Margrethe Vestager’s second chance Politico
Parliament suspension 2019 BBC. Index to a series of BBC stories
Beyond Brexit – what a US-UK trade deal will really look like CAPX. Britain’s future is trade with the Five Eyes + India.
Novel and Naughty LRB. Review of Radical Parliamentarians and the English Civil War.
Trump Mocks Sen. Graham’s Calls for War, Asks How Iraq Worked Out Antiwar.com (Re Silc). This is not normal! Oh, wait…
Houthi rebels overturned the chessboard Pepe Escobar, Asia Times
Saudi Arabia shows ‘material evidence’ of Iranian involvement in oil attacks Sky News. Saudis to US: “Let’s you and him fight.”
Saudi – UAE Split on Yemen Not What it Appears to Be Real News Network
Hong Kong cancels National Day fireworks on Oct 1 as protests continue Hong Kong Free Press
US House speaker Nancy Pelosi backs congressional legislation on Hong Kong South China Morning Post. Here are the bills: H.R.3289, S.1838. These are reporting bills. Support for the bills is bi-partisan and across the ideological spectrum, such as it is. No Presidential candidates have signed on. From the summaries: “The State Department shall allow otherwise qualified Hong Kong residents to obtain visas to work or study in the United States, even if the applicant had been arrested for participating in certain nonviolent protests supporting human rights or the rule of law.”
How China Unleashed Twitter Trolls to Discredit Hong Kong’s Protesters NYT. “[A] sprawling Russian-style disinformation offensive from China.” Holy moley. Have these morons never heard of Hillary Clinton and David Brock’s “million-dollar trolls”?
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The myth of China’s “Great State” New Statesman
Millions may risk jail as Indonesia to outlaw sex outside marriage Reuters. A new criminal code.
Trump Picks Low-Key Operative as National Security Advisor Foreign Policy
The Trump Doctrine, Revealed Bret Stephens, NYT. The deck: “The president combines the rhetorical impulses of Bob Dornan with the strategic instincts of Dennis Kucinich.” You say that like it’s a bad thing.
Revealed: how US senators invest in the firms they’re supposed to regulate Guardian (Re Silc).
Democrats in Disarray
How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Learned to Play by Washington’s Rules NYT. “‘Very rarely does a member enter the House and exit the House as the same person,’ said former Representative Steve Israel, Democrat of New York.” Israel is the worst of the worst.
Money From Nothing: Democrats’ Socialism for Free RealClearPolitics (UserFriendly: “So MMT is correct, but the source of evil socialism is now”).
Did Barack Obama, not Donald Trump, launch the new cold war? (review) WaPo. “People who revere Obama, and view his presidency as a semblance of normality, will not appreciate Kuzmarov’s offering.” Damn. Another book to read.
Road To Universal Coverage: Addressing The Premium Affordability Gap Health Affairs. [clears throat]. “The l-o-o-o-o-n-g and winding road….“
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
This Company Built a Private Surveillance Network. We Tracked Someone With It Vice. License plate readers.
Tracing Chris Arnade’s Steps in America’s Inner Ring Suburbs The American Conservative
Twitter launches the ‘Hide Replies’ feature, in hopes of civilizing conversations TechCrunch. Let me know how that works out.
Antidote du jour (via):
Japanese artist Atsuko Yukawa has been creating miniature, battery-powered wire sculptures. Here is one of her latest:
— Spoon & Tamago (@Johnny_suputama) September 18, 2019
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.