Lake surfers say polluted waves are making them sick—but they love it too much to stop Chicago Reader. Amazing photos.
High prices test private equity’s ability to close healthcare deals Modern Healthcare
The New Gold Rush for Green Bonds Governing
Hidden conflicts? Science
Sex, Beer, and Coding: Inside Facebook’s Wild Early Days Wired. Well worth a read, and far more interesting than the clickbait headline, which is deceptive.
Brexit: debating the future EU Referendum
Trump’s Deal Is All Show, No Reality in Pyongyang Foreign Policy
China’s silky charming of Arabia Asia Times
Trash piles up in US as China closes door to recycling Agence France Presse
Donald Trump creates chaos with his tariffs trade war Martin Wolf, FT
New Cold War
America’s president is Russia’s pawn Boston Globe
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
My close encounter with an airport security robot FT. Unsettling, beyond LaGuardia’s “hellishly shabby facilities.”
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh piled up credit card debt by purchasing Nationals tickets, White House says WaPo. If “… takes a bizarre turn….” isn’t in there, it should be.
Why Killing Dodd-Frank Could Lead to the Next Crash Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone
Some Thoughts on Trump Sic Semper Tyrannis
Democrats in Disarray
Former Obama Officials Are Riding Out The Trump Years By Cashing In HuffPo. Ka-ching.
Sanders-backed DNC plan sparks superdelegate revolt Politico. “‘If we don’t have a vote, then what good are we?’ said William Owen, a superdelegate and DNC member from Tennessee.”
200 Years of U.S. Immigration Looks Like the Rings of a Tree National Geographic
Save the Tigers Ask a Korean
A March For the Marchers The Baffler
Black Injustice Tipping Point
New game show ‘Paid Off’ offers chance to eliminate student loan debt NBC News. Better than selling a kidney, I suppose…
The cutthroat turf war behind the race to charge Bay Area electric scooters Seattle Times (DK).
The Thai Cave Rescue, Before Its Triumph, Teetered on the Brink of Disaster WSJ. A riveting example of what can happen when a society mobilizes. As far as the rescue itself goes, hat tip to alert reader vlade on July 4:
…I’d give them full-face masks, tape those on, and immobilise them, so that even if they do panic, they can’t do anything except hyperventilating (ideally, I’d get them some relaxant drugs, but you never know what that + having oxygen under pressure will do.. And you don’t know when that will wear off either). Then drag them the two miles with a rescuer helping along + monitoring air supply.
Forget ‘dive training’.
I’ve helpfully numbered the points that correspond to what the rescuers actually did, as shown in the Wall Street Journal article. The NC commentariat is the best commentariat.
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