Zebra’s stripes are a no fly zone for flies The Conversation (J-LS)
Snake on a plane goes 9,300 miles from Australia to Scotland in woman’s shoe Guardian. Chorus: “But it’s a nice snake!”
NASA Study Reproduces Origins of Life on Ocean Floor NASA (David L)
NASA was able to recreate the ‘origins of life’ and the results are shocking Fox News (David L)
Australia paying dearly for its drug abuse Asia Times (Kevin W)
How U.S. bike companies are steering around Trump’s China tariffs Reuters (resilc)
Top Chinese officials plagiarised doctoral dissertations Financial Times
India vs Pakistan: Military strength and arsenal Al Jazeera (resilc)
Pakistan says it has shot down India air force jet Financial Times
Public backs Brexit extension — but only if it’s short Politico. See both this bit: “People will accept an extension either to continue the negotiations or ratify the deal, but not to hold a general election or a second Brexit referendum.” Shows both very low support for no deal (14%) but also surprisingly low for a second referendum (17%). But notice emotionally laden wording of questions….
Not to OD on Politico, but this bit from the European morning newsletter summarizes a paywalled story:
EU RESPONSE: If the U.K. asks to extend the Brexit deadline, the EU will likely agree — with strings attached, reports Jacopo Barigazzi for POLITICO Brexit Pros. “Exactly what price the U.K. might be forced to pay has yet to be fully debated — let alone decided — in Brussels. But some diplomats said that Britain should be required to commit to a long-term postponement that would force London to participate in this spring’s European Parliament election — a demand that could potentially infuriate hard-line Brexiteers,” Jacopo writes. “Another idea is that the U.K. be put on notice that only one extension would be permitted as a way to prevent Britain from repeatedly requesting more time.”
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— Alexander (@37paday) February 26, 2019
German Europe minister says UK must propose something new to justify any Brexit delay Reuters. Not Merkel but still….
Leave campaign to sue if Brexit is delayed Metro. One of our regulars (please take a bow!) suggested they could see the Brexiteers suing for representation in the hated European Parliament in the event of an extension. That was meant as a joke, if I recall correctly, but it has still proven to be prescient.
GET OUT OF JAIL CARD Brussels is set to offer Theresa May a backstop ‘out’ in a last-ditch bid to help save her Brexit deal The Sun. Appears to come entirely from UK sources despite the drafting to create the impression otherwise. The tell is the positive bit about “alternative arrangements” which the EU has repeatedly rejected and not tried hard to disguise its annoyance with the vaporware pitch.
Marco Rubio Is So Pumped Up About Venezuela He Just Tweeted a Snuff Film Mother Jones. Resilc: “This is why noko will NEVER give up nukes.”
New Cold War
Zarif’s Resignation and Our Bankrupt Iran Policy American Conservative (resilc)
How the UAE is Poaching Our Intelligence Operatives, Legally American Conservative (resilc)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Tech industry titans suddenly love internet privacy rules. Wanna know why? We’ll tell you The Register (Chuck L)
2020 Will See a Monumental Clash Over America’s Place in the World New York Times. Resilc: “Both parties od’d USA USA on this exceptionalism line for decades and we can’t go cold turkey without some narcan.”
Dance With The One That Brought You— BERNIE! But Brace, NPR Will Red-Bait Your Dance Card DownWithTryanny! (Skip)
It’s the Economy, Stupid Again American Prospect (resilc)
The Coming Socialist President? American Conservative (resilc)
Green New Deal
That “Green Dream, or Whatever They Call It” Data For Progress (UserFriendly)
Wall Street Loses Faith In Shale OilPrice
Krugman vs Kelton on the fiscal-monetary tradeoff Lars P. Syll
.@RepAOC explains how credit bureaus profit off of consumer data:
“So consumers own their data, but credit bureaus collect their data without their consent?”
Equifax CEO: Yes. pic.twitter.com/6Fs9VJl2CU
— AFR (@RealBankReform) February 26, 2019
Senators Press Drug-Company Executives Over Prices Wall Street Journal
Antidote du jour. Courtesy Timotheus:
By Jiries Issa Atrash, taken in the vicinity of Arab al-Rashayida, a village in the desert 12km east of Jerusalem.
Camel mother protecting newborn calf from rainstorm.
And a bonus by Rob T:
Taken with a cell phone at my office building. This was taken on a -40C day over a week ago – these pigeons are a mainstay during the season and every day I see them steaming.
See yesterdays Links and Antidote du Jour here.