A 73-year-old Texas mayor killed a huge alligator she thinks ate her miniature horse WaPo. So there’s hope.
A sudden end-Permian mass extinction in South China GSA Bulletin. “Fossil range data suggest a nearly instantaneous extinction at the top of a narrow stratigraphic interval limited to 31 ± 31 [thousand years].”
Richard Costigan – Exemplar of What’s Wrong with the CalPERS Board Tony Butka, City Watch. Butka seems to have checked his “California cool” at the door. Refreshing!
Report on the Non-Resident Portfolio at Danske Bank’s Estonian Branch (PDF) Bruun & Hjejle. From the Executive Summary: “For a long time, it was believed within Group that the high risk represented by nonresident customers in the Estonian branch was mitigated by appropriate anti-money laundering (‘AML’) procedures.” Hilarity ensues.
Wells Fargo to cut 10 percent of workforce over next 3 years Associated Press
EU ambushes May over Brexit plan FT. “Theresa May was ambushed by EU leaders at a summit on Thursday, as they warned that her economic plan for Brexit ‘will not work’ and gave her four weeks to save the exit talks.” No pressure.
Chequers goes pop: Theresa May’s Salzburg catastrophe The Spectator
Corbyn Now LRB
Is the “deep state” trying to undermine Corbyn? New Statesman
SYRIZA: A Cautionary Tale New Socialist
Between Charity and Justice: Remarks on the Social Construction of Immigration Policy in Rich Democracies (PDF) Wolfgang Streeck, Culture, Practice & Europeanization (witters).
An Unending U.S. War in Syria? The National Interest
The Shoot Down of the Russian IL-20: Who’s Responsible? Sic Semper Tyrannis
Upending the Orientalist Logic of “Honor Killings” Fellow Travelers
Why Japan’s First Submarine Visit to Vietnam Matters The Diplomat
Jokowi imposes moratorium on palm oil plantations Jakarta Post. Big if true.
New Cold War
US changes course to allow Russian surveillance flyover CNN. The Open Skies treaty.
‘Fort Trump’: US considers permanent base in Poland Military Times
They Oversaw Sex Crime Cases, Now They’ll Grill Kavanaugh Daily Beast. Harris 2020!
Will what happened at Georgetown Prep stay there? Associated Press and It Will Not End Well For Christine Margaret Blasey by Publius Tacitus Sic Semper Tyrannis. On the milieu, which sounds horrid.
‘No accident’ Brett Kavanaugh’s female law clerks ‘looked like models’, Yale professor told students Guardian. “Tiger Mom” Amy Chua (!).
Is there a Kavanaugh doppelganger? WaPo. By Betteridge’s Law, no.
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Right to remain Anonymous: Scholar who unmasked “Primary Colors” on authorship of Times op-ed Salon (Furzy Mouse). Read all the way to the end.
Democrats in Disarray
The banking industry is spending big on red-state Democrats in 2018 Vox. Thank you for your service.
The Crash Ten Years After
Excuse Me? Credit Slips
Further evidence that the tax cuts have not led to widespread bonuses, wage or compensation growth Economic Policy Institute
Too Hot for Work? The Nation
The Printed Word in Peril Harpers
What ‘The Big Lebowski’ taught me about style FT. “Hey, nice marmot!”
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