact other officials on their behalf and include them in events all the time.”).

      As I said earlier, justice is supposed to be blind–not deaf, dumb, and blind. This kind of decision makes the argument that no one should worry about SCOTUS nominees. Who cares when they all vote to uphold political corruption?

      1. Isolato

        Loretta Lynch took off her blindfold the other day and quelle surprise there she was sitting across from Billy the Kid! They both laughed and chatted about their grandchildren..and LL’s future prospects…

        There has always been a strong scent of shamelessness in American politics but the reek really ramped up w/the Clintons. Since then the pretense of rectitude has struggled. Whether it was Dick Cheney’s former company getting a no-bid contract to supply the wars he so conveniently ginned up, the Clinton Foundation raking in the foreign bribes, or this story of Loretta Lynch’s grotesque subversion of justice we are no longer even pretending. Guillotine Watch indeed.

    2. Uahsenaa

      It’s despicable, obviously, but they were faced with the choice of either hand-waving or basically rendering politics as practiced illegal, which anyone with a functioning moral compass would readily agree to. The Supremes (ha!) are political creatures, just like everyone else in DC.

  9. Effem

    And what do you propose to do with Italian Banks? Give the taxpayers a nice little surprise? Think i’d rather have a run.

  10. gonzomarx

    Boo hoo for Boris, no friends in the party…..Haha!

    He was not much liked by Tory MPs before the referendum and after…..

  11. afisher

    FEC complaints regarding Trump Campaign sending fund raising letters / emails to foreign officials in Iceland, Scotland, Britain, Australia, Denmark and Finland are in the works.

  12. ambrit

    First, both sides of the Sacramento fracas were using force, or the threat of force to advance their agendas.
    In effect, as you mention, the phrase, “The ends justify the means” comes to mind. The Neo Nazis had arranged their rally ahead of time by taking out a permit. The anti-fascists obviously had pre planned their action because most of their people were equipped with masks, clubs, and, ironically enough, black ‘uniforms’, all of which are not usually available at short notice.
    Second, the following paragraph from the Intercept piece stands out as an example of confusing, and possibly intentionally misleading writing:
    “At least ten people were treated for stab wounds, cuts and bruises after the white nationalists were struck with pieces of concrete and then retreated-attacking protestors with clubs, knives and fists as they fled.”
    Lambert would have a field day with this sentence alone.

    1. Jagger

      News reports state that it was only 30 Neo-nazies vs 400 counter-protesters. The counter-protesters were well prepared for a fight and they initiated the encounter with a surprise attack. Not one of those Neo-nazies should have walked away from that fight. And yet, it appears the counter-protesters were on the losing end of the encounter. Something wrong with that picture. Although my understanding is many neo-nazies are ex-prison inmates recruited while in prison. I imagine those guys know how to street fight pretty well.

      1. ambrit

        First, the Neos won’t make the mistake of underestimating their opponents again. Things on the ground will only get worse.
        Second, no arrests made, even with lots of video and some ‘leaders’ proudly admitting to conspiracy to assault and battery. Also, cops there, but no intervention to stop bloodshed.
        I agree; something wrong with that picture.

        1. Take the Fork

          You all do understand that Antifa played right into the hands of the organizer of this demonstration, right?

          This was not a mistake and there was no underestimation. Antifa behaved as expected.

          One of the organizers, Yvette Felarca, stupidly allowed herself to appear on video stating that the express purpose of the counter-demonstration was to deny the TWP the right to assemble – which is a civil rights violation.

          I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that the attackers were mostly Bern victims.

          It’s bad enough to attempt to deny US citizens their rights. It’s worse to use violence to do this. But worst of all it to pick a fight and lose it – especially when you outnumber the other side five to one.

          1. NeqNeq

            The relevant passage for the marginally curious:

            After the melee, Yvette Felarca, a national organizer with BAMN — who was seen on video cursing at and punching one of the white nationalists — told the ABC News affiliate in Sacramento, “to us, there’s no free speech for fascists; they do not have the right to organize for genocide”

            Its not just the right to assemble, its also the right to say things which are contrary to the beliefs of BAMN (and many others).

