NASA’s Lunar Space Station Is a Great/Terrible Idea IEEE Spectrum
A simulation of the insurance industry: The problem of risk model homogeneity (PDF) Torsten Heinrich, Juan Sabuco, J. Doyne Farmer. A new and unexpected source of fragility.
Labour’s Brexit capitulation is the end of Corbynism Lee Jones, London School of Economics and Political Science
The Ham of Fate NYRB
Ukraine election: Zelensky’s party set to win big in parliamentary vote EuroNews. Mark Ames:
For 3 years, Ukraine's parliament has been led by neo-Nazi speaker Andriy Parubiy, founder of the Social-National Party—and all this time, the Anglo-American media maintained a shameful blackout on reporting it. Today, Ukrainians are booting the Nazi out https://t.co/eCTLPZmJo1
— Mark Ames (@MarkAmesExiled) July 21, 2019
Triads linked to violent pro-China gangs as Hong Kong protests enter dangerous new phase Sydney Morning Herald. A thread on yesterday’s march:
Ahead of today’s march, Hong Kong protesters have put together this video reading out their manifesto.
The same manifesto was read out during the parliament siege on Jul 1.
This version is in English and very much aimed at an international audiencehttps://t.co/5fdwc0SfKa
— Jerome Taylor (@JeromeTaylor) July 21, 2019
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What Trump’s tale about the US trade war’s role in China’s economic decline got wrong South China Morning Post
The IMF Takeover of Pakistan The Diplomat
It Was Never Just About the Chat: Ruminations on a Puerto Rican Revolution Counterpunch. Well worth a read. (I encountered it as a cross-post, sourced to Counterpunch. To find the original, I googled for a sentence, and there was no hit for Counterpunch. Then I went to Counterpunch, and there it was. So Google’s black list is still in effect.) From the article: “But the jokes about needing carrion birds to devour the dead, that was the lit match. The chat messages didn’t start this.” The joke, about what to do with all the corpses after Hurricane Maria:
Some highlights from the leaked Rosselló admin chats:
1. Christian Sobrino (who's just resigned) joking about taking corpses backlogged at Forensic Sciences earlier this year and "feeding them to the crows" that go to the Oversight Board to crow. pic.twitter.com/wRo7koY2uD
— midnucas #RickyRenuncia (@midnucas) July 13, 2019
Merger Mania in the Military Industry Consortium News
Election security to take back seat at Mueller hearing The Hill (Furzy Mouse).
Sackler name no longer sparkles at the Louvre France24. How about Harvard?
Democrats in Disarray
Moderate Democrats Warn That AOC Is Distracting From Their Nonexistent Message New York Magazine. “… the Democrats’ burgeoning wing of affluent suburbanites….” For whom Pelosi and the DCCC optimized in 2018, with results that were predictable and predicted.
Elizabeth Warren’s Banking Sector Napalm The Reformed Broker
Fix The Insulin Problem Eschaton. Because you know the compromise solution will kick in by 2025, just like the minimum wage hike.
Imperial Collapse Watch
Nikki Haley’s Foreign Policy ‘Principles’ and China The American Conservative
Neoliberal Capitalism at a Dead End Monthly Review
Between the Devil and the Green New Deal Commune (UserFriendly).
Antidote du jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.