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What We Read Today 27 March 2016

Econintersect: Every day our editors collect the most interesting things they find from around the internet and present a summary "reading list" which will include very brief summaries (and sometimes longer ones) of why each item has gotten our attention. Suggestions from readers for "reading list" items are gratefully reviewed, although sometimes space limits the number included.

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Topics today include:

  • New Game of Thrones Trailer

  • Who Funds Climate Change Denial "Research"?

  • Some of the Latest about Trump, Clinton and Sanders (Primary Madness)

  • The Yellowstone Supervolcano May be Bigger and More Powerful then Thought - and Overdue

  • Syria Recaptures Palmyra

  • Pakistan Bombing Targets Christians, Kills at Least 69

  • And More

Articles about events, conflicts and disease around the world


  • GOP faces hurdles if it runs an anti-Trump third-party candidate (The Hill)   Donald Trump's rise has sparked rumblings of an anti-Trump Republican candidate running as a third party if he wins the nomination.  But to do so would take a concerted effort to get on states’ ballots, convince voters of the candidate’s viability and ultimately, leap over rules to capture enough members of the Electoral College.

  • Sanders Says He's Seized Momentum After Crushing Caucus Wins (Bloomberg)  Bernie Sanders said he’s seized the momentum in the race for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination after trouncing Hillary Clinton in three caucuses.  The Vermont senator won Saturday in landslides. He received 73 percent of the vote in Washington state, the day’s biggest prize in terms of delegates; 70 percent in Hawaii, and 82 percent in Alaska, the Associated Press reported. Those wins followed similarly lopsided results in Utah and Idaho on March 22.

  • Forecast: Clinton will crush Trump in November (Fabius Maximus)  FM has contributed to GEI.  Inevitably, Trump’s support crumbles as he becomes a more serious candidate. Millions like him as a fun fantasy football-like candidate, but not as a potential president. If the GOP nominates Trump (as seems likely), this will be a landslide — almost as large as Goldwater-Johnson in 1964 (nowhere near the record set by Nixon-McGovern in 1972). But the forces of populism have been unleashed. Next time a stronger candidate will harness these forces, for good or ill.  Econintersect:  Others had predicted Trump would fade some time ago.  FM may be right, but it isnot a slam dunk.

  • Yellowstone supervolcano eruptions were even bigger than we thought (Christian Science Monitor)  Hat tip to Sig Silber.  Not only does new research indicate that the Yellowstone super-volcano eruptions have been much larger than previously thought.  The next eruption could be up to 2,000 times the size of the 1980 Mt. Saint Helens eruption.  The last eruption occurred 640,000 years ago.  This new study, with evidence of 12 volcanoes in about 3 million years, suggests that the Yellowstone supervolcano can erupt catastrophically on a much shorter cycle of about every 250,000 years.  Econintersect:  How do you spell "overdue"?


  • Deadly Blowback from Neo-Imperial Wars (Consortium News)  Hat tip to Chuck Spinney and Roger Erickson.   According to author Jonathan Marshall, the current events of turmoil in the Middle East and spinning apart of the EU amid economic stress (monetary dysfunction, refugee flows and terrorism) "can be traced back to E.U./U.S. neo-imperial wars in the Arab world".

"The crisis isn’t simply caused by foreign extremists bent on destroying Western values.  Like Br’er Rabbit, Europe punched the Middle Eastern tar baby repeatedly, only to become hopelessly stuck.  Whether Europe will prove as wise as its folkloric counterpart and find a way to get free remains to be seen."


  • Syrian forces recapture ancient city of Palmyra from IS (Associated Press)  Syrian government forces recaptured the ancient city of Palmyra on Sunday, scoring an important victory over Islamic State fighters who waged a 10-month reign of terror there and dealing the group its first major defeat since an international agreement to battle terrorism in the fractured nation took effect last year.


  • Pakistan explosion leaves many dead at Lahore park (BBC News)  At least 69 people have been killed and scores injured in an explosion at a public park in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore, officials say.  The park was crowded with families, some celebrating Easter. Many victims are said to be women and children.  Police told the BBC it appeared to be a suicide bomb. A Pakistan Taliban faction said it carried out the attack. 

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