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In pictures: Rome suffers freak hailstorm and flooding BBC (David L)
Oxygen-Rich Liquid Water May Exist on Mars Scientific American
Identifying the source of perytons at the Parkes radio telescope arXiv.org. Chuck L: “Read the abstract. The findings are hilarious. Or maybe it’s just my weird sense of humor.”
Scientists have found new evidence that tiny pieces of plastic might be accumulating in your poop Business Insider (David L)
Your Poop Is Probably Full of Plastic Wired (Kevin W)
US sails gaily through Taiwan Straits MacroBusiness
Europe’s life insurers fall into the hands of private equity Financial Times
The Guardian view on the Tories and Brexit: rage against the facts Guardian. I noticed that the hardcore Brexiteer BrexitCentral newsletter seemed rattled during the runup to the October European Council meeting, when it seemed a deal was nigh.
Brexit: Theresa May snubs Brussels over Irish border The Times. The Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney already said Ireland wan’t backing down.
Back down on Brexit or face revolt, May warned The Times. European Research Group still not happy, but they make this threat so often that it’s getting old.
Whitehall prepares to issue direct orders on no-deal Brexit Financial Times
Survivor, starring Theresa May Politico
New Cold War
Blaming Saudis for Corrupting Otherwise Human Rights–Loving US FAIR (UserFriendy)
The Army Ordered an Unvarnished History of the Iraq War-and Hasn’t Released It Wall Street Journal. Bill B: “They dropped the working title: Donald Rumsfeld’s Up in Smoke.”
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Trump Threatens to Cut Foreign Aid Over Migrant Caravan Wall Street Journal. Wow, you’d think Trump organized this.
Five Reasons Republicans Can Hold the House RealClearPolitics (UserFriendly)
Midterms: Poorest states have Republican legislatures USA Today. UserFriendly: “Written by #200 on the Forbes list. My response.”
Patagonia Endorses Tester and Rosen Outside. GlennF:
From the article “The company’s current CEO, Rose Marcario, has said she’d like to see the outdoor industry become a political force like the NRA. “We cannot give up an inch of protected land on our watch”
A debate about central-bank independence is overdue – Upsetting the punchbowl Economist (UserFriendly)
The Secret Lives of Central Bankers New York Times (UserFriendly)
Tax Reform and U.S. Effective Profit Taxes: From Low to Lower Liberty Street Economics
Bait and Switch Simon Wren-Lewis, London Review of Books. On Adam Tooze’s book. Paywalled, but Lambert sent me the text. Very much worth a read.
The Cult of the Form Current Affairs (UserFriendly)
Another Nonprofit Resists a Fair Labor Measure NonProfit Quarterly
Antidote du jour (John N):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.