Traffic nightmare: Bizarre fire, crash close I-5 lanes near Lakewood for nearly 13 hours Seattle Times. The best lead I’m seen in a long time:
The morning commute on Interstate 5 near Lakewood was thwarted Monday morning by an unlikely series of events involving shrimp, cheesecake, a burning semitruck, and an SUV that crashed into multiple emergency-response vehicles while fleeing law enforcement.
What dullard wrote that headline, though? Needs to be “CITY’S BIGGEST CAKE MIX-UP!!“-class, and isn’t.
Facebook’s fake numbers problem FT. Addressed by NC back in July. See “Facebook: Mark Zuckerberg’s Fake Accounts Ponzi Scheme.”
Climate Change Is Coming for Global Trade Foreign Policy
Ghost ships, crop circles, and soft gold: A GPS mystery in Shanghai MIT Technology Review
Boris Johnson’s Brexit tightrope The Week
Love affairs, Russians and Brexit: what is Boris Johnson hiding? South China Morning Post
Paris police use tear gas, water cannon on ‘yellow vest’ protests anniversary Reuters. We hear remarkably little about a movement that has peristed for a year.
How Riyadh’s Saudi Aramco ambitions were thwarted FT. Valuation problems. I can’t think why.
US says Israeli settlements are no longer illegal BBC. I wonder what the trade is here….
A Spy Complex Revealed The Intercept (WB).
In Bolivia, an interim leader is leaving her conservative mark WaPo. “Interim leader,” forsooth.
The Eighteenth Brumaire of Macho Camacho: Jeffery R. Webber and Forrest Hylton on the Coup in Bolivia Counterpunch. Must-read on Bolivia.
“Beyond Dichotomies”: One Bolivian voice on the present moment Carwil without Borders
An Inside Look at Kashmir Der Spiegel
NPCSC Legislative Affairs Commissions Criticizes Hong Kong Court’s Mask Ban Ruling, Signals Possible NPCSC Intervention NPC Observer and China says Hong Kong courts have no power to rule on face mask ban Straits Times. So I suppose this fashion tip is still en vogue:
I guess we can all go back to wearing a mask the good old fashioned way. pic.twitter.com/0Q1BE6P7xQ
— hardmaru (@hardmaru) November 18, 2019
Beijing’s tactics are driving spiral of violence in Hong Kong Australian Financial Review
* * *Embarrassing mistake: Chinese magazine ‘accidentally’ reveals new top secret weapon NY Herald
New Cold War
The Cold War Ended 30 Years Ago. Why Are Things With Russia So Bad? Defense One. NATO expansion a “historic blunder.” The Blunderers have been on full display in the impeachment hearings.
Meet Ukraine: America’s Newest “Strategic Ally” Counterpunch
25 Times Trump Has Been Dangerously Hawkish On Russia Caitlin Johnstone (JZ).
The Bad Arguments That Trump Didn’t Commit Bribery LawFare. “Bribery and extortion or, as we called them at school, ‘international relations.'” And murder, too, I mean if you count whacking a U.S. citizen with a drone strike and no due process. Or torture. But if our team does it…
Impeachment By Secret Ballot Is A Terrible Idea The American Conservative
A massive scandal: how Assange, his doctors, lawyers and visitors were all spied on for the U.S. La Repubblica (Bugs Bunny). Very good, well worth a read.
Our Famously Free Press
‘No One Believes Anything’: Voters Worn Out by a Fog of Political News NYT. Two words: “Judy Miller.” Everybody know who Judy Miller was?
Boeing 787 Dreamliner: “Hundreds of Defective Parts” Ralph Nader Radio Hour
Kaepernick called an audible and beat the NFL at its game The Undefeated (Craig H). Sports teams should all be owned by municipalities, like the Packers, and not by rich, racist goons.
Will Astros sign-stealing revelations lead MLB into a bottomless pit of scandals? USA Today. Note: Astros executives are from McKinsey, so a cheating scandal would be unsurprising.
The Dark Psychology of Social Networks The Atlantic (DL). Come on, man. What’s “dark” about “moral grandstanding”?
Moore on Jerusalem, Eternalism, Anarchy and Herbie! Alan Moore World
Antidote du Jour (via):
Bonus antidote; sadly, I missed World Octopus Day:
“…new footage showed octopus and grouper fish communicating and collaborating to catch prey…”
— David A. Steen, Ph.D. (@AlongsideWild) October 8, 2019
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.