Patient readers: Those of you who attended yesterday evening’s San Francisco Meetup will have seen Yves wearing a fetching black eyepatch. While on the road, she scratched the cornea of her dominant eye, which resulted in (I hope I have this right) corneal edema, followed by a tour of consumer-level West Coast emergency rooms. She should be OK by the end of the week, but in the meantime she finds it difficult to read, let alone write, and so for the next few days you will be seeing a lot more of me, Jeri-Lynn, and Outis than you usually do. –lambert
New breakthrough discovery: Every quantum particle travels backwards University of York
Robot ‘drowns’ in fountain mishap BBC (MR).
“Zero Day” for Violent Regime Change in Venezuela Moon of Alabama
The Remainers who now chair select committees will harry the government over Brexit British Politics and Policy, London School of Economics. Dense Inside
BaseballCricket, but useful.
The new £10 note featuring Jane Austen has been revealed by Mark Carney, but it has a big problem Telegraph. Meanwhile, the Telegraph confuses sarcasm and irony, not a good look when covering Austen. Maybe they can hire a few of the copy editors the New York Times sacked.
Macron introduces massive austerity package for local government The National Interest (Re Silc).
IMF to announce Greece needs further debt-relief measures New Europe (MT). “Greek sovereign debt does not appear to be in a sustainable trajectory without an outright haircut., that is, a non-starter for European creditors.”
Top Chinese and US executives make urgent call to avoid trade war South China Morning Post
Analysis: What can Republicans do if they can’t repeal Obamacare? Susan Page, USA Today. “A big tax bill? That should be easy.”
Some Americans Do Love Their Health Care (They’re Expats) Global Handelsblatt
How the nursing home lobby blocked reforms in Louisiana The Economist. Ka-ching.
Democrats in Disarray
Kamala Harris: The Democratic message is ‘telling the American public we see them’ Yahoo News. Next up: The sense of hearing.
Democrats Are Trying to Win the 2018 Midterms in All the Wrong Ways The Nation (Re Silc).
New Cold War
Trump and ‘The Purloined Letter’ LRB. As coherent as anything else I’ve read on this topic, at least as far as the motives of the players go.
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Separatists proclaim new state to replace Ukraine Irish Independent
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The Trumps and the Truth WSJ. “Everything that is potentially damaging to the Trumps will come out, one way or another. Everything.”
Trump had undisclosed hour-long meeting with Putin at G-20 summit WaPo. At a G-20 dinner for all the leaders, apparently. Beginning with the dessert course…
If Loving Putin Is ‘Right,’ I Want to Be Wrong The American Conservative
When To Trust A Story That Uses Unnamed Sources FiveEightyEight. Urges that multiple sources are more trustworthy than single ones, which rules out the possibility that a cabal of sources is, er, colluding.
Trump: The Profit Unarmed Corey Robin. Perceptive.
Steve Bannon Reportedly Attacked Paul Ryan As ‘A Limp-D**k Motherf**ker’ HuffPo. Quite restrained, actually.
Why Republicans Want the 2020 Census to Fail Rolling Stone
Please Kill Me Now
The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School launched a new, bipartisan initiative today called the “Defending Digital Democracy” (DDD) Project. Co-led by the former campaign managers for Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney and experts from the national security and technology communities, including Facebook and Google, the project aims to identify and recommend strategies, tools, and technology to protect democratic processes and systems from cyber and information attacks….
[T]he project will be run by Eric Rosenbach, Co-Director of the Belfer Center and former Assistant Secretary of Defense….
Rosenbach recruited Robby Mook, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign manager, and Matt Rhoades, Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign manager, to join DDD as Fellows and co-leaders.
“Entities.” Why do I think that hand-marked paper ballots, hand-counted in public, won’t make it onto this group’s agenda? Good to see Robbie Mook’s got some cash coming in, though. He must need it.
More citified ‘Main Streets’ coming to a suburb near you Philadelphia Inquirer
To My Fellow Plutocrats: You Can Cure Trumpism Nick Hanauer, Politico. Must-read.
Are You Ready To Consider That Capitalism Is The Real Problem? Fast Company (!)
Steps to Starting a Cooperative Grassroots Economic Organizing. From USDA Rural Development.
Too Many Americans Live in a Mental Fog Bloomberg (Re Silc). Yeah, and they’re running the country!
Locate Your Representative/Senator In Hell Another Word for It. News you can use!
Antidote du jour (Samuel Conner):
Samuel Connor writes:
A Tiger Swallowtail nectaring in my blackberry lily patch. I was digging this afternoon (digging up quack-grass tubers — it has taken over part of my backyard and I still have veggies in pots that need to be planted, so I’m digging to clear for the planting) and this critter visited my wildflower patch. I took a break and broke out a cheap camera and took a dozen shots.
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.