            I am not sure if the part that is troubling should be that Felarca “stupidly allowed” herself to get caught saying what she did, or that there appears to be a growing trend of wrapping problematic (and certainly illiberal…in the old sense of the word) behavior in the moral righteousness of the left.

            1. Jagger

              told the ABC News affiliate in Sacramento, “to us, there’s no free speech for fascists; they do not have the right to organize for genocide”

              One thing to bear in mind is that both the extreme right and left have documented histories of mass killings. Look at Russia, look at Spain, look at Cambodia, wouldn’t be surprised if China as well but I don’t know. In Russia and Spain, all it took was a slight degree of ideological disagreement to end up on the enemies list and then dead. So many would make the exact same argument as Felarca but apply it to the left and feel just as justified to move on to pre-emptive violence. That is an ugly road.

              1. Take the Fork

                Felarca teaches at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School in Berkley. The FBI is investigating threats made against the school (probably made by antifa) but nothing yet from DOJ about investigating the civil rights violations. AG Lynch is probably to busy coordinating with Bill Clinton. For her part, Felarca blames Donald Trump.

                Last month another white nationalist group held a peaceful free speech rally on the Berkley campus (Mario Savio must have been spinning). Antifa did not have time to organize a response.

                The Sacramento rally was held by a different group, but was announced well in advance. I am guessing there was coordination at some level.

                If you think these folks are ignorant troglodytes, you’ve haven’t been paying attention. This isn’t your father’s klan. They are young, tech-savy (the Berkley rally was live-streamed) and appear to be well-schooled in Situationist tactics.

              2. Plenue

                I’m increasingly hesitant about calling any of the Communist regimes of the 20th century leftist. They were authoritarian dictatorships, vaguely justifying their abuses by claiming to be serving the proletariat, all the while setting up a party aristocracy.

                Really Communism is one giant rabbit-hole of stupidity. Marx is objectively wrong right out of the gate: economics is a social study, it is not, and cannot be, a hard science. His narrative is largely a fairy-tale. Then you get Lenin who explicitly rejects anything other than the appearance of democracy and popular participation, and then the contrarian Mao who believed it should be the farmers and not the city industrial workers who form the basis of the revolution. The whole farce is one big century-spanning descent into fractal wrongness.

                In Spain you had a coalition of different but genuine leftists trying for a better world, until the authoritarians from Moscow barged in and insisted on total control, even at the cost of defeat of the entire Republican cause.

                And about Cambodia; Pol Pot admitted he never even read much Marx; it was too difficult for him.

                1. ewmayer

                  And about Cambodia; Pol Pot admitted he never even read much Marx; it was too difficult for him.

                  Did he at least remember to thank Hammerin’ Hank Kissinger for the illegal bombing campaign that opened the way for the Red Khmer’s rise to power?

            2. Ivy

              Felacra may need to relocate to Missouri, where she can join forces with ex-Journalism School person Melissa “Get Me Some Muscle Over Here” Click. They might have a consulting career.

  13. Pat

    I have no point of reference for ‘best’, but Kittie’s antidote photo is wonderful. So sweet.

    And add me to the chorus of voicers that say as annoying as the DDoS attack(s) are, they are also a ten foot high neon blinking sign that you are doing something right.

  14. Archie

    “Attila the Hen”!! Thank you Margarita. That should ruffle some Clintonista feathers.

    1. windsock

      Sir Clement Freud (Liberal MP) used the phrase to describe Margaret Thatcher in 1979. Hillary might well feel flattered.

  15. Jim Haygood

    Yet another federal judge — Rosemary Collyer — has ordered document production in response to a public records lawsuit:

    Citizens United is slated to receive all e-mails sent to and from Lona Valmoro, Clinton’s State Department scheduler, in the two-week periods before each of 14 international trips Clinton took during her four years in office.

    Collyer ordered the State Department on Wednesday to produce 500 pages of Valmoro’s e-mails by the end of August. An additional 500 pages will be released every four weeks from that date, until Citizens United obtains all messages relating to the 14 overseas trips specified.

