Bizarro Life-Forms Inhabiting Deep-Sea Vents May Be at Risk Scientific American
Electric vehicle realities Izabella Kaminska, FT. “Questioning the cost structures of the industry in general is not allowed in public forums.”
The Accounting Tack That Makes PayPal’s Numbers Look So Good Gretchen Morgenson, NYT. File under The Bezzle. But where were the editors on this? Surely that headline should read “This One Accounting Tack….”?
The Hijacking of the Brillante Virtuoso Bloomberg. “Because if the hijacking of the Brillante Virtuoso wasn’t a case of fumbled piracy, it would be the most spectacular fraud in shipping history.” Fun!
Airbnb dominated by professional landlords Deutsche Welle
Google blocked every one of the WSWS’s 45 top search terms WSWS (MT). I tried “Trotsky.” Nothing from Google 10 pages into the search results. Bing had a WSWS hit at #75, six pages in. WSWS was at #70 on DuckDuckGo’s infinite scroll. Trotsky is seven pages in at Yahoo, five pages in at the DogPile aggregator, three pages in at Yandex, and two pages in at Yippy, oddly, and on the front page at #19 at Unbubble (a neutral European search engine). Certainly, some, er, invisible hand seems to be operating at Google. Readers, try for yourselves!
Imperial Collapse Watch
American petro-topia Aeon (MT). Plastics.
China, China, China 38 North
Failure to reach Brexit deal ‘suicide’ for UK, says former EU chief Guardian. Interview with Romano Prodi.
A Creative Brexit? Cable
New Cold War
What’s Worse: Trump’s Campaign Agenda or Empowering Generals and CIA Operatives to Subvert it? Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept (ChiGal).
Louise Mensch’s New Conspiracy: It Wasn’t the Russians; It Was the Jews Tablet. Ah yes. I’m so old I remember when Larry Tribe called Louise Mensch “incomparable,” and the NYT gave her Op-Ed space. Good times…
Trump and the Leaked Transcripts The American Conservative
Keep the Trump Leaks Coming The New Republic
Fears rise for US climate report as Trump officials take reins Nature. A red-team approach.
This is a Post About Drought. And Farmer Suicide. Prairie Center
Wyoming Residents Reject First New Coal Mine in Decades Global Citizen (GF).
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Report “Corporate Surveillance in Everyday Life” – Info Institute for Critical Digital Culture (full report).
Medicare-for-All Isn’t the Solution for Universal Health Care The Nation (GF). Lambert here: Good on transitional costs, but I think holding up systems like Germany, France, and the Netherlands as models for the US isn’t a good idea. They have complex systems that depend on tightly regulated private health insurance companies, and policy wonks like that, because they think we live in the First World. However, for a political economy in a large country like ours, with health inequity, corruption, and poor governance — and with the dominant culture based on cheating — the complexity is an open invitation for corruption and rent-seeking. The simple and rugged Canadian single payer system is more appropriate for us (and it’s also proven to work; you can think of the US vs. Canadian health care systems as the largest competitive testing trial in the history of the world).
Pritzker, Pawar unveil health insurance plans Crain’s Chicago Business
Will Colorado’s Health Insurance Industry Run One Of Its Own For Governor? David Sirota, International Business Times. A Democrat. Naturally.
Cleaning a Dirty Sponge Only Helps Its Worst Bacteria, Study Says NYT (Furzy Mouse). “The thrifty among us may try to clean a sponge that starts to stink, but it’s probably time to let it go.” Just like the health insurance companies!
Soft Money Is Back — And Both Parties Are Cashing In Politico (Re Silc).
Democrats in Disarray
In the key 2018 battlegrounds, Trump’s support is as high as ever Vox (Re Silc). “[I]n congressional districts held by Republicans, there remains a core group of right-leaning voters who don’t seem concerned about the messy dramas emanating from the White House. The pattern is the same when we narrow the focus to the closest 25 congressional districts on either side. (The pattern also persists when we look at close counties, which rules out gerrymandering as an explanation, since county lines are not regularly redrawn for electoral reasons.)”
Bernie, Kamala, and the Left’s War of Mutually Assured Destruction Washington Monthly
Hillary Clinton Hires Two Former Campaign Aides For “Resistance” PAC Buzzfeed. Of course she did.
We Need a Plan, Not a Brand Moyers and Company. Naomi Klein.
9 questions about the Democratic Socialists of America you were too embarrassed to ask Vox. “In the last year alone, DSA’s membership has ballooned from 8,000 to 25,000 dues-paying members. DSA boasts that it is now the biggest socialist organization in America since World War II.”
A Turning Point on the Left? Libertarian Caucus Debuts at Democratic Socialist Conference Truthout. (I’m not sure that caucuses exist until formally approved, though.)
The Connective Party Jacobin
While Boeing touts profits, workforce shrinks Seattle Times
Opioid Prescriptions Across The U.S. FiveThirtyEight. Nice to see the Better Dealers tackling this. Oh, wait…
Race to the Bottom Kimberlé Crenshaw, The Baffler
Jim Plunkett’s painful journey: ‘My life sucks’ The Mercury News
Why Relying on People’s Vices Backfires Ian Welsh (MR).
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