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Boris Johnson pins his hopes on Hungary veto for Brexit delay Telegraph. Notes that the Government said in court that it would comply with the Benn Act, yet Johnson tweeted after that, “no delay.” If this is his plan, it’s long odds. Even BrexitCentral isn’t buying it:
Back in March there was talk of Theresa May’s request for an extension being thwarted by Italy or even Poland but it all came to nothing. This time the Prime Minister actually wants to leave but it’s hard to see the EU Commission accepting this. However much Viktor Orbán hates the non-elected executive, it remains true that Hungary is a huge beneficiary of EU funds.
EU rejects weekend talks on Britain’s Brexit proposals The Times. Not news since it was already reported that the Commission rejected “tunneling” as in intense negotiations. But the UK press wants to play this as if it were an additional rebuff.
The revenge of the elites Thomas Fazi. On the Italian elections.
AMLO Wants Pemex to Save Mexico’s Oil Industry, Weakening Energy Reform Foreign Policy. UserFriendly: “Poor baby oil companies.”
Arab countries must address water security or risk instability Al Jazeera (resilc)
Imperial Collapse Watch
Nobody’s Century: Deglobalization and its Discontents Consortiumnews (UserFriendly)
US Customs Officer Harasses Defense One Journalist at Dulles Airport Defence One (Kevin W)
Trump Set To Unveil Plan To Boost Biofuels OilPrice (resilc)
The real reason for Trump’s meltdowns MarketWatch (resilc)
Trump to Require Applicants for Immigrant Visas to Show Proof of Health Coverage Wall Street Journal
Ukraine Text Messages: Diplomats Sought Biden Probe for Trump Bloomberg (furzy)
Ignore the hype — this is not an impeachment inquiry The Hill (flora)
The Evidence Collected So Far in the Trump Impeachment Inquiry New York Times (furzy)
Schiff cleans up after saying committee had no contact with whistleblower – CNN. Notice the less than clear headline?
Trump Wants to Be Impeached. So Do It Now. Andrew Sullivan, New York Magazine (resilc)
Will Impeachment Cost Democrats the White House? Vanity Fair
Trump 2020 to Air Biden-Ukraine Conspiracy Ads In Iowa New York Magazine. UserFriendly: “Trump wants Warren. She loses to him in head to heads.”
Iranian Hackers Target Trump Campaign as Threats to 2020 Mount New York Times (furzy). Foreign hackers threatening our democracy is the 21st century version of foreigners tying to poison our precious bodily fluids.
One of the most remarkable political ads made in years if not decades. pic.twitter.com/o7KoejcT5w
— Tom Kibasi (@TomKibasi) October 4, 2019
Turns out the woman yelling was a Trump supporter 🤷🏽♀️
Doesn’t rule out potential mental issue (Drs do that) but good to know they were not in crisis.
Earlier this year I was stalked & very nearly hurt by a disturbed person. I don’t take chances & immediately try to de-escalate. https://t.co/kgWFvigJhy
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) October 4, 2019
Black Injustice Tipping Point
Billy Hallowell: Amber Guyger’s murder trial ended with an amazing act of forgiveness Fox News. UserFriendly: “Needless to say black twitter was not thrilled with the judge (who was also black).”
Police State Watch
UserFriendly: “Wow, love how the cop deiceds to land two in the kid’s back several seconds after he drops the stick. I bet he was really afraid for his life.”
No this is not Hong Kong police.
— Ali Özkök (@Ozkok_A) October 3, 2019
"When a video showing some of Whitney’s footage was posted by Jordyn Gilley-Nixon, a former inmate and prison reform advocate, on YouTube on Sept. 19, Whitney was placed in confinement, a highly restricted form of incarceration, where he remains." https://t.co/KMaCBSQ1D1
— Kim LaCapria (@KimLaCapria) October 5, 2019
Why remaking heavy industry is a crucial part of any Green New Deal The Week (UserFriendly)
See AAA Report AUTOMATIC EMERGENCY BRAKING WITH PEDESTRIAN DETECTION. Thorough and interesting, or long and tedious, depending on reader expectation. Discussion of methodology and results begins in earnest around page s 18-20 and subsequent, worth a look.
PayPal withdraws from Facebook’s libra cryptocurrency CNBC. We predicted that Facebook’s Thursday meeting in DC, where per the Journal, FB “summoned” the members of its vaporware Libra Association, would not go well. “Summoned” is the wrong word to use with big corporations with big brand names with whom you have nothing even vaguely resembling a legal agreement.
Facebook says Trump can lie in his Facebook ads PopularInfo (Dan K)
The Seven-Year Auto Loan: America’s Middle Class Can’t Afford Their Cars Wall Street Journal. From earlier this week, still germane.
Mental Health Crisis Is Hitting the Engineering Sector Hard Interesting Engineering (resilc). Does not give overall figures, but still striking.
A Plurality of Registered Voters Support Forgiving Medical Debt Data for Progress (UserFriendly)
Antidote du jour. We have been remiss! All these years and never a coral reef as an antidote! From Nature via Ian P: “Symbiotic algae provide coral with nutrients and oxygen, and their bright colours.”
And a bonus (guurst):
Guarding the grapes. pic.twitter.com/1QwjDNIAX5
— cute n squishy (@_Cute_n_Squish) September 21, 2019
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.