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Live: Massacre at the mosques – gunmen kill multiple people, Christchurch under siege New Zealand Herald. 40 people dead was the count at 3:00 AM EDT.
49 people have died in the New Zealand mosque shootings, Police Commissioner Mike Bush says. One person has been charged with murder
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) March 15, 2019
The World’s Recycling Is in Chaos. Here’s What Has to Happen Wired (resilc)
Want to Help Fight Climate Change? Have More Children Tyler Cowen, Bloomberg. Wowsers.
The mental health crisis among America’s youth is real – and staggering The Conversation (Kevin W)
Italy eyes loans from China development bank Financial Times
The risk of a no-deal Brexit just increased again Robert Peston, Spectator
One soldier to face charges over Bloody Sunday killings Guardian (resilc)
Yellow Vest week in review: March 16 to be the biggest march in months The Saker (Kevin W)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
You Will Soon Be Able To Pay Your Subway Fare With Your Face in China South China Morning Post
The Intercept Shuts Down Access to Snowden Trove Daily Beast (Bill B)
Imperial Collapse Watch
Secret Agent Man Rolling Stone (resilc). A must read.
Meanwhile the NY subway system is a rotting, dilapidated shithole that can barely manage to build out a single overpriced extension, let alone fund its own upkeep. https://t.co/eVcKPJPD21
— Mark Ames (@MarkAmesExiled) March 14, 2019
US Demolishing Entire Cold War-Era Arms Control Regime – Ex-Diplomat UrduPoint (Kevin W)
US Navy ship has been quarantined for 2 months because of virus outbreak Business Insider (resilc)
Mueller focus shifts to Rick Gates The Hill
The Pentagon’s 2020 Budget Asks for Nearly 380 Aircraft, But One Buy Is Raising Eyebrows Popular Mechanics (resilc)
Beto Wants to Be Like Obama, but Announced More Like Trump Atlantic (resilc)
A TV watching political junkie reader told me that she just saw a Dem strategist, responding to the interviewer comment that Beto has no policy positions of note, that that wasn’t a problem, they’d write them for him. She said it was clear that the party operatives regard Beto as an empty vessel they can make into what they want with PR, and concur that they think they can make him resemble Obama as a vehicle for projection.
Ahem, Obama at least voted against the Iraq War and had not lost his last election. He’s also good looking, moves well, has a lovely speaking voice that he knows how to use, and is an upper class culturally white black. You heard it here first: Beto = New Coke.
Is Beto O’Rourke’s Wife Really A ‘Billionaire’ Heiress? Not Likely. Forbes. I have had US and international clients (three at different times), all of whom had net worths way higher than the bottom of the relevant Forbes 400 list, and they weren’t on them at the time. One was Steve Ross (among other things, endowed the Ross School of Business, developed the Time Warner Center and other major projects), who was delighted he wasn’t because it was easier to do assemblages on the cheap if sellers thought you were a nobody. So don’t take Forbes claims of being a definitive judge all that seriously.
College Admissions Bribery
The Yale Dad Who Set Off the College-Admissions Scandal Wall Street Journal (Scott)
Consumer Groups Want to Tax Facebook to Save Journalism Motherboard (resilc)
New York City climate-change plan proposes adding land to Manhattan Nature (martha r)
SEC sues Volkswagen and ex-CEO over diesel scandal Financial Times
Margrethe Vestager to hit Google with another fine Financial Times
We’re Losing the War on Corruption Atlantic (resilc)
The Real Elitists Who Look Down on Trump Voters Washington Monthly (resilc). Important.
The Century of Spin Liz Franczak, The Baffler. Those of you who attended last summer’s NC meetup in SF would have met Liz. Important piece on propaganda.
Antidote du jour (martha r):
And a bonus (guurst):
Beautiful Clouded Leopard 🐾 pic.twitter.com/TroUwQBGYB
— Welcome To Nature (@welcomet0nature) March 11, 2019
See yesterdays Links and Antidote du Jour here.