Readers, we have now entered one of our two yearly comments holidays, beginning today and continuing through and including Sunday, September 9.
Reduced Arctic Sea Ice May Be Suppressing July Tornadoes Weather Underground
Fire Devastates Brazil’s Oldest Science Museum National Geographic and The Absurd Loss of the National Museum Lifts the Veil on Brazil’s National Project RioOnWatch
Trying To Make Sense Of The Troubles At JetSmarter Forbes. Entertaining! File under The Bezzle.
The baroness, the ICO fiasco, and enter Steve Wozniak FT Alphaville. Also entertaining. First sentence: “Earlier this year, we brought you news that Scottish lingerie entrepreneur-turned Conservative peer Michelle Mone and her businessman boyfriend Doug Barrowman were launching an initial coin offering (ICO).”
NASA explores product endorsements and rocket naming rights Engadget (KW). Next up, David Foster Wallace’s “subsidized time,” like the Year of Elon Musk’s Tiny Cave Submarine. And so forth.
The Collapse Of Venezuela’s Imaginary Oil Currency OilPrice.com
How Iran Could Counter U.S. Sanctions Bloomberg
Drug-resistant superbug spreading in hospitals: study Agence France Presse
Smaller Chinese manufacturers hit hard by trade war in August, new data shows South China Morning Post
Interview: Leta Hong Fincher The Diplomat
The “Call”… Alibaba and the 8 Analysts Wolf Street (EM). EM: “[A]s a public service, we deploy my patented Dick Fuld Banker-Speak Translator (BST), to fully analyze the implications of the analyst Q&A on the Alibaba investor call.” Hilarity ensues.
Asia’s Shifting Alliances Counterpunch
Asia’s order beyond the great powers The Interpreter
New Cold War
Moscow can handle US sanctions. How far will Washington go? Asia Times (KW).
Human Rights Reasoning and Double Standards in the Rules-Based Order Irrussianality (CL).
At Asia’s heart, Lake Baikal stirs Russians to protect nature Christian Science Monitor
How the FISA Court Really Works Lawfare. Not like any “court” I’ve ever heard of.
READ: Former President Barack Obama’s eulogy for Sen. John McCain CNN. Full text of Obama’s eulogy. “… [W]hen all was said and done, we were on the same team. We never doubted we were on the same team.” Exactly!
My Fellow Prisoners n+1. One more for McCain Holy Week.
George A. Romero’s ‘Dawn of the Dead’ Turns 40! Bloody Disgusting
Democrats in Disarray
8 questions for the midterm elections: A blue wave or not? WaPo. Wall-to-wall identity politics and horserace handicapping, nothing on policy.
Religious competition was to blame for Europe’s witch hunts The Economist. And they didn’t even have social media!
The Crash Ten Years After
The Financial Crisis Ten Years Afterwards Yale School of Management Program on Financial Stability
data for politics #18: Unions are Good as Hell Data for Progress
Writing the Unions’ ‘Fight-or-Die Survival Chapter’ Sarah Jaffe, NYT
Which Side Are They On? The Baffler
The battle between two elites: the haves and have-yachts Simon Kuper, FT. Clever Brit thinks Hillary Clinton is on the left.
Beyond Strange Bedfellows Political Research
Editorial: The Mistaken Universalism R.L. Stephens, DSA Weekly
The Impact of Chief Diversity Officers on Diverse Faculty Hiring NBER. You can guess, I’m sure…
Antidote du Jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.