Cats are like tiny, judgmental camels Massive Science (David L)
Off the hook: Manta ray asks divers for helping hand PhysOrg (Robert M)
Harlech street takes record as steepest in the world BBC (David L)
A material way to make Mars habitable Science Daily (Kevin W). Help me. Different gravity, different spectrum of light….look at the physical harm to astronauts just for the time they spend in space stations.
Ireland importing biomass from….. Australia RTE (PlutoniumKun)
An extraordinary Twitter Exchange with Richard Tol Steve Keen (UserFriendly). Today’s must read.
The Effect of Vitamin D on Cancer Incidence and Survival Orthomolecular News (furzy). Smallish sample, though.
Hunt and Johnson: the backstop is dead and can’t be in any EU deal Guardian. What about “no deal” don’t you understand? Oh, and the EU has also said the main elements of the Withdrawal Agreement, specifically including the backstop, are a precondition to any post-Brexit trade deal.
But continuing to show that the UK refuses to hear what the EU has repeatedly said: Conservative leadership race: May withdrawal agreement dead, Stephen Barclay tells Brussels The Times. Specifically:
Brussels is preparing for “brutal” talks with the next prime minister after the Brexit secretary told Michel Barnier five times during a bad-tempered meeting that the withdrawal agreement was dead…Mr Barclay held the private talks a week ago without the usual team of British negotiators and, according to various sources, took an approach described as brutal, bullying, bad tempered and confrontational.
Brexit: they catch up eventually Richard North. Annoyed at Robert Peston. I would be too since the Sir Ivan Rogers, who is super measured, said the same thing what, a month ago? Even if you were only paying attention a little, that made the state of play close to official.
From guurst, please read entire thread:
Worth remembering while von der Leyen's opinion on another Brexit delay will carry weight, she won't be in office when it's being debated and it's not her call – it's up to EU leaders. Instructive what Varadkar had to say to @NewstalkFM last week on this. https://t.co/73prV2PMdH
— Nick Gutteridge (@nick_gutteridge) July 15, 2019
Highly leveraged mortgages back at pre-crisis peak Financial Times
Today the Bank of England is announcing the celebrated figure who’s going to feature on the new £50 note. Spoiler: pic.twitter.com/TfZe074XSm
— Larry the Cat (@Number10cat) July 15, 2019
Trump’s Iran Strategy Is Helping China Atlantic (resilc)
Nicki Minaj’s Boycott of Saudi Arabia Sets a Moral Standard for Artists Real News Network (Chuck L)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
How WeChat censors private conversations, automatically in real-time MIT Technology Review (David L)
A tiny incident at Paris airport that speaks volumes about our Europe – the whole story Yanis Varoufakis (Chuck L). DHS-lite comes to the internal borders of Europe.
Imperial Collapse Watch
Air Force Warns Against Area 51 Assault Plans as Alien Memes Swamp the Internet Military.com. This is not The Onion.
Playing Soldiers New Republic (resilc)
Pelosi Plans Vote to Condemn Trump for Tweets on Congresswomen Bloomberg (furzy)
GOP senator: ‘Outrageous’ to say Trump’s tweets about Democratic congresswomen are racist The Hill. UserFriendly: “Contrary to the headline most the GOP senators running away from it.”
Donald Trump’s grandfather wrote letter begging not to be deported. Here it is Independent (Chuck L)
Trump’s Fixation on Intellectual Property Rights Serves the Rich Dean Baker, TruthOut. While you were busy with the latest Trump outrage du jour…
In an effort to "prove" President Trump isn't a racist, his defenders keep pointing to the fact that, in 1986, he received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor along with Rosa Parks.
Well, about that….
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) January 14, 2018
How a Criminal Justice Reform Became an Enrichment Scheme Politico (Chuck L)
Jeffrey Epstein Had ‘Piles of Cash,’ Diamonds, Saudi Passport in Safe Daily Beast (furzy). Wow, this is damning independent of the bail question.
Tesla’s Updates Make Other Cars Feel Like ‘Owning a Horse’ MarketRealist. EM: “Tesla shill piece of the day. If ‘like owning a horse’ means ‘not remotely brickable’, that sounds like a plus, not a minus, to me.”
Boeing 737 Max ordered by Ryanair undergoes name change Guardian (Kevin W)
What Looms Behind James Howard Kunstler (Chuck L)
Central Bank Independence: Myth and Misunderstanding Randy Wray, Levy Institute (Chuck L)
Australia now has the highest minimum wage in the world Big Picture (resilc)
The Trouble With Uplift Adolph Reed, Baffler
Nomads travel to America’s Walmarts to stock Amazon’s shelves The Verge (resilc)
Antidote du jour. Another shot of a big Northern Pacific Rattlesnake that Randy G encountered safely:
And a bonus from guurst:
I have been waiting like four days in twitter jail after finding this gif just to show it to all of you: pic.twitter.com/J82sYJgU74
— Carolyn Velociraptor (@Arumi_kai) July 1, 2019
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.