Surf dogs compete at World Championships in US (video) BBC
Why are we so crazy about bitcoin? Ann Pettifor, Verso
We Need More Alternatives to Facebook MIT Technology Review
Former Facebook exec paints a grim picture of where the U.S. will be in 30 years MarketWatch (Re Silc). “‘Every time I meet someone from outside Silicon Valley – a normy – I can think of 10 companies that are working madly to put that person out of a job,’ [Antonio Garcia Martinez] said.” “Normy.” Rather reminds me of “muppet.”
AFP raided CBA for non-disclosure in Austrac court case Australian Financial Review. “The CBA IDMs [Intelligence Deposit Machines] are unusual in that they accept up to 200 notes in a single transaction. If they are $100 notes, that’s $20,000.”
Post-Olympic crackdown on disillusioned Rio slums dwellers Deutsche Welle
The Brexit betrayal bandwagon is growing The Spectator
Ukrainian immigrants are powering Poland’s economy The Economist
North and South Korean top diplomats speak in Manila, South Korean media reports CNN. “According to South Korean news agency Yonhap, citing an unnamed government source, [North Korea’s Ri Yong Ho] told [South Korea’s Kang Kyung-wha] during their meeting Sunday that South Korea’s offer of talks ‘lacked sincerity.'”
Donald Trump representatives make move for Macau trademark South China Morning Post
The geopolitical landscape of Asia Pacific is changing dramatically. Here’s how World Economic Forum
Influential Thais in push for Kra Canal project Nikkei Asian Review. Bypassing the Straits of Malacca.
New Cold War
Hamilton 68: Putin apparently trying to incite American Civil War #2 (not kidding) Daily Kos. See NC here for material on the Hamilton 68 project methodology. See NC here for Federalist 68 (authored by Hamilton).
Deputy Attorney General: Special counsel Mueller needs permission to expand Russia investigation Business Insider. “The mandate’s scope [given Mueller] is similar to that given by then-Acting Attorney General James Comey to special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald in 2003 to investigate who leaked the identity of former CIA operative Valerie Plame.”
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U.S. Troops Train in Eastern Europe to Echoes of the Cold War NYT. “On a recent Friday, an American Army supply convoy rushing ammunition from Germany to Romania was held up at the Austrian border until the next Monday by restrictions on military convoys during busy summer vacation travel periods.”
Why Trump will win on taxes The Week
Here Are the Financial Disclosures of Hundreds of Officials Trump Has Installed Across the Government Pro Publica (Re Silc). Enjoy!
5 Years on Mars, How Curiosity Pulled Off One of the Most Incredible Landings in History America Space. We can put Curiosity 350 million miles away on Mars, but we can’t build a train tunnel under the Hudson, even though the existing tunnel is known to be failing, and even though elites take their Acela through that same tunnel every day. Odd.
Imperial Collapse Watch
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Guess Who’s Tracking Your Prescription Drugs? The Marshall Project
The Sly Effort to Criminalize the BDS Movement in the U.S. The American Conservative
Can the Growing Democratic Socialists of America Build a New, Coherent Left Wing? Slate. So many sudden links is a story in itself.
Democrats in Disarray
Hillary Wants to Preach The Atlantic (Re Silc).
The Transformation of the ‘American Dream’ Robert Shiller, NYT
Bankers’ pay closely tied to deregulation Gillian Tett, FT
Antidote du jour (via):
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