Carbon taxes "might have been adequate if implemented worldwide three decades ago. Now, [they are] almost certainly not."https://t.co/Z7n7ENzb8i
— Matthew C. Klein (@M_C_Klein) February 20, 2019
As the Colorado River runs dry: A five-part climate change story Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Bet on Trump to fold in China trade talks Asia Times (resilc)
Will the Trade War Lead to Real War with China? Consortium News. Chuck L was very taken with this article but I am not. Ignores the fact that China has had much lower tariffs on its exports to the US than the US has on sales to China since WTO entry, and that one of the reasons the US still has influence in the region is China is managing the difficult task of being a worse hegemon via bullying its neighbors, and in particular its sweeping claims regarding the South China Sea. The ida that the US can “persuade” China, particularly with respect to Taiwan, is ludicrous.
The “Surprise” of Authoritarian Resilience in China American Affairs. Jeff W: “The article is, implicitly, more of a critique of Western observers’ expectations and ideological blinders than anything about China.”
Danske Bank pulls out of Russia, Baltics after money-laundering backlash Reuters (Kevin W)
From Politico’s daily European newsletter:
THERESA MAY IS BACK IN TOWN AGAIN … and EU officials have given up pretending the British PM is here for anything other than to demonstrate to her parliament and her party that she’s working on the non-domestic elements of Brexit. Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, who’ll be taking this week’s May-hand-holding shift, said from Stuttgart: “I expect a friendly conversation but I don’t expect a breakthrough.”
Extremists taking over, claims Sir John Major in attack on the ERG The Times. Ahem, he worked out the Parliamentary math only now?
Page 136 of McCabe's new book, recounting a 2017 Oval Office meeting: "Then the president talked about Venezuela. That’s the country we should be going to war with, he said. They have all that oil and they’re right on our back door." pic.twitter.com/RY39h1dXoc
— Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate) February 18, 2019
Why Iran Needs To Talk With The Taliban Moon of Alabama (Kevin W)
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Imperial Collapse Watch
Trump’s Alarming Abuse of Executive Power American Conservative (resilc)
Can an impeached President run for a second term? Politics Beta (resilc)
How Do You Impeach a President? Like This Rolling Stone (resilc)
Bernie Sanders’s 2020 policy agenda: Medicare for All; action on climate change; $15-an-hour minimum wage Washington Post (UserFriendly)
Bernie Sanders launches second presidential campaign CNN. UserFriendly:
There is a noticeable shift in tone compared to last time. I think the MSM isn’t as uniformly against him as they were last time. Also check out the 2nd clip of ‘Trump on Bernie 2020’ I wonder how many people will notice the contrast of Bernie calling Trump a racist sexist liar ect and Trump calling him a ‘good guy’ and more.
Sen. Kamala Harris: ‘I Am Not a Democratic Socialist’ Daily Beast. Resilc: “I’m a cop?
I’m MS. everything? I’m nothing?”
Why Is CNN Paying John Kasich to Seemingly Trial-Balloon a 2020 Run? Daily Beast (resilc)
Barack Obama Is Counseling Democrats on How to Beat Trump New York Magazine. UserFriendly: “Shoot me.”
Bernie Sanders is offering a lot of "pie in the sky" ideas. My campaign is based in reality, and it's founded on a simple truth: you can't have any of those things, you're stupid for even asking, and you're physically an unattractive person. PLease vote for me.
— Law Boy, Esq. (@The_Law_Boy) February 19, 2019
Alabama Newspaper Editorial Calls on the KKK to Hang Democrats Daily Beast (resilc)
Federal Government to Cancel Funds for California High-Speed Rail Wall Street Journal
Trump Administration Wants California to Pay Back $2.5 Billion for High-Speed Rail – New York Times (Kevin W)
Emoji are showing up in court cases exponentially, and courts aren’t prepared The Verge (Dr. Kevin)
McKinsey agrees to $15m settlement over bankruptcy disclosures Financial Times (NT). This is a “cost of doing business” fine. Am behind on my intent to Say Something on this topic.
We Don’t Need Private Health Insurance The Nation. Wowsers. This piece totally confuses “health care” with health insurance. Even a strong form single payer system won’t rule out private payments for plastic surgery, anti-aging treatments, and alternative treatments like reflexology.
Antidote du jour. Jeff B: “The disc serves as scale, the predation was an eye-opener… also, I nearly stepped on the little big feller… me being color blind and it being so marvelously camouflaged .”
And a bonus from Richard Smith:
TRUE FACT OF THE DAY: When falcon breeders want to breed falcons, they wear special falcon sex hats. The hat encourages the falcon to shag the breeder's head and collects the falcon sperm, which can then be artificially inseminated.
I'll say that again: FALCON SEX HATS. pic.twitter.com/tKy0FXP9Mk
— RedScharlach (@redfacts) February 19, 2019
See yesterdays Links and Antidote du Jour here.