Via Naked Capitalism

Texan ‘Rodeo Ants’ Ride on the Backs of Bigger Ants Smithsonian

San Diego County Kindergartner Sells Hot Cocoa, Cookies to Clear Classmates’ Lunch Debt KTLA. Heartwarming.

Almost $14 Billion Pulled From CalPERS Equity Managers and Exclusive: CalPERS Fires Most of Its Equity Managers Chief Investment Officer (KW).

ICANN hits pause on the sale of .ORG to Republican billionaires’ private equity fund Boing Boing (dk). Love the URL: “its-an-ethos.”

Has Europe left it too late to achieve digital sovereignty? World Economic Forum. “92% of the Western world’s data is stored in the United States.”


Pound slides as Boris Johnson signals hard 2020 Brexit deadline FT

Nicola Sturgeon: Scots can force U-turn on indyref2 The Herald

North and Midlands call in a favour on spending FT

Hot Mic Moment Exposes Insane Sleaziness Of British Political/Media Class Caitlin Johnstone (KW).

Getting the UK ready for the next phase of Brexit negotiations Institute for Government

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What Corbyn Got Wrong About Brexit Lee Jones, The Full Brexit

Britain’s Yellow Jacket election Politico

Labour’s Defeat LRB

In search of liberal nationalism FT

Maggie Thatcher dunking from the grave:

In blow to Macron, France pensions reform tsar resigns Reuters


RIP THE CARTER DOCTRINE, 1980-2019 Foreign Policy.

Pentagon Chief Questions Turkey’s Direction in NATO After Threat Bloomberg

Aung San Suu Kyi is playing politics with appearance at Rohingya case Nikkei Asian Review


Kanhaiya on Citizenship Law: If you don’t consider us citizens, we don’t consider you as govt Indian Express

India’s plunging economy: Why 2010-2020 will be remembered as the lost decade The Scroll (J-LS).

Najib Razak’s Ex-Guard Implicates Him in Murder Case in Bid for Retrial Bloomberg


China’s leaders praise Hong Kong’s Carrie Lam over handling of protest crisis, but remind her she has yet to quell violence South China Morning Post

“National Language” in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region Language Log

Watch: Glenn Greenwald’s Exclusive Interview With Bolivia’s Evo Morales, Who Was Deposed in a Coup The Intercept

Chile protests: UN accuses security forces of human rights abuses BBC

Brazil’s evangelical church preaches the Bolsonaro revolution FT

Evangelical gangs in Rio de Janeiro wage ‘holy war’ on Afro-Brazilian faiths The Conversation

For Caribbean nations, climate change means shrinking populations Grist


Federal Criminal Offenses and the Impeachment of Donald J. Trump JustSecurity. Must be air-tight, since the Democrats aren’t impeaching Trump for any of them.

I Headed the F.B.I. and C.I.A. There’s a Dire Threat to the Country I Love. William Webster, NYT

Trump Transition

Where Trump and the Deep State are in Lockstep: Torture Counterpunch

Supreme Court Won’t Hear Case On Ban Against Homeless Sleeping In Public Spaces NPR


Pete Buttigieg’s High Hopes The New Yorker. Awkward:

Read the room. Pete.

Bernie Sanders knocks rivals for taking donations from billionaires CBS

How Biden Kept Screwing Up Iraq—Over and Over and Over Again The Daily Beast

Health Care

We all have choices to make:

‘It comes down to pure greed’: Insulin prices double, causing many people with diabetes to turn to extremes USA Today

BlueCross BlueShield, Cigna, Optum file reverse public records suits to stop release of price information TCOG

Our Famously Free Press

Lies, Newsweek and Control of the Media Narrative: First-Hand Account Tareq Haddad

Sports Desk

Cricket legend Tendulkar finds hotel worker who gave him batting advice France24

Financing for Sports Stadiums Could Count as Helping the Poor Bloomberg (BL).

Major League Baseball threatens to walk away from Minor League Baseball entirely NBC

Class Warfare

This is How a Society Dies Umair Haque

Fashion Nova’s Secret: Underpaid Workers in Los Angeles Factories NYT

Mormon Church has misled members on $100 billion tax-exempt investment fund, whistleblower alleges WaPo (dk).

God To Leave Humanity In Hands Of Babysitter Kayla While He Checks Out New Restaurant The Onion

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