MMR vaccine does not cause autism, another study confirms CNN (original). n = 657,461.
Will $14.5 billion plug GE’s long-term care insurance hole? Some experts say ‘No’ Reuters. That’s real money!
From a private jet to a police cell: Rosemary Rogers charged over alleged NAB fraud Sydney Morning Herald. “As the then-chief of staff to the former boss of the National Australia Bank Andrew Thorburn, Ms Rogers allegedly accepted multiple extravagant bribes to approve bloated invoices submitted to the bank for services provided by Sydney-based events and human resources company Human Group.” The Five Eyes political class implosion continues. A-a-a-n-d we shift our attention to the Mother of Parliaments—
CPMR analysis: UK to lose €13bn regional funding post Brexit Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions. So May’s bribe isn’t big enough to net out positive for the regions.
May ‘did not understand EU when she triggered Brexit’ Guardian. Ivan Rogers.
Dear Europe, Brexit is a lesson for all of us: it’s time for renewal Emmanuel Macron, Guardian
Brexit is 591 hours away. Brexit Countdown. At the time of this writing.
Low Visibility NYRB. On the gilets jaunes. Note the role of local radio stations.
Donald Trump Plans to End India’s Preferential Trade Treatment The Wire (J-LS).
The magic of the National People’s Congress!
Left: Beijing’s Tiananmen Square before the session opened.
Right: Beijing’s Tiananmen Square after the session opened. pic.twitter.com/xRZ1XP3bIg
— Anna Fifield (@annafifield) March 5, 2019
More data show toll of US-China trade war Asia Times
Guaido Returns to Venezuela amid US Threats Against Maduro Venezuelanalysis
Venezuela’s Hunger Games Editorial Board, NYT. “[M]aintaining a vociferous front of the Venezuelan opposition and a broad array of countries of all ideological leanings remains, for now, the best available option.” So, a “paper tiger” strategy then?
How the U.S. Is Strangling Haiti as It Attempts Regime Change in Venezuela Black Agenda Report. Haiti definitely under-covered.
Disputed N.S.A. Phone Program Is Shut Down, Aide Says Charlie Savage, NYT. “The agency has not used the system in months…. Since ‘the sky hasn’t fallen’ without the program, [Christopher Augustine, an N.S.A. spokesman,] said, the intelligence community must make the case that reviving it is necessary.” Absolutely jaw-dropping and a must-read.
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Trump’s Judicial Nominees Aren’t Just Ideologues. They’re Really Young. HuffPo. If liberal Democrats really wanted power — over anything but the party
money troughmachinery, that is — they would have been fighting these nominations tooth and nail. For the last two decades. But n-o-o-o-o-o!
Democrats in Disarray
House Dems will take floor action to confront Omar’s latest Israel comments Poltico (PDF of the draft resolution). “Confront” implies that Omar is the stronger party. Perhaps she is.
Rep. Ilhan Omar says her refusal to ‘pledge allegiance’ to Israel does not make her anti-Semitic Yahoo News. Cf. loveable Joe Biden, master of all the tropes (in 2013, as Vice President):
Hillary Clinton says she’s not running in 2020 The Hill. “Clinton said she plans to take an active role in the next election cycle,” including, no doubt, a brokered convention.
Realignment and Legitimacy
The Clock Runs Down on Mainstream Keynesianism Stephanie Kelton, Bloomberg vs. Modern Monetary Nonsense Kennneth Rogoff, Project Syndicate. To be fair to Rogoff, you can’t understand sectoral balances if you can’t work a spreadsheet. Hence the confusion.
Police State Watch
Xavier Becerra is wrong to fight release of police officers’ crimes Sacramento Bee. At a subsequent protest, a Bee reporter doing a live-stream seems to have been arrested. Good job, Sacramento Bee!
Chicago Police Sergeant Says He Was Punished For Refusing To Help Cover Up Shooting WBEZ. More whistleblowers, please.
How Oakland Has Seen a Big Drop in Crime—Without More Police The Bold Italic (MR).
Imperial Collapse Watch
Sanders, Warren, Ocasio-Cortez, and Other Lawmakers Sign Pledge to End America’s “Forever Wars” The Intercept. Hang together, or hang separately.
The Harvard MBA Is Bad for You Inside Higher Ed. :-(
Why are New York’s bookstores disappearing? Guardian (J-LS).
Antidote du jour (via). From the Chernyobl Exclusion Zone:
And (via) the Korean DMZ:
(Caveat that I couldn’t verify the images. But what lovely creatures nonetheless!)
See yesterdays Links and Antidote du Jour here.