Heartbroken Pit Bull Cries After His Family Leaves Him In A Shelter Bored Panda. He was smart enough to get himself out of a high-kill shelter (what kind of creeps were his former humans?) and to look at himself in a mirror.
Heavier Rainfall Will Increase Water Pollution in the Future National Geographic
Scientists Build DNA From Scratch, Create New Bacteria Inquisitir (David L)
Canadian warships join “freedom of navigation” exercises in South China Sea WSWS. Micael baits our Canadian readers: “Is this why Rolling Stone asks why Trudeau can’t be POTUS instead?”
British growth remains the slowest in the EU New Europe (Micael)
The Cartel: Collusion Between Germany’s Biggest Carmakers Der Speigel. Resilc: “Would nev/ahhhhhhh happen in USA USA.”
The Crisis Of The French Socialist Party: Does It Still Have A Future? Social Europe (Micael)
Labour, the Brexit chameleon Politico
BREXIT: Killing the goose that laid the golden egg Funds Europe
Dear Professors Uribe-Teran and Vega-Garcia… Bill Black, New Economic Perspectives
New Cold War
Former Georgian president Saakashvili could seek asylum in the US New Europe. Micael: “The dude that attacked Russia.”
Transatlantic fallout over Russian sanctions is dangerous Financial Times
How to Ease Europe’s Fears About the New U.S.-Russia Relationship Time. Do not read if you’ve just eaten.
Pakistan Prime Minister Ousted Over Panama Papers Case Wall Street Journal. Breaking as I was turning in. Hope readers can provide informed reactions in comments.
NATO’s New Libya Still Burning Near Eastern Outlook. Micael: “But darn you Libyans if you try to flee.”
Is Israel Losing the Syrian War? Defend Democracy
Turkey: The Wild Man At The Bosporus – Sick Democracy, Persecuted Trade Unions Social Europe (Micael)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
New Google algorithm restricts access to left-wing, progressive web sites WSWS (Micael, Glenn F). NC traffic not affected, not because we are not on some sort of Google “deplorables” or “Bernie Bro” list, but because pretty much the only traffic we get from Google is people Googling “Naked Capitalism”.
Imperial Collapse Watch
William Hartung, The Trillion-Dollar National Security Budget TomDispatch (Bill B)
Globalizers and global liars Dean Baker. Key bit:
… it is striking how the media slavishly follow the major features of recent trade agreements as the definition of “free trade,”…in spite of the fact that the deals were quite openly crafted in response to the demands of powerful industry groups who cared about advancing their profits, not abstract principles.
Interview with Michael Bloomberg: ‘We Should Help’ Donald Trump Der Spiegel (resilc)
The Rise of the Mini-Trumps Atlantic (resilc)
Senators Prepare Bill to Block Mueller Firing Daily Beast. Resilc: “The cracker backer bill of 2017, thank you for your service.”
Anthony Scaramucci Called Me to Unload About White House Leakers, Reince Priebus, and Steve Bannon New Yorker. Lambert: “So he didn’t know to take himself off the record?”
Bannon Has a Good Idea, Not That He’ll Do Anything About It New York Magazine (resilc)
Conservative Woman Publicly Humiliates Trump American Conservative. Resilc flags:
The president’s primary problem as a leader is not that he is impetuous, brash or naive. It’s not that he is inexperienced, crude, an outsider. It is that he is weak and sniveling. It is that he undermines himself almost daily by ignoring traditional norms and forms of American masculinity.
I dunno. Trump is a lot like the first big TV star from Queens: Archie Bunker. I don’t recall anyone saying he wasn’t masculine.
The White House has become the craziest reality show on TV New York Post (resilc)
Why the Trump dynasty will last sixteen years Edward Luttwak, Times Literary Supplement
Here's your skinny bill pic.twitter.com/Q0MTomvvfq
— Burgess Everett (@burgessev) July 28, 2017
How GOP voted on “skinny repeal”
3 GOPers ❌ stopped bill
— Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) July 28, 2017
#BREAKING Senate defeats "skinny repeal" amendment. Didn't defeat bill. Yet. Collins, Murkowski, McCain voted no. Vote was 51 to 49
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) July 28, 2017
Damn, it's so on right now!
House judiciary calling for 2nd special counsel into Hillary's scandal. https://t.co/C5VfuGsZtS
— Eddie (@eddiecarl4468) July 28, 2017
With State Finances Shaky, Kansas Governor Prepares to Step Down New York Times (resilc)
Twitter’s stock plunges as user growth stalls ars technica
Come Fly the Unfriendly Skies Counterpunch. A rant v. United.
KKR’s earnings soar as fees increase Financial News (DO)
CalPERS: Investments Up, Governance Down … for the Count Tony Butka, LA CityWatch
CFPB to act fast on payday rule ahead of likely Cordray exit American Banker (J-LS). And why has the CFPB been sitting on this so long? Payday lenders aren’t a terribly powerful political constituency, while even the Pentagon has gone after them.
Amazon’s Expansion Costs Take a Toll as Profit Falls 77% Wall Street Journal
Russia: Repudiation of debt at the heart of the revolutions of 1905 and 1917. Micael: “So it takes a revolution? 4-part series about debt and the Russian revolutions.” Moi: Now don’t get ideas….
Robotic Systems Disruption in Practice Global Guerrillas
Federal indictment charges Fiat Chrysler paid top UAW negotiator $1.2 million in bribes WSWS (Micael). So that’s how it’s done….
A World Without Poor People (Sort of) Ian Welsh (martha r)
Antidote du jour (Tracie H):
And a bonus (hat tip Richard Smith). A shrew conga line!:
Sometimes shrews travel in a 'caravan'. Each shrew grasps the base of the tail of the preceding shrew so that the mother leads them all. pic.twitter.com/0a2VWWQ4Pt
— Dick King-Smith HQ (@DickKingSmith) July 25, 2017
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.