Taiwanese Leopard Considered Extinct, Spotted For The First Time Since 1983 Disclose.tv (Furzy Mouse). Surely the leopard was spotted the whole time?
«We want to change the course of history,» says Northern Sea Route operator The Barents Observer
Will Boris Johnson’s bluster over a no-deal Brexit collide with reality? FT. By Betteridge’s Law, no.
Beer, Boris and Brexit (interview) Politico
How U.S. Tech Giants Are Helping to Build China’s Surveillance State The Intercept. Ugly.
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US calls off speech by former Hong Kong envoy amid fear of derailing trade talks South China Morning Post. Probably a good thing for the protesters, in terms of optics.
Commentary: The noose on Hong Kong is tightening. Channel News Asia
Hong Kong investors spooked by protests eye London property Evening Standard
Japanese revisionists’ meddling backfires Journal of Critical Asian Studies
Steelmakers Plan for Water Crisis Bloomberg
Room to improve sustainable agricultural practices in India Harvard School of Public Health
Turkey vows to keep drilling off Cyprus despite EU warnings Agence France Presse
The Revelations of WikiLeaks: No. 4—The Haunting Case of a Belgian Child Killer and How WikiLeaks Helped Crack It Consortium News (UserFriendly). The Marc Dutroux case presents some interesting parallels to Epstein’s.
Deutcshe Bank only cut ties with Jeffrey Epstein a few MONTHS AGO after an extensive relationship, lending him money and providing trading services, despite being warned he was a ‘reputational risk’ because he was such a lucrative client Daily Mail
“A Lot of Friends in Every Industry”: How Did Jeffrey Epstein Charm Hollywood? Vanity Fair (Re Silc).
Charities say they never got the donations Jeffrey Epstein claims he made NBC (Furzy Mouse).
The comeback state of 2019: Kansas economy rebounds from tax-cutting disaster CNBC (Furzy Mouse).
Democrats in Disarray
Ocasio-Cortez: Democrats have become ‘party of hemming and hawing’ The Hill. Where’s the lie?
She could have gone to prison. Here’s the path she took instead. Bangor Daily News
Boeing 737 MAX
Boeing 737 programme head retires as Max stays grounded FT. Totally routine, move along, move along, there’s no story here.
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
It turns out that Juggalo makeup blocks facial recognition technology Consequences of Sound. Collective action problem, though.
Imperial Collapse Watch
Good New Idea LRB. UBI.
The world’s super wealthy just collectively lost $US2 trillion – and Trump’s trade war is to blame Business Insider (KW). Just let me grab my violin, here… Damn. It’s so small I can’t find it!
What is it and why do we need one? Asia Floor Wage. Any Open Borders advocate should also support this. Otherwise, they’re supporting labor arbitrage.
Many College Students Are Too Poor to Eat The Atlantic
Debt Relief and Slow Recovery: A Decade after Lehman NBER. “Regional variation in the extent and speed of recovery is strongly related to frictions affecting the pass-through of lower interest rates and debt relief to households including mortgage contract rigidity, refinancing constraints, and the organizational capacity of intermediaries to conduct loan renegotiations.”
Finding the Future in Radical Rural America Matt Stoller, Boston Review. “The problem is not capitalism; it is our markets. Markets that Obama screwed up.”
Antidote du jour (EM):
EM writes: “My nephew Leo’s beloved cat Rufus died a couple months ago of old age, Leo really misses him and is clearly on the lookout for another kitteh to shower with love. This was from a recent hike with his brother and their Mom (my sister) on a European visit – first pic is “Mom, can we take him home?”, second is a close-up of the handsome (but clearly locally owned and operated) furry fellow.
T-REX RACE: People wearing T-rex costumes raced at the Emerald Downs racetrack in Auburn, Washington on Saturday. The competitors lined up in the race stalls and ran down the track! https://t.co/1Dkrm8eFau pic.twitter.com/1aYV7wl9Wc
— CBS Los Angeles (@CBSLA) July 9, 2019
Tell me it’s not a great country!
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.