Cocaine in rivers harming endangered eels, study finds Guardian (Dr. Kevin)
Kate Spade’s father dies night before designer’s funeral BBC. His poor wife….
Bedrock in West Antarctica rising at surprisingly rapid rate Phys.org (Kevin W)
No sign of North Korea dismantling nuclear weapons programme, Mattis admits Guardian (furzy). All the US got was a T-shirt, um, an aspirational statement.
Laos stirs controversy with plan for fourth dam on Mekong Asia Times (Jim D)
Europe needs a fresh approach to climate strategy Bruegel. Illustrates how difficult it is to structure and sequence analysis and decision-making for complex matters…even assuming there’s the political will to do what needs to be done.
The Brexiteers are discovering that the UK already had the best model: EU membership New Statesman (Kevin W)
Ireland’s Brexit dividend Politico
New Cold War
Pity The Russophobe Journos Whom No One Believes Moon of Alabama (Chuck L)
Russian Trolls Weigh In on Roseanne Barr and Donald Trump Jr. Wall Street Journal. UserFriendly: “Just shoot me.”
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Trump’s Order to End Immigrant Family Separation Sows Confusion Wall Street Journal
This, by @willwilkinson, is important. Outrageously overblown moral panic about human trafficking–a cause beloved by left and right, feminists and evangelicals–paved the way for family separation. https://t.co/X8QhGkCm66
— Kerry Howley (@KerryHowley) June 21, 2018
There’s no immigration crisis, and these charts prove it Washington Post. Lambert:
I trust the material on wages as far as I can throw it. There’s a very long history of bosses hiring scabs with distinct ascriptive identities or indeed entire workforces (H1B). These guys think the bosses don’t know what they’re doing. I disagree.
They also don’t take into account the novel possibility that there’s no wage drop from immigration ***these days*** because wages are already at rock bottom because the power of management is so great (curious absence of wage inflation; Walmart wages below what it takes for labor to reproduce itself; threats to move plants rather than give rase. or allow unions). In this scenario, immigration’s role would be to keep wages as flat as they have been for 40 years, rather than to cause them to fall even further.
A fun detail about the Zara jacket scandal is that it's actually a knockoff a design sold at Barney's, with the original text reading "LOVE TRUMPS HATE"https://t.co/LRscLTPYfg
— DJ ACCIDENT REPORT (@eric_shorey) June 21, 2018
“Die Amerikaner tun mir leid” Der Spiegel. Google Translate version. Subhead: The Beijing economist Mei Xinyu sees the blame on the Americans – and speaks of a possible “financial war” with unimaginable consequences.” Help me. They are threatening to dump Treasuries. They Fed will hoover them up. China will wind up with even more Treasuries if it keeps running trade surpluses. This bluster, however, does seem to rule out the thesis by PlutoniumKun that China could use a trade war to accelerate the restructuring of its own economy, in a Chinese version of what the Japanese used to call “foreign pressure”. But the flip side is enough people on Team Trump might not understand that the Chinese “dump Treasuries” threat is hollow, making that ultimatum effective.
American whiskey makers face dreaded reality: Tariffs CBS (Kevin W)
Trump Hotels (Randy K). Someone in the Trump organization is gonna be in trouble for not having bought that URL….
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Scaring The Democratic Establishment TYT (UserFriendly). Important and compelling.
I just got an incredibly humbling phone call.@AyannaPressley, Boston City Councilwoman & MA Candidate for Congress, is sending her lead field organizer down to the Bronx to support Ocasio2018 for GOTV.
She’s a real one. 🔥
And she’s running a very similar campaign in MA. https://t.co/Scg5wDkofW
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) June 21, 2018
Michelle Alexander Joins The New York Times Opinion Pages as Columnist New York Times. Author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.
From UserFriendly. Also important, read the entire tweetstorm:
Thread: I've been rereading (and reading more) material about the Civilian Conservation Corps in response to the breakout of green JG discussions this week. No one should ever speak on this topic again until they've read at least one book/dissertation on it. There's tons! 1/N
— Nathan Tankus (@NathanTankus) June 21, 2018
Vandalized homes, spying, a knife and restraining orders: Inside a billionaire couple’s nightmarish divorce Mike Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times
Workers of color are far more likely to be paid poverty-level wages than white workers Economic Policy Institute
Nikki Haley: ‘It is patently ridiculous for the United Nations to examine poverty in America’ – Washington Post. UserFriendly: “ROFL. Actual letters here.”
The Billionaire Class is Not Fit to Rule – Paul Jay Real News Network. A fundraising pitch, but very good regardless. And if you are flush, TRNN is a worthy cause.
The decline of America’s middle classes Financial Times
Antidote du jour. Jen Esten, who continues the Pleasant Lake tradition in the memory of Kittie Wilson, via Lawrence R:
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.