Real estate, cybersecurity: links & commentary for May 21, 2019

There's a whole lot of real estate that's being freed up for other uses.

CVS, Payless and Victoria's Secret are just some of the brands closing stores in 2019

This is what's happened since China banned taking materials for recycling that didn't meet China's new standard. The same thing will happen if the Trump tariffs against China continue.

China's ban on scrap imports a boon to US recycling plants

If progressivism is so terrible, why did U.S. News & World Report rank the most progressive state in the US as the best state?

Map: The United States of America, ranked from best to worst

The American rankings and analysis website factored in health care, education, economy, infrastructure, opportunity, fiscal stability, crime and corrections, and natural environment to create its annual list of the best and worst U.S. states.

They ranked Washington as the best. It's also the most progressive overall. The laissez-faire crowd calls it the socialist state.

Washington is not perfect. It's not even close. It does, however, lean more progressive, particularly in the Seattle area, than other states.

Just an aside: If I never hear about Brexit again, it'll be too soon. Talk about beating it to death! Maybe that's actually gumming it to death.

Who's lying? How are we supposed to know?

China's tech transfer problem is growing, EU business group says

Cases of European firms forced to transfer technology in China are increasing despite Beijing saying the problem does not exist, a European business lobby said, adding that its outlook on the country's regulatory environment is "bleak".
China's top Communist Party newspaper, the People's Daily, said on Saturday that Washington's complaints on the issue were "fabricated from thin air".