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Bat Week 2019: fascinating facts & free activities TreeHugger

Hungarians Can’t Be Bought With Potatoes Jacobin

Absolute power Times Literary Supplement

‘Poorly’ Foreign Office cat Palmerston is at ‘death’s door and seeing out his final days at home of a senior official’ Daily Mail

Can Africa become the next European Union? Al Jazeera

How Silicon Valley breeds boredom, loneliness and vanity WaPo

What are the best first lines in fiction? BBC

Huge Battery Investments Drop Energy-Storage Costs Faster Than Expected, Threatening Natural Gas Forbes (david l)

Virgin Galactic Becomes First Space Tourism Company To Land On Wall Street International Business Times

737 MAX

The first Boeing 737 Max crash happened a year ago today — here’s how the saga unfolded, and the ongoing fallout as the plane remains grounded worldwide Business Insider

Lion Air 737 MAX Final Accident Report Cites AOA Sensor, MCAS Among Multitude of Contributing Factors Avionics International

‘Why Is This Airplane Still Flying?’ The FAA Missteps That Kept Boeing’s MAX Aloft WSJ

Boeing C.E.O. to Tell Congress: ‘We Know We Made Mistakes’ NYT

California Burning

Getty fire: Housekeepers and gardeners go to work despite the flames LA Times (dan k)

California opens investigation into companies shutting off power during wildfires CNN (PR)

Class Warfare

Social Inequality Leaves a Genetic Mark  Nautilus (Ignacio). From last year; still germane.

Waste Watch


Increasingly popular single-use bans pose hurdle for plastics industry Waste Dive

Australia’s beloved native birds are disappearing – and the cause is clear Guardian

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House to take first vote on impeachment inquiry of Trump, forcing lawmakers on record  WaPo

Big Brother IS Watching You Watch

This Charger Takes Over Your Phone to Poison the Ad Data Amazon Wants Motherboard


Brexit: and so it goes on

Brexit: Boris Johnson to make fresh general election bid BBC


Trump may have claimed to kill al-Baghdadi, but he has brought Isis back to life Independent. Robert Fisk.

Caliph closure: ‘He died like a dog’ Asia Times. Pepe Escobar.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was a brutal tyrant but he had no real answer to the crumbling of his caliphate Independent. Patrick Cockburn.

OPCW Losing Credibility As Even More Revelations Surface On Douma Caitlin Johnstone


Delhi government has a new strategy to curb monkey attacks: An area-wise census Scroll

Better batteries are fueling a surge of electric scooters in India and China The Conversation

Satellite images show toxic air sweeping across North India as farm fires rage Scroll


VW ramps up China electric car factories, taking aim at Tesla Reuters

Democracy activist Joshua Wong barred from running in Hong Kong district council election SCMP

Dissent Erupts at Facebook Over Hands-Off Stance on Political Ads NYT (david l)

Health Care

A livestock-poison-turned-drug might save her from endless cancer surgeries. But if she helps test it, could she afford to keep taking it? Stat


7 in 10 millennials say they would vote for a socialist: poll The Hill

Why the Democratic superdelegate whispers are starting again Politico

As PG&E Leaves Millions Without Power Amid Wildfires, Sanders Says Time to Think About ‘Public Ownership of Major Utilities’ Common Dreams

With Biden Floundering, Democratic Establishment Considers Clinton and Kerry TruthOut. Kill me now.

North Carolina’s congressional map is illegal Republican gerrymander, court rules Reuters

The Market for Voting Machines Is Broken. This Company Has Thrived in It. Pro Publica

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Obama Foundation Summit: Barack, Michelle in Chicago to reveal plans for Presidential Center ABC

Trump Transition

The Trump Administration Throttles the Iranian People American Conservative

Trump’s Antiwar Speech Deserved a Better Reception TruthDig Maj. Danny Sjursen

Wall Street Was America’s First Foe in World War II Foreign Policy. Matt Stoller.

Antidote du jour (TH):

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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