Wed. Aug. 15

Trump revokes Brennan’s security clearance…
Brennan: I will not relent

Reporter wrecks Trump’s rationale for revoking Brennan’s clearance by pointing out they haven’t revoked Flynn’s
Raw Story

typewriter-realnews-lineTurnout in Tuesday night primaries:

  • Minnesota: Dem 580,962; GOP 319,276
  • Wisconsin: Dem 537,840; GOP 456,007
  • Connecticut: Dem 211,499; GOP 142,890
  • Vermont: Dem 57,102; GOP 35,840

Wisconsin’s Walker figures he’s in for rough ride
Talking Points Memo
— Gov. Scott Walker (R) and his Democratic detractors have been in a no-holds-barred brawl for eight years now. But there’s one thing the two sides can agree on: This election is Democrats’ best chance to beat him.

5 things about Christine Hallquist, trailblazing Vermont candidate
Boston Globe
Hallquist made history Tuesday night when she captured the Democratic nomination for governor in Vermont, making her the first transgender candidate to get a major-party gubernatorial nod in US history.

Congress snoozes as tariff cronyism gets worse
— Commerce Department now has 120 people working full-time deciding which businesses are exempt from tariffs.
… Thousands of American companies have filed more than 33,000 requests for exemptions to the steel and aluminum tariffs, but fewer than 1,500 have been granted and the vast majority remain in limbo.
√ A suspicious person might view this as an opportunity for favoritism, bribery, cronyism and corruption. No?

Governor candidates blaming each other for Florida’s killer algae
New Republic
… more pollution, less oversight, and a depleted budget for remediation set the stage for the current algal explosion.

Authors of crazy Qanon conspiracy theory
did it for … three guesses … money? money? money?
NBC News
… Their move to Reddit was key to Qanon’s eventual spread. There, they were able to tap into a larger audience of conspiracy theorists, and drive discussion with their analysis of each Q post. From there, Qanon crept to Facebook where it found a new, older audience via dozens of public and private groups.

The obesity epidemic: It’s WHAT we’re eating, not how much
The Guardian
… The light begins to dawn when you look at the nutrition figures in more detail. Yes, we ate more in 1976, but differently. Today, we buy half as much fresh milk per person, but five times more yoghurt, three times more ice cream and – wait for it – 39 times as many dairy desserts. We buy half as many eggs as in 1976, but a third more breakfast cereals and twice the cereal snacks; half the total potatoes, but three times the crisps.

Corona beer giant bets $3.8 billion on cannabis drink

A piss-poor solution

paris urinals
In Paris, authorities are taking an unusual approach to combat the scourge of public urination: Make urination even more public. The city is experimenting with completely exposed, eco-friendly urinals.

Turkey’s econ crisis? That’s nothin’
What about China’s?
NY Times Opinion
… Now the question is whether Turkey is poised to trigger a wider global crisis, the way the fall of the Thai baht did in 1997. The answer is not clear. The fall of the Turkish lira has had a negative effect on other emerging market currencies, but few of those countries share Turkey’s dual problem of having large foreign debt and government policies that fuel inflation.
But there is an even bigger question looming: The strong dollar that is weakening Turkey’s economy may also be undermining the world’s second-largest economy, China.
… China is in a tough spot. The strengthening dollar threatens to provoke more capital flight out of China, but any effort to shore up the renminbi in response could further slow the Chinese economy. For years Beijing has responded to signs of weakness in the economy by printing more renminbi, which worked fine when the United States was also running a very loose monetary policy. Now that the United States is raising interest rates, lowering rates in China will only give Chinese investors more reason to leave the country.
…The fate of the world economy depends on how China negotiates this dilemma.

Italy’s populists called warnings of bridge collapse a “fairy tale”
Vice News
bridge italy.jpg… 
Di Maio and Toninelli’s own party, the anti-establishment 5 Star Movement, had repeatedly dismissed warnings about the safety of the bridge before coming to power, in line with its populist opposition to major infrastructure projects over their cost and the disruption they cause to locals.
… A 2013 statement on the party’s website dismissed warnings of “the imminent collapse of the Morandi Bridge” as a “favoletta” — a fairy tale.

3 other drivers say “stand your ground” dude threatened them
CBS News

Georgia cops shock weed-pulling grandma with taser
Raw Story
√ Put down that dandelion or I’ll have to shoot.

Boys, girls to use same bathrooms in new Kansas City schools 
Kansas City Star
— The bathrooms still have an open alcove area with a common trough sink, but the toilets are enclosed inside individual stalls with floor-to-ceiling walls and lockable doors.

Biden “under doctor’s orders not to travel”
Chicago Sun-Times

Garbage companies are refusing your recycling.
The trade war with China will make it worse
San Francisco Chronicle
The Chinese “… are shutting the door on a lot of materials,” said Kimberly Scheibly at Marin Sanitary Service in San Rafael, where mixed paper has been accumulating for months as the firm looks for a buyer.

Want your paycheck to go further? Move to Duluth
CBS Moneywatch
By contrast, salaries were lowest after adjusting for the high cost of living in cities like Honolulu, Santa Cruz, California, and Miami.

“The entire global food system is a nightmare on the horizon.”
… a warning that our modern food system is interconnected in ways we will fail to truly grasp until “a single shock or stress impacts the system.”
— Grub Street 

L.A. to install nation’s first subway body scanners
— The deployment of the portable scanners, which project waves to do full-body screenings of passengers walking through a station without slowing them down, will happen in the coming months.

The average American takes less holiday time than a Medieval peasant, economist reveals
The (UK) Sun
The US is the only advanced country with no national vacation policy whatsoever …

US Household Debt Hits Record $13.3 Trillion
Zero Hedge

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