China’s Replaying History, Computer War, Investing in Lifestyle, Shaky Remain Leadership

What I'm listening to.

Mozart: Symphony No. 4 in D major, K. 19

Leaping in China (and running to Vancouver).

New York Review of Books  -- Crackdown in China: Worse and Worse

“As a liberal, I no longer feel I have a future in China,” a prominent Chinese think tank head in the process of moving abroad recently lamented in private. 

Quote -- “The CCDI’s anticorruption campaign is chillingly evocative of the draconian repressions launched by the Eastern Depot during the Ming dynasty,” one historically minded corporate consultant told me. She was referring to a period in imperial history that represented a high tide of Chinese despotism.”


Telegraph -- China's leaders are blowing their last chance to avert an economic crisis

China panic has abated. The Shanghai Composite index of equities is back above 3,000. The much-feared devaluation never happened.

Quote -- "Our concern is some of the stimulus is likely to take the form of higher credit growth, more support for sectors that are in a secular sense declining and not that productive. We worry about the quality of growth more than the quantity of growth.”

New warfare.

National Review -- The Destructive Threat of Cyberwarfare

There is a consensus that aggression by one nation against another is a serious matter, but there is no comparable consensus about what constitutes aggression. 


Financial Times -- US takes cyber warfare mainstream

No one, Moscow included, will argue against America’s use of the internet to attack Isis.

Borrowing for image.

BBC -- The Surprising Benefits of Living Beyond Your Means

Scroll through rapper 50 Cent’s Instagram feed and you’ll find a preponderance of photos where he basks in unimaginable riches.

Brexit slippery slope.

The Times -- Voters turn from EU as trust in Cameron slides

Public trust in David Cameron over Europe has slumped as a new poll for The Times shows the referendum on a knife edge.

(ed’s note -- history plays interesting games, the Remain vote now depends on a Labour leader that is loathed by Conservatives and a Tory leader over whom entitlement weighs on like a wet blanket.)



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