NYT (J-LS). “A study published last fall documented a 76 percent decline in the total seasonal biomass of flying insects netted at 63 locations in Germany over the last three decades. Losses in midsummer, when these insects are most numerous, exceeded 80 percent.” Anecdotes from the NC readership support this: “I have not seen a bug splat on a windshield for ages.” More from the article: “This alarming discovery, made by mostly amateur naturalists who make up the volunteer-run Entomological Society Krefeld…” Wave that in front of anybody whinging that all the jobs in a Jobs Guarantee have to be “make-work.” There are enormous opportunities in citizen science.
In These Times
FT. Just in time for CalPERS to buy in!
Wolf Street. Private equity strikes again!
Business Insider. Yves: “‘Returned.’ Help me. Sure to be mainly buybacks.”
FT. Because they’re crooks. And where’s that Oxford comma?
NBR. Old-school balance-of-power realpolitik, and none the worse for that.
The Hill. Note that .
War on the Rocks
Wynne Godley, LRB. From 1992, still germane.
Quartz. Handy map of claimed territories in the South China Sea. No issues here!
New Cold War
The National Interest
Sean’s Russia Blog
Agence France Presse
CNN. Much virtue-signaling on this one.
Federal News Radio
Pro Football Talk. Presumably beer sales will halt while the anthem is played?
Investopedia (E. Mayer). E. Mayer commments: “Ms. Daniels has her liaison and legal battle with Trump to thank for rescuing her from ‘Stormy who?’ PR-oblivion and thus enabling her to cash in big-time. Ain’t capitalism grand? We even have another set of ‘everyone will make money!’ promises, so clearly in a few years we can expect to see a batch of newly-minted PornCoin billionaires, not just on the coin-issuer side, but also among the more heroically avid ‘content consumers.'” I dunno. On the one hand, I’m very happy to file Bitcoin and its ilk under The Bezzle. On the other, the demand for porn drove the expansion of the Internet, home video, and the printed word. So…
Realignment and Legitimacy
Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ. “Mr. Trump has an even quicker way to bring the hostility to an end. He can—and should—declassify everything possible, letting Congress and the public see the truth. That would put an end to the daily spin and conspiracy theories.” Good point, unless of course all parties to the dispute view “daily spin and conspiracy theories” not as a bug, but a feature.
ThoughtCo (CL). Forgotten history….
Vice. Note the essential role of debt.
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Idoneous Security. From February, still germane.
MIT Technology Review (KS). “I haven’t yet decided if Alexa will be leaving our home; I’m going to talk it over with my family first. But you can bet the Echo Dot’s microphone will be muted while we discuss it.” You mean, Echo Dot’s mute button will have been pressed. Not quite the same, eh?
Democrats in Disarray
Newsweek. Amazingly, , or at least not a crude hatchet job.
Chris Cilizza, CNN. Democrats about to blow another easy lay-up? Still, is a long time in politics….
Los Angeles Times. Clinton: “It’s the biggest news platform in the world. can listen to really brilliant experienced writers like [Washington Post columnist] David Ignatius and try to keep up with the news, but in our country get their news, true or not, from Facebook.” She will not change. There’s the elitism (“we” vs. “most people”). Then there’s the sloppy wet kiss for .
Bloomberg (JT McPhee).
University of York (KS).
Philadelphia Inquirer (KS).
Nature. “This suggests that around 5000–7000 BP [Before Present, 2000-5000 BC], coinciding with the post-Neolithic period in each region of the Old World for which the bottleneck was found, there were minor changes in the number of reproducing females and a more stable female population, whereas dramatic reduction in the number of reproducing males occurred.” So, virilicide?
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