The Useless French Language and Why We Learn It LA Review of Books
More than 150,000 forced from homes on quake-hit Lombok Asia Times and Aftershock brings fresh trauma to Indonesia’s quake-hit Lombok Reuters. Latest update.
Burn, Baby, Burn
Household phenomenon observed by Leonardo da Vinci finally explained Phys.org (Dr. Kevin)
New Cold War
Our Famously Free Press
Pilger Excoriates Media on Assange Silence Consortium News
On Iran, the Neocons Are No Ronald Reagan American Conservative
Why They Fail – The Quintessence Of The Korengal Valley Campaign Moon of Alabama The Rev Kev
AstraZeneca settles Texas drug lawsuits for $110 million Reuters. e mayer: “Sounds like a typical slap-on-wrist cost-of-doing-business settlement.”
Black Lives Matter
Fool on the Hill: the Bombast of Boris Johnson Counterpunch. Patrick Cockburn.
Brexit: the “no deal” penalty EUReferendum.com
Sterling falls against dollar and euro amid fears of no-deal Brexit Guardian (The Rev Kev)
Turkey is fighting an ‘economic war’—against reality WaPo (The Rev Kev)
Turkish Banks Scramble to Stave Off Debt Crisis, as Lira Plummets Wolf Street. e mayer:
I was unaware that Dani Rodrik (last name alas misspelled in the piece) was Turkish … note especially this bit at the end:
‘While Turkey’s economy is not big enough to cause a global crisis of its own making, it is big enough and connected enough to set off contagion effects in other places, including other struggling emerging economies, as well as banks in France, Spain, Italy, the U.S. and the UK, whose exposure to Turkey’s banking system is particularly pronounced.’
Couple that with the ever-more-likely prospect of a hard Brexit and things could get interesting (in the proverbial ancient-Chinese-curse sense) very fast.
Giant shipload of soybeans circles off China, victim of trade war with US Guardian (The Rev Kev)
Wall Street Salivates After Elon Musk Floats Taking Tesla Private NYT (The Rev Kev). Yves: “Kill me now. Who are the greater fools?”
Did Elon Musk Violate Securities Laws With Tweet About Taking Tesla Private? NYT James Stewart.
Uber and Lyft Drivers Celebrate Passage of Historic Legislation DrivingGuild.org
The only economic discussion the Left needs is how to deal with the coming crisis Tax Research UK (UserFriendly)
‘A Newspaper Closure Does Indeed Lead to Higher Costs for Local Governments’ FAIR (UserFriendly)
Another consequence of high college costs: Foreclosure MarketWatch. Solution: Free college.
Kill Me Now
CORY BOOKER CLAIMS HE DIDN’T KNOW HE HELD A PRO-PALESTINE SIGN. NEW DETAILS CAST DOUBT ON HIS DENIAL Intercept. Cannot believe he’s considered a serious presidential possibility.
The Obamas Are Back in Their Favorite Summer Vacation Destination Travel and Leisure
Antidote du jour.
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.