The impact of middle names: Middle name initials enhance evaluations of intellectual performance European Journal of Social Psychology (PlutoniumKun)
Women retain and carry living DNA from every man with whom they’ve made love with Mind Foster. Furzy: “EEK! No wonder I’m so picky! !”
Dentists can smell your fear – and it may put your teeth at risk New Scientist (Dr. Kevin)
One of the more interesting things about the China Energy default is the keepwell deed in its documentation. These haven't really been tested in Chinese courts (at least for an issuer with multiple offshore bonds). pic.twitter.com/RQl6VTkeUO
— Tracy Alloway (@tracyalloway) May 29, 2018
How Indian Cities are Squeezing the People out of Public Spaces The Wire (J-LS)
Interfering in Italy’s Democracy… and It’s Not Russia Sputnik (Chuck L)
È l’ora della mobilitazione. Ho bisogno del vostro aiuto!
Luigi Di Maio Facebook. 3.4 million views.
Europe’s losing streak Politico
Treasury and BoE clash over City of London regulation after Brexit Financial Times. (J-LS). Important.
BoE denies rift with UK Treasury over post-Brexit regulations Bloomberg. Well, of course, they would….
Boris Johnson ‘hobbled by lack of Foreign Office power’ – Guardian (Kevin W)
The financial scandal no one is talking about Guardian (Dr. Kevin)
In Britain, Austerity Is Changing Everything New York Times (furzy)
New Cold War
Germany falls under the sanction steamroller — from Saudi Arabia Fort Russ (Kevin W)
Russian spy poisoning: How the Skripals were saved BBC. OregonCharles:
FWIW, the hospital is here confirming that they were treated for nerve agent poisoning, under the direction of Porton Downs. That was something I wondered about before. I keep remembering that the hospital is a government agency, as is the BBC. The pictures are of some interest; Julia looks pretty healthy, it’s harder to tell with him because he’s older and was sicker. There are videos, which I didn’t watch.
Yulia Skripal and the Salisbury WUT Craig Murray
Iran diary: bracing for all-out economic war Asia Times (J-LS)
US Pushes China to Buy its Oil and Gas in Wake of Trade Row – Reports Sputnik (Kevin W)
EU’s Trade Chief to Press U.S. Counterparts on Tariffs Wednesday Wall Street Journal
Why New Jersey is leading the resistance to Trump’s offshore drilling plan Washington Post (furzy)
Emails show cooperation among EPA, climate-change deniers Associated Press (UserFriendly)
Going after the press in the South Dakota Congressional race for the House: KSFY, Sioux Falls-based TV station, reports that the Koch-backed candidate Dusty Johnson had his lawyers send a cease and desist letter to the station demanding that they stop airing a negative ad from his opponent, Shantel Krebs, alleging her allegations are “overblown”. KSFY refused to pull the ad and told the Johnson campaign to take it up with Krebs’ campaign. Johnson claims he doesn’t intend to fire back with a negative ad, but of course, he doesn’t have to given that the Koch outfits have been blanketing mailboxes and air with misleading attacks ads. One interesting tidbit: KSFY put up the letter from Dusty Johnson’s lawyer, who is in Minnesota. The party faithful are excusing that by saying the lawyer is originally from South Dakota.
Police State Watch
Chuck L points out we need this sort of thing in the US:
Media on Trial in Leeds begins. Despite efforts to close us down, free speech triumphs. 200+ audience supporting us. #Syria #Libya #Iraq #Yemen #Ukraine #End_Imperialism @21WIRE @Shelaco @georgegalloway @JohnWight1 @EvaKBartlett @PiersRobinson1 @Tim_Hayward_ @cerumol pic.twitter.com/D7EMxC0FJ6
— vanessa beeley (@VanessaBeeley) May 27, 2018
War Finance Methods and Public Support for War Peace Science Digest (Dr. Kevin)
ECB research provides a withering critique of mainstream macroeconomics Bill Mitchell (UserFriendly)
TAX HAVENS MUST BE CLOSED, BUT NOT FOR THE REASONS YOU THINK Green European Journal (Chuck L)
Fifth NYC taxi driver in five months kills himself after suffering ‘financial and emotional issues brought on by competition from Uber and Lyft and his wife’s Stage 4 cancer diagnosis’ Daily Mail (Timotheus)
The Job Guarantee and the Economics of Fear: A Response to Robert Samuelson Pavlina Tcherneva (UserFriendly)
The 9.9 Percent Is the New American Aristocracy Atlantic (Mirko). Late to this party. Thomas Frank figured this out years ago.
The Surprisingly Complex Reasons Why Teenagers Stopped Taking Summer Jobs Atlantic (UserFriendly)
What Unites and Divides Urban, Suburban and Rural Communities Pew Social Trends (J-LS)
Antidote du jour. Tracie H: “No overgrowth fire hazard here—goats clear the Palos Verdes (California) hillsides.”
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.