The new economy of excrement Nature
The Equifax fiasco is a classic case of ‘weapon of math destruction’ WaPo
How badly did Equifax breach damage the Social Security system? McClatchy
Equifax Holds Contract to Verify Data of Obamacare Customers Bloomberg
Internet Tax Ruling Worth Billions Poised for Supreme Court Review Bloomberg
EU efforts to impose heavier taxes on tech giants gather momentum FT
California Legislature Sells Out Our Data to ISPs EFF
Here’s how much social media stars get paid to post ads Recode
Researchers find summer heat’s lasting longer in the Gulf of Maine Portland Press-Herald (study). “Since 2004, the Gulf of Maine – which extends from Massachusetts to the head of the Bay of Fundy and includes all of coastal Maine – has warmed faster than anyplace else on the planet, except for an area northeast of Japan.”
You’re probably drinking little bits of plastic in your tap water Quartz
Real estate industry blocks sea-level warnings that could crimp profits on coastal properties McClatchy
Where modern macroeconomics went wrong Real World Economics Review (MT).
Crime and Punishment Harpers (DG)
Afghanistan – U.S. Resolved To Repeat Failures Moon of Alabama
OUTRAGEOUS: Whiny Sen. Rand Paul tries ending the war in Afghanistan after only 16 years Duffel Blog
Digging In for Next Decade, U.S. Expands Kabul Security Zone NYT
‘I Want to Finish This’: US Special Ops Leaders Urge Washington to Stick by the Syrian Kurds Defense One
Saudi Arabia Cracks Down on Dissenting Clerics Amid Rumors of Crown Prince’s Rise to Throne The Intercept
Venezuela to End Dollar-Denominated Oil Deals, Currency Exchanges Venezuelanalysis
Venezuela’s Maduro upbeat on talks, opposition fear ‘show’ Reuters
Brazil’s Elite Have Fallen To Pieces Forbes
Frustrated EU fears Britain is ‘heading for the Brexit rocks’ Guardian
Boris Johnson resurrects the Leave campaign’s £350m for NHS fantasy The New Statesman
Boris Johnson outburst challenges Theresa May’s Brexit leadership FT
Spain tightens grip over Catalan spending as tensions soar France24
What Spain has to lose from Catalan independence Politico
Commentary: Labor reform in France’s Macron economy Reuters
The China Puzzle NYT
The live stream industry in China should reach $5 billion this year Quartz
The New Cold War
The Russian Hacking Story Continues to Unravel Counterpunch (original).
The (Thus Far) Flimsy Case for Republican Cooperation on Russian Targeting emptywheel
Trump and Russia: what does Robert Mueller know? Gillian Tett, FT
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Envoy welcomes Russian idea for UN troops in eastern Ukraine Guardian
Ukraine requests new weapons from US as Russia kicks off huge military exercise Independent
Harvard Fellowships Have Always Been a Joke Foreign Policy (MR).
Trump Administration Seeks to Avoid Withdrawal From Paris Climate Accord, International Climate Officials Say WSJ. The administration is now saying nothing has changed, but the article is reasonably sourced.
Teflon Don confounds Democrats Politico. “Pollsters are shocked by how many voters describe themselves as ‘exhausted’ by the constant chaos surrounding Trump, and they find that there’s strong support for a Congress that provides a check on him rather than voting for his agenda most of the time. But he is still viewed as an outsider shaking up the system, which people in the various surveys say they like, and which Democrats don’t stack up well against.”
I watched my patients die of poverty for 40 years. It’s time for single-payer. WaPo. This:
In my 27 years at these two safety-net hospitals, not one of my patients received an organ or bone marrow transplant. Yet the organs that fed the transplant centers across the region came from the dying patients in these hospitals. Our patients — the poorest of the poor — gave, but they never received.
The loss of morality in America’s health-care debate WaPo
Single-Payer Movement Shows: Life After Trump May Not Suck Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone
CBO Sees Slow Growth For Exchanges; Administration Promotes Agents And Brokers In Marketplaces Health Affairs
Congress Enters Legal Fight to Block Release of Obamacare Repeal Emails American Oversight. A bipartisan effort.
Democrats in Disarray
Why Democrats Should Dump ‘Free College’ Washington Monthly
The ‘Hillary safe space’ that divided the American left BBC. The Beeb late to the party on Verrit.
Harvard Business School’s Latest Case Study Looks at American Politics and Finds a Rigged System WSJ
What’s happening to rural mental health center is sickening Des Moines Register
Our Famously Free Press
With scripted comedy videos, The Washington Post wants to provide “new entry points to the news” Nieman Labs
Did The Washington Post Break A Law When It Disciplined A Reporter Over A Jeff Bezos Op-Ed? HuffPo
Black Injustice Tipping Point
Heated protests follow Stockley acquittal St Louis Post-Dispatch and READ: Entire judgment in Jason Stockley case KSDK
‘Those were no warning shots’ : Security guard describes the moment Porsche-driving lawyer shot homeless man Daily Mail
The day that destroyed the working class and sowed the seeds of Trump NY Post
6 Things Juggalo Culture Teaches Us About Trump Cracked (January 2017 but still useful). So far as I can tell, the Juggalos are the Burning Man of the working class. That’s why the FBI classifies them as a gang, but not the CEOs attending Burning Man, despite the wage-fixing cartel that they ran.
Democratic Socialists group endorses ‘Juggalo March’ in DC The Hill. What a time to be alive!
Psychologists studied 5,000 genius kids for 45 years — here are their 6 key takeaways Business Insider
How Reading Rewires Your Brain for More Intelligence and Empathy Big Think
Antidote du jour (via the Snow Leopard Trust):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.