Tuesday, June 16, 2020

More than 1,250 former Justice Dept. workers call for Barr probe

Saying the city remained on track for progressing into the final stage, Mayor Eric Johnson told Dallas residents on Friday that they would soon officially be entering Phase 4 of pretending the coronavirus was over. “Thanks to the efforts of municipal employees, I’m happy to say we’ve reached the final phases of completely deluding ourselves into thinking that this pandemic has somehow stopped spreading and that we’re safe,”  

More than 1,250 former Justice Dept. workers call for Barr probe - Washington Post – “…In a letter to Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, the group said it was “deeply concerned about the Department’s actions, and those of Attorney General William Barr himself, in response to the nationwide lawful gatherings to protest the systemic racism that has plagued this country throughout its history.” “In particular, we are disturbed by Attorney General Barr’s possible role in ordering law enforcement personnel to suppress a peaceful domestic protest in Lafayette Square on June 1, 2020, for the purpose of enabling President Trump to walk across the street from the White House and stage a photo op at St. John’s Church, a politically motivated event in which Attorney General Barr participated,” the group wrote….

China’s Consumers Increasing the Price of Provoking the Dragon

Australia’s governments, businesses and media have accorded inadequate attention to the power of the Chinese consumer when picking fights with Beijing.

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Melania Trump used White House move to renegotiate prenup, book claims Guardian (furzy). Haha, Unlike Ivan, MELania is no dummy!

System of blind spots (review) Ann Pettifor, Times Literary Supplement. An entertaining look at several books on financial fraud.

The Macroeconomics Of Degrowth Steve Keen, Econintersect

Making a Planet Worth Saving Biill McKibben, The New Yorker. Of 350.org. Another view of NGOs

‘Resilient’ subprime borrowers spread cheer in US debt markets FT. That’s nice.

The Looming Bank Collapse The Atlantic. Real economy chickens coming home to roost in the financial economy? The chicken in question, however, is the CLO. See Yves here in May 2020 when the FT ran the same story: She was dubious.

Court to consider high-stakes tobacco fightFlorida Politics (Alex).

An Internet of Trouble lies ahead as root certificates begin to expire en masse, warns security researcher The Register. “Some IoT devices such as security systems or lighting systems do make secure internet connections to enable remote control and reporting, but have no visual user interface, which could leave users perplexed as to why they no longer work.” Oh.

Yeast of our worries: Marmite supplies hit by Covid-19 beer brewing slowdownGuardian 


As they say on Airstrip One, “Who Controls the Past Controls the Future.”