Initial Coin Scams Nouriel Roubini, Project Syndicate
The Dynamics of Japanese Government Bonds’ Nominal Yields (PDF) Tanweer Akram and Huiqing Li, Levy Institute
The carbon footprint of tourism revealed (it’s bigger than we thought) The Conversation (original).
Another Middle East Meltdown? Project Syndicate
Countdown To War On Iran Moon of Alabama
Iran Hawks Are the New Iraq Hawks The Atlantic
Syria Imposes New Rules of Engagement on Israel The Saker. Yves: “Way too much verbiage. But if the asserted central facts are indeed correct, this probably is significant: 1. Israel got more aggressive after US exited Iran deal. More strikes but not much damage. 2. Syria retaliated in a bigger way than usual and did very serious damage. Basically suggests Syria can do a much better job of intercepting attacks that Israel.”
Israel Nudges Trump Towards War With Iran The American Conservative
Iran Nuclear Deal and U.S. Pullout Reflect Epic Bipartisan Failures Scott Ritter, Truthdig
Russia’s Sukhoi Plans to Supply SSJ100R Planes to Iran Despite US Sanctions Sputnik. Civilian airliners.
Brexit: Brussels set to push for six-month extension to UK’s transition period out of EU Independent. Yves: “This is only the transition period. This ask was nixed before when it was only 3 months. Messes up EU budget cycle. And 6 months is not going to make any meaningful difference in UK preparedness. I’ve seen no evidence of anyone on the EU side wanting more time. Their big problem is no one can plan because no one knows whether it will be a crash out or a hard Brexit. I think this is Barnier getting out over his skis again. He’s done that two times before and had his ideas nixed. He may be doing this to try to look friendlier while the EU is having to tell the UK its Irish nonsense is a non-starter (which it has already told them but they refuse to hear).”
Our Nukes, Ourselves The New Enquiry
Donnelly Becomes Second Democrat to Support Gina Haspel to Lead the CIA Roll Call. Democrat Zero was, of course, Obama, who didn’t prosecute Haspel, or any other torturer.
We’ve Known for 400 Years That Torture Doesn’t Work Scientific American (DG).
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How romance novels are getting a makeover in the Trump era CBC. Interesting, but I reject formulations like “Trump Era,” because I think the continuities between Bush, Obama, and Trump (and further back) are far more important than the differences.
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Hacker Shuts Down Copenhagen’s Public City Bikes System Bleeping Computer (CL).
Democrats in Disarray
Black Injustice Tipping Point
Woman Calls Police On Black Family For BBQing At A Lake In Oakland HuffPo (KW). KW: “Even the cops are getting pissed off with going to these types of calls.” Yves: “She’s done this before” (14:50). #BarbecuingWhileBlack
Another Black Customer Was Violently Arrested at Waffle House — Now Critics Want a Boycott Grub Streets. #EatingWhileBlack
The ‘white minority’ illusion The Week. Important.
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Can capitalism bring profit margins back to earth? John Authers, FT
Wisdom of a Non-Idiot Billionaire Peggy Noonan, WSJ. “‘I saw Bernie Sanders and the kids around him,’ says Ken Langone. ‘I thought: This is the antichrist!'”
Connecting.nyc: Managing a top-level domain as a commons P2P Foundation
Record-holding blood donor James Harrison donates one final time 9 News. Donates.
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