Is It Safe to Eat Local Produce After a Wildfire? Pacific Standard. News you can use!
Mark Zuckerberg is a horror show. But there’s a glimmer of truth hidden in his latest blunder. Margaret Sullivan, WaPo
Google is not an American company The Week
No-deal Brexit could spark civil unrest ‘within two weeks’ warns UK head of Amazon Independent. Holy moly.
Brexit: playing with fire EU Referendum
Government gears up for showdown with WTO on future of soft Border Irish Independent
U.S. launches campaign to erode support for Iran’s leaders Reuters. Wait, what? That would be meddling!
China c.bank unexpectedly injects 502 bln yuan through 1-year MLF, rate unchanged Reuters. “c.bank” for “Central Bank.”
Collapse of Chinese peer-to-peer lenders sparks investor flight FT. “Sports stadiums taken over to process complaints as customers rush to withdraw cash.”
As new vaccine scandal grips China, parents say they’ve lost faith in the system South China Morning Post
New Cold War
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There do seem to be rather a lot of story threads just now; almost like a Gish Gallop.
America On It’s Way to Being Stalin’s Soviet Union by Publius Tacitus Sic Semper Tyrannis. “Let’s do a mind experiment. Imagine that the woman was name[d] Vicky Hershowitz. Let’s imag[ine] that she is a citizen of Israel. We’ve never had Israelis moving around Washington trying to buy influence and recruit powerful people to support Israel. Have we?”
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Let’s See Who’s Bluffing in the Criminal Case Against the Russians Scott Ritter, The American Conservative
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The Burden Of Proof Is On The Russiagaters Caitlin Johnstone
Bulletin: The Expressive Function of the Russia Freakout Jacobin. Caution: That’s not the only function.
Homophobia in the Service of Anti-Trumpism is Still Homophobic (Even When it’s the New York Times) Counterpunch. Again, I’m not the only one.
Democrats in Disarray
Some of the key initiatives are a massive apprenticeship program to train workers, a privatized employer-funded universal pension that would supplement Social Security and an overhaul of unemployment insurance to include skills training. Other proposals included a “small business bill of rights” and the creation of a “BoomerCorps” — like the volunteer AmericaCorps for seniors.
Let me know how that works out.
Imperial Collapse Watch
Faster, Transient, Endless: How America Must Adapt to Today’s Great-Power Competition Defense One. Worth a read. Also ka-ching, especially the “endless” part.
Realignment and Legitimacy
So, open season? Or more bubble-iciousness?
Democrats, please, please don’t lose your minds and rush to the socialist left. This president and his Republican Party are counting on you to do exactly that. America’s great middle wants sensible, balanced, ethical leadership.
— James Comey (@Comey) July 22, 2018
Why ‘Sorry to Bother You’ Is 2018’s Sharpest Political Satire Politico. Strange to see a Boots Riley film covered in Politico…
Judgment days WaPo. Via Jacob Bacharach, who comments: “WaPo paints these people as rural rubes, supporting a guy who flaunts immorality, when of course they’re all just as sophisticated as the reporters, probably more, and have made a very simple calculation about who will deliver their policy preferences.”
How Left Economics Understands Power Data for Progress (UserFriendly).
Karl Polanyi and the formation of this generation’s new Left IPPR Progressive Review
Can Economists and Humanists Ever Be Friends? The New Yorker. Since today’s economics is essentially narrative obfuscated by notation, and hence a branch of the humanities, why not?
“I saw things children shouldn’t see” – surviving a troubled childhood Mosaic (CL). From June, still germane.
Antidote du jour (via):
May the giant sky rabbit give us measly Tokyoites relief from this otherworldly heat! (Btw that’s supposed to be a carrot and thanks @Nipponfafa for the spot!) #tokyo #weather pic.twitter.com/s8kPITMFcD
— James Reynolds (@EarthUncutTV) July 22, 2018
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.