‘Devastating’ dolphin loss in Florida red tide disaster Agence France Presse
The United States’ Perpetual War in Afghanistan Foreign Affairs
Not One More American Life Should Be Expended for Afghanistan The American Conservative
Have British Spies Been Hacking the EU? Consortium News
A Gangster State Craig Murray
The Greece Bailout’s Legacy of Immiseration James Galbraith, The Atlantic
Thoughts from my recent Beijing trip The Sinocism China Newsletter
Will Demographic Headwinds Hobble China’s Economy? Liberty Street Economics
US trade panel hears harsh criticism of proposed new tariffs – and praise for Chinese craftsmanship South China Morning Post. The front page teaser reads “US business reps blast proposed new tariffs, and praise China’s workers.” Not quite the same. Craftsmen tend not to need suicide nets.
New Cold War
In McGahn Report, the New York Times ‘Attempts’ to Find Corruption Andrew McCarthy, National Review
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Why America’s former spy chief is worried about Trump’s security clearance policy (interview) Federal Times
Trump Must Defy the Old Bulls of the Intel Community Patrick Buchanan, The American Conservative
Decoding the Deep State Crooked Timber. Why Clapper told Brennan to STFU?
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New Russian Hacking Targeted Republican Groups, Microsoft Says NYT. Attribution is hard…
Trump: ‘I should be given some help’ by Fed Politico (UserFriendly).
When Westlaw Fuels Ice Surveillance: Ethics in the Big Data Policing Era (PDF) Sarah Lamdan, N.Y.U. Review of Law & Social Change
Veterans Group Sues to Block VA Shadow Rulers Pro Publica
In the city that claims him, Ben Carson falls from grace Associated Press
Democrats in Disarray
6-year-old selling lemonade to help with mom’s chemotherapy KTSM. Heartwarming.
The Fact-Checkers Are Clueless Jacobin. More on the Mercatus #MedicareForAll debacle.
Imperial Collapse Watch
The Rise and Fall of Soft Power Foreign Policy
Lockheed to build ALIS data transfer controls for F-35’s foreign customers FlightGlobal. “International development partners and foreign customers of the F-35 have expressed concern that ALIS, which manages and analyses the fighter’s systems, training and flight logs, would automatically transmit information back to Lockheed’s hub in Fort Worth, Texas, possibly giving the company and the USA insight into their military operations.” Oh. Who wrote those requirements?
Why do American CEOs get paid so much? James Galbraith, Guardian
A Superconductor Scandal? Scientists Question a Nobel Prize–Worthy Claim Scientific American
Antidote du jour (via):
Having written on the New York subway system, I subscribe to its Twitter feed. Hence this bonus antidote:
Two very baaaaad boys. pic.twitter.com/3fcb9QCxGh
— NYCT Subway (@NYCTSubway) August 20, 2018
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.