Spiders Can Fly Hundreds of Miles Using Electricity The Atlantic. From 2018, but so amazing I have to run it.
Could Massive Storm Surge Barriers End the Hudson River’s Revival? Yale Environment 360
Johnson’s obscene behaviour this week confirms the arrival of Trumpian Britain Prospect. “The old Conservative Party, for all its faults, has withered and died.” I’m not from the UK, but this reminds me of (the delusional and pathetic) liberal Democrat nostalgia for Reagan. Surely Johnson is Thatcher with her civilizational veneer, such as it was, stripped away?
U.S. Congress demands answers on DOJ and Lava Jato BrasilWire. Thanks, Obama!
Saudi Arabia accepts cease fire in Yemen Sic Semper Tyrannis
‘Why is the climate changing like this?’ People’s Archive of Rural India
Clashes as Hong Kong marks five years since ‘Umbrella’ protests Agence France Presse
Occupy Central was catalyst for the collapse of rule of law in Hong Kong, Chinese state media says South China Morning Post. Remarkably, or not, SCMP treats the fact of a Xinhua press release as a story in itself.
Beijing’s predicament: How will the Communist Party solve its ‘Hong Kong problem’? Hong Kong Free Press
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Trump Team Bets Impeachment Will Backfire on Democrats WSJ. From earlier in the week, still germane. Despite the rapid development of UkraineGate (unlike the more slowly moving RussiaGate), “both sides” have had the opportunity to plan their moves since at least August 12, when the “whistleblower” complaint was filed. So, in a sense, we are still in opening phase of the chess game, where each player is deploying known, pre-planned gambits.
The Integrity of the Trump Impeachment Inquiry The New Yorker. “The complaint, filed on August 12th, by a person whom the Times has described as an intelligence officer….” The political ménage à trois — dare I say*, “open marriage”? — between (factions of) the press, the Democrats, and the intelligence commumnity, evident to the discerning since at least late 2016, is now normalized. NOTE * Usually, I deprecate sexual metaphors for political relationships, because I don’t think the power structures are isomorphic. But here I refer to the polymorphous mingling of Constitutional functions once held at arms length by the separation of powers, as designed by the Framers.
What The First Few Post-Ukraine Polls Say About Impeachment FiveThirtyEight
Washington is again captivated by an anonymous source. It’s different now WaPo [nods vigorously].
American diplomat Joseph Wilson, who challenged reasoning for Iraq war, dies at age 69 CNN. Deceptive headline. Wilson didn’t “challenge” “reasoning,” or write a memo. He proved that one of the Bush administration’s ever-shifting rationales for war — evidence that Niger supplied Iraq with yellowcake uranium — was outright false.
MSM Defends CIA’s “Whistleblower”, Ignores Actual Whistleblowers Caitlin Johnstone, Medium
The Fetishization of Employer-Provided Health Care The New Republic
Is Impeachment the End of the Road for Most of the 2020 Field? New York Magazine
Let’s do the time warp again:
MSNBC pundit says if you support Bernie Sanders over Elizabeth Warren it’s “showing your sexism.” pic.twitter.com/fghFIqOF6C
— Ibrahim (@IbrahimAS97) September 27, 2019
Imperial Collapse Watch
The Making of Neoliberal Globalization: Norm Substitution and the Politics of Clandestine Institutional Change (PDF) Alexander E. Kentikelenis, Sarah Babb American Journal of Sociology
The Return of the Condottieri? How Military Drones are Changing the World Cassandra’s Legacy
Minimum Wages and the Distribution of Family Incomes Arindrajit Dube, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics. From the abstract: “There is robust evidence that higher minimum wages increase family incomes at the bottom of the distribution.” Who knew?
‘The co-working adventure has had its ups and downs’ FT. Very funny, but under the rubric of “Meet the work tribes,” plural, as opposed to “the precariat,” singular. Which the content makes quite clear.
Teaching 6-Year-Olds About Privilege and Power (podcast) NPR
5G wireless technology comes with big promises, but city of Portland has big concerns KATU (Furzy Mouse). From March, still germane. “‘The federal government has made something of a land grab against local infrastructure, like telephone poles, where these wireless nodes will be connected,’ said Mayor Ted Wheeler.”
Antidote du Jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.