Dealing with Hurricane Trump: Jeh Johnson, former Homeland Security chief, on the many crises, natural and otherwise, of the Trump era. We’re wired for Harvey-like disasters — which is why we need functional governance. Garrett Graff on the secret history of FEMA. Trump wants to slash budgets of federal agencies at the forefront of disaster relief. Harvey tests clashes between TX Dem run cities, GOP-dominated legislature. As Houston floods, Rightbloggers try to turn Harvey’s wrath on liberals. I pray to God Florida Republicans listen to Rush Limbaugh and ignore all this “hurricane” hype. D.R. Tucker on Hurricane Harvey, the climate 9/11. Joe Roussos on the philosophy of hurricanes.


Steve Cooke and Andrew Futter (Leicester): Democracy versus Deterrence: Nuclear Weapons and Political Integrity. C. Christine Fair (Georgetown): Pakistan’s Nuclear Program: Laying the Groundwork for Impunity. South Asia is not the most dangerous place on Earth. Hey, NATO, let’s move those 50 US thermonuclear weapons out of Turkey. George Friedman on 3 maps that explain the geopolitics of nuclear weapons. The U.N. just passed a treaty outlawing nuclear weapons — that actually matters. The nuclear ban treaty: A missed US opportunity that can be redeemed in September. The test that changed the world: The Manhattan Project shows why it’s so hard to keep countries from obtaining nuclear weapons.

South Korea wants the US to station nuclear weapons in the country. Worried about North Korea? Here’s why you shouldn’t. The risk of nuclear war with North Korea is exaggerated. As crisis brews, some in South Korea fear Trump is “kind of nuts”.


Scientists fear Trump will dismiss blunt climate report. David Roberts on the climate report scientists are afraid Trump will censor, explained. Trump plans to roll back environmental rule everyone agrees on. The Trump administration just disbanded a federal advisory committee on climate change. EPA now requires political aide’s sign-off for agency awards, grant applications. Making America polluted again: Environmental prosecutions hit record low; multiple federal agencies bow to polluters. Trump and Pruitt, making America polluted again. Trump’s pick to head NASA doesn’t believe humans cause climate change. Those 3% of scientific papers that deny climate change? A review found them all flawed. Republicans have a Russia conspiracy theory, too: It’s against environmentalists. A two-decade crusade by conservative charities fueled Trump’s exit from Paris climate accord.

Eliza Barclay and Sarah Frostenson on the ecological disaster that is Trump’s border wall. We’re on the brink of a major environmental disaster — are we ready? Trump Forest organizers want to resist Trump with billions of trees (and more).


Carlton Patrick and Debra Lieberman (Miami): How Disgust Becomes Law. Andrew Gilden (Willamette): IP, R.I.P. (“This Article reexamines the interests of an artist’s families, friends, and other heirs [“IP estates”] within the IP system”). Indian journalist critical of Hindu extremists Gauri Lankesh is shot dead in Bangalore. Kenya’s Supreme Court just declared the Aug. 8 elections invalid — here’s what this means. Alin Coman on the psychology of collective memory and group membership. Zine queens: How women’s magazines found new life via indie publishing. Google critic’s firing sparks backlash within New America ranks (and more). Love it or hate it, truckers say they can’t stop listening to public radio.


Scott Skinner-Thompson (NYU): Performative Privacy. Alberto Romele (Porto) and Francesco Gallino, Camilla Emmenegger, and Daniele Gorgone (Turin): Panopticism is not Enough: Social Media as Technologies of Voluntary Servitude. Bart P. Knijnenburg, David Cherry, Daricia Wilkinson and Saadhika Sivakumar (Clemson), Elaine M. Raybourn (Sandia National Laboratories), and Henry Sloan): Death to the Privacy Calculus? Mary Madden (Harvard), Michele E. Gilman (Baltimore), Karen EC Levy (Cornell), and Alice E. Marwick (Data & Society): Privacy, Poverty and Big Data: A Matrix of Vulnerabilities for Poor Americans. Digital surveillance is class warfare: The poor are victimized by devices and the companies who profit from them.

The age of AI surveillance is here. Jonathan Weinberg on the real costs of cheap surveillance. Joseph Heath on the end of privacy (and part 2). The introduction to The Poverty of Privacy Rights by Khiara M. Bridges.


Peter L. Markowitz and Lindsay Nash (Yeshiva): Pardoning Immigrants. From Vox, Dara Lind on 9 facts that explain DACA, the immigration program Trump is threatening to end; and why ending DACA is so unprecedented: Trump’s decision to wind down DACA unless Congress acts doesn’t just threaten 800,000 immigrants — it threatens America’s immigration legacy. Dreamers live in every US state and don’t just come from Mexico (and more). Poll: Majority opposes deporting Dreamers. Minerva G. Carcano on why ending DACA is unchristian. Obama speaks out on DACA: “To target these young people is wrong”. Companies to offer “dreamers” legal protection as Trump scraps DACA.

Thread: “AG Sessions today said DACA was ‘an unconstitutional exercise of authority by the Executive Branch’ that circumvented immigration laws”. DACA is not unconstitutional: The Trump administration’s case against the DACA program is nonsense. Killing the dream: Trump’s reasons for rescinding DACA don’t hold up — and they shouldn’t distract from the real travesty with rescinding DACA. Here are 4 lies Jeff Sessions told to justify ending DACA. “Trump just gave a masterclass in cowardice: he cancelled #DACA, and then trotted out Sessions because he was too scared to do it himself”.

One big problem on DACA: Trump does not know what he wants. Trump asks for a “way out” on DACA, aides offer a sloppy dodge. Trump just put the GOP Congress in an even tougher spot with his DACA decision. Trump is counting on Congress to save DACA — that’s an enormous gamble. A frazzled Congress may not be able to clean up Trump’s DACA mess. Trump isn’t delivering his own DACA policy because he’s cowardly and weak (and more). By ending DACA, Trump is trying to appease his base while leaving room to blame others. Trump’s immigration plan is Obamacare repeal all over.

Trump administration to Dreamers: Prepare to self-deport. The Trump administration now has tons of DACA data and is poised to weaponize it. Ending DACA puts “Dreamers” at mercy of Congress. For “Dreamers” with disabilities, it’s more than a DACA work permit on the line.

DACA decision confirms it: Trump has killed the Bush version of the GOP. Why the Republican Party will come to regret rolling back DACA. “Don't know about ‘our politics.’ One political party is broken”.

“To recap: A guy who dodged the draft, colluded with Russia, and defended Nazis gets to decide who’s American enough to stay in the country”.


Donald Trump and the psychology of doom and gloom: Anne Marthe van der Bles and Sander van der Linden on a new way to understand why voters choose extreme candidates. Masha Gessen on Trump’s hoodlums. Trump raises an army: Trump’s supporters see him as vector; he sees them as market. Why Trump keeps doing unpopular things to please his base: Andrew Prokop on the best case for what may seem like a puzzling political strategy. He’s our asshole: “In conclusion, Fuck Liberals. That, in two words, is the single motivation of Republicans and why they are completely fine with Trump, with Sessions, with Arpaio, with anyone liberals hate, what with their feelings and compassion and belief in relative equality and the like”.

“Disappointed” and “let down”, disaffected Trump voters voice their dismay. Polls show Trump still gets the results he wants: It turns out if you increase the supply of spite, you increase the demand. The story we’re missing by only focusing on Trump’s base.

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