Mattel Introduces New Diverse Ken Dolls; Hopes To Reverse Sales Slump NPR. One with a man-bun. Truly, we are doomed.
A World Record Low Humidity? 116°F With a 0.3% Humidity in Iran Weather Underground. Dry enough for ya?
The BVI’s dirty secret is worth $1.5 trillion Tax Research UK (RS).
Don’t Cry for Travis Kalanick Vanity Fair. “At the end of the day, Uber is the culture Kalanick created.” No. At the end of the day, Uber is a company that’s never going to make any money.
Kalanick departure leaves scandal-hit Uber’s top ranks vacant FT. Not a word on profit problems. The closest: “rocket-like growth trajectory.” Reminds me of the old programmer’s proverb that performance is never a problem if you don’t have to worry about bugs.
Experts: Uber faces daunting challenge without Travis Kalanick San Jose Mercury-News. Not a word on profit problems.
Kalanick’s departure gives Uber a chance for a reset Politico. Not a word.
Kalanick is out, but Uber’s VCs royally screwed up, too, say industry watchers TechCrunck. Ditto. So, aren’t we really saying that Silicon Valley venture capitalists have a big problem allocating capital competently?
Uber Can’t Be Fixed — It’s Time for Regulators to Shut It Down HBR. “Uber’s business model is predicated on lawbreaking.”
May facing revolt over Brexit laws The Australian
London fire: Flats acquired for Grenfell Tower survivors BBC. Well done, Jez.
Looking to Germany to Protect the World Order Handelsblatt
The US seems keener to strike at Syria’s Assad than it does to destroy Isis Independent (J-LS).
Indian Farmer Protests Show No Signs of Abating Foreign Policy
This Chinese Conglomerate’s Secret to Success? Leverage, Leverage, Leverage WSJ. Sounds legit.
China’s Mistress-Dispellers The New Yorker
Chinese songs of dignity Le Monde Diplomatique
North Korea begins journey from feudalism to crony capitalism FT. So we can make a deal, then?
New Cold War
This Is How Great-Power Wars Get Started Foreign Policy
Penetrated: Today’s Senate Intelligence Committee Hearing on Russian Interference in the 2016 U.S. Elections EmptyWheel. I’d welcome (thoughtful, extended) reader critique on this piece.
Explainer: how Britain counts its votes The Conversation. Paper ballots, hand-counted, in public. That’s the institutional solution to a systemic problem, not whatever empire-building DHS has in mind to protect electronic voting machines.
Michael Moore: Dems have ‘no message, no plan, no leaders’ The Hill (Re Silc).
Sanders sent $100,000 to DNC in May Politico. Wrote his ticket for the “Unity Tour.” Smart move, to owe Perez nothing.
Trump rides high into Iowa stop after Congressional wins Des Moines Register
Gergen: Special election victories show Trump could beat Dems in 2020 CNN. Three years is a long time in politics.
Trump, Russia and a Shadowy Business Partnership Bloomberg. Bayrock.
Imperial Collapse Watch
Do People Matter Most Or Does Property? Ian Welsh. On Grenfell Tower.
You Do Not Think Alone Scientific American
Is American Childhood Creating an Authoritarian Society? The American Conservative
Antidote du jour (via):
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