Beautiful flower or noxious weed? Queen Anne’s Lace exploding in Iowa Des Moines Register
Opa-locka turned public utility into extortion racket Miami-Herald. The water department…
1MDB: High flyer brought Low FT
South China Sea ruling won’t improve regional security East Asia Forum
Technician shortage in China ‘threatens nuclear plant safety’ South China Morning Post
Syria’s rebels unite to break Assad’s siege of Aleppo Guardian. The article includes a handy “list of factions” at the end. Apparently the leading rebel faction is Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra), a reconstituted al-Qaida franchise. Pass the victory gin.
Kerry to visit Turkey amid strained ties after failed coup St Louis Post Dispatch
Jeremy Corbyn’s media strategy is smarter than his critics realise New Statesman. Much to ponder here for the left.
The Tories’ intellectual decline Stumbling and Mumbling
Following the money behind Tim Kaine Sunlight Foundation
Russia, Trump and Manafort: A Test of the News The National Interest (SH).
How Paul Krugman Made Donald Trump Possible Daily Beast. Crying wolf.
Trump’s Indecent Proposal Corey Robin
Even the White Working Class Is Abandoning Trump Mother Jones
Trump Campaign Turns to ‘Psychographic’ Data Firm Used by Cruz National Review. The firm is said to be owned by squillionaire hedgie Robert Mercer.
Third-party candidates lose legal fight to get into presidential debates WaPo. Well, that’s appalling.
Black Injustice Tipping Point
Uncovering the Chicago Police Cover-Up Editorial Board, NYT
Imperial Collapse Watch
Obama releases drone strike ‘playbook’ Politico. “The president also is called upon to approve drone strikes against permanent residents of the U.S.” There’s good news tonight!
The Price of Access The Intercept
A Greek top oligarch admits that robots are taking the jobs! unbalanced evolution of homo sapiens (CS).
ECRI Claims “Recovery is Focused on Those Without High School Diploma” MishTalk (EM). Debunked.
Intellectuals are Freaks The Smart Set (MT)
Self-serve kiosks, table service and unlimited french fries: Inside Missouri’s McDonald’s of the Future… and it looks a lot like Panera Daily Mail. McDonald’s often serves as a social center; I wonder if this rebranding will affect that?
Globalization and its New Discontents Joseph Stiglitz, Project Syndicate
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