How Fortnite leveled up, broke records, and changed gaming Vox. Amazing numbers.
Self-driving cars can’t be perfectly safe – what’s good enough? 3 questions answered The Conversation (DL). Yves: “Key point re pedestrian vulnerability buried in here.”
The time for revoking Brexit has passed Wolfgang Münchau, FT
Protestors occupy Holt / Farndon bridge as it is selected as ‘Brexit Hard Border Trial Site’ Wrexham.com (in Wales). Over traffic, apparently. With a summary of the UK government’s “explainer document” for trialing soft and then hard border checks. UPDATE Thanks to reader Clive for the alert, I apologize for being fooled by this story on April 1. However, I’m sure readers who have been following the Brexit saga can see why I found the story completely plausible. What a time to be alive!
The Italian Malaise Verso
Trump says we’re leaving Syria ‘like, very soon.’ Bad idea. Editorial Board, WaPo. Oh.
Don’t Expect Trump’s New Hawks to Save the War in Syria Bloomberg (JT McPhee).
Israel just killed 15 Palestinian protestors – and a prominent Corbyn supporter got called anti-Semitic for mentioning it Evolve Politics (CL). And then there’s this:
Israeli army posted a tweet accepting full responsibility and admitting that massacre in Gaza was planned, deliberate and premeditated. Then they deleted it. @btselem made a copy. https://t.co/f7nGjXLRej
— Ali Abunimah (@AliAbunimah) March 31, 2018
Here is the copy.
Good to know. I saw the IDF’s Tweet go by, as did other NC readers.
Nepal’s fertile but forgotten wetlands Third Pole
Nobody Knows Anything About China Foreign Policy
A Malaysian Insta-City Becomes a Flash Point for Chinese Colonialism — and Capital Flight NYT (PM). I don’t think much of the headline, but there’s a lot of detail in the article that Asia hands may wish to comment on.
Is Southeast Asia’s Military Modernization Driven by China? It’s Not That Simple Global Asia. “[I]n Southeast Asia, most of the defense budget is allocated to routine expenditures, particularly personnel…. Given the historical prominence of the military in the political development of Southeast Asian states, personnel spending has a ‘path-dependent’ quality vis-à-vis the defense budget.”
New Cold War
Skripal: the West escalates, but where is the proof? The Interpreter. From the crazed Communists at the heart of Australian’s national security establishment….
A Look at the Russian Presidential Election From Crimea TruthDig (DG). From an international observer.
Oral evidence: Russian Corruption and the UK, HC 932 House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee (Richard Smith). Richard Smith: “Unexpected entertainment: the sudden dumping on Liam Fox, who, as usual, deserves it. Note also that these guys aren’t necessarily convinced about the Putin-Salisbury connection and don’t mind saying so. Lastly it should be ‘Tallberg and Uniwell’ not ‘Torberg and Uniworld,’ mishearing by the transcriber; an extreme connoisseur’s point, admittedly.”
Trump is right about Amazon The Week. Another controversy that died as quickly as it blew up?
Are you ready? Here is all the data Facebook and Google have on you Guardian. “Google offers an option to download all of the data it stores about you. I’ve requested to download it and the file is 5.5GB big, which is roughly 3m Word documents…. Facebook offers a similar option to download all your information. Mine was roughly 600MB, which is roughly 400,000 Word documents.”
Guns in the Family Boston Review
Marching for the Democrats: Another Farce on Washington? Black Agenda Report
Imperial Collapse Watch
Mobbed Up Harpers. “America has not been in Afghanistan for sixteen years; it has been in Afghanistan for one year, sixteen times.” A must-read.
It’s Oklahoma’s Turn to Strike Jacobin
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Maine’s Radical Democratic Experiment Politico and The second most important election of 2018 is this June in Maine Vox. On Ranked Choice Voting (RCV), which both party establishments are fighting, and which pesky voters keep demanding.
I’ve decided to reclaim my life – by using an old Nokia phone Guardian (BC). A phone you can drop without risking the money you had saved for your deductible. What a concept.
Antidote du jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.