Bear breaks into Colorado house, plays the piano but not very well Alaska Dispatch News
New Home Sales Plunge to Lowest Annualized Pace in Three Years MishTalk. It’s a volatile series, but read all the way to the end.
Vanguard Group is America’s new landlord Philadelphia Inquirer
Exclusive: Inside Uber’s financials Axios. Interesting if true.
The $199 billion problem: Ten US companies that could devastate Silicon Valley Pando. Uber isn’t the only unicorn with valuation problems.
Silicon Valley is using H-1B visas to crowd out American minorities St Louis Post-Dispatch (UserFriendly).
Investors pour back into crisis-era credit product FT (Kokuanani). “Bespoke tranches.”
Wall Street Banks Warn Downturn Is Coming Bloomberg (Re Silc).
Governments Are Turning to Banks for Easy Money Governing. What could go wrong?
Soldier Excited To Take Over Father’s Old Afghanistan Patrol Route The Onion. “Afghanistan is a permanent live fire exercise for the US Military to blood and battle harden troops” (Jehu).
After 16 Years of War, Afghanistan Still World’s Heroin Supplier The American Conservative
Uneasy Stalemate in Postelection Kenya Council on Foreign Relations
Imperial Collapse Watch
Korea, Afghanistan and the Never Ending War trap Pepe Escobar, Asia Times
Pentagon makes a 20-year plan, while Washington outsources its color revolution The Saker (MT). Interesting if true…
Three Questions Arising From Recent U.S. Navy Collisions RealClearDefense
Why those Confederate soldier statues look a lot like their Union counterparts WaPo. Because this is America:
Many of the South’s Silent Sentinels turn out to be identical to the statues of Union soldiers that decorate hundreds of public spaces across the North. Identical, but for one detail: On the soldier’s belt buckle, the “U.S.” is replaced by a “C.S.” for “Confederate States.”
It turns out that a campaign in the late 19th century to memorialize the Civil War by erecting monuments was not only an attempt to honor Southern soldiers or white supremacy. It was also a remarkably successful bit of marketing sleight of hand in which New England monument companies sold the same statues to towns and citizens groups on both sides of the Civil War divide.
Police State Watch
An Intimate History of Antifa The New Yorker
the kind of sacrifice required in nonviolence Peter Levine
How Undercover Activists Cost Breitbart, White Nationalist Sites, Their Advertising And Platforms International Business Times
Polls Show Trump Cratering? Not So Fast CNBC. Important. Read the whole thing.
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Paul Ryan Dismisses Trump’s Shutdown Threat New York Magazine
State Department employees frustrated over looming budget, workforce cuts Federal News Radio
Why the Scariest Nuclear Threat May Be Coming from Inside the White House Michael Lewis, Vanity Fair (Kokuanani). Normally, I skip clickbait headines that include “terrifying” (and its synonyms), but this is interesting. An administration has to administer, after all.
The Republican Party Is Enabling an Increasingly Dangerous Demagogue James Fallows, The Atlantic (JH). JH: “I don’t recognize the country that I have lived in for eighty years. Where will all this end?”
2016 Post Mortem
Here Are the First Excerpts From Hillary Clinton’s New Book The Cut (Re Silc).
This County Was a Democratic Stronghold. Then Came Trump. Washington Monthly (Re Silc). Readers will recognize Luzerne County as a county that flipped from Obama to Trump, as descibed six months ago at NC here.
Former FBI Director Comey Joins Howard University For Lecture Series NPR. Life’s little ironies…
Lawsuit: Indiana’s Method of Purging Voters Violates Federal Law Brennan Center for Justice
Democrats in Disarray
Our Famously Free Press
Are alt-weeklies dying or just moving online? Poynter Institute
Uninsured Americans may be one broken bone from bankruptcy Des Moines Register
Green finance for dirty ships The Economist. “By burning heavy fuel oil, just 15 of the biggest ships emit more of the noxious oxides of nitrogen and sulphur than all the world’s cars put together.”
California pollution permits sell at highest price ever Laredo Morning Times (GlennF). Cap-and-trade may be working?
Reclaim the Discourse on White Privilege Counterpunch
Octogenarians Rule the Rich Bloomberg (Re Silc).
The Corruption of the Law Common Dreams (OregonCharles).
Therapist Fired for Being ‘Too Cute’ May Proceed With Gender-Bias Claim New York Law Journal
I was hacked TechCrunch
The Intellectual Achievement of Creating Questions Daily Nous (MT).
Review: “Cities and the Wealth of Nations” by Jane Jacobs Ian Welsh (MR).
Antidote du jour (EM):
That’s a happy dog, but I also like the slightly surreal paraphernalia: The umbrella, the watermelon…
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.