Yves here. Apologies for the lack of original posts. Working on some longer-term stories (reporting takes a ton more time than commentary) plus competing aging parent duties.
The Satanic Nature of the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki OffGuardian (JTM)
Burn, Baby, Burn
Wildfire smoke is wreaking havoc on air quality in the Western U.S. Washington Post (David L)
Drought declared in entire state of New South Wales BBC. Photo of emaciated lambs. :-(
Christmas tree crops hit hard by drought Politico. More from Politico’s daily newsletter:
1540 ALL OVER AGAIN? The rivers dried up, the leaves turned brown mid-summer and wildfires swept across the Continent. Temperatures climbed above 40 degrees. Sound familiar? Sitting in Wittenberg in July of that year — 1540 — a desperate Martin Luther wrote to his wife: “Day and night there’s an unbearable heat and dryness everywhere. Come, dear Judgement Day, Amen.” A few days later they burned a witch in Wittenberg. But even that didn’t help end Europe’s worst drought. About 40 million people lived in Western Europe at the time. And about a million more people than usual died that year.
Medical School’s Exam-Rigging Against Women Prompts Furor in Japan Wall Street Journal (Kevin W)
Germany’s diesel killer Politico
UK could run out of food a year from now with no-deal Brexit, NFU warns Guardian. Ahem, that’s before you get to distribution issues. Trust this government to implement a sensible rationing scheme?
The UK’s Labour Party and Its “Anti-Semitism” Crisis Counterpunch
New Cold War
State Dept Demands Russia Withdraw From Georgia’s Separatist Regions Antiwar.com. Kevin W: “It is not generally known that the military for South Ossetia has already been partially incorporated into the Russian Armed Forces so this demand will not likely be fulfilled.”
Imperial Collapse Watch
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
NEC unveils facial recognition system for 2020 Tokyo Olympics The Verge. Well, scrap the (very very idle) idea of making that trip…
‘We Are at the Limit’: Trump’s Tariffs Turn Small Businesses Upside Down Wall Street Journal
New Details About Wilbur Ross’ Business Point To Pattern Of Grifting Forbes. UserFriendly: “Wowzsers if true.”
News anchors should be asking Deval Patrick about his work at Texaco and subprime mortgage lender Ameriquest, and the circumstances under which he was offered the positions. https://t.co/s3kw0nsFiF
— Zach Carter (@zachdcarter) August 5, 2018
John McCain says Rand Paul is “working for Vladimir Putin” – CBS News (UserFriendly)
Sunday’s suspension and banning of antiwar and libertarian Twitter users Peter Van Buren (whistleblower), Scott Horton (Antiwar.com Editorial Director), and Daniel McAdams (Ron Paul Institute Director) is all over the media today, including on Drudge and Zero Hedge. In today’s Ron Paul Institute special report we bring all three together to tell what really happened… and more importantly, what it means to the future of social media and free speech.
Kevin W: “Naked Capitalism gets two mentions about 16:25 & 17:35 in.”
VIPS Asks Twitter to Restore Van Buren’s Account Consortiumnews
Possibility of Russian interference in 2018 election divides Americans YouGov (UserFriendly)
Why Are Progressive Online Media Outlets Not Questioning Russiagate? Q&A Real News Network
Opioid Firms, Facing Hundreds of Lawsuits, Turn Strategically Charitable NonProfit Quarterly
What’s the Right Way to Legalize Prostitution?: An Exchange New York Review of Books
Obama didn't prevent a depression. He prevented a New Deal. https://t.co/NzgPdIyGUC
— Matt Stoller (@matthewstoller) August 7, 2018
Socialism is becoming more popular with Baby Boomers YouGov (UserFriendly)
1 in 8 couples blame student loan debt for their divorce CNBC (UserFriendly)
The Story of Stagnant Wage Growth Dean Baker, Counterpunch
Antidote du jour. Susan B:
This is a Máfur from Iceland, also known as a baby seagull. It was taken on the small island of Flatey off the coast of Breiðafjörður in Iceland. Flatey has fantastic bird watching.
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.