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Comment on Links 11/19/19 by Sol

Traffic nightmare: Bizarre fire, crash close I-5 lanes near Lakewood for nearly 13 hours Seattle Times. The best lead I’m seen in a long time:

The morning commute on Interstate 5 near Lakewood was thwarted Monday morning by an unlikely series of events involving shrimp, cheesecake, a burning semitruck, and an SUV that crashed into multiple emergency-response vehicles while fleeing law enforcement.

What dullard wrote that headline, though? Needs to be “CITY’S BIGGEST CAKE MIX-UP!!“-class, and isn’t.

Facebook’s fake numbers problem FT. Addressed by NC back in July. See “Facebook: Mark Zuckerberg’s Fake Accounts Ponzi Scheme.”

Google requested a trove of documents from the Texas attorney general’s antitrust probe CNN

Sydney Air Quality at Hazardous Levels as Wildfires Rage AP

Climate Change Is Coming for Global Trade Foreign Policy

Ghost ships, crop circles, and soft gold: A GPS mystery in Shanghai MIT Technology Review


EU defies Boris Johnson and declares UK will only get a ‘bare-bones’ trade deal or a no-deal Brexit next year Business Insider

Boris Johnson’s Brexit tightrope The Week

Love affairs, Russians and Brexit: what is Boris Johnson hiding? South China Morning Post

An inflexible Brussels is damaging its own interests over Brexit FT

Private Equity Muscles Into Britain’s Booming Retirement Market Bloomberg

Paris police use tear gas, water cannon on ‘yellow vest’ protests anniversary Reuters. We hear remarkably little about a movement that has peristed for a year.

5-Star’s crisis threatens Italian government’s survival Reuters


How Riyadh’s Saudi Aramco ambitions were thwarted FT. Valuation problems. I can’t think why.

US says Israeli settlements are no longer illegal BBC. I wonder what the trade is here….

A Spy Complex Revealed The Intercept (WB).

Mired in a Trump-Fuelled Recession, 20 Iranian Cities erupt with Gasoline Price Protests Juan Cole (Re Silc).

In Bolivia, an interim leader is leaving her conservative mark WaPo. “Interim leader,” forsooth.

The Eighteenth Brumaire of Macho Camacho: Jeffery R. Webber and Forrest Hylton on the Coup in Bolivia Counterpunch. Must-read on Bolivia.

“Beyond Dichotomies”: One Bolivian voice on the present moment Carwil without Borders

Exclusive: Haiti’s president warns of humanitarian crisis, calls for support Reuters


An Inside Look at Kashmir Der Spiegel


NPCSC Legislative Affairs Commissions Criticizes Hong Kong Court’s Mask Ban Ruling, Signals Possible NPCSC Intervention NPC Observer and China says Hong Kong courts have no power to rule on face mask ban Straits Times. So I suppose this fashion tip is still en vogue:

I guess we can all go back to wearing a mask the good old fashioned way.

— hardmaru (@hardmaru) November 18, 2019

Hong Kong protests: university campus stand-off between radicals and riot squad shows no sign of ending as thousands hit streets in bid to relieve police siege SCMP

Beijing’s tactics are driving spiral of violence in Hong Kong Australian Financial Review

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Embarrassing mistake: Chinese magazine ‘accidentally’ reveals new top secret weapon NY Herald

China Bashes NYT’s Xinjiang Story as Warren, Buttigieg Criticize Bloomberg

New Cold War

The Cold War Ended 30 Years Ago. Why Are Things With Russia So Bad? Defense One. NATO expansion a “historic blunder.” The Blunderers have been on full display in the impeachment hearings.

Meet Ukraine: America’s Newest “Strategic Ally” Counterpunch

25 Times Trump Has Been Dangerously Hawkish On Russia Caitlin Johnstone (JZ).


The key takeaways from Holmes and Hale’s impeachment inquiry testimonies USA Today

Ex-Envoy to Testify He Didn’t Know Ukraine Aid Was Tied to Investigations NYT

The Bad Arguments That Trump Didn’t Commit Bribery LawFare. “Bribery and extortion or, as we called them at school, ‘international relations.’” And murder, too, I mean if you count whacking a U.S. citizen with a drone strike and no due process. Or torture. But if our team does it…

The surprising revelation of Trump’s impeachment hearings Unherd

Jimmy Finkelstein, the owner of The Hill, has flown under the radar. But he’s played a key role in the Ukraine scandal CNN Business (dk).

Impeachment By Secret Ballot Is A Terrible Idea The American Conservative

Trump Transition

Hospitals pledge to fight Trump admin price transparency plan in court Health Care Dive

Pentagon Procurement and the Laws of Physics POGO

A massive scandal: how Assange, his doctors, lawyers and visitors were all spied on for the U.S. La Repubblica (Bugs Bunny). Very good, well worth a read.

Our Famously Free Press

‘No One Believes Anything’: Voters Worn Out by a Fog of Political News NYT. Two words: “Judy Miller.” Everybody know who Judy Miller was?


Boeing 787 Dreamliner: “Hundreds of Defective Parts” Ralph Nader Radio Hour

Sports Desk

Kaepernick called an audible and beat the NFL at its game The Undefeated (Craig H). Sports teams should all be owned by municipalities, like the Packers, and not by rich, racist goons.

Will Astros sign-stealing revelations lead MLB into a bottomless pit of scandals? USA Today. Note: Astros executives are from McKinsey, so a cheating scandal would be unsurprising.

Class Warfare

Undercover investigation reveals evidence of unequal treatment by Long Island real estate agents Newsday. Important.

The Dark Psychology of Social Networks The Atlantic (DL). Come on, man. What’s “dark” about “moral grandstanding”?

What we did to the Bagel Boss guy: His health problems should prompt some self-reflection NY Daily News

Moore on Jerusalem, Eternalism, Anarchy and Herbie! Alan Moore World

Antidote du Jour (via):

Bonus antidote; sadly, I missed World Octopus Day:

“…new footage showed octopus and grouper fish communicating and collaborating to catch prey…”

A little squid pro quo for you on #WorldOctopusDay!

— David A. Steen, Ph.D. (@AlongsideWild) October 8, 2019

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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