How the Amazon’s Cashews and Cacao Point to Cultivation by the Ancients New York Times (martha r)
China Shifts Stance, Letting Dying Firms Go Bankrupt Wall Street Journal
China’s Wage Growth: How Fast Is the Gain and What Does It Mean? Institute for New Economic Thinking
Facebook is laying fiber cable in Uganda to boost internet reach and speed Quartz. Resilc: “Why not make Merika great Zuck?”
Swedish military draft reintroduced – video Guardian (resilc)
Why Kim Jong-un might come to regret the murder of his half-brother (+video) Christian Science Monitor (furzy)
Iraqi Federal Police Are Weaponizing Off-the-Shelf Drones, ISIS-Style Motherboard (resilc)
Israel’s Anti-Semitism Smears Backfire Mint Press (Judy B)
Imperial Collapse Watch
A US-Based Army Can’t Get to the Fight Fast Enough Defense One (resilc)
Air Force Wants to Test a Laser on an Attack Plane Within A Year Defense One (resilc)
Exclusive: Trump administration considering separating women, children at Mexico border Reuters (furzy). Taking a page from Victorian poorhouses…
Trump recasts immigration by taking ‘shackles off’ border agents Christian Science Monitor (furzy)
Blow for US tech groups as brake put on H-1B visas Financial Times
How Foxconn’s broken pledges in Pennsylvania cast doubt on Trump’s jobs plan Washington Post (furzy)
Trump Can’t Find ‘Existing Funds’ to Start Building Wall New York Magazine (resilc)
White House proposes steep budget cut to leading climate science agency Washington Post (furzy)
Scary Putin Monster
Obama Ordered Abuse Of Intelligence To Sabotage Trump Policies Moon of Alabama (Chuck L). Important.
Russia’s meddling in US election could be ‘act of war’, says Nato commander Independent. Unproven to at best thin and overhyped insinuations that the NSA, which had the best view of things, won’t endorse, may be an act of war. Help me. Martha r: “I’m just noting continuing push to expand definition of ‘act of war’. So is it an act of war to call certain things acts of war that aren’t?
do TPTB want war now so they can declare martial law? I wouldn’t be surprised.” So what happens if Marine Le Pen unexpectedly wins? Will that be declared to be impossible ex Russian meddling and hence an act of war?
The Basic Formula For Every Shocking Russia/Trump Revelation TYT (martha r)
Look, I have no truck with Sessions, but if you actually look at the context of the answer he gave, it seems clear that he didn’t perjure himself. In any case, he says he wilThis great Sane Progressive is Debbie Lusignan!l recuse himself from the issue, which is reasonable.
Democrats should focus on actually having a believable set of policies and not waste their time trying to impeach Trump for the next 4 years.
Flashback: Chuck Schumer Meets with Putin in New York City Gateway Pundit
The Wild 2020/2024 Elections Ian Welsh (martha r). I dunno. Caligula’s horse is starting to look good. The most he’d want is more carrots, apples, sugar, and more regular servicing.
Hundreds chant ‘Coward!’ amid Paul Ryan’s Rhode Island visit Associated Press (furzy)
A Nonprofit Hosts Rep. Paul Ryan (and a Crowd of Protesters) in R.I. Nonprofit Quarterly. Cheryl: “A group of voters in Rhode Island decided to hold it down for those in Wisconsin who have not been able to get Rep. Paul Ryan to a town meeting lately.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger Ditches NBC’s ‘Apprentice,’ Blames Donald Trump Daily Beast (furzy)
Why the Alt-Left Is a Problem Vanity Fair. We were alerted earlier but we agree with bob’s sentiments: “Congrats on being part of the bunch in his panties.” You’ll also note that VF is such a bunch of coward that they linked to none of the targeted sites/individuals, save a sort of screechy but substantively on target article at Jacobin that he depicts as a textbook example of Unacceptable Political Views by virtue of shellacking the apparently sainted Meryl Streep…apparently sainted because she not only a stalwart Dem defender but personifies the core Clinton demographic. Note that Wolcott also tried working in as many genderist slurs as possible, when the only offenders he discussed in detail were women: the author of the said Jacobin piece, Jill Stein, and Susan Sarandon. So he’ll hippie punch specific women while attempting to depicting Dem hack critics as “guys”. Lordie.
Why the Alt-Center Is a Problem, Too New York Magazine. Although the author peculiarly takes issue with the McCarthyism label. He needs to Google “Jane Hamsher” and “veal pen” to see how the Dems have gone about kneecapping those who refuse to sign from the corporate Dem hymnal. They first hurt or brought into line those who had institutional funding. Now the eye of Mordor has turned to independent sites who don’t have big funders and hence can’t be damaged as quickly. So the trick is to try to discredit us instead, so as to discourage new readers from regarding us as credible and increasing the odds of getting us on various blacklists. Shorter: It’s easy to pooh-pooh the “new McCarthyism” label when your livelihood isn’t the one under attack.
No Thing Alt Left New Republic
Cardiff Metropolitan University Bans All “Politically Incorrect” Words: Amusing List of Banned Words Michael Shedlock (furzy)
The second coming of American oil shale is preparing to challenge OPEC again Bloomberg (martha r)
‘Mob’ Attacks Middlebury Prof and Controversial Speaker Charles Murray SevenDays (resilc)
Snap IPO what wall street banks made CNBC (furzy)
Nissan accused of wrongly blocking union activity at plant Washington Post (martha r)
How Uber Used Secret Greyball Tool to Deceive Authorities Worldwide New York Times (NotSoSure, martha r)
The drugs that kill more than pain Gillian Tett, Financial Times. The FT finally deigns to take note of the opioid epidemic because Tett got out of the Acela corridor and saw a road sign.
Uber used secret tool to evade authorities Reuters (furzy). Some additional detail.
The tyranny of a fast-food schedule New York Daily News (martha r)
Antidote du jour. From Erpé”: “Bobcats in our garden.”