Faroe Islands Enlist Sheep To Create Their Own 360-Degree Street Views Huffington Post (Chuck L). Too funny.
Black bear links real objects to computer images PhysOrg (Chuc l L)
Man takes dog dying of cancer on one last road trip across America Independent (Chuck L). Reminds me of the last Norton the cat book. He had travelled extensively with his human, who took him on a last road trip too.
A giant heat dome is poised to envelop the U.S. next week mashable (Lulu). The Acela corridor only gets grazed.
U.S. regulators pave way for speedy next-generation 5G networks Reuters (furzy). And how far behind is the US?
I just checked out Tesla Autopilot, and there’s no way it can drive a car by itself Business Insider (David L)
Influential consumer magazine urges Tesla disable auto steering Reuters (martha r)
‘Pokemon Go’ leads players to California facility housing sex offenders Los Angeles Times (Chuck L)
33 people hospitalized after K2 overdoses New York Post (Chuck L). I am so unhip that I thought K2 was a mountain.
64 women to sue in three Japanese courts over health woes from cervical cancer vaccines Japan Times. I’m not an anti-vaxxer, but I am willing to concede that the cases for some vaccines are weak. I’ve always had doubts about the HPV vaccine and Japan reported a lot of bad reactions.
Tomorrows Le Parisien front page pic.twitter.com/ASvbfkPsQO @hughwhitfeld
Commentary: Nice attack – the wider threat to France Reuters (furzy)
Hollande: Many of the Nice attack dead are children Politico. From his press conference.
UK and Scottish leaders in Brexit talks BBC. To her credit, May is hitting the ground running.
European banks face €30bn-€40bn capital bill after Brexit Financial Times. This is such a dopey story that I need to flag it to debunk it. A good drive-by shooting from the comments at the FT:European June Car Sales Slow as Brexit Vote Cuts Confidence Bloomberg
Who commissioned this report. David Davis? European banks will be treated as 3rd country branches in the same way Chineses and Japanese banks are treated. This will not necessarily lead to subsidiairsation, but more prudential oversight and associated costs. As a result, European banks will reduce their UK balance sheets and repatriate the assets back to their home countries.
Why Putin Loves Brexit New York Times. Translation: Why Brexit may curb US/Nato provocation of Russia.
Climate change department killed off by Theresa May in ‘plain stupid’ and ‘deeply worrying’ move Independent (Lulu). Neoliberals ascendant.
The Grim Task Awaiting Theresa May: Preparing for Nuclear Armageddon Politico (furzy)
‘New normal’ after South China Sea ruling Bangkok Post (furzy). Discusses “on the ground” or in this case, “at sea” realities and what they mean. An important perspective that differs greatly from what you see in a lot of the Anglo media.
China says Laos supports it on South China Sea case Reuters (furzy)
Massive Stimulus Keeps China GDP Steady in Second Quarter Wall Street Journal
Venezuela After Chávez VenezuelAnalysis. Catherine:
An amazing in-depth analytical piece, which astute analysis of Chavez’s time in power as well as afterwards. Lots of context.
My only qualm is this sentence buried in the middle “The scarcity index is now estimated to be in the region of 80 per cent, so all basic services and goods are in short supply.” It’s usually a “tell” for the common disinformation (as in the excellent analytical piece I sent a few hours ago, which addresses this particular aspect in detail). Yet in other respects it seems very balanced, fair critiques of all sides.
GOP Ups Ante on Clinton’s Israel Pander Consortiumnews (Chuck L)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Microsoft just won a huge legal victory on email privacy Washington Post. Microsoft earns some good karma for a change.
Maxthon Browser Sends Sensitive Data To China Security Week (Dan K)
Imperial Collapse Watch
NATO, Back in Business at the Old Stand Sic Semper Tyrannis (Chuck L)
Clinton E-mail Tar Baby
State Dept. ordered to justify redacting 200 Clinton emails The Hill (furzy)
The Four Ways Hillary Clinton’s Email Scandal Will Still Haunt Her Daily Beast (martha r)
Dear #WeAreTheLeft, You Are Not The Left: The Rot of Liberal White Supremacy Medium (martha r). OMG you must must read this! An awesome rant. Circulate widely.
