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9 things you might not know about South Australia’s corpse flower Government of South Australia (EM). With time-lapse video, although visuals are hardly the point.
Sears Goes Bankrupt, Mired in Debt and Deserted by Shoppers Yahoo News. The Bangor Mall Sears was absolutely the most depressing store I’ve ever been in, with a visibly demoralized staff. So much for the “anchor tenant.”
U.S. Households Are Overly Invested In Equities Econintersect. Big if true.
UN Says Climate Genocide Is Coming. It’s Actually Worse Than That. New York Magazine
Bitcoin must die Slugger O’Toole
Pension risk assessment standards on deck Pensions & Investments
The U.S. Needs to Crack Down on White-Collar Crime Bloomberg. Film at 11.
Angry management: The dark side of Santander’s new boss Financial News
EU negotiators ignoring Belfast Agreement, says UUP leader Swann Belfast Telegraph
Who is Olly Robbins, the civil servant on whose shoulders Brexit deal rests? Sky News. Like FT Weekend’s earlier story on Robbins, this reads more like a beat sweetener than anything else.
Brexit triggers unlikely civil service renaissance The Mandarin
In Bavaria, Green Could Be King Foreign Policy
Is This the Break With Saudi Arabia We’ve Been Waiting For? The American Conservative
Reality Breaks Up a (Saudi) Prince Charming’s Media Narrative NYT. “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality.” —Karl Rove
They tell jokes:
Most popular joke on Arab social media these days:
Trump to King Salman: Pay us $ 100 billion, we will say Khashoggi was killed outside the Saudi consulate. Make it $200 billion, we will blame Iran for it.
— Dana N. Jaf (@TheDanaJaf) October 14, 2018
Bernie Sanders: US should pull out of war in Yemen if Saudis killed journalist The Hill. C’mon, Bernie. Who wants that?
Desperate Chinese middle class take big risks to move money, and themselves, overseas South China Morning Post
The World According to China The Diplomat
Chasing bees from Bengal to Chhattisgarh People’s Archive of Rural India
Special Regulations, Areas of the National Park System, National Capital Region, Special Events and Demonstrations Regulations.gov. Comments close today.
Ten Typical Days in Trump’s America LRB. It’s not “Trump’s America,” any more than it was “Obama’s America,” or “Bush’s America,” or would have been “Clinton’s America.” How I hate that locution! Still, despite the headline, the article is worth a read. America is a busy place!
Move over ‘grassy knoll,’ the Trump-Russia bank tale joins unproven conspiracies list John Solomon, The Hill
Senate Confirms 15 Judges for the Federal Bench Courthouse News. Details on those confirmed.
Little Rock’s dangerous and illegal drug war WaPo. As opposed to the safe and legal drug war.
Death or Debt? National Estimates of Financial Toxicity in Persons with Newly-Diagnosed Cancer The American Journal of Medicine. “At year+4, financial insolvency extended to 38.2%, with several consistent socioeconomic, cancer-related, and clinical characteristics remaining significant predictors of complete asset depletion.” Once the organism is sucked dry, the parasite retracts its mandibles, discards the husk, moves on to the next warm body, and the cycle renews.
Cuba has a lung cancer vaccine. Many U.S. patients can’t get it without breaking the law USA Today. From January, still germane.
Imperial Collapse Watch
How saving the liberal world order became harder Wolfgang Münchau, FT. Once, it was unusual to see an FT columnist with their hair on fire, at least since the last crisis.
Unprotected Pro Publica
Maryland’s poor plan for public-prive [sic] partnership toll roads WaPo. Maybe WaPo could rescue some of the copy editors the Times heaved over the side.
Billionaire Bureaucrats Jacobin
Antidote du jour (via):
Leveling up my cat game: “This Photo Of A Cat Wearing Cookie Monster Pyjamas Was Accidentally Emailed Out By The US State Department“:
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.