    Citizens United presented the judge with several pieces of evidence suggesting Valmoro deliberately struck from Hillary’s official schedule a Dec 6, 2012, dinner in Dublin, Ireland with several Clinton Foundation and Clinton campaign donors, organized by Teneo co-founder Declan Kelly.

    Though Valmoro was made aware of the Dublin meeting through an earlier e-mail chain, neither Clinton’s archived daily calendar nor her detailed official schedule make any note of it.

    You don’t reckon any “inconsistencies” are going to turn up, do you? After all, when Hillary asserted she had turned over all her personal emails, that was strictly true, except for fifty or so that weren’t.

    Truth, comrades: it’s a process, not a destination. :-)

    1. OpenThePodBayDoorsHAL

      We in the commentariat can rail all we want, Bubba will just have another nice little meeting with the top law enforcement official of the nation and it will all just go away.
      Forward Soviet!

  16. JohnnyGL

    Obama stands with President gangster teacher-killer, Pena-Nieto!

    Teacher-killer prez also likes to make outlandish comments, but you know, it’s cool because he’s making fun of Trump. Of course, if Trump were to call Pena-Nieto a gangster president, it would be evidence that he’s unfit for office and too much of a hot-head, and would ruin relationships with our allies who make groups of 43 students disappear without a trace.

    These guys really need to stop doing stuff like this or else I’m going to make one of those crazy, emotional, poorly-thought out decisions in November like they keep accusing all the “leave” voters of doing!

  17. Peter Pan

    Istanbul Bombers Were Russian, Uzbek, Kyrgyz Nationals, Turkish Official Says Huffington Post

    Resilc: “Someone tell Juan Cole that Turkey created its own shitstorm.”

    IIRC, at best Turkey looked the other way as these individuals (Russian-Dagestan, Uzbek, Kyrgyz Nationals) passed through Turkey’s borders on their way to terrorist organizations in Syria to fight Assad. At worst, Turkey’s intelligence agency actively participated in recruiting individuals from these areas in the hope of returning them to their home countries to commit acts of terrorism once they were trained in Syria.

    Meanwhile, Turkey actively violates a cessation of hostilities agreement with it’s Kurdish citizens (and militia) by declaring them terrorists & going into full out war mode. This will just lead to more acts of terrorism on the part of Kurdish militants.

    Turkey’s political leadership has earned this blowback that, unfortunately, ends up harming a lot of innocent civilians.

      1. Take the Fork

        I used to really enjoy Juan Cole’s writing. And there is no question that his opinions have rubbed the right people the wrong way.

        But the last couple of years he seems to have morphed into a one-trick pony, and I am afraid he will end up as the Charles Nelson Reilly of Islamic apologetics.

        1. Carolinian

          Cole lost me when he started advocating regime change in Libya and–yes–Syria….all in for humanitarian reasons of course. You won’t hear a peep out of him about this these days but he has a history. While he is undoubtedly an expert on the region, his scolding of others for their bad judgment is a bit much.

      2. RabidGandhi

        Juan Cole: US should attack Libya

        Wherein Cole falls victim to one of the classic blunders – The most famous is “never get involved in an air war in Africa” – but only slightly less well-known is this: “Never go in against Vijay Prashad when the Middle East is on the line”

    1. different clue

      I read somewhere that there is a difference between “Rossiya” . . . any and all citizens of the multi-ethnic Russian State, and “Ruzkii” . . . . members of the Russian ethnic-nationality group. So perhaps we should try to capture this distinction in English as well. Rossian for anyone from/of the Russian Federation . . . and Ruzkiian . . . . for anyone who is strictly ethnic Russian from Russia. Such distinctions in the language would allow us to avoid confusing a Rossian Daghestani (obviously not Ruzkiian), with a Ruzkii Ruzkiian (Russia Russian). Or something like that to help us capture the difference.

  18. SS

    That first link about the grizzly attack is interesting, but old news (Oct 2015). Yesterday, this happened:

    WaPo has a surprisingly good piece about this incident that draws on research about human activity/interference with other species:

    1. Take the Fork

      After noise, SA and bearspray are your best bets.

      Grizz populations are doing fairly well in the area and I expect that limited hunts will be allowed in the near-future. While this is good from a long-term management standpoint, and can reduce negative bear/human encounters, hunting probably would not have made any difference in this situation. This sounds very much like a surprise/reflex incident. It can happen to anyone. Sad.

    2. Jagger

      When I lived in Montana in the 70s, the folk wisdom, when in the wild and you run into a grizzley, was to play dead or climb a tree or bring along a really slow person-definitely slower than you. First plan never appealed to me and the second doesn’t work well if you meet a grizzly in a mile and a half wide meadow. Third option should work every time unless you run into a herd of grizzles.

      Reminds me of an old joke. People from Montana called anyone not from Montana a foreigner and anyone from California was a damn foreigner. And that was in the mid-70s before the real rush of Californians to Montana started. They weren’t too impressed with North Dakotans either.

      1. Jim Haygood

        Being from Montana, you probably read Jack Olsen’s Night of the Grizzlies, about the two women who were attacked and killed by grizzlies on the same night in Aug. 1967, at separate campsites in Glacier Park separated by a dozen miles or so.

        His description of events at the more remote campsite, where several other people were treed until morning after a grizzly mauled a woman in her sleeping bag, are seriously appalling.

        1. Jagger

          Actually I didn’t read it. And I am not from Montana but lived there for a couple years. Also I shouldn’t be making jokes either when someone just died from a Grizzly attack. When I saw Montana and grizzles, it just brought back memories and I posted. Then I read the article. Apparently a good person died that day in a pretty horrible manner. Not a time for jokes.

          1. Take the Fork

            There’s a lot of grim humor about grizzlies but you are right, all that must wait.

            Our thoughts should be with the family of Officer Brad Treat. Far, far too young. And the only consolation I can think of is that he was doing something he loved.

        2. Carolinian

          There’s a Werner Herzog documentary called Grizzly Man about someone who went to live in Alaska with grizzlies on the theory that once accustomed to man they weren’t dangerous. He got eaten. The theme is not so much anti-grizzly as, to quote POTUS, “don’t do stupid stuff.”

          Or to put it another way, being an environmentalist is not the same as assuming that all animals are cute or think like us.

          Except for dogs of course. They read our minds.

    3. NeqNeq

      Does this constitute a Meals on Wheels campaign in Montana?
      Grubhub (assuming app based trail maps) penetrating the northern rockies market?

      I guess it depends on the age of the bear no?

      /callous jokes

  19. allan

    Puerto Rico still faces debt default despite rescue law

    Investors in Puerto Rico’s debt-burdened economy still face risks of default on some of the island’s $70 billion in debt even after the U.S. Congress on Wednesday created a powerful federal oversight board to manage credit restructurings. …

    If the control board, appointed by Obama with Congressional input, can implement reforms, bring the island’s financial situation under control, and repay all of its debt, it will “enable Puerto Rico to be self-sufficient and able to sell bonds in the future for its operating and capital needs,” Dick Larkin, credit analysis director at Stoever Glass & Co.

    PROMESA, a rare bi-partisan compromise, passed the Senate on Wednesday by a vote of 68 to 30. The House of Representatives passed it on June 9.

    External managers from the FIRE sector brought in
    (through that miracle-of-miracles, a rare bi-partisan compromise)
    to undermine democratic governance on behalf of debt holders, many of them bottom-feeding hedgies.
    What could possibly go wrong?

    Think of PR as Flint. But with Zika instead of lead.

    1. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

      Maybe it’s time for debt forgiveness as reparation and let PR go as an independent nation, unless they want to become the 51st state.

    2. jawbone

      I see a Prez Hillary naming as many Corporatists to the court as there are retirements and/or deaths.

