Pope asks for prayers for sex abuse summit at Vatican Associated Press
Brian Preston: The activist judge shaking the climate change world Australian Financial Review
The Green New Deal Is Impractical, But ‘Practical’ Solutions Haven’t Worked Either FiveThirtyEight. Reactions to centrist pushback.
The Green New Deal Isn’t Too Expensive. Doing Nothing Is. Washington Monthly
When Kodak Accidentally Discovered A-Bomb Testing Popular Mechanics. From 2016; an example of mobilization’s down-side.
Airbus warns of ‘catastrophic’ no-deal Brexit Politico. Final paragraph: “The company has a backlog of orders for 9,000 aircraft, [Airbus’ Senior Vice President Katherine Bennett] said, which means it would be “many, many years” before U.K. employees would be affected in case the company decides to relocate.”
Seaborne ferry fiasco reflects wider problems in government outsourcing Institute for Government
Anti-semitism vigilantes are feeding the far-right Jonathon Cook
Sudan’s December Revolution is not an Arab Spring Sudan Tribune
How China Came to Dominate South Sudan’s Oil The Diplomat
The Chinese Military Speaks to Itself, Revealing Doubts War on the Rocks
Data leak reveals China is tracking almost 2.6m people in Xinjiang FT. “SenseNets’ database was freely accessible on an online server without a login password for half a year.”
In a land of many rivers, clean water is out of reach National Geographic
Six Historians on Why Trump’s Border Wall Won’t Work Rolling Stone
White House Asked Japan for Trump’s Nobel Peace Prize Nomination New York Magazine. A man’s reach must exceed his grasp, or what’s a military protectorate for?
The Rawlsian Diagnosis of Donald Trump Boston Review
Democrats in Disarray
Donald Harris Slams His Daughter Senator Kamala Harris for Fraudulently Stereotyping Jamaicans and Accusing Her Of Playing Identity Politics Jamaica Global Online. The money quote:
Professor [Donald] Harris has issued a statement to jamaicaglobalonline.com in which he declares:
“My dear departed grandmothers (whose extraordinary legacy I described in a recent essay on this website), as well as my deceased parents, must be turning in their grave right now to see their family’s name, reputation and proud Jamaican identity being connected, in any way, jokingly or not with . Speaking for myself and my immediate Jamaican family, we wish to categorically dissociate ourselves from this travesty.”
“Travesty.” (Ground zero for this story. There’s also a lot of interesting information on the history of Jamaica.)
Long before City Hall rats, L.A. has struggled with the rise of typhus Los Angeles. One way to look at the Harris campaign is that’s it’s a grab for national power by a local oligarchy. Despite Clinton’s blessing of coastal model as “optimistic, diverse, dynamic, moving forward,” I think that oligarchy’s performance is not without its issues.
Health Insurance Coverage Eight Years After the ACA The Commonwealth Fund. “The greatest deterioration in the quality and comprehensiveness of coverage has occurred among people in employer plans.”
How Much Will Americans Sacrifice for Good Health Care? Editorial Board, NYT. Versus “how many” we’re sacrificing today.
I Don’t Give A Sh*t How You Bend The Cost Curve Eschaton. “[Mail] them a card on day one that they can use to go to the damn doctor without paying any money.”
Bodega owners rally for right to sell marijuana when its legalized NY Daily News. I always cherished the dream that marijuana legalization wouldn’t be corporatized…
Imperial Collapse Watch
In Huawei battle, signs of US decline Asia Times
Finding Home in a Parking Lot City Lab
Instagram is a disease: Photographer Raghu Rai The Telegraph (India)
Antidote du jour (via):
An elephant herd is crossing National Highway 55 in Dhenkanal in Odisha bringing traffic to halt, but no one is complaining. The herd also makes sure that no member is left behind. @abaruah64 @YugaYatri @the_hindu pic.twitter.com/BW1MuUp1f1
— satyasundar barik (@satyabarik) February 17, 2019
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