Dear patient readers,
In a further proof of America’s descent into third world status, my internet service was down multiple times last evening, thanks to a merely normal thunderstorm. I haven’t had this sort of thing since I lived in Sydney in 2002 and Telstra had just rolled out its broadband service.
The Epic Shared Journey of Bison and Grizzly Bears Counterpunch (Darius)
Nasa just discovered ’10 new planets like Earth’ Independent (J-LS)
Thin ice: Vanishing ice only exacerbates a bad, climate change-fueled situation ars technica. Chuck L: “A primer on the impact of diminishing ice.”
a href=”https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/19/montreal-mobile-supervised-injection-clinic-north-america” rel=”nofollow”>Montreal opens first mobile supervised injection clinic in North America Guardian
Cable lobby tries to stop state investigations into slow broadband speeds ars technica (Chuck L)
One Nation morons power ahead in polls MacroBusiness
Mandatory Aadhaar and Bank Accounts: How Much of This Is Legal? The Wire (J-LS)
Britain’s €100bn Brexit bill in context Financial Times
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UK Election Aftermath
Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill: How civil servants lived in fear of the terrible twins at No 10 The Times. Tolstoy was wrong: “…every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way” does not hold true in political families.
Barclays, Four Former Executives Charged Over Qatar Fundraising Bloomberg. This is a big deal. The former CEO John Varley is one of the four charged. The story up as of now does not go into the details, but as I recall the 50,000 foot version, Barclays gave Qatar a loan and then Qatar made what was presented as an equity investment to regulators. Qatar got a fee for going along with the ruse and Barclays avoided a bailout. All are charged with fraud; Varley and another exec are also charged with “provision of unlawful financial assistance.”
Weyts: “De EU brengt onze frietcultuur in gevaar” HLN. Translation: Belgians may lose their frites, at least as currently formulated.
Syria and Our Illegal Acts of War American Conservative
Russia vows to shoot down all ‘flying objects’ in Syria after US guns down first regime warplane Independent. Reslic: “No fly zone. Did Clintoon get elected after all?”
Russo-US dog fights over Syria? Juan Cole (resilc)
Sabha in the spotlight: the city where migrants are sold as slaves Guardian (resilc)
Imperial Collapse Watch
True Motive Behind Global War on Drugs/Terror Counterpunch
Exclusive: Lockheed nears $37 billion-plus deal to sell F-35 jet to 11 countries Reuters. Resilc: “Buy our priceless Edsel.”
US in trade talks with Asian nations to replace TPP, commerce secretary says South China Morning Post (J-LS)
Snap AV: A globalisation Rorschach test FT Alphaville
Trump Triumphantly Tweets 50 Percent Approval Numbers from Rasmussen Poll Vanity Fair. Resilc: “And soon he will get 99% of the vote like in African elections.”
Budget cuts threaten forests’ roads, hunting, fishing McClatchy (resilc)
Supreme Court Further Curbs Plaintiffs’ Venue Shopping With Bristol-Myers Ruling Wall Street Journal
It’s My Party: The Democrats struggle to rise from the ashes Andrew Cockburn, Harper’s (Jennie)
Here’s the Real Lesson of Georgia’s $51 Million Special Election Mother Jones (resilc)
Black Injustice Tipping Point
Guns kill 1,300 US children every year, study finds BBC (resilc)
Man Stabs Customer After Getting Wrong Drink At Starbucks CBS Chicago (resilc)
Wells Fargo Is Accused of Making Improper Changes to Mortgages Gretchen Morgenson, New York Times. From last week. Important.
Transit Riders Unions vs. Climate Change, White Supremacy and Disaster Capitalism Counterpunch (Darius)
Conglomerates Didn’t Die. They Look Like Amazon. New York Times. Only when they start threatening the upper middle class do people like Andrew Ross Sorkin take notice.
Antidote du jour. Ann M: “Penny and Emmett getting their hair all over the clean laundry”: