Utilities Knew: Documenting Electric Utilities’ Early Knowledge and Ongoing Deception on Climate Change From 1968-2017 (PDF) Energy and Policy Institute
SEC concludes initial coin offerings are securities Francine McKenna, MarketWatch
The Uber ride from hell: Horrified passenger films ‘intoxicated prostitute in the front seat performing **** *** on driver – and all company did was offer $10 credit’ Daily Mail. Classy! I wonder if this will affect the SoftBank play…
Big Business Britain: How corporate lobbyists are dominating meetings with trade ministers (PDF) Corporate Europe Observatory (MT).
Why Germans Are So Ambivalent About Russia Handelsblatt
Tsipras and Varoufakis go public with spat Ekathimerini
Chinese officials to enforce mainland laws in Hong Kong train station Reuters. Common factor between this and previous story is rail.
China and India torn between silk roads and cocked guns Asia Times (MF).
Fukushima: robot images show massive deposits thought to be melted nuclear fuel Guardian (Furzy Mouse).
What’s next for the Senate Republicans’ effort to repeal Obamacare, in one flowchart Vox. The flowchart leaves out the conference committee, I’m not sure why. Conventional wisdom seems to be that whatever Trojan horse McConnell is constructing in the Senate with the “skinny bill” will be hauled into the conference committee, there to disgorge whatever McConnnell, Leader of many wiles, has had concealed there. House and Senate must then give the conference bill an up-or-down vote, which the flowchart also omits.
Don’t Be Fooled By This Senate Vote: The Road To Repealing Obamacare Is Just As Long As It Was Yesterday David Dayen, Ryan Grim The Intercept. “Yet the old dynamics that have made agreement elusive so far will remain. The more Capito and Portman can extract, the less attractive the bill becomes to the far right, and so on.”
GOP Hopes for Obamacare Repeal Rest on ‘Skinny’ Bill Roll Call. And whatever happens to the “skinny” bill in conference.
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Cheers for McCain, then a speech like impassioned prophet WaPo. “The speech Tuesday received a standing ovation.”
McCain Punditry Mini-Rant Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight. Lambert here: McCain should become the Poster Boy for neoliberal health care policy: He flies in on a private jet from a cancer operation he didn’t have to pay for, then casts a vote to deny health care to others, all the while decrying the process. “Maverick,” my sweet Aunt Fanny.
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Here’s A National Single-Payer Health Care Plan That Would Work Jon Walker, ShadowProof. “The guiding political principles behind this plan are intended to make it politically viable by minimizing disruption, making the transition feel voluntary, and ensuring everyone outside the health care sector is noticeably better off (and at least not worse off).” Agree or disagree, a serious intervention from another small blog (yay!).
Universal Health Insurance? Why? Health Affairs
Mitch McConnell is breaking the Senate Vox. Story, on McConnell as amoral power seeker, is better than the headline.
The astounding procedural abuses of the Republican Congress The Week. The last days of the American Republic…
New Cold War
House passes Russia sanctions deal The Hill. 419-3.
Seven Observations About Jared Kushner’s Statement Foreign Policy. Interestingly, the voice from The Heart of The Blob treats Kushner more gently than John Helmer did.
How Jared Kushner Helped the Russians Get Inside Access to the Trump Campaign The New Yorker. Ryan Lizza retails the intelligence community’s perspective.
THE VISIBLE HAND OF THE MARKET: ECONOMIC WARFARE IN VENEZUELA (PDF) Pasqualina Curcio Curcio
The Age of Detesting Trump LRB. Very good.
Go Ahead, Psychiatrists: Diagnose Donald Trump Time. Updates Nooner’s famous “It would be irresponsible not to speculate” to “[I]t’s irresponsible to not at least have the conversation.” The liberal Democrat language is both mushier and less euphonious.
Democrats in Disarray
Democrats’ ‘Better Deal’ Is Silent on Google, Facebook, and Amazon Bloomberg. As I immediately pointed out. Anyhow, does anybody believe Schumer would be offering even this weak tea if Ossoff had won?
Freedom Rider: Kamala Harris and America’s Oligarchs Black Agenda Report. The URL is more pointed: kamal_harris_new_obama. Seems like the oligarchs think they’ll need somebody to stand between them and the pitchforks a second time. I can’t think why.
Backers of another shot at a ‘Calexit’ ballot measure can now gather signatures Los Angeles Times. Sign: “United States Out Of California.”
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Newly declassified memos detail extent of improper Obama-era NSA spying The Hill (UserFriendly).
Protesters Call for Boycott of B&H Photo After Company Ignores Workers’ Demands Hyperallergic. Hashtag: #BoycottBnH. I’m not sure how to boycott a mail-order business; if you don’t order, how do they know? Perhaps order a trivially small item, and use the chat form to tell B&H that you’re not ordering a large one? Readers? Here’s the B&H contact form. (I should disclose that I’ve ordered from B&H in the past, and gotten superb advice and timely delivery, so I have a personal reason to hope they get their union.)
Maybe We’ve Been Thinking About the Productivity Slump All Wrong Neil Irwin, NYT
In America, you are what you eat The Economist
Researchers examined the brains of 111 former NFL players. Only one didn’t have CTE. Idaho Statesman (Re Silc). CTE: chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
The digital native is a myth Nature
Can an electric shock help curb your spending? FT. Not The Onion!
Antidote du jour (via):
Bonus Antidote, from Oz:
— ABC Perth (@abcperth) July 25, 2017
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.