Birds flying through laser light reveal faults in flight research PhysOrg. This is very cool, methodology-wise. Chuck L: “Worth a link if only for the photo of the goggled parrotlet.”
The Javan Rhino: Both Protected and Threatened by a Massive Volcano Pacific Standard (Chuck L)
Watch: A stunning volley that you can’t miss, and is capable of being the goal of the year The Field (J-LS). For our soccer fans.
Atrocious makeup set for young girls earns Worst Toy of the Year Award Treehugger (J-LS)
Study shows regular sex improves the memory of young women PhysOrg (Chuck L). Doesn’t look like a well-constructed study and also explicitly seeks to confirm similar research….which is not a good basis for objectivity (although my view is based on the write-up not reading the actual study. Thus also didn’t check re sample size and controls). And fails to allow for the fact that women who have high libidos may either have different genetic attributes, different hormone levels, or different habits (as in they date regularly) that require that they have a better memory of faces and attentiveness to precisely recall what people said so they can play it back (ie, they need to flirt well!).
Would You Feel Sexy Wearing Eau de Extinction? MIT Technology Review. Per above, would it improve your memory for faces too?
Amid uproar, Hong Kong government backs down after barring questions from lawmakers facing review South China Morning Post
Chinese media mock Trump for ‘running the country with Twitter’ The Hill (Plutonium Kun). If this is the best China can do in the way of a retort, it’s really lame. Of course, they have their own new money oligarch class, so the usual attacks on those grounds would probably hit too close to home.
Australian choices in the New World Order MacroBusiness
Monte dei Paschi readied for state bailout after Renzi defeat Financial Times. That was fast. The private rescue was never gonna happen but now they can quit pretending.
Italian Uncertainty Set to Punish Weak Banking Sector Roubini Global Economics
What can be done to stop an Italian banking crisis? Financial Times
Kazakhstan jails activists, plans a Great Firewall to stifle online dissent The Conversation (J-LS)
No special Brexit deal for the City of London, warn Hammond and Davis Telegraph. Consistent with what we’ve said for quite some time
How Russia Outsmarted OPEC OilPrice
Imperial Collapse Watch
Mattis on Our Way of War American Conservative (resilc)
House G.O.P. Signals Break With Trump Over Tariff Threat New York Times
GOP Leader Breaks With Donald Trump On Suggested 35 Percent Tariff Huffington Post (furzy)
Trump’s ‘Unpredictable Starting Now’ Foreign Policy Is Here Bloomberg. Resilc: “Can’t be worse than 50 years of endless interventions.”
The rules of the (Trump) game Pepe Escobar, Vineyard of the Saker (Chuck L)
Trump’s Taiwan phone call preceded by hotel development inquiry Guardian. Resilc: “Real news or fake news?” Note the last story of this sort WAS fake.
Why Trump’s Carrier Deal Isn’t The Way To Save U.S. Jobs FiveThirtyEight (resilc)
Deals With the Devil: Vulnerable Senate Democrats Rush to Slam Anti-Donald Trump Plans Salon. So much for the Great Democratic Resistance.
Trump picks Carson for HUD secretary The Hill In case you missed it…
Iraq Was Probably a “Mistake,” Said Gen. James Mattis, Trump’s Defense Pick Intercept. Resilc: “Trump brain trust.”
Italy’s Referendum Should Be a Warning to Donald Trump Wall Street on Parade
Pentagon buries evidence of $125 billion in bureaucratic waste Washington Post
2016 Post Mortem
Why Did 53 Percent of White Women Voters Go for Donald Trump? History News Network. John Z:
The author makes some unsubstantiated assumptions I question. However, her frame is very interesting. The idea of an authoritarian taking control and bringing safety and security and promising to maintain their social status is also attractive to some men, I think. However, like many pundits, she seems to make this a “the” answer to her question. I take a more diverse view. I think people are complex and do things like picking a candidate for any number of reasons, some of which may seem to conflict on some levels.
Hillary Clinton throwing party to thank millionaire donors | Page Six. Plutonium Kun: “No refunds!
The DNC Needs a New Leader: How About Rahm? Chicago Magazine. Plutonium Kun: “Ways to destroy the rest of the Democratic party.”
Fake News About ‘Fake News’ – The Media Performance Pyramid Media Lens (dougie)
DERIVATIVES-CDS sellers pose bigger contagion risk than CCPs; OFR Reuters. Help me. This is really an admission that central counterparties are not working. We’d pretty much said that since no one got rid of customized OTC derivatives which 1. aren’t suitable for central clearing; 2. are where much of the risk and profits sit; 3. have low/no social value since they are used mainly for accounting and tax gaming.
Banks’ post-crisis consultancy spending soars to $200bn Financial Times
Are All CLOs Equal? Liberty Street Economics
Democracy Against Neoliberalism Jacobin (J-LS)
Everybody into the (labor) pool Medium (Plutonium Kun). By the Minneapolis Fed. Translation: employers need to get real about pay.
Antidote du jour (Tracie H, from the Los Angeles Zoo):