Vanishing Act: What’s Causing Sharp Decline in Insects and Why It Matters Yale Environment 360 (resilc)
We can get rid of the Hitlers and the Himmlers, but not the Speers Corey Robin (martha r)
Truth is in danger as new techniques used to stop journalists covering the news EurekAlert (Chuck L)
Google self-driving car project names general counsel as scrutiny rises Reuters (martha r)
Radioactive waste and the nuclear war on Australia’s Aboriginal people Ecologist (micael t)
New Zealanders raise millions to buy beach and donate it to the public Boing Boing (resilc). However, in Australia all beaches are public, IIRC to 150 feet from the water line.
UK scientists dropped from EU projects because of post-Brexit funding fears Guardian. We warned the punishment would start. Expect more if the UK is perceived to be foot-dragging.
Merkel urges Britain to quickly clarify relationship with EU Reuters. Merkel has now delivered this message on at least three occasions.
Wait…someone just made Cameron’s happy tune into the Tories’ Imperial March (VIDEO) The Canary (Chris G)
Theresa May’s win has steadied the markets. Now is our chance to pluck the fruits of Brexit Telegraph. Tory delusion syndrome. Also media leave boostersm is going to make it even more difficult what one of my contacts insists is the High Tory plan to not go through with Brexit.
Contrast the Telegraph article with this: Brexit: Britain’s looming WTO challenge Financial Times, which reconfirms what we wrote in Brexit: Huge Spanner in the Works – Negotiation of New UK Trade Deals Verboten Till Exit Complete without drawing out the dire implications.
Chilcot Report damns the charade of Iraq War – The Boston Globe (resilc) Good to see some US follow-through.
Europeans Fear Wave of Refugees Will Mean More Terrorism, Fewer Jobs Pew Research Center (martha r)
The President of Belgian Magistrates: Neoliberalism is a form of Fascism Defend Democracy (Joe H)
La ‘excepción’ italiana El Pais. Editorial. Europeans are determined to cut of their noses to spite their faces. But Rajoy is regularly more hard-core neoliberal than Merkel and even Schauble. Does El Pais regularly sell the government’s position?
China’s Claim to Most of South China Sea Has No Legal Basis, Court Says Wall Street Journal
China defiant ahead of court ruling on its claims in South China Sea Guardian. Including older article to show that China expected to lose the case and will behave badly. One of the smartest investors I know predicted over 20 years ago that World War III would be over the Spratlys. This was before anyone regarded China as a geopolitical power.
How low will the yuan go and what harm will it do? MacroBusiness
EU Says China Needs to Give EU Companies Fair Market Access Associated Press
Maduro says Citibank to close Venzuela’s currency accounts Financial Times
In Africa, the U.S. Military Sees Enemies Everywhere Intercept (resilc)
Crimeans Mock Kiev With Blackout Monument Russia Insider (Chuck L)
Imperial Collapse Watch
The time the Clinton campaign accidentally released a Sanders attack ad — in July Washington Post (martha r)
Clinton campaign rejects Dem plan for carbon price The Hill. Martha r: “Already blatantly rejecting the platform.”
Sanders loses on trade at Democratic platform meeting Washington Post (martha r)
Does Bernie Sanders Represent The Future Of The Democratic Party? FiveThirtyEight (resilc)
What Sanders’ black staffers actually said Carl Beijer (martha r). More detail on how Sanders was smeared.
Can the Candidates Change?New York Review of Books. Resilc: “Yes, Clintoon will do a full morph into Nixon in a pantsuit. the enemies list is growing…..” Actually, that is doing a disservice to that great American socialist Richard Nixon, who favored revenue sharing and a negative income tax.
Trump narrows search for running mate Financial Times. They all suck. See American Conservative on Flynn: Flynn’s Warped Worldview. And what happened to Oklahoma governor, who seemed to be an interesting choice?
Nomi Prins, Trump Wins (Even If He Loses) TomDispatch (Chuck L). Flagged earlier by Lambert.
Facing historically low levels, Lake Mead officials are fending off a water war. Here’s how Los Angeles Times (resilc)
Black Injustice Tipping Point
Black Lives Matter March Shuts Down Bridge Between Memphis And Arkansas Popular Resistance (martha r)
Warning: Pokemon GO is a Death Sentence if you are a Black Man. Medium (Chuck L) :-(
Police State Watch
Dallas police chief says ‘we’re asking cops to do too much in this country’ Washington Post. Makes a good point regarding schools. We’ve regularly featured stories of police being called in over minor altercations and even mere name calling. The over-reliance on police reflects how the US is becoming a low-trust society.
Surprising New Evidence Shows Bias in Police Use of Force but Not in Shootings New York Times. Due to the hour, I have not even read the article. I hope a discerning reader will have a good look at the underlying study (as in there might be an opportunity for a “hoisted from comments” post). The big questions are what is the caliber of underlying data? Unless they are working only from dash cams or a clearly neutral information source, I don’t see how this can be anything other than “garbage in, garbage out.” And that is before you get to the question of what justifies a shooting? The standard is supposed to be that the suspect represents an immediate threat to the officer or the community. The common practice of shooting a suspect merely because he is fleeing is almost never warranted. Shootings are far more controversial than routine policing and therefore more subject to records tidying up and everyone getting their story together, so IMHO this “counterintuitive” finding makes perfect sense.
How to Film Cops Vice (resilc)
Police are safer under Obama than they have been in decades Washington Post (resilc)
Can We Ignore the Alarm Bells the Bond Market Is Ringing? New York Times
Bye-Bye, Bonus: Brexit Seen Biting Profit for Years at U.S. Banks Bloomberg. Lambert: “Goldman wins again.”
How Uber secretly investigated its legal foes — and got caught Verge (micael t)
How We Wage the War on Drugs American Conservative (reilc)
Antidote du jour (furzy):
And a bonus video from Chuck L