Bernie endured the full power of the political establishment. And trained us in the process. Medium. Martha r: “From 6/8. Relevant now.”
Poll: Nearly half of Sanders’ millennial supporters would vote third-party The Hill. I doubt the % will go down the more they see of Clinton, although more may decide to stay home as the campaign gets even uglier after Labor Day.
Sanders has book deal; will reflect on campaign Associated Press (martha r)
I’m Guessing Every Berniecrat Seeking Office Will Follow Bernie Into The Hillary Camp Now DownWithTyranny (martha r). Keep tabs on this. Not sure I buy this, since it makes a basic error in logic: the opposite of A is not B but “not A”. Candidates can exploit the Big Scary Trump Monster without going into the Clinton camp.
Polls Find Clinton Leading in 4 Key Swing States Wall Street Journal. Even the swing state polls tell very different stories.
Democrats ‘freaked out’ about polls in meeting with Clinton The Hill (resilc). As Lambert said of Clinton long ago, “The dogs won’t eat the dog food.” Notice this: “Team Clinton has outspent Team Trump in nine battleground states by a 40-1 ratio, NBC reported.” And of top of that, the MSM is constantly pounding Trump, and he has no surrogates, while Clinton has tons. And this also comes after his world class dreadful June.
Mike Pence, Trump’s Likely VP Pick, Is Too Anti-Gay Even for Republicans Daily Beast. Resilc: “But Pense didnt sign the Defense of Marriage act like Bill Clintoon did.” Trump already got some pro-gay planks in the platform, so how does this net out? Or is this irrelevant, and Pence’s real job, like that of Spiro Agnew and Dan Quayle, is to be an assassination deterrent?
For Trump, it’s about America’s ego _ and his own Associated Press (furzy)
Gingrich: ‘You have to monitor the mosques’ The Hill. Some interesting censorship going on. This story definitely ran. This was the URL furzy sent with the story, which tracks the title: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/287863-gingrich-you-have-to-monitor-the-mosques. A Google search on the title shows this headline: Gingrich calls for deporting Muslims who believe in Sharia law, which directs to the same URL..which takes you to an “Access Denied” page. I’ve never gotten one of those at The Hill before. I also do not see any stories like this as of this hour, and a story like that would be so inflammatory that you’d expect to see wire service versions. So did The Hill misreport so badly it had to yank the story?
Pentagon threatens veto as defense bill conference kicks off The Hil (furzy). Now it is official. The President reports to the Pentagon.
Judge throws out suit to block free city Wi-Fi New York Post. Putting this here because there is more than meets the eye. Due to inattentiveness, I hadn’t noticed that the WiFi stations are REPLACING pay phones. WTF if you are so poor you can’t afford a phone, as in homeless? And what about tourists from abroad? They are forced to get a prepaid phone while visiting? The ripping out of pay phones seems to be universal. I told readers how in 2015 I landed in the recently redone Birmingham airport with a dead cell phone (ran out of battery on the plane). I needed to call my family to have someone pick me up. I got off the plane and asked the gate attendant where I could find a pay phone. She said there were none and let me use the Delta phone at her station. I suspect that that was a personal courtesy and not at all in line with company policy. What happens to other people in that fix?
Police State Watch
Wake Your Ass Up Collective Facebook. I get the rhetorical point even though I think it will backfire: push a so-extreme-as-to-be implausible remedy to force more aggressive (as in out of the box) solutions to heretofore intractable problems.
Mayor’s office: City won’t analyze police misconduct lawsuits until after DOJ review Chicago Reporter (martha r)
Cook County Sheriff’s Office has two robots that can kill or disable suspects Chicago Tribune (martha r). And how far out of beta are they?
This is how Santander was treating its customers in the US FT Alphaville (Scott)
Antidote du jour (Kittie Wilson via Lawrence R):