ZipDialog Roundup for Thursday, July 6

Articles chosen with care. Comments welcomed. Linked articles in bold purple

 Poland gives Trump enthusiastic greeting. Why? 

Radio Poland gives part of the answer: He says US stands firmly behind “mutual defense” commitment

Comment: The main answer is that they perceive him as tough and ready to deter Russia, which the Poles (understandably) see as militarily aggressive and expansionist. 

 Rep. Steve Scalise, who survived assassination attempt, back in intensive care for infection  (CNN)

He barely survived the initial injuries, was recovering well until this setback, which puts him in “serious” condition in the ICU

 Anarchists, left-wing radicals plan massive demonstrations in Hamburg, site of G20 meetings  (Washington Post)

Up to 100,000 protesters [plan to] turn the old merchant city into a site of a global contest over capitalism, the environment and ethnic nationalism. . . .

Warning of violence, security officials say the demonstration could draw as many as 8,000 members of the militant left, from Germany and beyond. Among its participants will be  “black bloc” demonstrators with anarchist sympathies who wear dark clothes and cover their faces. Authorities said their concerns mounted following the discovery of materials used to prepare molotov cocktails, along with knives, slingshots and baseball bats. –Washington Post

Comment: Peaceful protests are fine, of course, but not violent one. Those should be contained, with arrests leading to stiff sentences. People who organized the violence should be dealt with harshly by the courts.

 Japan and Europe agree on broad outlines of huge trade deal  (Washington Post)

will cover nearly 30 percent of the global economy, 10 percent of the world’s population and 40 percent of global trade. –Washington Post

Comment: The Post says it is aimed at Trump. Partly true. But it is also aimed at Brexit. But its main aim is simpler than these strategic ploys: it is aimed at increasing income in Europe and Japan.

 Air pollution reduces solar power output  (KUOW)

The story began with a Duke scientist noticing the Taj Mahal had to be cleaned every few years because of pollution deposits.

Bottom line: cleaning the solar panels regularly helps.

Comment: It seems to obvious; I was struck that scientists seem not to have noticed it earlier. 

 Green-tech auto company promised a lot of jobs, got a lot of state money, but didn’t deliver. Now Mississippi wants $$ back. (AP)

Clinton friend and now Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe was CEO of this company when this doozy was pulled off.

Comment: The problem with targeted subsidies is that they always favor insiders. That’s true even when the projects succeed.

 “Israel’s high-tech industry is brimming with products that have made the jump from military application to civilian markets,” beginning with Iron Dome air-defense technology (CNBC)

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