Gizmodo (Dr. Kevin)
RT (Kevin W)
Never Ending Footsteps (resilc). A lovely idea. I’ve been to Lisbon twice and spent a little time in some other Portuguese cities, and thought it was a great country. But you need an EU visa :-(
LiveScience (David L). No wonder it’s so confused.
Cape Times. Gavin P:
A friend of mine has been working for years to prevent/solve the Cape Town water catastrophe. There is a solution, and corrupt and incompetent gov’t has been getting in the way for over a decade. This article is from 2013, and seems to have been entirely overlooked by the msm
Business Insider (David L). Not the first study to do that…
Economist (David L)
Pitchfork (Randy K)
A bit late to post on the Pope-China controversy. From David R: “Talk about a country that knows how to manage the “gate” to its market. Anyways, two different views of this particular trade negotiation. I put the WSJ one first as having the more positive spin.”
Wall Street Journal:
Pope Francis has decided to accept the legitimacy of seven Catholic bishops appointed by the Chinese government, a concession that the Holy See hopes will lead Beijing to recognize his authority as head of the Catholic Church in China, according to a person familiar with the plan.
For years, the Vatican didn’t recognize the bishops’ ordinations, which were carried out in defiance of the pope and considered illicit, part of a long-running standoff between the Catholic Church and China’s officially atheist Communist Party.
Chris Grey (Richard Smith)
Daily Mail. Includes a video clip.
Herald Scotland. Richard Smith has a mini-rant and look at the dashing photo!
Juan Cole (resilc)
New York Times. Resilc: “China buys off the Taliban in joint ventures for the Silk Road 2.0.”
Imperial Collapse Watch
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Politico. Hooray! Now if they can succeed in doing that with monopoly policy too…
Vanity Fair. Lambert:
I confess I find myself liking this guy the more I read about him. I realize that this is within the context of an incredibly odious and duplicitous administration, but he strikes me as being far more transparent than any of the other figures out there. I especially love his characterizations of Bannon and Priebus.
Caitlin Johnstone (UserFriendly)
Real News Network
Andrew Sullivan, New York Magazine (resilc)
e NBC. Oh come on. The intel agencies have become a dangerous force in what passes for our democracy and if you don’t know that, you haven’t been paying attention. They need to be leashed and collared. That was last done in a weak manner with the Church Committee and was pretty quickly made irrelevant.
New York Magazine
Reuters (EM). Hooray!
A film critic was suspended for allegedly buying fake Twitter followers. Justified or overreaction? Washington Post. Bill B: “Deception isn’t the sole domain of corporate outlets. “
Wolf Street (EM)
Wall Street Journal (EM). Dow 26,000, we hardly knew ye.
PBS. Kevin C points out Yellen very rarely does interviews like this.
Opioids. Note we have had to make this a topic…
Reuters. EM: “Given that prosecutors allege a clear conspiracy to bribe doctors and other malfeasance, can we expect criminal charges against top execs anytime soon? (Yes, that was sarcasm.)”
Dallas News. Appalling and worse, not uncommon.
Antidote du jour (Tracie H):
A bonus video antidote (Gavin P):
And a second bonus antidote because it’s that kind of day (AFXH). I dunno, but the cat seems to be on board with this. I leash-trained a couple of cats and they seemed to enjoy the considerable attention they got when I took them out, so maybe this feline like being a YouTube star:
in case you're having a rough day
— Cuties Overload (@cutiesoverload)