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Twenty New Moons Found Orbiting Saturn Carnegie Science. Beating Jupiter by three.

The Dark Side of Light The Atlantic

Everything Is Private Equity Now Bloomberg

High finance is wrecking the economy and the planet—but it won’t reform itself Ann Pettifor, Prospect

Cash and the Economy: Evidence from India’s Demonetization (PDF) Gabriel Chodorow-Reich, Gita Gopinath, Prachi Mishra, and Abhinav Narayanan. “Our analysis rejects money non-neutrality using a large scale natural experiment, something that is yet rare in the vast literature on the effects of monetary policy.”

Cryptodamages: Monetary value estimates of the air pollution and human health impacts of cryptocurrency mining Energy Research & Social Science


How Number 10 view the state of the negotiations The Spectator. A note direct from Number 10. Most interesting.

UK to publish no-deal plans as gloom surrounds Brexit talks AP

Brexit negotiations could end this week – Number 10 source RTE

EU slams Boris Johnson’s ‘untried, revocable’ Brexit plan Deutsche Welle

Brexit: confusion EU Referendum

It’s Boris Johnson’s India or Jeremy Corbyn — there is no third way FT

Portugal election result cements modest gains for Europe’s centre-left Guardian

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Iraq is in Revolt Patrick Cockburn, Counterpunch. Never a good sign:

Trump knocks ‘ridiculous Endless Wars’ amid US troop pullout from Syria The Hill

A guide to Donald Trump’s change of policy on Syria FT

Stay Radical or Get Pragmatic? AMLO’s Party Has to Decide Bloomberg

Ecuador’s Petroamazonas suspends operations at three oilfields amid protests Reuters


Kashmir conflict: Woes deepen as lockdown stifles economy BBC but India to lift travel advisory on Kashmir two months after crackdown Reuters

Failure of Indian co-operative bank stokes fear of ripple effects FT

New weapons and the new tactics which they make possible: three examples The Saker


Hong Kong riot police storm Ma On Shan mall to make arrest, as multi-district protests, vandalism continue to fizzle Hong Kong Free Press

A battle for the soul of the city: why violence has spiralled in the Hong Kong protests Guardian

Hong Kong’s Lam doesn’t rule out seeking Beijing help to stem unrest Nikkei Asian Review

“National Calamity Hardware”:

Cartoon Girl Goes for $25 Million at Sotheby’s Hong Kong Auction Bloomberg. Business as usual…

How Joe Biden Empowered China’s Censorship of the NBA Matt Stoller, BIG

Blitzchung removed from Hearthstone Grandmasters for ‘liberate Hong Kong’ comments PC Gamer

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Chinese Cut Back on Travel Over the Golden Week Holiday Bloomberg

Did China Just Announce the End of U.S. Primacy in the Pacific? Scott Ritter, The American Conservative

Assessing Trump’s Indo-Pacific Strategy, 2 Years In The Diplomat

Plastic waste searches for a new home as Asia shuts its gates Nikkei Asian Review

New Cold War

We’re More at Risk of Nuclear War With Russia Than We Think Politico

Russia Facing the Challenges of Eurasian Regionalization Valdai Discussion Club


House Democrats consider masking identity of whistleblower from Trump’s GOP allies in Congress WaPo. Anonymous sources from the intelligence community for an impeachment inquiry. Shaking my head.

Seeking Ukraine Aid Records, House Subpoenas White House Budget Office and Pentagon NYT

White House to battle impeachment by stalling, attacking AP. Film at 11.

If Mike Pence Becomes President the Neocons Will Stage a Comeback The National Interest

A Missing Professor, a School for Spies and a Quest to Discredit Mueller Probe Bloomberg. “Yeah, remember when that Mifsud dude was interviewed in… Interviewed in….”

Trump Transition

HHS and its union ordered to redo contract negotiations Federal Times. “[A] third-party arbiter ruled that the agency had bargained in bad faith.”

Health Care

The Huge Waste in the U.S. Health System NYT (Re Silc) (original). “A new study, published Monday in JAMA, finds that roughly 20 percent to 25 percent of American health care spending is wasteful. It’s a startling number but not a new finding. What is surprising is how little we know about how to prevent it.”

How Private Equity Makes You Sicker Eileen Appelbaum, The American Prospect

Big Brother Is Watching You Watch

The Black Cube Chronicles: The Private Investigators The New Yorker

Class Warfare

How GM Pits Younger Workers Against Older Workers Payday Report

Why Some Americans Won’t Move, Even for a Higher Salary CityLab (Re Silc). From March, still germane. Wait, what? You mean we’re not always talking price?

White Voice n+1. Telemarketing.

But is it science? Aeon

Antidote du Jour (via):

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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