Team cracks code to cheap, small carbon nanotubes Phys.org (CL).
Rice, staple food of billions, could become less nutritious because of climate change South China Morning Post
US Hurricane Clustering: A New Reality? Bank Underground
OCC gives banks green light to compete with payday lenders The American Banker
Is US Manufacturing Fundamentally Strong? Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis
How Africa’s Elites Hide Billions Offshore International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
Netanyahu Needs Conflict to Survive Foreign Policy
Propaganda 101: How To Defend A Massacre Current Affairs (CL). Worth noting that United States elites identify with Israel far more than any similarities between the two could possibly warrant, so it’s not unreasonable to imagine these techniques being repurposed, cynically or delusionally, for domestic consumption.
China’s foreign minister decries disinvitation from US military exercise South China Morning Post
Mekong River nations face the hidden costs of China’s dams Nikkei Asian Review
After Windrush, will the rights of the Irish in Brexit Britain really be safe? The New Statesman (KW). “The government doesn’t seem to realise that new legislation will be needed.” No doubt.
New Cold War
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Framing the Trump Campaign as Lackeys of Russia by Publius Tacitus Sic Semper Tyrannis. One narrative of many from the Hall of Mirrors, but Colonel Lang is neither a fool nor a patsy….
The Real Origination Story of the Trump-Russia Investigation Andrew McCarthy, National Review. And another…
A Thinking Person’s Guide to the Stefan Halper Conspiracy Theory emptywheel. And another….
Jared Kushner Gets Security Clearance, Ending Swirl of Questions Over Delay NYT. “Mark S. Zaid, a veteran Washington lawyer who handles security clearances, said it was highly unlikely that the special counsel would uncover evidence of improper foreign entanglements and not flag it for security officials.”
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Exclusive: Yulia Skripal – Attempted assassination turned my world upside down Reuters. Worth reading carefully. Skripal: “I also think fondly of those who helped us on the street on the day of the attack.” Who were not, IIRC, wearing moon suits?
Yulia Skripal and the Salisbury WUT Craig Murray
CIA chief hints agency is working to change Venezuelan government Independent. No way!
The Moon is still strategic The Interpreter
Realignment and Legitimacy
The Conversations We Need to Have Slate. “Conversation.” We seem to be having a centrist eruption.
Centrists Are the Most Hostile to Democracy, Not Extremists (charts) NYT (FluffytheObeseCat).
America’s Version of Capitalism Is Incompatible With Democracy New York Magazine (UserFriendly).
Old Populism and the New Ideas of Michał Kalecki American Affairs
Some Preliminary Questions For MMT Steve Keen, Econintersect
Democrats in Disarray
#Resistance leaders warn: Patience is thin with Dems who help Trump McClatchy. A little late for that…
Which Democrats Work For Wall Street? Just Look At The Voting Records Down with Tyranny
Democrats join Koch group to revamp veterans programs McClatchy (the VA Mission Act). Sanders to vote no. Even the Washington Monthly gets it: “The objective of the VA Mission Act is clear: further privatization of key services inside the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.”
Is Capital or Labor Winning at Your Favorite Company? Introducing the Marx Ratio The Upshot (UserFriendly). Clever (?) branding, but I’m dubious. Capital isn’t winning massively at Amazon? Really?
After Evergreen The Stranger
Anarchism: The Jesus Way Hello Gregory (UserFriendly). UserFriendly: “Written by that fired Palo Alto preacher. He’s a smart cookie, for a preacher.”
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