  20. ambrit

    I seem to have triggered some new security protocol.
    Now I get a big red X saying that I have been blocked by CloudFlare.
    If this gets through, I’ll surmise the block was for content, as in keywords perhaps.
    Not griping, I’m comfortable with the vagaries of the Internet. I was just wondering if a new security level had been enabled.
    Love and kisses;

  21. James Levy

    The Atlantic piece on the US foreign policy “pendulum” reminds me of how Daniel Ellsberg described the Pentagon/White House meetings in 1965: do you want to bomb North Vietnam, or do you want to bomb North Vietnam ALOT. Negotiating and not bombing was never an option. Ditto these CFR imbeciles. Obama is seen as “non-interventionist”–what a freakin’ joke!

  22. tony

    Those yeoman peasants were not just handed their rights, they fought for them. In England, the Peasant’s revolt, though defeated, did cause the crown and the nobles to show restraint in dealing with the peasants. Peasants would allude to the revolt in rent negotiations, and it later deterred tax raises by the parliament.

    Compare that to, say, the Kingdom of Kongo, where according to Acemoglu and Robinson the peasants would not even invest in a shovel since every bit of surplus was taken from them. Where the peasants would move away if a road was built since the King’s slavers used them.

  23. Alex morfesis

    Loretta Lynch was not sending any signal to law enforcement…she fully disclosed that she was

    asking bill about

    (how he structures his affairs around)

    the grandchildren

    (as beneficiaries of trusts, especially with the you-nanny-moose scotus ruling that only the little peoples get perp walked for corruption…her husband was not accepting her ideas on how to cash in on the next few months for the bezzle & she just needed a brush up for her husband on IBGYBG strategies that didn’t get revealed with the panama papers….considering the arrest of his daughter by the nypd for some cabfare uber nonsense he probably just wants to cross the eyes and dot the tease…considering abner louima…or…hubby could have been pitching a reality tv show to clinton for the cable network which employs him…considering the scotus ruling…not a bad way to cash in, especially if her hubby starts his own production company…no loose money in hookywood productions…it is just sad, terribly sad, that THE us atty can not meet on a private airplane with the husband of a person whose indictment she controls and has been obviously looking to avoid…just the idea of some prosecuter using their office for personal gain…how can people confuse hollywood with real life…)

    the red pill or the blue pill…

    1. Jim Haygood

      This final year of the 0zero zombie administration is a rule of law Jubilee.*

      *for qualified trusted transgressors in the Justice Dept Pre-check program.

      Got impunity???

      *makes rude hand gestures in front of crotch in Clinton’s direction*

      1. James Levy

        Well, he let all the Republican crooks off the hook when he took office, so why not the Democratic crooks on the way out?

        1. OpenThePodBayDoorsHAL

          I can’t imagine why this is not the focus of concern and contempt and worry by the entire populace, you can do alot to fight corrupt politicians, corrupt corporations, crooked financiers, outright thieves, and other bad guys so long as you at least still have a functioning legal enforcement system in place. If you lose that, well then all hope is lost.

          1. Alex morfesis

            Hope is never lost…unless she drinks too many shots of tsipouro…then even I might get a little drunk and lost…

            only positive take away from this is


            is under so much pressure, she knows she needs to indict and is looking to see if the public makes such a stink she is “forced”…”forced” by public opinion to “re$ign”…

            $he woodah stopped and bounced the indictment…but…the court of public opinion…so the next person does the dirty…we can only wish…

  24. thoughtful person


    Canary article/editorial discussed Momentum, the movement supporting Corbin in the UK. The US needs a Momentum movement as well. The DLC blue dog democrats are no different from republicans for the most part. On every issue except a couple identity politics issues kept at high visibility.

  25. Louis

    A New York Times piece revealing that surprise, surprise, Donald Trump has relied heavily on overseas operations and labor. If this doesn’t prove Donald Trump is nothing more than a cheap hustler, I’m not sure what does.

    In the what’s wrong with this picture department, a recent NPR piece details that while usage of marijuana is relatively constant among different racial groups, there are major disparities in arrests for underage usage in Colorado–this has long been true of the drug war–among who gets arrested.

  26. tgs

    The Harpies are Back

    Yes, Escobar’s title is stupid since the views of Clinton, Rice, Power etc., have nothing to do with their gender and everything to do with the moral bankruptcy and degeneracy of our foreign policy elites. There is one force that has been fighting on the ground ISIS, al nusra and the other groups of internationally funded and armed fanatics – the Syrian Arab Army, which has taken huge causalities doing so. And the folks Escobar talks about want to carry out strikes against them!

    So, Russia, China, Iran and North Korea are greater threats to American interests than Terrorism? Maybe to the American Empire, but not to the American people. I seriously doubt many normal American citizens worry about dying in an incident on American soil engineered by Russia, China etc., Whereas people who fly, ride public transportation, go to malls have legitimate reasons to worry about attacks engineered by terrorists.

    These ‘humanitarians’ are directly responsible for tens of thousands of deaths and roughly 60 million displaced persons world wide. But they assure us that if we can just get rid of Assad, things will start looking up.

    I am frustrated and genuinely worried that our country is about to elect a person who will pursue policies that pose a significant threat to just about everyone one the planet.

    1. tgs

      It is worth reading Gareth Porter’s piece on the so-called ‘dissent memo’ from the State. Dept.

      the memo has all the earmarks of an initiative that had the blessing of the most senior officials in the department – including Secretary of State John Kerry himself – rather than having been put together by individual officials entirely on their own. And it may mark the beginning of an effort to take advantage of the presidential candidacy of Hillary Clinton.

      The ‘Dissent’ Memo That Isn’t

      1. Michael Cairns

        I would hope that most people would assume that senior officials approved of that memo.

        In professional life one does not sign a memo that contradicts a superior w/o the support of another senior official (preferably someone more senior). In signing a memo with out senior support you are committing career suicide. Officials that actually have the courage to speak out find themselves on the outside looking in.

  27. Take the Fork

    Atlantic and the ForPol pendulum: mule muffins.

    There’s no pendulum. Obama has only throttled back a little on W’s policy.

    The US has never been “isolationist.” Trump is not advocating isolationism, but he is signalling that he will not pursue an Israel First agenda. Haass trying to paint him (without naming him – totally Nixonian move) as such is a smear to reinforce the Isolation = Auschwitz meme (more mule muffins).

    Tokogawa Japan? That was isolationism – and incidentally a period of great cultural achievement.

    North Korea? Dennis Rodman Diplomacy notwithstanding (and what role would HE have in a Trump administration?), I’d call North Korea isolationist. Not a period of great cultural achievement.

  28. That Which Sees

    Interesting rumor, but probably wrong. Worth thinking about though….

    Given that Loretta Lynch has signaled she will not prosecute Hillary Clinton, FBI Director James Comey will publicly send the matter to her desk on July 25th, the first day of the DNC Convention.

    Just to be clear, I do not believe this will happen. However, it would put Sanders back into play.

    1. RabidGandhi

      HRC being indicted would not bring Sanders back into play. Defeating plebian uprisings is the DNC’s raison d’être, and they will not cede the only victory they are interested in any more than the Cavaliers are going to hand back their trophy.

      1. Jim Haygood

        Quite right. If the ‘beest goes Fukushima on us, her delegates plus the superdelegates can nominate anybody they want.

        *phone rings*


        “Please hold the line for Vice President Joe Biden.”

        1. RabidGandhi

          You know I was thinking about this too. If said Fukushima occurs post-convention, who would have a better claim, Biden or HRC’s Veep nominee? If the latter, then wouldn’t it make sense for HRC to choose Warren as VP (against my previous predictions here)? The DNC’s constituency (read: banks) don’t want Warren in any position that might be dangerous to them. President is dangerous, VP is neutered. Therefore Warren in the VP slot would give them all the more reason to protect HRC from prosecution.

          HRC should pick Warren as a human shield.

          1. James Levy

            It would depend on how much heat she would take from her donors and if they have insider info on how likely she is to make it through her first term. I still think Clinton will pick someone more congenial to her backers from a state that is in play and that he or she might garner for the Democrats. Massachusetts is not very big Electoral College-wise and is going to vote for Clinton anyway.

            1. RabidGandhi

              Oh I agree 100%. HRC will pick a running mate based on the constituency she wants to foster: i.e., big capital. What I am saying is it would be a smart move to pick someone like Warren whom her donors don’t want to see succeed her, as insurance against prosecutions/impeachment. Then again my point is probably moot since the Clintons are powerful enough that prosecution is not a reality they have to worry about.

        2. Michael Cairns

          If this actually happens then the FBI will also include the Clinton Foundation. Clinton would not win an election after all of this comes out. They make money off of natural disasters etc etc… The entire Clinton machine would unravel and many of her top aides would also be indicted.

          If Lynch does not indict then I doubt that Lynch or Obama would survive the fall out. Biden would be tainted…the only one who could step in is Sanders.

          If there is a 2nd ballot the DNC would need all of her delegates to vote for the DNC’s candidate of choice. All of the supers would have to also follow the DNCs lead. Many of the super delegates especially those that are elected in Bernie states would jump ship and vote for Sanders.

          Sanders is like 600 short of the nomination. I do not think it would be hard for him to convince that many Clinton delegates to switch on the 2nd or 3rd ballot. There is ZERO chance that any Sanders delegate would confirm a Biden or Warren coup at the convention.

          Add in the fact that there will be 100,000 plus Sanders supporters in Philadelphia protesting the convention. If she is indicted then Bernie Sanders is the nominee and he is the future POTUS.

  29. Kurt Sperry

    “VICE News Reveals the Terrorism Blacklist Secretly Wielding Power Over the Lives of Millions”

    Banking is today an essential utility to anyone, and more so as we (sadly) move towards a cashless society. If private banks are denying banking services to groups and individuals in a completely opaque and unaccountable way, this to me points strongly at the need for national post office-type bank where people could only be denied banking services after a public, open and appealable process. Banking is far too important a public service to be left solely in the hands of private for profit business, who have no obligation or interest in protecting the rights of their customers. I am stopping short of advocating that private banks be made illegal–for now–but that may be the only answer longer term.

    1. bronco

      The EU is going to implode anyway . None of these articles seem to mention that fact. Better to be the first out than the last one or the tenth out of 28

  30. Plenue

    “Happy 60th Birthday, Interstate Highway System! You Look Awful”

    If only there were some way the Federal Government could, like, create needed money from nothing, at will…then we could fix everything, in one fell swoop. Or even replace a large part of our asinine automobile-based transportation with more sensible options…

    But alas, money is a finite resource. Primordial, a part of nature. We can only hope to capture some of it through taxation. What a world it would be if we could create it from scratch. Yes…what a world…

    1. James Levy

      Well, you can and you can’t–there is a tipping point. I don’t think we are very close to that tipping point, but I think it would be naïve to imagine that it doesn’t exist. And the problem which I identified for myself many years ago when thinking about this is that money is porous. If you pay Americans to build stuff, who says the money will rattle around in the US economy and not simply go to purchase more imports?

      What we need are a lot of good jobs but only limited growth, and that growth as green and renewable as possible. This is why although Trump’s notion of putting more people to work on infrastructure is a good thing, he’s certain to invest in the wrong infrastructure (why not, considering that he believes climate change to be “a hoax”) just as the effects of climate change are making those investments moot.

      1. OpenThePodBayDoorsHAL

        That’s a bit high-fallutin, why can’t we just spend blindly bringing American infrastructure up from Third World to Second World status, we spend like drunken sailors on electromagnetic rail guns for the Pentagon and a cool trillion on hyper-complex fighter jets that don’t work, I wouldn’t mind a bridge-to-nowhere or two if it meant I could get through LAX (really, worse than Third World, you should try Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur airports sometime) or could drive on the 89,000 bridges in the country that urgently need replacing. We seem to have a cool *trillion* for NEW nukes, no problem, but try taking public transport just about anywhere in the country if you want a shock (especially if you’ve done the same in France, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Korea, Japan, China etc etc etc)

        1. Lambert Strether

          If you think LAX is third world, try JFK. The luggage/customs area is one of the most depressing public spaces I’ve even been in, including the lower levels of Penn Station.

