Dear patient readers,
In case you missed our note yesterday, one of the two key members of our moderation team is hospitalized and unlikely to be back in the saddle for at least two weeks. Please send her your best wishes for a recovery.
In the meantime, Lambert and I will do what we can to take up the slack, but please bear in mind we can only do so much, and forgive us since many of you will find if you comments get caught up in the moderation tripwires, that it may well take us longer to free them than usual. Ditto with fixing bad links in posts.
Study finds people in Ireland and Scotland made “bog butter” for millennia ars technica (Chuck L)
India follows China’s lead, bans plastic waste imports TreeHugger (resilc)
Scenes From the Worldwide Student Climate Strike Rolling Stone (David L)
Dimien: Fighting Climate Change With Nanomaterials Wired (UserFriendly)
Aquaculture wars: The perils and promise of Big Fish Christian Science Monitor (resilc)
New Zealand Massacre
A Mass Murder of, and for, the Internet New York Times (furzy)
CIA Blames Its Proxy For Its Raid On North Korea’s Embassy In Spain Moon of Alabama (Kevin W)
Brexit: DUP in talks with ministers ahead of third vote BBC. DUP machinations dominated the Guardian live stream, so it seems not much new is on.
Mike Pompeo Will Never Let the War in Yemen End Splinter (resilc)
Syria: from wheat-sufficient to import dependent Asia Times (Kevin W)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
A new rash of highly covert card-skimming malware infects ecommerce sites ars technica (Chuck L)
Imperial Collapse Watch
The Amnesia of the U.S. Foreign Policy Establishment New Republic (resilc)
‘Change your course!’: Pompeo threatens ICC over US war crimes probe RT (Kevin W)). Not the behavior of a confident nation.
Court files reveal role of McCain, associate in spreading anti-Trump dossier Fox News (Kevin W)
Christopher Steele admitted using posts by ‘random individuals’ on CNN website to back up Trump dossier Washington Examiner (Kevin W)
I cannot WAIT to watch MSNBC. The Russian oligarch who we’ve heard for 2+ years may have been an integral part of the Trump-Russia conspiracy is now SUING the US gov’t over the “devastating” sanctions that Trump imposed on him. How will Russiagate peddlers field this one? 🍿 https://t.co/wa6ppUINEM
— Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate) March 15, 2019
Senate Rebuke of Trump Isn’t a GOP Rebellion New York Magazine
GOP quietly works to expand ballot-harvesting in California while criticizing Democrats for the practice Washington Post. UserFriendly: “Shocked!”
Kamala Harris Introduces Bill To Send Millions To Local Governments For Tech Support The Verge. Enriching CA squillionaires in the guise of “infrastructure building” rather than fixing crumbling roads and bridges.
Green New Deal
G.O.P. Congressman: Green New Deal Is Basically Ethnic Cleansing Vanity Fair (resilc). Lambert featured a different piece on this incident yesterday.
Can climate optimism survive reality? TreeHugger
Sen. Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign staff will join a union Washington Post (UserFriendly)
Beto O’Rourke was a member of the US’s oldest hacking group Verge (resilc)
The Trailer: What Beto O’Rourke’s entry means for the 2020 race Washington Post (UserFriendly)
The Profound Emptiness of Beto O’Rourke New Republic
An Update on Elizabeth Warren’s Housing Plan Data For Progress (UserFriendly)
Grounding a global fleet: Boeing faces its greatest challenge Financial Times. Important. Try Googling the headline if you are not a subscriber.
Boeing ‘Promised’ Pilots a 737 Max Software Fix Last Year—It Never Came Daily Beast Resilc: “We need more AI powered cars and trucks ASAP! You can’t spell shIT without IT.”
College Admission Bribery
How To Write A Political Puff Piece Current Affairs. UserFriendly: “Devastating.”
Wikipedia is the most perfectly corrupt neoliberal encyclopedia imaginable. There are countless examples like this, but it’ll be many more years before the culture manages a u-turn. The idea that “we” are in charge of wikipedia is seared into our minds https://t.co/VfrLvvsS6E
— Mark Ames (@MarkAmesExiled) March 15, 2019
Modern Monetary Realism James K. Galbraith Project Syndicate (J-LS)
Plain Dealer Editor Announces 12 Reporters and Editors Will Lose Jobs, Decimating Print Newsroom Cleveland Scene. Chuck L flagged this section:
Well, it may very well be the final chapter for the nation’s first News Guild. That’s why the Plain Dealer is Local 1. Its tiny membership has been decimated by this latest assault.
In a statement, the Guild said that its membership had been reduced by roughly 90 percent in the past 20 years, from 340 to about 30, after the latest cuts.
Antidote du jour (martha r). Squirrels like views too! This is Yosemite:
And a bonus from bob:
Watch the moment a paraglider makes a safe landing only to then be attacked by a kangaroo. Straya! pic.twitter.com/nqStQnV9gk
— SBS News (@SBSNews) March 8, 2019
See yesterdays Links and Antidote du Jour here.