Some say they’re pests, but opossums can be helpful Bangor Daily News. Opposums eat ticks!
U.S. Carbon Emissions Surged in 2018 Even as Coal Plants Closed NYT. “‘The big takeaway for me is that we haven’t yet successfully decoupled U.S. emissions growth from economic growth,’ said Trevor Houser, a climate and energy analyst at the Rhodium Group.” Hmm. Do I detect a pony?
Cory Doctorow: Disruption for Thee, But Not for Me Locus. Today’s must-read.
Dublin remains top ‘Brexodus’ location ahead of Frankfurt and Paris, EY says The Irish Times. Waiting for the Bob Marley parody, here…
Brutal attack on five Romanian men blamed on loyalist paramilitaries Belfast Telegraph. Just baseball bats. Not guns.
Forgotten France rises up Le Monde Diplomatique
20-year-old German hacker confesses in doxxing case Handelsblatt
Iran Prepares Satellite Launch, Ignoring US Warnings, Says It’s For Peaceful Purposes International Business Times. Cue the war drums.
ARIA: Congress Makes Its Mark on US Asia Policy The Diplomat
Why China is determined to connect Southeast Asia by rail Nikkei Asian Review
Guangdong Man Fined $150 for Using a VPN Sixth Tone. Caveat that I don’t know if this is pro forma, or part of a real crackdown.
New Cold War
Trump’s Not-So-Bully Pulpit Politico
AP FACT CHECK: Trump and the disputed border crisis Associated Press
McAllen Mayor Says A Wall Won’t Solve The Realities Of Texas’ Border Problems KUT. Which is what the locals have been saying through the Bush and the Obama administrations to the present day.
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Did CIA Director Gina Haspel run a black site at Guantánamo? McClatchy. Another career triumph for Gina?
Democrats in Disarray
Why the Differences Between Sanders and Warren Matter Zaid Jilani, Jacobin. This:
When I worked at PCCC [supporting Warren], I was once told that Warren decided to run for the Senate after witnessing the amount of power she had as an oversight chair for the bank bailouts. She believed that “being in the room” with decision-makers in the Obama administration was essential to creating change. While Warren wants to be at the table with elites, arguing for progressive policies, Sanders wants to open the doors and let the public make the policy.
The House Democrats’ Best Path Forward The New Yorker
How Cities Make Money by Fining the Poor NYT. Everything is like Ferguson.
Highly paid substitutes, lessons in large spaces — how L.A. Unified is preparing for a teachers strike Los Angeles. Scabs, naturally.
How Climate Change Caused The World’s First Ever Empire To Collapse Eurasia Review (Furzy Mouse).
Post-Soviet Lessons for a Post-American Century Dmitry Orlov. From 2005, still germane. I hate to link to GoogleDocs, but I’m assuming this is the original. Best I can do, given time constraints and Google’s crapification.
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