Dear patient readers,
Please give a round of applause to Lambert, Jerri-Lynn, and Outis who sorted out, within hours of my telling them I couldn’t read or post as a result of an eye injury incurred in Los Angeles (which led to emergency room visits in LA and San Francisco, ugh) how to divvy up the work I was supposed to do over the next few days, and then early this week, to keep you all fed with your daily ration of information, analysis, and animal pictures.
While I did get my Los Angeles and San Francisco meetups done, and I think the readers enjoyed each of them a great deal, the rest of the trip was a bit of a bust. I felt particularly bad about the dinner meeting I had right after the LA meetup, in which I quickly got into so much distress (scratched cornea, and trust me, they are incredibly painful and I have a very high pain threshold) that I had to bail out when the appetizers arrived. One of my hosts (wife of an MD) took me to Cedars Sinai and stayed with me for 5 hours while (among other things) I saw 2 doctors and had my eye flushed out with a huge bag of saline solution. I also learned a lot about the state of eye technology (even when I am in bad shape, I always make the doctors explain what they are doing in quite a bit of detail).
The LA session wound up being a big group discussion of many current political topics, with a lot of the participants interested in further discussion and potentially some focused activism. The participants created a list for future communication and meetings. I know some readers were unable to come due to the date and location not fitting their calendars. If you would like to be included in the NC Los Angeles mailing list, please write me at yves-at-nakedcapitalism.com with “Los Angeles Group” in the headline, and I will forward your message to the organizer.
One-Third of British Columbia’s Oil and Gas Wells Are Leaking Significant Levels of Methane The Ecologist (Micael)
Watching Silicon Valley sweat over EU regulatory discipline is sexier than you might imagine. https://t.co/FbI7oSvOuY
— David Carroll (@profcarroll) July 26, 2017
Finishing course of antibiotics could harm you, doctors say The Times. Lordie. How many years have doctors been prescribing antibotics, and no one knows how long a “course” should be? Help me. Here is the underlying study: http://www.bmj.com/content/358/bmj.j3418
For China’s Global Ambitions, ‘Iran Is at the Center of Everything’ New York Times (Sid S)
European Cities Are Reclaiming Public Services From the Private Sector Vice Impact (Sid S). From earlier this month, still germane.
EU-Canada agreement on passenger names declared illegal: ECJ New Europe (Micael)
Government orders study looking at the impact of ending free movement from the EU Sky News. Help me. this is being done only now?
EU workforce report ‘will arrive too late’ The Times. Duh.
The EU’s Avoidable Greek Tragedy Social Europe (Micael)
Can Venezuela Resurrect Its Economy? Council on Foreign Relations
Venezuela opposition starts 48-hour nationwide strike Aljazeera (Micael)
How CIA and Allies Trapped Obama in the Syrian Arms Debacle American Conservative (margarita)
Senior Israeli Minister Warns Palestinians of “Third Nakba” LobeLog. Resilc: “Our tax $ at work…maybe the Israelis can give them smallpox blankets? worked for us….
New Cold War
Russia sanctions bill hits new snag Politico
Germany calls for more EU sanctions on Russia New Europe (Micael)
Russia sanctions fuel new Cold War Norman Solomon, USA Today
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Feds Crack Trump Protesters’ Phones to Charge Them With Felony Rioting Daily Beast (Chuck L)
These cheap phones come at a price — your privacy CNET (Chuck L)
Trump and the Trumpists Wolfgang Streeck. A must read.
Trump Affirms the Military Ain’t a Freak Show by Publius Tacitus Sic Semper Tyrannis. Chuck L:
This SST post probably won’t go over well with much of the NC commentariate but it does reflect how experienced combat soldiers, and especially commanding officers, look on these things. Trump’s statement regarding transgender people follows logically from Mattis’s memo of last Friday as described in the following SST post yesterday:
Trump Is Selling Out the Midwest, Biofuel Industry Says Bloomberg. Resilc: “This and cutting Syria aid are MAJOR wins.”
Is Trump Ruining Book Sales? New Republic. The common cold will be his fault too.
Bannon Is Said to Call for 44% Tax on Incomes Above $5 Million Bloomberg (resilc)
Trump’s Cultural Revolution Bloomberg
The Four Major Health Care Scenarios Nate Silver
The Real Motive for the ‘Skinny Bill’ Farce New York Magazine (resilc)
Why Some Insurance Plans Limit Specialized Treatments Knowledge@Wharton
Democrats Smear Jill Stein Black Agenda Report (Darius)
Housing, battling racism and a municipal bank top agenda for L.A. council president Los Angeles Times (Joe Costello). A municipal bank for LA?
Kill Me Now
Clinton book to double down on Russia, Comey message The Hill. Let us not forget that her last book was mainly pulped…but we’ll be unable to avoid encountering headlines of reviews.
Taibbi: Government Misled Public on Fannie/Freddie Takeover Rolling Stone (resilc)
Four Lloyds Bank workers and three ‘bespoke money launderers’ who raided £750,000 from the accounts of rich clients and lavished it on luxury lifestyles are jailed for 38 years Daily Mail. Look at how the authorities pounce on people who steal from the wealthy! Too bad for the rest of you.
New York Subsidy To Lure Aetna Benefits A Cuomo Donor International Business Times
Wells Fargo Lawyer Who Released Client Information Wants It Back Bloomberg. Chuck L: “Another Wells Fargo innovation in customer disservice.”
FOMC Review: No Hike, No Balance Sheet Move, Timing Clearer Roubini Global Economics
How work changed to make us all passionate quitters aeon (Chuck L). A must read. IMHO this is a big reason productivity isn’t growing. Turnover is a big cost to a business. And employees with their eye on the door won’t go that extra mile for their company. By contrast, Goldman has very low turnover and it is very adept at getting employees to invest psychologically in the firm.
Antidote du jour. Stephen who was at the SF meetup promised cat pics. This is Willow, who likes climbing in bed.
And Richard Smith and I loved this one but Lambert really didn’t:
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.