What’s Wrong with Bananas Nautilus
Nothing like metonymy when you’re at the movies LRB. For fans of The Third Man, one of my favorite films…
50 States of McMansion Hell: King County, Washington McMansion Hell
How Oil Money Distorts Global Football Der Spiegel
A New Cold War with China? Cato Institute (The Rev Kev)
A Yemen Ceasefire? Believe It When You See It American Conservative
Children choke on toxic air in the shadow of Delhi’s burning mountain of garbage Scroll.in Eleven of the world’s top twenty polluted cities are in India; Delhi is number fourteen.
Business people as diplomats? An utterly disastrous idea from Jeremy Hunt Independent. Patrick Cockburn. Moi: What could go wrong? We’ve seen the stunning success the US enjoys with its business people as diplomats.
If there is a Brexit deal this is what it will look like Irish Times. Cautious take from the usually reliable Denis Staunton. Looks like there may be a full court press on for a northern Ireland deal, with the Irish press itself quiet on specifics. Much to chew over here– too many issues even to list in this brief aside– so I’m flagging the topic and turning it over to the commentariat to masticate more thoroughly.
Imperial Collapse Watch
U.S. Navy’s Costliest Carrier Was Delivered Without Elevators to Lift Bombs Bloomberg (The Rev Kev)
Electric chair builder worried Tennessee execution will fail Nola.com (Dr. Kevin)
Realignment and Legitimacy
DON’T BE DUPED BY VOTING MISINFORMATION BEFORE THE MIDTERMS Wired Some good info, despite the move along, nothing to see here tone. And no mention of the single change that would eliminate many problems: hand-marked paper ballots, hand-counted in public.
The Memo: Obama makes midterm push to protect legacy The Hill. Puh-leez.
IT’S NOT JUST WHO VOTES, IT’S WHO COUNTS THE VOTES Who.What.Why
Should We Care About Inequality? Jacobin
Housing, by any means necessary San Francisco Chronicle
Donald Trump’s use of Game of Thrones meme to announce Iran sanctions rankles HBO Australian Broadcasting Corporation News (The Rev Kev)
Supreme Court Lifts Stay, Allows Kids Climate Case to Proceed Climate Liability News
New Cold War
33 Trillion More Reasons Why The New York Times Gets it Wrong on Russia-gate Consortium News (UserFriendly)
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See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.