Scientists detect a black hole swallowing a neutron star EarthSky (Chuck L)
Guided by AI, robotic platform automates molecule manufacture MIT News (David L)
A super-secure quantum internet just took another step closer to reality MIT Technology Review (David L)
Korea severs military intelligence ties with Japan Asia Times. (Kevin W)
Inside India’s Messy Electric Vehicle Revolution New York Times
French Yellow Vests join global activists at G7 counter-summit France24 (resilc)
Emmanuel Macron dashes Boris Johnson’s hope for Brexit deal Financial Times. As we indicated in Links, Merkel’s remarks have been sorely misrepresented. She made clear she was discussing only negotiation of the future relationship document, not the Withdrawal Agreement.
Irish-America Upends Trump-Johnson Brexit Plan Strategic Culture (Chuck L). Reported here earlier…
New Cold War
Why Russia’s relationship with the G-7 collapsed Washington Post (Kevin W)
US Navy ‘ready’ for Venezuela mission, says a top commander Al Arabiya (resilc)
Outsiders’ Battle to Rebuild Libya Is Fueling the Civil War There,” Foreign Policy
It is fascinating to watch the armchair internet warriors who front for the so-called Syrian opposition in action. Their origins lie in a social media campaign conceived by the Iran-Syrian Operations Group (ISOG), which oversaw regime change efforts in Syria during the Bush era.
— Scott Ritter (@RealScottRitter) August 22, 2019
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
The insidious threat of biometrics Financial Times (David L)
Imperial Collapse Watch
The A-10 Warthog Lives To Fly Again Popular Mechanics. Resilc: “At least it flies.”
How Amazon and Silicon Valley Seduced the Pentagon ProPublica (UserFriendly)
Rudyard Kipling, American Imperialist New Republic (resilc)
Bibles but Not Textbooks: Trump’s Tariff Exemptions Pick Winners and Losers ProPublica (UserFriendly)
Favorability of Major Political Figures and Organizations in Battleground Districts Data for Progress/YouGov. UserFriendly: “Look at the plot on pg 6 and the paragraph above it re Bernie.”
The Green New Deal Bernie Sanders. UserFriendly: “The Green New Unicorn.”
For Democrats, When Does Climate Change … Actually Matter? Atlantic (resilc)
Bernie Sanders just declared war on the fossil fuel industry with a $16 trillion climate change plan Business Insider (Kevin W)
A Dead Cat, A Lawyer’s Call And A 5-Figure Donation: How Media Fell Short On Epstein NPR (David L). Important as a media story
Why Slavoj Zizek thinks political correctness is dumb Big Think. “Dumb” is charitable.
Loan funds on course for worst outflows on record Financial Times
Tensions rise between Facebook and its Libra founding partners Financial Times. Wowsers, this is even more vaporware than this cynical blogger thought: “The 28 members of the Libra Association…made a non-binding pledge to invest at least $10m in the project…”
Economics After Neoliberalism Suresh Naidu, Dani Rodrik, Gabriel Zucman, Boston Review
17 US states where it costs over $20,000 to die Business Insider
A high-end dry cleaner who’s scrubbed wine out of a $500,000 Chanel wedding dress reveals what it’s like to clean up the bloody, vomit-y messes of wealthy New Yorkers Business Insider (Kevin W). FWIW, I used the London Jeeves for my really good clothes when I was there for four months in 1984 on a project. The NYC Jeeves stole 5 items of Yves Saint Laurent from me in the 1980s. Didn’t deliver them, foot-shuffling promises that they’d be delivering them soon, then followed by claims they’d delivered them ten days earlier when the building, par for most doorman buildings, logs every delivery with when they got it, who signed for it, and then when the tenant picked it up. Jeeves was also unable to produce any record on their end of having made the delivery. So screw them.
Barack and Michelle Obama buying $14.85M Martha’s Vineyard estate New York Post (resilc)
Antidote du jour. David S: “This little fox is as tame as a house cat. Visits us to beg. Kanaka Bay, San Juan Island, Washington.”
And a bonus:
Hey ! Can i help you for packing 😑😑 pic.twitter.com/oFWxS5KdyO
— Tiny Animals 🐾 (@tinyanimaIs) August 23, 2019
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.