Links 11/23/19

Via Naked Capitalism

On the Farm London Review of Books. On animal sentience.

Left in Car on Its Own, Florida Dog Shifts Into Reverse and Drives in Circles for an Hour DailyBeast (David L)

Give Bees A Chance: Ailing Honeybee Populations May Soon Get A Booster Of Healing Fungi Forbes (David L). I hate the word “healing” but that doesn’t mean this approach does not have merit.

Physicists Have Finally Seen Traces of the Long-Sought ‘Axion’ Particle LiveScience. See geeky version in Nature: Axionic charge-density wave in the Weyl semimetal (TaSe4)2I

Bah humbug! North Pole lacks enough ice for sculptures Associated Press (resilc)

The Collapse of Civilization May Have Already Begun Vice (David L) versus The apocalypse: It’s not the end of the world Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Deep Adaptation: A Map for Navigating Climate Tragedy IFLAS (David L)

IT runs on Java 8 Vicki Boykis (vlade). From earlier this year, still germane.


Asia’s powerhouse fuels global surge in coal use The Australian (Troy P). So much for the idea that China has embraced green energy.

Ex-CIA officer sentenced to 19 years in prison for conspiring to spy for China Reuters (JTM)

Brexit. Forgive me for putting UK election stuff in this bucket…

General election 2019: Jeremy Corbyn to remain neutral in any new Brexit vote BBC

Labour sets out advanced world’s harshest corporate tax regime Financial Times

Voters dislike Jo Swinson the more they see her, poll finds Times. So I’m not nuts.


Curfew ordered in Bogota amid violent protests DW

Colombia protesters defy curfew as anti-gov’t rallies continue Al Jazeera

The CIA’s Jack Ryan Series Is ‘Regime-Change’ Propaganda Aimed At Venezuela Mint Press (Chuck L)

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New Cold War

Charges of Ukrainian Meddling? A Russian Operation, U.S. Intelligence Says New York Times (Troy P)

Ukraine and Meddling in 2016 Yasha Levine. Important.

Putin could have been ‘FIRED’ in 1998 – from top spy job that propelled him to presidency RT (Chuck L)


After Al-Baghdadi’s Death, Media Failed to Ask Where ‘War on Terror’ Is Going FAIR

Al-Baghdadi Killing: Knocking off the Odd Man Out American Herald Tribune (hat tip Off Guardian). JTM: “We mopes never can know what actually happened, amiright?”

Big Brother is Watching You Watch

Personal and Social information of 1.2 billion people Discovered in Massive Data Leak Data Viper. A less geeky version at Wired: 1.2 Billion Records Found Exposed Online in a Single Server

DOD Joins Fight Against 5G Spectrum Proposal, Citing Risks To GPS ars technica. Haha, this is getting fun!

NYC Creates a High-Level Position To Oversee Ethics In AI engadget. Why do I think this position was created for Cathy O’Neil (author of Weapons of Math Destruction)? Although they might want someone with more bureaucratic experience.

Trump Transition

America Will Never Live Down Trump’s War Crime Pardons TruthDig (Chuck L)

IRS Says Millionaires Can Keep Estate Tax Benefits After 2025 Bloomberg

Worker who raised alarm before deadly New Orleans hotel collapse to be deported The Hill

Russia Inquiry Review Is Said to Criticize F.B.I. but Rebuff Claims of Biased Acts New York Times (furzy)

Sacha Baron Cohen’s Keynote Address at ADL’s 2019 Never Is Now Summit on Anti-Semitism and Hate Anti-Defamation League (furzy). Note this speech has been widely picked up, from BBC to Slashdot, for instance: Sacha Baron Cohen Uses ADL Speech to Tear Apart Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook Daily Beast.

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Fiona Hill Is the Antidote to Trump Andrew Sullivan, New York Magazine. Resilc: “MSNBC’s new love child.”

Trump impeachment inquiry: Released records reveal Pompeo-Giuliani contacts BBC

Impeachment Non-Bombshells Endanger Democrats in 2020 Aaron Mate, Nation (UserFriendly)

If John Bolton Keeps Refusing to Testify, Congress Should Arrest Him Time (furzy)

Exclusive: Giuliani associate willing to tell Congress Nunes met with ex-Ukrainian official to get dirt on Biden CNN (allan)

“It Is Hard to Read This as Anything but a Warning”: New Polling Suggests Democrats’ Impeachment Push Could Alienate Key Voters Vanity Fair. Resilc flags this part:

Stop talking about issues that matter to you, not to me. Impeachment proceedings are viewed as bread and circuses for the anti-Trump crowd in Washington and the media—or, as Stanford political science professor Morris Fiorina described it to me, “entertainment and confirmation.” That’s a dangerous perception as Democrats approach one of the most consequential and fraught elections of our times.

Why skeptics on the left should care about impeachment The Week (UserFriendly)

US, EU gave over $20 billion in military and economic aid to Ukraine since 2014 WSWS


Why Elizabeth Warren’s Foreign Policy Worries America’s Allies Defense One. Resilc: “Endless waste and a hollowed-out USA USA should worry them more.”

Wisconsin Governor Evers Signs ALEC-Inspired Bill to Criminalize Protest PR Watch (UserFriendly)

Our Famously Free Press

False Equivalence in the Age of Trump FAIR (UserFriendly)

Explainer: California faces decade of ‘unique’ wildfire blackouts Reuters. EM: “As some guerilla signage posted during the late-October 3-day outage in my neck of Marin aptly put it, welcome to Venezuela!”

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A climate-change fix is the ‘biggest investment opportunity in history’: Al Gore to millennials MarketWatch (David L)

High-Beta Stock Trade Seizes Up Right After Everyone Piled In Bloomberg

WeWork to ditch leasing model in many cities Financial Times

Personal loans are ‘growing like a weed,’ a potential warning sign for the U.S. economy – San Antonio Express-News (resilc)

World’s largest hedge fund Bridgewater reportedly has big bet on market crash CBS (furzy)

Elon Musk’s net worth plunges $768m in a day after cybertruck fiasco Guardian (UserFriendly)

OK Boomer, Who’s Going to Buy Your 21 Million Homes? Wall Street Journal

Class Warfare

I paid $300 an hour for the VIP experience at Disneyland, and it made me realize how wealth has transformed the American Dream Business Insider

Baldwin, Florida, opens town-run grocery store after becoming a food desert Washington Post

Dylan Ratigan: The Super Rich Have No Country. YouTube. UserFriendly: “This is a 2 hour tour de force nailing down the failures of the media and Democrats on the GFC. Great explanation of the whole GFC too.”

Opinion: Here’s the formula for paying no federal income taxes on $100,000 a year MarketWatch (JohnnyGL)

Foster America Al Franken (furzy)

Antidote du jour (furzy). Humpback whales feeding in Alaska:

And a bonus (DK):

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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