The greatest purveyors of radical Islam aren’t the Iranians, as a general says. The Saudis win that title hands down. nytimes.com|By Thomas L. Friedman

I strongly support the nuclear arms deal with Iran, and Tom Friedman reviews why it is a good deal for the US.

The greatest purveyors of radical Islam aren’t the Iranians, as a general says. The Saudis win that title hands down.
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Dr. Sacks explored some of the brain’s strangest pathways in best-selling case histories like “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat,” achieving a level of renown… nytimes.com|By Gregory Cowles

” “And now, weak, short of breath, my once-firm muscles melted away by cancer, I find my thoughts, increasingly, not on the supernatural or spiritual, but on what is meant by living a good and worthwhile life — achieving a sense of peace within oneself. I find my thoughts drifting to the Sabbath, the day of rest, the seventh day of the week, and perhaps the seventh day of one’s life as well, when one can feel that one’s work is done, and one may, in good conscience, rest.” ”

Dr. Sacks explored some of the brain’s strangest pathways in best-selling case histories like “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat,” achieving a level of renown…
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Rui Hai International Logistics, the company whose warehouses were hit by the deadly blasts, has become a symbol of the high cost of rapid industrialization in… nytimes.com|By ANDREW JACOBS

There is tremor in the force from China.
“Now, more than two weeks after explosions at its warehouses leveled a swath of that district, killing 145 people, injuring more than 700 and leaving millions here fearful of toxic fallout, Rui Hai has become a symbol of something else for many Chinese: the high cost of rapid industrialization in a closed political system rife with corruption.”

Rui Hai International Logistics, the company whose warehouses were hit by the deadly blasts, has become a symbol of the high cost of rapid industrialization in…
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“a symbol of the high cost of rapid industrialization in a closed political system rife with corruption”

Reminds me of a tragic fire and explosion at an ammonium nitrate warehouse in West, TX, which killed 15 and injured 225, because of the proximity to a town and the absence of fire codes.

The state of Texas legally prohibits local governments from having their own codes or rules because they are unfriendly to business, while providing none at the state level.

Only 23.8% of adult Texans managed to vote in 2014, a legacy of a corrupt, gerrymandered districting system that reliably delivers an ideologically driven legislature and predictable results like West, TX and the highest health care uninsured rate in the country at 24.4%.

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America’s Dangerous Bargain With Turkey – The New York Times

“Shortly after granting access to the base, Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, launched a wave of airstrikes on Kurdish targets, reigniting a conflict that had been on the road to resolution. To make matters worse, Turkey has struck hard at Syrian Kurds who have, until now, been America’s most reliable ally in fighting the Islamic State, often called ISIS, in northern Syria.PhotoA demonstration against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party on August 16 in Istanbul. Credit Ozan Kose/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesAmerican and Turkish policies toward Syria were always rooted in different visions of what Syria would look like if the regime of President Bashar al-Assad fell.”

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Signs, Long Unheeded, Now Point to Risks in U.S. Economy – LANDON THOMAS Jr., NYT

“What was driving weakness in all these countries was the gradual slowdown in the Chinese economy. As China bought less steel from Brazil, iron ore from Australia (its stock market was down by 22 percent during this time frame) and less mineral fuel and oil from Indonesia, the effect on these economies was immediate.

When it comes to warning indicators from China, there are many from which to choose. One is that, according to their 2014 balance sheets, four out of five of the world’s largest banks are Chinese. Or one could choose the Chinese debt ratio, which McKinsey & Company has estimated to be over 280 percent of the country’s total economic output.”

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A Warning on China Seems Prescient – Andrew Sorkin on Kenneth Rogoff, The New York Times

“Kenneth Rogoff has long warned of a potential financial crisis in China.

Mr. Rogoff, a professor of economics at Harvard University, accurately predicted the eurozone debt crisis and for years has been telling anyone who would listen that China posed the next big threat to the global economy. He is starting to look right, again.

“In economics, things take longer to happen than you think they will, and then they happen faster than you thought they could,” Mr. Rogoff said on Monday from Cambridge, Mass., repeating a favorite line from Rudi Dornbusch, the German economist. (Mr. Rogoff sat in on Mr. Dornbusch’s class at M.I.T. in 1977.)”

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Mideast governments that are often focused on bloody conflicts are being stressed by the pressures brought on by Mother Nature. nytimes.com|By Thomas L. Friedman

Originally posted on Inconvenient News .Wordpress.com:

Tom Friedman: “Here’s my bet about the future of Sunni, Shiite, Arab, Turkish, Kurdish and Israeli relations: If they don’t end their long-running conflicts, Mother Nature is going to destroy them all long before they destroy one another. Let me point out a few news items you may have missed while debating the Iran nuclear deal.

On July 31, USA Today reported that in Bandar Mahshahr, Iran, a city adjacent to the Persian Gulf, the heat index soared to 163 degrees “as a heat wave continued to bake the Middle East, already one of the hottest places on earth. ”

Mideast governments that are often focused on bloody conflicts are being stressed by the pressures brought on by Mother Nature.
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