Extinction Rebellion and the Birth of a New Climate Politics New York Magazine (UserFriendly). Note the passing mention of Occupy Wall Street is all wrong. It lasted all of two months and was broken up by a seventeen-city, coordinated paramilitary crackdown.
Cooling Economy Drives Chinese Officials to Prioritize Growth Wall Street Journal
Brexit. Relatively thin here because we’ll know how this breaks very soon and most of the news is horse-picking.
Time and motion Chris Grey. Important. Note his discussion of how key details of trade arrangements for Northern Ireland have been punted.
Johnson’s deal: The reality of what is being proposed Ian Dunt. Key section:
People’s lives will be damaged. They will be poorer. They will be £2,250 a year worse off by 2034. The nation’s finances will be hurt. There will, in the end, be more austerity. And this will be done just as the world is most uncertain, amid a bitter trade war between China and the US, when the WTO is being brought to its knees by Donald Trump.
Boris Johnson confronts Tory grandees and Labour in Brexit battle Financial Times. Will DUP + Tory defections exceed Labour crossovers? This is the calculus. The Letwin Amendment, to pass enabling legislation first, would force an extension, give MPs a chance to have a much better look-see, and undercut Johnson’s perceived momentum.
Believe that and you’ll believe anything. No such “legally binding protections” for workers rights have been secured from No 10 here> https://t.co/rjaJxcVowK. The whole point of Brexit for Boris Johnson and the ERG is to do away with regulations and protections, not increase them https://t.co/8gR7Jur9vW
— Chuka Umunna (@ChukaUmunna) October 18, 2019
Getting ready for the People's Vote demonstration, even though I am profoundly pessimistic. If I had been honest with myself and the readers, I would have said from 2016 on that stopping Brexit required a half-way competent Labour opposition – and that Britain doesn't have.
— Nick Cohen (@NickCohen4) October 19, 2019
This is getting around on Twitter, not that it will move any votes:
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) October 19, 2019
Farage looks sweaty on the clip I saw, but I’m not dignifying him by including it.
This is dedication.
Thousands of people marched miles from 5 other cities to be a part of the protests in Barcelona today.
— Joshua Potash 🆘 (@JoshuaPotash) October 19, 2019
Extreme police violence in the streets of Barcelona. pic.twitter.com/uxEcyFtb8v
— Catalans for Yes 🎗 (@CatalansForYes) October 18, 2019
Troops Locate El Chapo’s Son Sparking Intense Gun Battle Bloomberg (Bill B)
US Has Backed 21 of the 28 ‘Crazy’ Militias Leading Turkey’s Brutal Invasion of Northern Syria Consortiumnews (UserFriendly)
The Democrats’ Hypocrisy on Syria Peter Beinart. UserFriendly: “Peak reflexive anti-Trumpism.”
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
As Trump Fumes, GOP Advances Goal of Lifetime Federal Judges New York Magazine (resilc)
Forget Trump’s “Meltdown”—Follow the Testimony New Yorker (furzy)
Ukrainegate Risks Handing Trump Another Gift Nation (UserFriendly)
Sharia law is already here — the IRS must respond The Hill (UserFriendly)
Biden struggles to reverse fall The Hill
Elizabeth Warren faced sexism and shed a husband teaching law at University of Houston Washington Post, UserFriendly: “More hagiography.”
Would Warren’s Ideology Weaken Her as Democrats’ Nominee? RealClearPolitics. UserFriendly: “Mostly right, but assumes blue collar whites can’t be won back over.”
Beto O’Rourke 2020 Has Been Worse Than Useless New York Magazine
How Bernie Sanders won the endorsements of Ocasio-Cortez and Omar Washington Post (UserFriendly)
Clinton suggests Russia grooming Gabbard to run as third-party 2020 candidate The Hill (UserFriendly)
Great! Thank you @HillaryClinton. You, the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long, have finally come out from behind the curtain. From the day I announced my candidacy, there has been a …
— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) October 18, 2019
One reason why Sanders has been so orthodox on foreign policy, save showing sympathy for the Palestinians. But good news now is top trending hashtag is #QueenofWarmongers:
The Clinton Clan's smear machine is coming for Bernie next. They're as pathologically vengeful as they are paranoid. https://t.co/ZG3nqEq1qv
— Mark Ames (@MarkAmesExiled) October 19, 2019
PG&E CEO Says It Could Impose Blackouts in California for a Decade Wall Street Journal
Mark Zuckerberg has defended Facebook’s decision to let politicians lie in ads MIT Technology Review
SoftBank and JPMorgan at odds over WeWork rescue Financial Times. Godzilla v. Mothra.
J&J Recalls One Baby Powder Lot on Asbestos Concern Wall Street Journal
Banning Out-of-Hours Email ‘Could Harm Employee Wellbeing’ BBC. This is silly and smacks of corporate-funded research favoring corporate backers. This minority needs to wrap their minds around composing now and sending later.
Antidote du jour (The Pleasant Lake Protective Association via Lawrence R):
And a bonus:
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.