Lambert and I are going to focus Links more tightly on finance, economics, and political news than we have in recent weeks. This is not a general news site. By addressing too many topics, we are diluting our focus on our beats. And quite frankly, the quality of comments has also suffered as a result of incorporating too many stories that are well covered in the MSM. So please refrain from “Why did you not cover X?” The general answer is that we are not omniscient and we also have limited resources, and we are therefore not an answer to a wire service. But the specific answer may be, “Because we chose not to”. Please do not ask us to be something that we’ve never said we are or aspired to be.
10 reasons why weights can help burn fat, quit smoking and even help cancer recovery Daily Mail (Chuck L) MSM catches up with NC health tips.
Sturgeon: I can block UK exit from Europe Telegraph. So this is how the Tories plan to get out of Brexit: make it the Scots’ fault and appeal to the importance of preserving the UK.
EU Said to Study Nuclear Option to Force May’s Hand Over Brexit Bloomberg. Notice that this article appeared shortly after the May devolution ploy (see above). The EU is saber-rattling that the UK can’t keep creating pretexts for delay. While as the article signals, the EU is not likely to go this far, have no doubt that the Eurocrats are looking for other ways to limit foot-dragging.
UK offered Brexit free trade deal with Australia BBC. This article is more optimistic than what the EU treaties say: the UK is not even allowed to negotiate a trade deal until it has left the EU. Not sure how that could be enforced, but in practice, it would seem to mean that all the UK could do is have preliminary talks, and those don’t get you very far. And that’s before you get to practical issues, like the UK has hollowed out its Foreign Office and has no one to negotiate these pacts…which means it will have to hire mercenaries who don’t necessarily have the right expertise.
Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters are so dangerous they took over the Labour Party before they were even born Independent. Chris G: “Huge number of comments mostly from very irritated and articulate non-Trot Corbynites. The only anti-Corbyn comments are 100% content-free.” He also provided archival evidence that she had decades of experience vote-rigging!
Brexit triggers London house price cuts Financial Times
Pensions stretched to breaking point after Brexit vote Financial Times
EU set to hit truck groups with record fine for price-fixing Financial Times
Chinese Output Bounce Reveals Bumpy, State-Led Expansion Roubini Global Economics
Beijing censors South China Sea protest Financial Times
All the East is Moving First Things (resilc)
MH-17: Two Years of Anti-Russian Propaganda Consortium News (furzy)
MH-17: Russia Convicted By Propaganda, Not Evidence Paul Craig Roberts (Chuck L)
Turkey. Note that my e-mailed European edition of Politico had as one of its top headings, “Erdogan’s Reichstag Fire”
Turkey Instability Strains U.S. Policy Wall Street Journal
Turkey’s Baffling Coup Project Syndicate (David L)
What Comes Next After Raqqa and Mosul? Defense One (resilc)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Imperial Collapse Watch
The Most Important US Air Force Base You’ve Never Heard Of Nation (furzy)
In The Future, We’ll Stop Truck Attacks With the Push Of a Button Defense One. Resilc: “Never ending apps and techno gizmos for sale to DoD and guys in sandals will circumvent.”
U.S. Curtails Federal Election Observers Reuters (Dan K)
The Former Sanders Fans Who Now Say ‘Fuck You, Bernie’ Vice (resilc)
A Hillary Clinton presidency could end up letting Isis and al-Qaeda off the hook Independent (margarita f)
Clinton Maintains 5-Point Lead Over Trump Wall Street Journal
Republican National Convention: Never Trump plots last stand at Cleveland convention Politico. Manafort wants to make this look like Custer’s Last Stand. Will he succeed?
Elizabeth Warren Puts Trump, Pence on Blast New York Magazine
Why there was nothing Buffoonish about Mike Pence’s Dinner at Chili’s Helaine Olen, Slate
Trump’s Ghostwriter Tells All New Yorker. This is based on intense observation in 1985. I’ve known a lot of people that long. Most don’t change but some do. So in isolation, this is not dispositive. Also I can see another interpretation for Trump being uncooperative with Schwartz: Trump had an idea of what he wanted in the book, his childhood was not part of it, and he had given Schwartz a lucrative enough deal that his job was to deliver what Trump wanted, which he apparently did. So this may not be lack of attention as opposed to Trump getting passive aggressive with someone he knew it would not behoove him to order around. Put it another way: Schwartz’s reading would be more persuasive if we’d heard other accounts of Trump being unable to concentrate on things that were important. BTW the charge that Trump lies casually is in a completely different category, since he’s done that repeatedly and often pretty stupidly too.
Introducing the real Donald Trump: A careful plotter and media master who is far more intelligent than he seems Telegraph. A rebranding exercise! Will it work?
3 things Trump could learn from Nixon’s 1968 campaign New York Post (resilc)
Manafort Confirms Christie Was ‘Livid’ He Wasn’t Picked To Be Trump’s VP Weekly Standard (furzy). Manafort is also being uncharacteristically visible (he was quoted IIRCC in the WaPo last week). Another symptom of not having enough surrogates.
Justice department ‘uses aged computer system to frustrate Foia requests’ Guardian (Chuck L)
Black Injustice Tipping Point
Toy Models by and via @kocherlakota009
This is What’s Cannibalizing the US Economy Wolf Richter
As Rates Sink, Housing Bubbles Rise Wall Street Journal
Why Oil Prices Might Never Recover OilPrice (reslc)
Goodbye Lenin, Hello Bernanke ABC (Chuck L)
A Bank Too Big to Jail Gretchen Morgenson, New York Times
Asset management: Actively failing Financial Times (David L)
In Advanced Economies, Two-Thirds of Population Have Seen Incomes Stagnate, Study Shows Wall Street Journal. From last week. Apologies for missing it.
Antidote du jour. A wild-long tailed macaque monkey has adopted an abandoned kitten at Ubud’s Monkey Forest in Bali @planetpics. Your humble blogger has been to the Monkey Forest! Dunno how a monkey can make sure that cat gets fed, though….