The Global Growth Slump: Causes and Consequences Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
RBS on brink of settling chunk of pre-crisis US mortgage probe Sky News. A fine. Of course.
How Uber’s Tax Calculation May Have Cost Drivers Hundreds of Millions NYT. All that stupid money sloshing about and Uber can’t make a profit even after ripping off its drivers.
Mom feared being beaten by United crew, so she didn’t complain when her son’s seat was given away Boing Boing. That’s not a bug. It’s a feature.
Scientists Know How Big the Larsen C Iceberg Will Be Climate Central
Searing Heat Is Hurting Texas Wind Power Bloomberg (Re Silc).
G20: A summit full of contradictions Deutsche Welle
Only Radical Thinking and Action Can Tame Globalization Der Spiegel (Re Silc). “They all believe that free trade and the market economy do not produce prosperity for all and merely make the rich richer. They are convinced that the intertwined global economy, digital advance and untamed financial markets only serve a small elite and that the masses become the losers. The majority, they believe, are excluded from prosperity.”
EU chief mocks Brexit by comparing Britain’s trade ambitions to a Monty Python sketch Telegraph. The Black Knight, of course. “Just a flesh wound.”
EU hopes to win London’s euro trading sunk by undersea cables FT. ECB: “Financial centres next to oceans have an advantage ‘because they are directly connected to the internet backbone, at the expense of landlocked cities like Zurich….'”
“They Should Look Up What Dictator Means!” Die Ziet. Interview with Erdogan.
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Saudi Bloc Slams Qatar ‘Complacency’ Over Gulf Crisis Demands Bloomberg (Re Silc).
Qatar crisis: Saudi Arabia as anti-hero? Le Monde Diplomatique
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United States Files Civil Action To Forfeit Thousands Of Ancient Iraqi Artifacts Imported By Hobby Lobby United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of New York. At least the Iraq war was good for something.
Chinese tech billionaire’s woes mount with asset freeze CNN. “[His company’s] U.S. interests include electric car company Faraday Future and offices in Silicon Valley.”
China polishes up rust belt with switch to creative industries FT. If this both true and a parallel process to what happened in this country — I’d love to know who the Chinese Richard Florida is — that means that Chinese workers are completely [family blog]-ed, and Chinese volatility voters will revoke the Mandate of Heaven. We can’t all become artisanal noodle makers in Chong Qing.
China calls border row with India ‘the worst in 30 years’ as both sides dig in heels South China Morning Post
Who Did Thucydides Trap? The American Conservative
Why Another Philippines Terrorist Attack is Coming The Diplomat
Democrats in Disarray
2 Silicon Valley billionaires want to reinvent the Democratic Party with a new project called ‘WTF’ Business Insider. Oh good. Squillionaires with bright ideas.
Hated by the Right. Mocked by the Left. Who Wants to Be ‘Liberal’ Anymore? NYT. The idea that today, liberals and conservatives are two flavors of neoliberal seems to elude The Grey Lady.
New Cold War
Medicare Halts Release of Much-Anticipated Data Pro Publica. Gee, that’s odd. It’s Medicare Advantage data.
Maine Voices: Priceless benefits would come from single-payer health care system Portland Press-Herald
Our Famously Free Press
So this one time at a journalism conference… Medium (DK).
How the AI Revolution Creates New Work John Robb, Medium
America’s Future Is Texas The New Yorker. The deck: “With right-wing zealots taking over the legislature even as the state’s demographics shift leftward, Texas has become the nation’s bellwether.” I’ve helpfully underlined the category error.
Oath Keepers’ actions at Woodland Mall upset family Sentinel-Tribune (see also). Yikes.
The rise of the “private government” Bill Mitchell (Furzy Mouse).
Antidote du jour:
Lambert here, about that cat: The cat would live in the barn, not a dank basement, and solve any potential problem with rodents for me (a “barn cat,” as we say in Maine). I say “would” because we hardly know each other! And I don’t have to decide until it gets colder. (I also worry about scaring off birds; I like birds.)
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.