Commensal bacteria and essential amino acids control food choice behavior and reproduction PLOS Biology. In Drosophila.
NYC Pensions’ Push Into Private Equity Yields Index-Fund Returns Bloomberg. The masters of the universe in private equity revealed as levered beta boys…
UK Parliament fails to tackle financial secrecy in its overseas territories Tax Justice Network (Richard Smith).
State Banking Regulators Sue Feds Over Fintech Charter Proposal National Law Journal. See Clive on fintech.
Banks should let ancient programming language COBOL die The Next Web. Idea: Train new COBOL programmers and pay them commensurately? Wrong, perhaps, but oddly, or not, never mentioned!
Mexican bank intervenes after woman, 116, deemed ‘too old’ for card Guardian (J-LS).
Why Brazil Is Striking on Friday Jacobin
New Cold War
Bernie Sanders: Trump’s big North Korea meeting was a ‘road show for the White House’ Business Insider. He did not attend.
Kim Jong Un Is a Survivor, Not a Madman Foreign Policy. From the heart of The Blob… But who knows…
Top Admiral Says Not Looking at Regime Change in North Korea Foreign Policy
Military preparations ‘underway’ on North Korea, Trump aide says Olivier Knox, Yahoo News
Syria’s forgotten pluralism and why it matters today The Conversation
Debunking Trump’s Casus Belli Philip Giraldi, The American Conservative
Landscape of Treason n+1. Before the first round of voting, but useful on the electorate.
The trouble with Emmanuel Macron The Week
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The Trump era, summarized in six little circles Philip Bump, WaPo
Two Special Elections Add Suspense to Midterms Charles Cook, The Cook Political Report
“Make White People Be Nice to Me!”Progressive Army
Obama’s New Job: Guardian of Official Lies Black Agenda Report (MR).
Yglesias on Obama Crooked Timber. “More succinctly: [Yglesias] wants Obama to behave better, because otherwise political centrism will start to look like a hustle. But if someone like Obama is not behaving better, doesn’t that imply that the hustle theory has legs?”
The MacArthur Amendment Language, Race In The Federal Exchange, And Risk Adjustment Coefficients Health Affairs. “It is unclear at this point whether this amendment will garner enough votes to pass the House. The blanket waiver of essential health benefits at least should be of concern to some moderate Republicans. If the bill as amended passes the House, however, it is hard to imagine how this provision will be approved by the Senate. None of this has anything to do with the revenues or outlays or the United States government, so it would appear it could be blocked by the Byrd Rule which applies in reconciliation bills.”
Black Injustice Tipping Point
Auditor issues damning report alleging Ferguson court collected illegal fees, lost money St Louis Post-Dispatch
ESPN’s Latest Layoffs Are Just A Way To Buy Time Deadspin (MB).
What Led to Councilman Brian Cummins’ Last-Minute Flip-Flop on the Q Deal? Cleveland Scene. How the sausage was made for Cleveland’s arena and the Cavaliers.
The Looting Machine Called Capitalism Paul Craig Roberts, Counterpunch
The Age of War and Revolution Ian Welsh (MR).
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