Why African elephants appear wrinkled National Geographic
A Troubling Discovery in the Deepest Ocean Trenches The Atlantic. Plastics.
MMT Is Already Helping Pavlina R. Tcherneva, Jacobin. Another response to Henwood.
Other People’s Blood n+1. On Paul Volcker.
Amazon abandons plan to occupy huge downtown Seattle office building Seatte Times, which summarizes: “Amazon threatened to abandon a prominent downtown Seattle office project if the the city imposed a so-called head tax. The city ultimately did not impose the tax, and now Amazon is abandoning the project anyway.” Bezos has form.
Scott Morrison’s pea-and-thimble trick Sydney Morning Herald. Another Five Eyes omnishambles….
India v. Pakistan
— RT (@RT_com) February 27, 2019
New Delhi and Islamabad Don’t Want Fire and Fury Foreign Policy
Pakistan hits back, shoots down two Indian jets; two pilots arrested The News (Pakistan).
India Pakistan war: How India and Pakistan differ Times of India
India and China Defy Trump on the Iranian Oil Boycott The Wire (J-LS).
Will Maduro’s Supporters Abandon Him? Foreign Affairs. Betteridge’s Law….
Debunking Four Mistruths About Venezuela’s Humanitarian Aid Showdown Venezuelanalysis
From the ground:
I was at an opposition protest in a rich neighborhood in Caracas 2 days ago and right-wing coup-mongering leader María Corina Machado — who is publicly calling for a military coup and for the US to overthrow her elected government — walked around freely. I didn't see a single cop pic.twitter.com/TKgxabiIHX
— Ben Norton (@BenjaminNorton) February 25, 2019
Went to Huawei’s new campus today in Dongguan, a place just outside of Shenzhen. It was insane.
-Space for 24,000 people
– Has various “towns” based on European cities
-started being built in 2015, still not complete yet
– tram connects the “towns” pic.twitter.com/bbR7pn4enJ
— Arjun Kharpal (@ArjunKharpal) January 15, 2019
China Strike Map China Labor Bulletin
A history of Singapore, explained in 10 dishes Roads & Kingdoms
Michael Cohen has blown a lot of political smoke but no impeachable fire Henry Olsen, WaPo
Michael Cohen’s Testimony Is the First Hearing in President Trump’s Impeachment Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine
Michael Cohen: Lots of Wind, No Damage The American Conservative
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Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Dow Jones’ watchlist of 2.4 million high-risk individuals has leaked TechCrunch. “The data, since secured, is the financial giant’s Watchlist database, which companies use as part of their risk and compliance efforts.” Whoops.
Police State Watch
What Would ‘Medicare for All’ Do to Medicare? NYT. Clean out the neoliberal infestations, one hopes.
ACA plans denied nearly 1 in 5 in-network claims in 2017 Health Care Dive. Which is why everybody loves their insurance company so much.
How income inequality affects our mental health Gillian Tett, FT
The Academy Is Unstable and Degrading. Historians Should Take Over the Government, Instead. Chronicle of Higher Education
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Wants the Country to Think Big (interview) Rolling Stone
Antidote du jour (via):
Looks like Larry the Cat’s trying to shake it all off.
See yesterdays Links and Antidote du Jour here.