Good for the EU! Sic Semper Tyrannis (Steve C). On wildlife.
Could these balls help reduce plastic pollution? BBC (David L)
Is Xi Jinping finally walking the talk on opening up China’s economy as the trade war heats up? South China Morning Post
Brexit: getting ahead? Richard North. Epic:
I have it on very good authority from somebody who has met him several times, that Jo Johnson, erstwhile transport minister, is as stupid as his brother – stupid in the way that only intelligent men can be.
‘We Can’t Stop Brexit’ Der Spiegel. Interview with Corbyn. Well, that settles that. Note how hostile the interviewer was.
May’s Brexit deal suffers major setback after EU ‘rejects’ UK arbitration mechanism Huffington Post. One of the only times we’ve seen Rees-Mogg demonstrate a shred of intelligence was when he asked how disputes under the Withdrawal Agreement would be adjudicated.
You Do the Math: Can May Get Her Brexit Deal Through Parliament? Bloomberg (vlade)
Bank of England refuses to hand over Venezuela’s gold – report RT. Kevin W: “On the principle of “What’s yours is mine and what’s mine is me own.'”
New Cold War
Ukraine-Russia Tensions Rise in Church Row Consortium News
US to stop refueling Saudi planes in Yemen The Hill. UserFriendly: “Because they can do it themselves now.”
Trump administration considers naming Yemen’s Houthi rebels a terrorist group Washington Post (Kevin W)
Saudi Arabia considering breaking up OPEC — report DW (Kevin W)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Using Wi-Fi to “see” behind closed doors is easier than anyone thought MIT Technology Review (David L). More confirmation of the merits of my Luddite tendencies. No Wi-Fi devices in my apt.! Ethernet rules!
The 2018 Map Looked A Lot Like 2012 … And That Got Me Thinking About 2020 FiveThirtyEight (UserFriendly)
Will House Democrats Move to Impeach Trump? Bloomberg (fury). If the Dems want to increase the odds of Trump being re-elected, this is just the way to do it. And that is quite possible ‘Democrats won the House but Trump won the election’ – and 2020 is next Guardian
Palm Beach judge orders elections official to turn over ballots in legal win for Scott The Hill (UserFriendly)
The Fastest-Growing Job in Local Government Governing. UserFriendly: “Just shoot me.”
Pacific Gas & Electric says it will help probe Associated Press (David L). On a fire for which its transmission lines may be responsible.
Facebook Allows Governments to Decide What to Censor Counterpunch
France impounds Ryanair plane on tarmac before take-off ABC (Kevin W)
Amazon Is Kicking All Unauthorized Apple Refurbishers Off Amazon Marketplace Motherboard (Kevin W)
New Contractor For Food Stamps Upsets Cart For Farmers Markets Kaiser Health News
Antidote du jour. Tracie H:
Sherlock (standing), Willow (middle), and Tinkerbell (right).
Most of the time when I look upon these snugglers, they all look of one mind—comfortable and drowsy. Here, everyone seems to have something different on their minds.
It’s been a while since I took this, but I’m guessing they were all snuggled together, Tinkerbell was probably grooming one of them until Sherlock got up. He probably sees a bird through the window. Willow, probably the grooming recipient, seems to be wondering why Sherlock’s breaking up their snuggle time.
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.