Gigantic feline with ridiculously long legs is the tallest pet cat in the world Telegraph (Furzy Mouse).
The virtual currency boom echoes dotcom fever Izabella Kaminska, FT
Equifax Screwed Up Its Data Breach From Nearly Every Angle New York Magazine
Equifax Lobbied To Kill Rule Protecting Victims Of Data Breaches David Sirota, International Business Times
China ‘shoots down incoming missiles’ during exercise over waters close to North Korea South China Morning Post
The Risk of Nuclear War with North Korea The New Yorker. Long read.
Seven Steps to a Saner U.S. Policy Towards North Korea The American Conservative
Maritime noose around North Korea tightens Splash 247
China’s Racist Propaganda Rises to Fever Pitch Digital Chosun (TF). TF: “No idea if this is typical of the way they talk about each other. Certainly on the same elevated plane as the ‘freedom fries’ hilarity of pre-Iraq invasion USA.”
Japan’s Abandoned Hotels Are Being Reclaimed by Nature Atlas Obscura
One country, two systems The Economist . Pinyin and Chinese characters.
Irma a Top-End Cat 4 Storm, Now Less than Two Days from Florida Weather Underground
Hurricane Irma And Thinking About Future Climate Change Ian Welsh (MR). Ian sounds a cheerful note!
Deconstructing the DACA Debate RealClearPolitics
Ryan’s already-shaky status with GOP colleagues takes another hit McClatchy. As it should; eight years in opposition, and this so-called policy wonk didn’t have a health care bill he could pass.
New report: The corporate attack on the movement for trade justice Corporate Europe Observatory (MT).
Imperial Collapse Watch
F-35 firmware patches to be rolled out ‘like iPhone updates’ The Register. What could go wrong?
French neo-colonialists return to Greece under ‘ideal’ conditions unbalanced evolution of homo sapiens (Furzy Mouse).
Democrats in Disarray
The top 15 possible 2020 Democratic nominees, ranked WaPo. #15: Zuckeberg; #1: Sanders. #2: Biden.
Bernie backers’ attacks on Democrats infuriate the party Politico (MR). Hitting a donkey with a 2×4 probably infuriates it too, but it’s the only way to get the donkey’s attention.
Baucus backs single-payer health system (!) Bozeman Daily Chronicle (ChiGal). Eesh. How’s Baucus gonna pass the Establishment Democrat purity test if he goes and does a thing like that?
The ACA is Failing Because It Didn’t Account For Hospital Monopolies in Rural Areas The Intercept. Reading the article, it’s hospital monopolies, period.
Single-payer isn’t the only progressive option on health care Vox. “Universal coverage” vs. “single payer.”
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
The Crypto- Keepers Yasha Levine, The Baffler
#97 What Kind of Idiot Gets Phished? Gimlet (DK).
Our Famously Free Press
Trust me, I’m lying Eurozine (MT).
Where the Digital Divide Is the Worst Governing
Terminal Slate. “How the airport came to embody our national psychosis.”
The Narrative of Fear and Insecurity Golem XIX
Antidote du jour (via):
An eagle in Acadia National Park.
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.