The legend of Bruno ends by the side of the road MPR (Chuck L) :-(
Mystery benefactor returns sacred pipe tied to U.S.-Dakota war Minnesota Public Radio News (Chuck L)
See 15 years of change in the Arctic EarthSky (Chuck L)
U.S. Wind Energy Demand Surges OilPrice
U.S. Cities Lose Tree Cover Just When They Need It Most Scientific American
A Restaurant in Birmingham, Alabama, Is Voted Best in America Bloomberg. I’ve been telling readers Birmingham is a foodie center with many good restaurants. I do better there with dining out than in San Francisco.
Forgive the long quote from Politico’s daily European newsletter, but this is the best one-stop shopping I’ve seen on the state of play in Italy:
THE PRESIDENT’S PREROGATIVE: On Monday evening, Italian President Sergio Mattarella proposed a “non-political government” as the temporary solution to Italy’s post-election impasse. That move indicates he’s not going to give a mandate to someone who’ll run at the next election, whenever that may happen. Deciphering the president’s statement, there are now three options (and Mario Monti’s quite explicitly isn’t among them).
1. A presidential government that survives a vote of confidence, which stays in place while political parties sort out their differences and find an agreement for a new, political government.
2. A presidential government that gets parliament’s confidence and a built-in shelf life until December or so, which would be enough time to present a 2019 budget and possibly a new electoral law that Italian politics has been so obsessed with.
3. That presidential prime minister fails to get the votes in parliament, which would mean a very early election. Both the League and the 5Star Movement called for a vote as early as July, but Mattarella said a summer vote “has so far been possible to avoid” — indicating in presidential Italian that he prefers to keep things that way and not ruin Italians’ summer with tutti al mare.
THE WINNER IS: While 5Stars leader Luigi Di Maio struggles for survival at the helm of his party, the real winner — who needn’t fear either new elections or internal uprising — is the League’s Matteo Salvini. POLITICO’s Jacopo Barigazzi lays out Italy’s new reality.
Brexit Britain’s satellite threat falls flat with Brussels Politico. NC readers had already seen this as an empty threat.
Theresa May facing renewed turmoil over Brexit options Guardian. This could be a default headline for half the Brexit stories for the past eight months.
Brexit: where the fudge goes to die Richard North. Debunking of the Guardian story above.
CABINET F-EU-D Boris Johnson ‘fed up with Theresa May’s dithering over Brexit and believes he is the only Leave champion left’The Sun. North effectively debunked this too.
— Yannis Koutsomitis (@YanniKouts) May 7, 2018
New Cold War
Iranian president: We will ‘remain committed’ to nuclear deal if Trump pulls out Politico. UserFriendly: “Wowzers. Europe stepped up.”
But the fact that Trump is announcing….something…is not promising:
I will be announcing my decision on the Iran Deal tomorrow from the White House at 2:00pm.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 7, 2018
Who is Losing the Nile? orientXXI (J-LS)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
US-China tech wars threaten ‘economic carnage’ Financial Times (Kevin W)
Democrats tread fine line on tariffs in Trump country Financial Times
Twitter erupts after Senator McCain ‘disinvites’ Trump to his funeral RT. Kevin W: “Many Twitter images.”
Jeff Sessions Says Border Agents Will Separate Undocumented Kids from Their Families Alternet. Shades of Victorian poorhouses.
HUD Secretary Ben Carson to be sued for suspending Obama-era fair-housing rule MSN (Kevin C). Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy….
The Pleasure and Pain of Being California, the World’s 5th-Largest Economy New York Times. JTM: “Gross oversimplification?”
Four Women Accuse New York’s Attorney General of Physical Abuse New Yorker. Article appears at ~ 7:00 PM. Schneiderman announced his resignation by 10:00 PM. That may be a speed record.
Four Women Accuse New York Attorney General of Physical Abuse Bloomberg (David L)
Long lending boom will be a test of ‘shadow’ finance Financial Times. Finally, some discussion of private equity credit funds.
Kill Me Now
Oliver North named president of the National Rifle Association Washington Post
The Supreme Court is poised to make forced arbitration nearly inescapable Economic Policy Institute. I hate this country.
Bernie Sanders’s job guarantee: Is it a boondoggle? Washington Post (UserFriendly)
Antidote du jour. From Eureka Springs:
Nine years ago I rescued Louiza Felina from the local shelter. For both of us it was love at first sight. She was so small, never topping seven pounds, even the shelter thought she was still a kitten. Last Saturday as I watched her catch what would be her last bird I knew something was amiss. By Monday morning she would not eat or drink so I rushed her to the vet. It took a couple of days and nights for them to be able to see the bobcat fever in her blood test. Wednesday was the last day she was able to purr in my arms. We put her down today, Saturday afternoon. She was a fantastic companion who never lost a sense of wonder. I’m ever so thankful for the years we had and she will be sorely missed.
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.