More people than ever before are single – and that’s a good thing The Conversation
Nordstrom sells jeans with fake mud on them for $425; Critics let loose WXYZ Detroit (Hana M)
Retailers Are Going Bankrupt at a Record Pace Bloomberg (resilc)
The Right’s Green Awakening Jacobin
First Map-Based Car Navigation System Debuted 14 Years Before GPS The Institute (em)
New Cold War
American Imperialism Leads the World Into Dante’s Vision of Hell (RR). Truthdig. Important.
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Powerful US XKEYSTORE spyware was distributed to Japan in addition to European allies (RW) Leak of Nations. So now we have Six Eyes rather than Five? That’ll make me sleep more soundly at night..
The French, Coming Apart City Journal (bob k)
What Macron will say about Greece The Unbalanced Evolution of Homo Sapiens
‘We’re eating the Mercedes’ Politico
Why Did So Many Cheer Turkey’s Democracy While It Was Dying? Dani Rodrik’s weblog
China’s Shift on N.Korea Brings Big Risks and Opportunities The Chousunilbo. Far-fetched? Perhaps, but consistent with some coverage. And ask yourself, would the US be sanguine about an analogous threat so close to its borders: e.g., imagine a potential attack on Quebec. Perhaps there’s no major policy shift here but signalling to get Kim Jong-un to back away a bit.
A desperate escape Reuters
JUDGE BLOCKS TRUMP THREAT TO WITHHOLD ‘SANCTUARY CITY’ FUNDS AP What a shame: Immigration policy by executive order isn’t working out any better for Trump than it did for his predecessor.
Congress Members Want Feds to Stop Messing With Legal Weed Rolling Stone. resilc: “would be funny if sessions’ war on drugs gets trump unelected in 2020.”
Does Trump Actually Think Democrats Will Vote for His Tax Cuts? New York magazine (resilc)
Will Donald Trump have the guts to call the Armenian genocide what it was? Robert Fisk’s latest.
Renewables drive creative destruction of energy landscape India Climate Dialogue
Obama Starts Cashing In Directly For Bailing Out Wall Street Ian Welsh martha r: “a rant, & can’t be said too often.”
Barack Obama Reportedly Accepts $400,000 for a Wall Street Speech New York magazine Resilc: “man of da peeps.”
Obama’s $400,000 Wall Street speaking fee will undermine everything he believes in Vox (SC). This story seems to have touched a nerve with readers.
Democratic state attorneys general decry student loan rework by Republicans Reuters. em: “More than enough hypocrisy to go around on this one.”
California Health Care Bill: Big Corporate Money Opposes Single-Payer Proposal International Business Times. David Sirota’s latest.
Why Abortion Is a Progressive Economic Issue NYT. Democrats have long been speaking out of both sides of their mouth on the abortion issue, leaving it to the courts to uphold what limited abortion rights women have, and failing to extend statutory protections to guarantee abortions are widely available. That’s what safeguarding abortion rights means– not trotting out the woman’s right to choose slogan and the selection of Supreme Court Justices boogeyman every four years– as the be-all and end-all on abortion rights. When’s the last time any of these people went to the mat to try and mandate that public and private insurers pay for abortions and treat them as they do other health procedures?
United Removal Fiasco
United Airlines Passenger Was Violent in Removal, Police Report Says NYT. Note the contrast between the police report’s account and the widely-shared smartphone footage
United Airlines in new PR disaster after giant rabbit dies on UK flight Guardian The rabbit died. Oh dear.
Antidote du jour. Another one of my favorite birds: