Scientists to discuss new developments in gravitational-wave astronomy National Science Foundation. Sometimes I feel like we’re living in one of those eco-collapse science fiction stories, where brilliant science is being done (generally by the protagonists) at the same time the world is blowing up.
Calm before the storm? Major central banks must act fast to prevent another global crash South China Morning Post (Furzy Mouse).
Ordinary people Reuters. “IndusInd, a large private sector bank, has agreed to buy Bharat Financial Inclusion – the country’s poster child of niche lending – in an all-share deal for $2.4 billion.”
It’s time to put ‘Austria First’; says its new (and very young) leader Unherd. “The prospect of a centre-right alliance combining smaller, business-friendly economic measures with a nationalistic ‘Austria First’ cultural policy may frighten cosmopolitan elites in Brussels, London and other capitals of influence throughout the world but it is what nearly 60% of Austria chose today.”
Opinion: A right-wing coalition in Austria threatens the EU Deutsche Welle
The Meteoric Rise of Sebastian Kurz Der Spiegel
Interview with Emmanuel Macron: ‘We Need to Develop Political Heroism’ Der Spiegel. Here’s the first question:
DER SPIEGEL: Mr. President, since entering office in May, you have made significant waves around the world. The German philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, who you read during your university studies, once described Napoleon Bonaparte as “the Weltgeist (“world spirit”) on horseback.” Do you believe that a single person can, in fact, steer history?
Hoo boy. Neera Tanden: “I disagree with some of Macron’s policies but it’s refreshing to see a deep thinker lead a country, at least after these last 9 months.”
Iran: We will stick to nuclear deal if Europe does Deutsche Welle
Park, Putin agree to restore trans-Siberian vision Korea Herald
What drives Russia’s Korea policy? Lowy Interpreter
China places bet on yuan-denominated crude oil futures Asia Times (Re Silc).
New Cold War
Clinton Compares Russian Interference in Election to 9/11 Newsweek. I imagine there are Manhattanites who would take issue with this comparison. And then, of course, there’s the warmongering aspect, since Bush (and Clinton’s) response to 9/11 was the AUMF, and the ensuing Iraq and Afghanistan debacles. Speculating freely: We are getting a sketchy picture of what a Gibsonian stub or parallel universe would look like, where Clinton won…
‘I’m worried’ says Hillary Clinton as she attacks Trump and Putin in Cheltenham Literature Festival talk Gloucestershire Live (also, avocado sandwiches).
Exclusive: Even Pokémon Go used by extensive Russian-linked meddling effort CNN. “CNN has not found any evidence that any Pokémon Go users attempted to enter the contest.”
Trump’s Would-Be Weather Czar Tried to Shut Down Free Forecasts Vanity Fair. The looting and corrupton is refreshingly open.
Unsealed Documents Show Voting Changes Sought by Head of Trump’s Voter Commission Governing (KK). On the Commission, see NC here.
As Congress Weighs Debt Forgiveness for Flood Program, Some Want to See it Reformed The Intercept (OregonCharles). How about debt forgiveness for students, then?
Trump Subpoenaed for Documents Related to Sexual-Assault Allegations New York Magazine
Democrats in Disarray
California secessionists think their path to independence is easier than Catalonia’s McClatchy (Re Silc).
Downed PG&E power lines investigated as potential cause for North Bay wildfires Daily Californian. Apparently, it’s not Boris and Natasha. At least so far.
Trump Brags About Tanking Insurer Stocks With Health Subsidy Cut Bloomberg. Wonder if there was any insider trading on that weird late night announcement…
Despite Trump’s Health-Care Changes, He’s Keeping Obama’s Opioid Strategy Governing (UserFriendly).
Police State Watch
How DPS’s Occupation of a Border Town May Have Crippled Its Economy Austin Chronicle (MF). DPS: Texas Department of Public Safety.
U.S. kids don’t play soccer with bare feet on hardscrabble barrio fields where creativity dominates the action and with few grownups in sight.
Instead, too many American kids play soccer in high-tech cleats on manicured suburban fields, where they stand around quietly until an adult (often paid) runs them through repetitive drills – all to prepare for an expensive tournament three states away.
Commercial components permeate every aspect of the youth game. Research presented in my recent book on college and youth sports shows that family income is highly correlated with youth soccer participation. About 25 percent of American families have incomes over US$100,000 annually, yet they produce 35 percent of youth soccer players.
As the Duke of Wellington did not actually say: “The battle of Waterloo was won on the playing fields of Eton.” That idea doesn’t seem to be working out so well for us. I wonder why?
Colin Kaepernick’s Collusion Claim: Does He Have a Case? Sports Illustrated
The Mathematics of Inequality Tufts Now (KS). Bruce Boghosian: “Our model, which is able to explain the form of the actual wealth distribution with remarkable accuracy, also shows that free markets cannot be stable without redistribution mechanisms.”
Evaluating the evidence on micro-aggressions and trigger warnings The Economist. Since the shaming tactics used by liberal Democrats have micro-aggression as their theoretical basis, this is a bigger deal than it may seem.
The Barriers Stopping Poor People From Moving to Better Jobs The Atlantic. Poor credit, three months rent, leaving social networks behind, putting Momma in a home, ties to the land….
In the shadow of Disney, living life on the margins Guardian (Re Silc). “The Magic Castle Inn and Suites…”
The Decline of the Midwest’s Public Universities Threatens to Wreck Its Most Vibrant Economies The Atlantic (Re Silc).
Women face creeps like Harvey Weinstein everywhere – not just in Hollywood, writes Anita Hill NY Daily News (and not in the Times or WaPo, oddly).
On the political uses of evil Elizabeth Bruenig, Medium
Antidote du jour (JU):
JU writes: “Here’s some mountain lion photos my friend R. took during his encounter, if you want to use one of em’…”
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.