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Pigeons in tiny cowboy hats are a mystery in Las Vegas CNN

The Wall Street Bankers Who Burst Aramco’s $2 Trillion Bubble Bloomberg (Furzy Mouse).

How Goldman Sachs could wiggle free of 1MDB Asia Times (KW).

Apple CEO Tim Cook says monopolies aren’t bad if they aren’t abused Business Insider (KW).

Double Environmental Injustice — Climate Change, Hurricane Dorian, and the Bahamas NEJM


London aquarium’s gender-neutral penguin just predicted Jeremy Corbyn will win the election Pink News

UK PM Johnson heads for Brexit election win in tightening race Reuters

Boris Johnson wants to destroy the Britain I love. I cannot vote Conservative Guardian

Facebook promised transparency on political ads. Its system crashed days before the UK election CNN

US & UK Military-Intelligence Apparatus Deploy Media Smears Against Corbyn Consortium News

Irreversible Shift n+1. A long-form look at London on the brink of the election.

Berlin says a ‘standard’ EU-UK trade deal can be done in 2020 Politico

French PM defies unions with pension overhaul, they pledge more strikes Reuters

North Atlantic mini states in geopolitical turbulence EU Observer


A Calm After The Storm Being Water

Foreign Experts Quit Inquiry of Hong Kong Police Over Lack of Powers NYT

China Still Needs Hong Kong Foreign Policy

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Samsung: China smartphone factory closure leaves local community counting the cost South China Morning Post (Furzy Mouse).

China Inc’s search for factories hits technological wall in Cambodia Nikkei Asian Review

Indo-Pacific at the heart of rules-based order Japan Times. The Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) strategy.


Trump becoming ‘dictator’, warn US Democrats on fiery first day of impeachment debate France24. Liberal Democrats: “Trump is Hitler!” Also liberal Democrats: “Mein Führer, sie Raumstreitkräfte!”

House Democrats brace for some defections among moderates on impeachment of Trump WaPo. It’s a big tent party.

The Trade-Offs in the Articles of Impeachment LawFare. The word from Brookings. “In a separate piece, we’ll suggest some specific changes to improve the draft articles within this framework.”

The Issue-Less Impeachment: The Corporate Democrats Stand for Nothing, So They Impeach for Nothing Black Agenda Report

Barr thinks FBI may have acted in ‘bad faith’ in probing Trump campaign’s links to Russia NBC

Eric Holder: William Barr is unfit to be attorney general WaPo

Big Brother Is Watching You Watch

Silicon Valley Is Listening to Your Most Intimate Moments Bloomberg. From one of the reporters:

How Hackers Are Breaking Into Ring Cameras Vice

Google Gives Feds 1,500 Phone Locations In Unprecedented ‘Geofence’ Search Forbes

Inspector general says the FBI is not vindicated by his report on Trump campaign probe WaPo

We Just Got a Rare Look at National Security Surveillance. It Was Ugly. NYT

Trump Transition

Trump Signs Order Interpreting Judaism As A Nationality And Race The American Conservative

Jared Kushner: President Trump Is Defending Jewish Students NYT

Weaponizing American Jews Yasha Levine

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White House Summons Feuding Health Officials for Counseling Session NYT

Doctors Arrested During Border Flu Shot Protest MedPage Today

Imperial Collapse Watch

‘Are You in This?’ Defense One. A cri de coeur from the national security establishment.

Could You Sink An Aircraft Carrier Without Using a Missile? The National Interest. Sure. Catapults and elevators that don’t work.

Congress holds first hearing on Haiti in six years amid political instability Miami Herald

Ecuador’s indigenous people under threat from oil drilling Financial Times

Indigenous Peoples Are Under Attack in Bolivia After Evo Morales’ Departure Teen Vogue. The indigenous people are also a majority of Bolivia’s population, so let me know how that works out.

AMLO’s Popularity: The First Year Wilson Center

The surprising similarities between AMLO and Jair Bolsonaro The Economist. Hmm.

Class Warfare

SEIU Prez Knew of Sexual Misconduct and Personally Promoted Staffer Anyhow Payday Report

Rethinking the Infamous Milgram Experiment in Authoritarian Times Scientific American

Is this cave painting humanity’s oldest story? Nature

Some 24/7 Pharmacies and Grocery Stores Start Closing at Midnight; But Why? West Side Rag. I guess that’s when they roll up the sidewalks in Manhattan these days?

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About Lambert Strether

Readers, I have had a correspondent characterize my views as realistic cynical. Let me briefly explain them. I believe in universal programs that provide concrete material benefits, especially to the working class. Medicare for All is the prime example, but tuition-free college and a Post Office Bank also fall under this heading. So do a Jobs Guarantee and a Debt Jubilee. Clearly, neither liberal Democrats nor conservative Republicans can deliver on such programs, because the two are different flavors of neoliberalism (“Because markets”). I don’t much care about the “ism” that delivers the benefits, although whichever one does have to put common humanity first, as opposed to markets. Could be a second FDR saving capitalism, democratic socialism leashing and collaring it, or communism razing it. I don’t much care, as long as the benefits are delivered.
To me, the key issue — and this is why Medicare for All is always first with me — is the tens of thousands of excess “deaths from despair,” as described by the Case-Deaton study, and other recent studies. That enormous body count makes Medicare for All, at the very least, a moral and strategic imperative. And that level of suffering and organic damage makes the concerns of identity politics — even the worthy fight to help the refugees Bush, Obama, and Clinton’s wars created — bright shiny objects by comparison. Hence my frustration with the news flow — currently in my view the swirling intersection of two, separate Shock Doctrine campaigns, one by the Administration, and the other by out-of-power liberals and their allies in the State and in the press — a news flow that constantly forces me to focus on matters that I regard as of secondary importance to the excess deaths. What kind of political economy is it that halts or even reverses the increases in life expectancy that civilized societies have achieved? I am also very hopeful that the continuing destruction of both party establishments will open the space for voices supporting programs similar to those I have listed; let’s call such voices “the left.” Volatility creates opportunity, especially if the Democrat establishment, which puts markets first and opposes all such programs, isn’t allowed to get back into the saddle. Eyes on the prize! I love the tactical level, and secretly love even the horse race, since I’ve been blogging about it daily for fourteen years, but everything I write has this perspective at the back of it.

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