Robotic ‘Mayflower’ to cross the Atlantic on 400th anniversary of Pilgrims’ journey NBC (furzy). Help me. The original got off to a late start and landed in Plymouth Bay as opposed to Virginia just before the winter. Half the people died. Will half the robots die?
Analysis: Renewables could match coal power within 5 years, IEA reveals Carbon Brief. UserFriendly: “Not even half of new demand.”
Sorry—organic farming is actually worse for climate change MIT Technology Review (David L)
Beijing draws up plan to replace Carrie Lam as Hong Kong chief Financial Times. FT appears to have broken this story.
JUST IN: Hong Kong legislature formally withdraws extradition bill that sparked mass protests pic.twitter.com/bV1cFpCUuk
— Reuters (@Reuters) October 23, 2019
China doubles infrastructure approvals to stave off economic slowdown South China Morning Post
— Ketaki Zodgekar (@ketaki_zod) October 22, 2019
What happens next in the Brexit saga? Financial Times. Terrible reporting. See Richard North below (we were also on to the same issue, the need for European Parliament approval). Juncker and Verhofstadt both confirmed that the European Parliament won’t consider the Withdrawal Agreement until the UK has approved it. And given that Parliament’s calendar, that means Nov 13-14 at the earliest.
Brexit: an artificial crisis Richard North
The government’s timetable is designed to frustrate Brexit scrutiny Institute for Government
Really enjoying all the US liberals celebrating Justin Trudeau’s win despite his party’s losing the popular vote to the Conservatives without realizing the ironies involved. https://t.co/t983B042dU
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) October 22, 2019
New Cold War
Trump’s Plunder Doctrine Comes to Syria American Conservative (resilc)
PJC = Private Jihadi Contractor LobeLog. Resilc flagged this section:
There is perhaps some irony here as Blackwater founder Eric Prince has positioned himself as key to Beijing’s effort to secure the Belt and Road initiative via his Hong Kong-registered private military company, Frontier Services Group.
Iran’s $280 Billion Sanction Skirting Scheme OilPrice. Clickbait headline but interesting piece.
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Stuart Russell on losing control of AI Financial Times (David L)
Assange in Court Craig Murray. Important as well as deeply troubling.
Only Cowards And Sadists Support The Persecution Of Assange Caitlin Johnstone
Imperial Collapse Watch
Despite Vow to End ‘Endless Wars,’ Here’s Where About 200,000 Troops Remain New York Times. Resilc: “Big cost, negative ROI.”
Trump and the Retreat of the American Empire CounterPunch
US foreign policy is now based on “virtual facts.” Sic Semper Tyrannis (resilc)
How Donald Trump Turned to a Comics Titan to Shape the VA ProPublica (UserFriendly)
How Democrats Became the Party of Monopoly and Corruption Matt Stoller, Vice (Pat)
Could Betsy DeVos Cost Trump the Election? New Republic
AOC’s Endorsement Rally Revealed a Committed Sanders Movement American Prospect (resilc)
Who Democrats In Early-Primary States Don’t Want To See Nominated FiveThirtyEight. Resilc: “Wake me up when mayor Pete draws 26k anywhere.”
Hillary Clinton’s attacks on Tulsi Gabbard are embarrassing and paranoid Guardian (UserFriendly)
‘Hillary Unplugged’: Democrats Cheer As Gabbard Is Called Russian Asset Shadowproof (UserFriendly)
The Opioid Settlement Will Fund Desperate Counties—But Could Come at a Steep Cost Mother Jones (resilc)
If you’re so smart, why aren’t you rich? Turns out it’s just chance. MIT Technology Review. We’ve been saying that for some time…
TOWARDS A DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST FOREIGN POLICY Current Affairs. UserFriendly: “It’s a start, but I wonder if it wouldn’t ramp up R2P sentiment by accident.”
How a major U.S. farm lender left a trail of defaults, lawsuits Reuters (resilc)
The End Of College Is Coming Forbes (David L)
American Farming Runs on Exploitation New Republic
Facebook Pledges $1 Billion for California Housing New York Times. We saw this movie in the mortgage settlement. “Grants, loans and land” = funny money.
Some Good News for North Coast Wiyot Tribe North Coast Journal. Glenn F:
The Wiyot Tribe’s acquisition of Indian Island: It’s a move without precedent across the nation, according to numerous experts consulted for this story, all of whom said that while there have been instances of the federal government, nonprofits and private entities returning land to tribes, Eureka appears to be the first local municipality to have ever taken such a step.
Antidote du jour (Cliff V):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.