Happy Bastille Day!
Heat Records Falling Around the World in 2018 Weather Underground. Here in Maine, I had two record days. The following night, the heat went on.
The Strange And Curious Case of the Deadly Superbug Yeast Wired. Jackpot….
California ordered to restore $331 million to fund for homeowners San Francisco Chronicle
Build-A-Bear limits store promotion as crowds build a logjam Reuters (EM). EM: “The bear is the national symbol of Russia — I am agog that the western MSM, usually so diligent in sussing out such threats, have not cottoned on to the high likelihood that Build-A-Bear is a corporate front for an ongoing effort by Russian intelligence services to meddle with our children’s minds. A child growing up thusly conditioned will be unable to properly evaluate the Russia threat to our Democracy because when thinking about such things, said child will subconsciously think ‘my favorite childhood cuddly pal!’ The scheme is as evil as it is brilliant.”
New Cold War
The Surprising Promise of the Trump-Putin Summit Foreign Affairs
Why Trump Will Return Empty-Handed From Helsinki Russia Insider
Hardcore Hitler on Hitler in Helsinki Counterpunch. “Apparently it’s fine in Resistance circles to stigmatize your enemies as butt-humping queers in order to render them more repulsive in the eyes of your sophisticated, liberal audience.” So somebody else noticed that video in the Times….
Whatever their differences, Putin and Trump share an ideology Globe and Mail. Not oligarchy, oddly.
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Indictment ties Russian government to election hacking AP. An indictment need not include evidence. Nor is an indictment the same as a conviction.
Summitgate and the Campaign vs. ‘Peace’ The Nation
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UK police find source of Novichok nerve agent in small bottle Reuters. Mirabile dictu!
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Trump’s Criticism of NATO Ignores the Real Questions Consortium News
More thoughts on Trump and his thinking Sic Semper Tyrannis
Things will not be okay Robert Kagan, WaPo
Brexit White Paper gives Germany what it wants Handelsblatt
Brexit: the Irish conundrum EUReferendum
Don’t Let Trump Go to War With Iran Defense One
The WSWS, Iran’s economy, the Basij & Revolutionary Shi’ism: an 11-part series Vineyard of the Saker. “Non-Iranians need to realize that any foreign invasion of in Iran implies the mass, grassroots involvement of the Basij.”
The Trump administration has a new argument for dismantling the social safety net: It worked. WaPo. America is already great.
Andrew Cuomo’s Biggest Donors Rake in Millions From ICE The Intercept
Judge says Puerto Rico fiscal board is territorial entity and not subject to Appointments Clause Caribbean Business. Aurelius Investment’s case dismissed.
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Don’t imagine you’re smarter LRB. “Nobody, I think, remains quite the same after reading their file.”
Democrats in Disarray
The New Old Democrats Jake Sullivan, Democracy. Sullivan was the Clinton campaign’s senior policy advisor.
Imperial Collapse Watch
Second Zumwalt Destroyer Needs New Engine After Turbine Blades Damaged in Sea Trials USNI News. Also, there’s no ammo being manufactured for its Advanced Gun System. Three ships, $23 billion. Ka-ching.
Notice of boil-water order came too late, many D.C. residents say WaPo. Welcome to the Third World….
Paychecks Lag as Profits Soar, and Prices Erode Wage Gains NYT. Film at 11.
Great News: Wearing A Tie Might Be Choking Your Brain Cracked. News you can use! If “your” office attire includes a tie…
Antidote du jour:
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.