8 wonderfully weird facts about burrowing owls TreeHugger (J-LS).
Dendrology: The community of trees Nature. “Trees are networkers. Far from the solitary splendour of the ancient old stager, it turns out that trees communicate with one another through their roots. Underground fungi — mycorrhizae associated with the root network — form a sort of subterranean internet that connects trees, passing messages and even nourishment between neighbours.”
Prolonged California aridity linked to climate warming and Pacific sea surface temperature Nature. Do xeriscaping products dominate California home and garden stores yet?
Approaching the First Climate Tipping Point — On Track to Hit 1.5 C Before 2035 Robert Scribbler (Lulu).
Banking Group Finds Fed Stress Tests Likely Illegal WSJ. Lobbying groups issue findings, now?
5 things that keep bankers up at night Politico (JL-S).
Explosion in New York’s Chelsea Neighborhood Injures Dozens WSJ and Powerful Blast Injures at Least 29 in Manhattan; Second Device Found NYT. (For concerned readers, Yves is uptown. Chelsea is downtown.)
U.S.-led forces strike Syrian troops, prompting emergency U.N. meeting Reuters. This is fine.
“Pigs! Crusaders!”: US-Backed Fundamentalist Militias drive US Commandos out of al-Ray, Syria Informed Comment. Everything is fine.
Dirty Diesel: How Swiss Traders Flood Africa with Toxic Fuels (PDF) Public Eye (guurst).
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
A Cosmopolitan Defense of Snowden Emptywheel
Secret government electronic surveillance documents must be released, judge says Jason Leopold, Vice
Amateur Radio Parity Act Passes in the US House of Representatives! AARL (DK). Now for the Senate…
Blow for Obama’s TPP as Vietnam parliament defers ratification Reuters. Prime TPP beneficiaries not going out on a limb for Obama…
A History of Violence Jacobin. Venezuela.
Imperial Collapse Watch
The Myth of American Retreat The American Conservative. I wish this didn’t make more sense to me than liberal interventionism. What a year we’re having.
The Ghosts of Empires Past Cliodynamica
Drugmakers fought domino effect of Washington opioid limits Center for Public Integrity
EpiPen Maker Lobbies to Shift High Costs to Others NYT. Note that two organizations (American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, and the Food Allergy Research and Education group) refused to participate. Absolutely everything isn’t corrupt, no matter how it may seem.
Stop Whining About ‘False Balance’ Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone
Clinton’s Economic Agenda Is More Popular Than Trump’s. Maybe She Should Campaign on That. New York Magazine. If the Democrats hadn’t gone all-in for identity politics, maybe she could do that. But where we are now, programs that benefit all citizens would also benefit “irredeemable” citizens, correct? Making universal programs immoral by definition, yes?
Make the Public Option a Central Focus of the 2016 Campaign The Nation. Doubtful this will happen, but I’m extremely disappointed that Sanders is supporting a proposal that has never been made in good faith, has always been used to head off single payer, reinforces the neoliberal fantasy that markets are always the solution, and sets a rotten precedent for how retirement should be handled. (How would you like a “Retirement Marketplace” where Social Security is the “public option” in a sea of 401(k) scamming?)
Bruce Franks Jr. Beats Penny Hubbard in Special Election Landslide RiverFront Times. In a court-ordered revote after serious absentee ballot irregularities had elected a Democrat regular. Ferguson activist Franks was a Sanders supporter.
Innovator-In-Chief The Baffler. Help me.
Census report of big jump in income is a little too good to be true Brookings. Film at 11. But from Brookings?!
The South Is Organizing — and There’s No One to Cover It Pacific Standard
You can already buy a $10 wire for Apple’s wireless AirPods CNN. So the aftermarket comes up with a solution for the problem when the AirPods fall out of your ears…
Retrotopia: The Cloud that Hides the Future The Archdruid Report
The Beginning of the End of the World Umair Haque (!), Medium (CL).
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