Collapse of civilizations worldwide defines youngest unit of the Geologic Time Scale International Commission on Stratigraphy. News you can use!
Lawmaker Questions U.S. Trustee Over McKinsey’s Conflict Disclosures Gretchen Morgenson and Tom Corrigan, WSJ
The myth of clean natural gas The Week
Brexit: closing in EU Referendum. Yikes.
Fast Food Nation: Inside India’s Growing Crisis Der Spiegel
Balding Out Balding’s World (MsExpat). “I am leaving China…” Well worth a read.
China admits to revising padded corporate profits Nikkei Asian Review
Blood Pressure Medicine Is Recalled NYT. “‘It’s not just valsartan,’ [Dr. Harry Lever, a cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic] said. ‘It’s becoming very difficult for me to write prescriptions at all. There are so many drugs that are coming in from India and China and companies are buying and selling each other and you don’t know what’s what.’”
New Cold War
Tales of the New Cold War: 1 of 2: Trump & Putin speak of war and treason. Stephen F. Cohen @NYU @Princeton eastwestaccord.com. (podcast) The John Batchelor Show. Part 2. Normally, I would never say a podcast with no transcript is a must-listen. But this is refreshingly sane, so grab a cup of coffee.
A walk on the wild side as Trump meets Putin at Finland station Pepe Escobar, Asia Times
Why Trump Is Getting Away With Foreign-Policy Insanity Foreign Policy. “Although ‘the Blob’ has reined Trump in to some degree, the relentless drumbeat of criticism from angry liberal interventionists and equally vehement ‘never Trump’ neoconservatives hasn’t had much impact on Trump’s support or on the president’s own convictions. The question is, why?” Because they’ve lost legitimacy. And for good reason.
Democrats want Trump’s interpreter to testify before Congress CNN. I don’t think the Norms Fairy would like that…
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What Mueller’s Latest Indictment Reveals About Russian and U.S. Spycraft The Intercept. Surely the more sophisticated our techniques are revealed to be, the greater attribution issues become?
Imperial Collapse Watch
War Doesn’t Make Sense Anymore The American Conservative
Democrats in Disarray
Democrats’ 2018 slogan: “For the People” Axios. Please kill me now.
Want Gun Control? Arm the Left (It Worked Before) Counterpunch
Exclusive: Over 60 House Democrats are forming a Medicare for All Caucus Vice. So long as they don’t water it down. Start with making “free at the point of care” a non-negotiable demand, which would make that pretty hard.
CEOs vs. Workers Jacobin
Sisters in Arms NYRB
Getting by in Venezuela: Chronicles of Survival and Hope Venezuelanalysis
Thai boys recount cave rescue: Voices in dark, then ‘hello’ Associated Press
Antidote du jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.