  31. Oregoncharles

    “US Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Bill Clinton meet privately in Phoenix before Benghazi report”
    Yes, it certainly IS improper, and both of them know it. Bill, after all, was disbarred.
    Which worries me: they didn’t do something that looks this bad, notably for Lynch, just to chat about golf. So what DID they talk about?

    1. Jim Haygood

      1. Update from Loretta of FBI’s “slow walk” criminal investigation.
      2. Bill’s offer of a position in the HRC admin for Loretta, in return for her promise to quash HRC’s indictment.

      As with seducing bimbos, “Bill” gets right to the point about what we wants.

  32. PDK:

    While the NATO Pact nomenklatura was trying to stop Brexit they told us Britain loses a ‘civilizing influence’ if it escapes the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR.) That was crap and ECOSOC shows why. The ECHR was never the binding constraint on UK state overreach. The ECHR is human rights watered down to the halfassed level of the US Bill of Rights. The US stuffed it down Europe’s throat in the 50s to preempt real human rights.

    ECOSOC is the UN body that reviews countries’ compliance with the ICESCR ( ) ECOSOC gives civil society a way to go over the government’s head to the legitimate authority of the treaty body.

    The US government runs from that kind of rigorous evaluation. The government signed the ICESCR but never ratified it. In international forums the government acknowledges economic, social, and cultural rights, but they fight tooth and nail to keep the US public in the dark about them. Americans are conditioned to accept little bullshit piecemeal programs instead of their rights. Any candidate who won’t pledge to get the ICESCR ratified is not qualified to run for dogcatcher. That test smokes out a lot of phony reformers like Sanders.

    Taking sides in US electoral shit just keeps you from asserting your rights. If the US population knew their rights they would be ignoring electoral pageantry and rubbing the government’s nose in its failure and disgrace. As a state that has not acceded to the ICESCR, the US is not even a sovereign state, because in customary international law sovereignty is responsibility: that is, acceptance of the responsibilities specified by, as a minimum, the UN Charter, the international bill of human rights (UDHR, ICESCR, and ICCPR) and the Rome Statute. The international community and international civil society have an obligation to intervene to bring the US government into compliance with human rights law. Those are the authorities, not this crooked US junta.

    So blow your fake elections out your ass, this state does not measure up.

  33. Wade Riddick

    Austin Frakt once again recommends felony cartel collusion to address artificial medical supply shortages caused by felony cartel collusion. Competitors can’t cooperate to set prices. IT IS A FELONY.

    Free markets ration according to price. More expensive items are harder to find. Cheaper items are more abundant. What we’re seeing now in drugs and vaccines is the opposite of a free market and it simply isn’t happening around the world.

    It’s unique to America since we adopted the price-fixing drug cartel model called the Pharmacy Benefit Managers/Purchasing Managers Organizations where legal kickbacks are used to determine what items are stocked. Pharmacists are paid a % of each item they stock, so they are incentivized to replace cheaper (even more effective) medications with expensive ones. Cheaper items simply pay smaller kickbacks.

    This is exactly the type of price-gouging cartel structure in the 19th century railroads that destroyed farmers and consumers alike and it’s similar to the structure that ending net neutrality would have created with internet providers charging both shippers and receivers. This creates an incentive to manufacture scarcity, not capacity. Any economist free of delusional religious belief can tell you this.

    As a patient who’s had to endure great pain over the last few years because of these shortages I can tell you these capitalist failures aren’t happening in other countries like they are in ours.

    1. zapster

      The solution is obvious. Markets only make things for those who can afford to buy them, subsidized or not. Millions have no capacity to buy anything whatsoever, especially sick people. So set up vaccine production as a public utility, and produce at cost. Same with other vital drugs. This need be no different than other public functions that are delivered very well by government.

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