The little blind fish that can mend a broken heart Japan Times. Literal heart tissue.
Toxic Oilfield Wastewater Used to Grow California Food, Including Organics Food and Water Watch
Parliament seizes cache of Facebook internal papers Guardian. The same Parliament that’s now embroiled in Brexit?!
DAN HODGES: This Brexit crisis is now so grave that Ministers are talking about a National Government Daily Mail. Including Corbyn? Quelle horreur!
“They have learned nothing and forgotten nothing.” –Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord (attributed)
Shouldn’t an important U.S. foreign policy goal of the next couple of decades be regime change in China? https://t.co/TpFODNTwQZ
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) November 23, 2018
Or, in the vulgate, “There he goes again.” (For those who came in late, Kristol was a founder and chair of the Project for a New American Century (PNAC), which provided the ideological justification for Bush’s invasion to create “regime change” in Iraq.)
Why are separatist militants violently targeting Chinese in Pakistan? South China Morning Post
Deal with Mexico paves way for asylum overhaul at U.S. border WaPo but Trump says asylum seekers to wait in Mexico, incoming government denies Reuters. The WaPo story, however, was sourced to “senior members of President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s transition team,” not the Trump administration.
Newly elected Republican senator could be Google’s fiercest critic Ars Technica. One problem with the liberal Democrats ideology of a “coaliton of the ascendant” driven by identity politics and demographic change is that it assumes Republicans will simply accept the inevitable, passively.
Liberal Democrat apparatchiks are complaining that AOC is dominating their Twitter feeds. And no wonder:
Insurance groups are recommending GoFundMe as official policy – where customers can die if they can’t raise the goal in time – but sure, single payer healthcare is unreasonable.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) November 24, 2018
(Spectrum is a hospital, not an insurance company. AOC needs to get the details right.)
Democrats in Disarray
Bernie Sanders: Lion of the Left, but Not the Only One Roaring NYT. “Outflanked on the left by rising stars like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley and Beto O’Rourke, his stronghold on the party’s progressive wing has weakened.”
US media must ‘get smarter’ to tackle Trump, says Hillary Clinton (interview) Guardian. Always with the “smart.”
Big Business Is Stealing From Their Own Workers. Will Democrats Stop Them? Michael Tomasky, The Daily Beast. “[Wage theft] affects many millions of Americans of all races and in all places. Yet I don’t hear many Democrats talk about it.” Because their base doesn’t care about it. Betteridge’s Law applies.
What Comes After the Blue Wave? A Q&A with David Duhalde Dissent. Our Revolution’s political director.
Can We Continue to Care About Winning? Benjamin Studebaker`
‘The Academy Is Largely Itself Responsible for Its Own Peril’ Chronicle of Higher Education
Imperial Collapse Watch
Managing American Decline The Atlantic
How to Quantify America’s National Security Woes The National Interest
Less Than Grand Strategy The Nation. On Zbigniew Brzezinski
U.S. Nuclear Fleet’s Dry Docks Threatened by Storms and Rising Seas Inside Climate News
Brazil records worst annual deforestation for a decade Guardian. If we must fly expensive machinery about and blow things up with it, why not target Brazilian cattle ranchers?
How Do War Financing Strategies Lead to Inequality? A Brief History from the War of 1812 through the Post-9/11 Wars (PDF) Rosella Cappella Zielinski, Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs, Brown University (via). From June, still germane.
Suicide is rising in U.S., falling around world Axios. “Unemployed people kill themselves at around two-and-a-half times the rate of those in work.” Via Twitter: “This can’t be true because my economics textbook told me they’ve maximised their happiness by choosing leisure over work.”
Taylor Swift’s New Record Deal Affects Thousands of Other Musicians Rolling Stone. In a good way. “As part of her joint contract with the label, UMG must promise to hand over to artists, on a non-recoupable basis, a portion of the windfall from its Spotify shares in the future. .”
Red Dead Redemption 2 Is True Art NYT. I know nothing of video games, but I’m haunted by the fear that one day a political campaign will find out how to weaponize them….
Best books of 2018: Economics Martin Wolf, FT. Michael Hudson’s “…and Forgive Them Their Debts: Lending, Foreclosure and Redemption From Bronze Age Finance to the Jubilee Year (see NC here and here) is, naturally, on Wolf’s list. Wolf summarizes: “The work of Assyriologists has shown that by the third millennium BC, the rulers of the ancient Near East understood the necessity of repeated debt forgiveness. The alternative was, [Wolf] writes, ‘economic polarisation, bondage and collapse’. The relevance of this history to the world of today seems clear: debt is necessary; too much debt is disastrous.” • I would have said the “clear” relevance is the need for a Jubilee.
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See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.