The Complicated Legacy Of A Panda Who Was Really Good At Sex FiveThirtyEight. Meet Pan Pan, the genetic Genghis Khan of the modern panda population.
Buick Introduces New Self-Buying Car The Onion
Meghan Markle and the Immigration Rules on marriage Free Movement (Richard Smith)
Big Brother IS Watching You Watch
DON’T TURN BIG DATA INTO A FETISH – IT MISSED TRUMP, BREXIT, DUTERTE SCMP. I don’t– it’s the massive collection of data that worries (especially when misused by The Man, as it will inevitably be.)
Why I always travel with a paper map in hand TreeHugger. I do the same. But then, I don’t own a smartphone– my trusty dumbphone suits me fine. Sadly, I’ve heard the skill of mapreading is much in decline among younger people.
What Being Gored by a Bull Taught Me About Healthcare Vice I don’t get the whole running with the bulls thing. And I confess, for me, Hemingway’s oeuvre hasn’t aged well– including his prose style. But, I have a brother-in-law whose travels to Paloma from North Carolina to do this every year.
Jack Bogle Now Old Enough Not To Notice Vanguard Going Active Dealbreaker. Is nothing sacred? I guess not when there’s a muppet be be fleeced.
Imperial Collapse Watch
Army Spent $100 Million On Intelligence System It Never Used, NSA Leak Says International Business Times
State official: New Oroville spillway already has cracks Mercury News (allan) Oh dear! Here we go again….
Face It, The Mighty U.S. Aircraft Carrier is Finished American Conservative. Agreed. So, remind me, why are we still building them? I know, I know: MIC!
Wells Fargo Is Dubbed a Repeat Offender and Faces New Wrath from Its Regulator WSJ. Gretchen Morgenson, now at the WSJ.
Sex in Politics… Not!
Monica Lewinsky Just Reminded America That She is a Victim Too Law & Crime. So many Clinton admin issues coming home to roost.
New Cold War
Suddenly, I’m a ‘Russian Agent’! Counterpunch. Mentions both PropOrNot, with shout out to Naked Capitalism.
Fashion Industry Report: One Truckload of Clothing Is Wasted Per Second EcoWatch (rjs). Hoisted from comments on yesterday’s post about fueling power plants by burning fast fashion clothes.
EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Signals His Environmental Strategy WSJ. Sorry, patient readers, couldn’t find a non-paywalled version. But note that the strategy includes a plan to convert food waste into power, rather than dumping it into a landfill.
3 key takeaways from the power struggle at the CFPB Mic. I think English has the stronger arguments here, as does the piece, CFPB Suit Proves Once Again Why Textualism Is A Bankrupt Philosophy in Above the Law. Which does not mean the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, where this issue will almost certainly end up, nor the Supremes, will necessarily agree with me. See immediately below.
Judge Backs Trump Administration in Fight to Control CFPB WSJ Note this decision only addresses the issue of whether or not to issue a restraining order– federal district court judge Timothy Kelly, a Trump appointee, denied the request.
Would Trump’s CFPB Pick Mulvaney Back Consumers Or Payday Lenders? International Business Times
Cordray gets lukewarm homecoming Politico. Would be unfortunate if Cordray’s departure from the CFPB before his term expired, thus opening the door to Trump to appoint a successor, proves all for naught if Cordray fails to end up in the Ohio governor’s mansion.
Trump Takes Rare Trade Action Against China New York magazine. Yet another example of a Serious Person being shocked, shocked, when a federal agency follows through on what Trump said he’d do.
Clintons understated support from firm hired by Russian nuclear company The Hill. Much detail hidden under a ho hum headline.
Something Has to Give Jacobin. On the continued growth in student borrowing.
Why you sometimes have to quit to win BBC. Sound career advice, perhaps– but with many households lacking even a modest emergency fund, who has the luxury of being able to afford to do so?
Corbyn becoming PM is ‘worse threat to business than Brexit’, says bank. Guardian. Really?
Big Money Rules NYRB
Why So Many Economists Are Disillusioned With the ‘Gujarat Model’ The Wire. Another interesting piece–important as Modi seeks to extend this “success” to India. See also Jayati Ghosh’s piece in yesterday’s Links.
Ivanka is Trump card in dad’s outreach to India Times of India. Note that Indian press coverage often fawns over powerful foreign guests– even when a certain sitting US President openly, notoriously, and disrespectfully chewed gum while on the podium watching the solemn Republic Day parade (I’ll leave it to readers to guess who that was.)
India Restores Faith in Capitalism Bloomberg
Turning The Corner In Afghanistan Moon of Alabama
Should we fear the rise of drone assassins? Two experts debate The Conversation
Antidote du jour: