Links 7/19/18

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

Senators Want to Sneak Safety Exemptions for Self-Driving Cars Into Law StreetsBlog USA

Can we remove a trillion tons of carbon from the atmosphere? Ecologist

The myth of clean natural gas The Week

Penalty for poisoning Lake Michigan ‘unjustifiably low,’ surfers say as they seek to restart lawsuit vs. U.S. Steel Chicago Reader

People Are Literally Being Poisoned’: How Sewage Problems in Alabama Got So Bad — and Why Other States Should Worry Governing

Brexit

Brexit: closing in EU Referendum. Yikes.

EU calms Varadkar’s fears of physical Border checks after Brexit Irish Times

Luxury London homes being sold in bulk as demand drops FT

Fast Food Nation: Inside India’s Growing Crisis Der Spiegel

China

Balding Out Balding’s World (MsExpat). “I am leaving China…” Well worth a read.

Xi Jinping ‘doesn’t intend to follow through’ on trade war talks and local Chinese officials are ‘like mafioso dons’, says top Donald Trump adviser Larry Kudlow South China Morning Post

Trump’s Trade War May Spark a Chinese Debt Crisis Bloomberg

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

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