Extinct elm tree rediscovered at queen’s Edinburgh residence Mother Nature Network (J-LS)
Tick bites that trigger severe meat allergy on rise around the world Guardian (Selva). Hah, the planet strikes back! Meat consumption is a big factor in species die-off and global warming (cow farts).
Liquid assets: how the business of bottled water went mad Guardian (resilc)
Surprise! Soda Companies Are Paying Experts to Oppose Soda Taxes GrubStreet (J-LS)
Link between tech and productivity is elusive Financial Times
Government bars foreign academics from advising on Brexit Guardian (J-LS)
Disclosure of Beneficial Ownership After the Panama Papers Harvard Law School
Banner of Russia’s Putin hung from New York City bridge Reuters. EM: “Ha, the article actually uses ‘the Putin’, as in ‘…featuring the Putin dressed in a suit in front of the Russian flag with the word “Peacemaker” in capital letters’ … paging the late Sen. Joe McCarthy, we have a fifth-column crisis! I blame the Donald for mollycoddling evil commies like the Putin.”
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Joint Declaration for the Export and Subsequent Use of Armed or Strike-Enabled Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) Slate. JTM: “More meaningless BS from our imperial masters… Classic 0bomba-ism.”
Yahoo didn’t install an NSA email scanner, it was a “buggy” NSA “rootkit” Boing Boing. Chuck L: “The Yahoo clusterf**k just gets worse.”
Baltimore Police took 1 million surveillance photos of city Associated Press
Imperial Collapse Watch
HARPER: DR. STRANGELOVE RIDES AGAIN Sic Semper Tyrannis (Glenn F)
A terrible warning from US Generals Defend Democracy. “Any future war with Russia or China would be ‘extremely lethal and fast’ and produce violence on the scale not seen for 60 years…”
The US Chain of Command Sic Semper Tyrannis (Glenn F)
Needed Now: a Peace Movement Against the Clinton Wars to Come Counterpunch (J-LS)
U.S. Says Russia Directed Hacks to Influence Elections New York Times. As Lambert said, “Always good to see Democrats taking responsibility. And tossing the entire American intelligence apparatus into the giant sucking pit of need that is the Clinton campaign. Officially, I mean.”
Obama DOJ drops charges against alleged broker of Libyan weapons Politico (Glenn F). Subtitle: “Arms dealer had threatened to expose Hillary Clinton’s talks about arming anti-Qadhafi rebels.”
The corruption at CNN is nearly unbelievable. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154555067016419&set=a.10150153976066419.339760.549801418&type=3&theater …
@SeanJKerrigan (rich). One of my friends calls CNN “Clinton News Network”.
Who’s Demanding to See Hillary Clinton’s Birth Certificate? Baffled Astrologers Wall Street Journal (Li). Why is a birth certificate time dispositive? The hospital staff are pretty busy getting that baby out. And a lot of hospitals mark the time only to the nearest half hour.
Where Clinton Is Setting Up Field Offices — And Where Trump Isn’t FiveThirtyEight (J-LS)
Donald Trump’s Lewd Comments About Women Spark Uproar Wall Street Journal
Trump hits back after crude tape emerges Financial Times
The real problem with Donald Trump’s tax avoidance? It’s perfectly legal Guardian (resilc)
Donald Trump Has Totally Upended Conservative Media, and It’s Beautiful | Vanity Fair. Resilc: “And Clintoon will destroy the Demo/ corp/Wall St party”. Moi: If we are lucky….
The Way We Were and Will Be Counterpunch. An imaginative election scenario.
Obama envisions America’s economic future and defends free trade Guardian (resilc)
New Jersey train engineer applied brakes just before crash: NTSB Reuters. EM: “This needs a closer look, IMO: ‘When interviewed by investigators, Gallagher said he conducted various procedures, including checking the train’s speedometer, and put his cellphone away during the trip, NTSB said this week.’ I hope NTSB is scouring those cellphone records which they should have already obtained from his carrier – right, NTSB?”
Dozens arrested at India call center linked to IRS scam calls ABC (Timotheus)
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer led illegal purge of male employees, lawsuit charges Mercury News (Lulu). On the one hand, all performance reviews are subjective. On the other, the raw data looks pretty compelling, as well as the re-grading of reviews.
New Mega Oil Discovery In Alaska Could Reverse 3 Decades Of Decline OilPrice (Chuck L)
Wells Fargo banking scandal a financial crisis we can finally understand Guardian (resilc)
‘Glass Cliff,’ Not Just Ceiling, Often Impedes Women Rising in Politics New York Times (Li)
On Corporations, their Minions and the Perversion Called ‘Mandatory Arbitration’ Tony Butka, CityWatch
Walmart warns of flat earnings and slows US store openings Wall Street Journal
Antidote du jour (@CTVNews, via Richard Smith). “Stork hunkers down in bathroom to avoid Hurricane Matthew.”
And a bonus video, from Frosty Zoom: