Historic Flooding on the Arkansas River in Oklahoma and Arkansas Weather Underground
World Happiness Report 2019 (PDF) John F. Helliwell, Richard Layard and Jeffrey D. Sachs
French Senate says Notre-Dame must be restored exactly how it was The Local. I don’t think the Senate has the last word, though.
How SYRIZA lost and New Democracy won MacroPolis
Aporkalypse now The Economist
Gangster Pork Monopolies in China Dim Sums
Trump administration underestimates China, experts warn Straits Times
See How Much You Know About Maritime Policy and Disputes Council on Foreign Relations
Philippine Supreme Court removes Duterte ‘enemy’ judge Reuters (PD: “This I think hasn’t been treated as a high profile story in the world media, but my friends in the ‘pines say this is essentially the start of a Duterte dictatorship — the Supreme Court was the last honest bulwark against absolute presidential power. Now it’s been neutralised.”)
Uruguay’s diplomat and banker named EU’s representative to help with the Venezuelan situation Merco Press. “Help with.”
The human cost of America’s “economic war” in Venezuela New Statesman
A street dog leads a Venezuelan family to a new home in Colombia NBC. A heart-tugging story about a dog? This is what we’ve come to?
New Cold War
Reflections on the President’s Delegation of Declassification Authority to the Attorney General Lawfare. Surely Madison would approve?
Russiagate and the Dry Rot in American Journalism Counterpunch
The Economic Effects of the 2017 Tax Revision: Preliminary Observations Congressional Research Service
Trump Undercuts Bolton on North Korea and Iran NYT. Because Bolton is a loser. Nobody could have predicted….
Democrats in Disarray
Democratic hopes for climate policy may come down to this one weird Senate trick Vox. So wait for the aliens, then?
How Bernie Sanders Accidentally Built a Radical Movement The Intercept. La carrière est ouverte aux talents. Must read!
Healthcare executives call for Stark law reform Modern Health. “The anti-kickback statute is meant to curb Medicare and Medicaid spending by prohibiting financial compensation for referrals. But it has impeded new payment models by limiting incentives used to reward progress.” Oh. “Progress.”
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Imperial Collapse Watch
America Adrift Center for American Progress. “When asked what the phrase ‘maintaining the liberal international order’ indicated to them, all but one of the participants in our focus groups drew a blank. Voters across educational lines simply did not understand what any of these phrases and ideas meant or implied.” Sounds like a funding pitch. Neera had better get the UAE on the blower.
Westside private school gave diplomas to nonstudents for a fee. Then came the college admissions scandal Los Angeles Times. These stories keep happening. I’m not sure that the professional classes have focused on the idea that credentials cannot be seen to have been obtained by corrupt means if they are to be of value and their bearers are to have authority (absent a Third World situation where credentials are a result of open clientelism, of course).
Facebook plans to launch ‘GlobalCoin’ currency in 2020 BBC. Bill Black: “The best way to rob a bank is to own one.”
Antidote du jour (Carey):
Carey writes from Los Osos, CA: “Heron in my side yard yesterday afternoon. I went outside to see better, and he/she let me hang out for twenty or so minutes. I love how they move so slowly, and they’re such graceful fliers, too!”
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.