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Wild Sand Kittens Have Just Been Caught On Film For The First Time Ever And They’re Too Adorable Bored Panda (Furzy Mouse).
Scientists Can Read a Bird’s Brain and Predict Its Next Song MIT Technology Review
Why You Should Care About An Aluminum Supply Scandal In Japan Consumerist. Kobe Steel.
So You Want to Buy a Stake in a Private Equity Manager? The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation
Displaced by the Storm: Texas Evacuees Without Options Texas Monthly
The Growing Puerto Rico Disaster Ian Welsh (Furzy Mouse).
Why many didn’t get cellphone warnings before Northern California wildfires swept through Los Angeles Times. Issues with Wireless Emergency Alerts.
Peering over the cliff-edge: why Dominic Cummings fears Brexit will fail Prospect Magazine (Richard Smith). Richard Smith: “Major rat sighting” (and in short form).
UK logistics sector cautions over ‘no-deal Brexit’ Lloyd’s Loading List
China’s richest control combined wealth of US$2.6 trillion: Hurun Report South China Morning Post
A new front opens in Asia’s water wars Asia Times (Re Silc).
Growing complexities threaten ASEAN consensus politics Nikkei Asian Review
New Cold War
Spy Spin Fuels Anti-Kaspersky Campaign Moon of Alabama. “If one believes all the now made claims then Israel hacked Kaspersky, which was hacking an NSA employee who had stolen NSA hacks, while being hacked by Russia which was hacked by the NSA, while the NSA was warned by Israel about Russian hacks. Makes sense?”
Triumph of the Shill Corey Robin, n+1. “The political theory of Trumpism.”
The Infantilization of the President The Atlantic
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Faster, Steve Bannon. Kill! Kill! Robert Kagan, WaPo. “The rest of Republican voters should leave the party until it earns back the right to their support. They should change their registration and start voting for Democratic moderates and centrists, as some Republicans did in Virginia recently, to give them a leg up in their fight against the party’s left wing.”
Is Washington bungling the Census? Politico
Groundhog Day at the IRS Federal News Radio
Democrats in Disarray
The Democrats cannot ignore their Harvey Weinstein problem The Week. Sure they can.
Gov. Cuomo Could Oust DA Vance But They Share A Party — And Donors Business Insider
Trump healthcare order could face strong legal objections Reuters. See NC on “association plans.”
Zombie Care Robert Laszewski (interview), Sinclair
“I recently gave birth in Japan. Here is some of the hospital food I ate” Hahahah1111111, Imgur. For example:
I checked with Clive to make sure this wasn’t some kinda fancy private suite, and he replied: “No, that’s just your standard Japanese hospital room.” Sigh.
Imperial Collapse Watch
Nearly Half the Pentagon Budget Goes To Contractors The American Conservative
Column Bad news: Your 401(k) won’t give you a decent retirement Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times. A successful long con.
The people GoFundMe leaves behind The Outline
Is There a Constitutional Right to Cash in on the Poor? The Marshall. Appalling.
Post-racial rhetoric, racial health disparities, and health disparity consequences of stigma, stress, and racism Washington Center for Equitable Growth
How Norms Change The New Yorker
Antidote du jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.