Roasted Australia: Hottest Days on Record for the Continent Weather Underground
No Christmas Mass at Notre-Dame for first time in two centuries Agence France Presse
The 12 Strongest Arguments That Douma Was A False Flag Caitlin Johnstone
Violence Is a Dangerous Route for Protesters Foreign Policy
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China flight systems jammed by pig farm’s African swine fever defences South China Morning Post. Follow up to this story.
Patterns of GPS Spoofing at Chinese Ports The Maritime Executive
Trump’s Impeachment, Ukraine, and War With Russia Yasha Levine. It’s almost as if the entire impeachment process was orchestrated by warmongering loons.
Officials Discussed Hold on Ukraine Aid After Trump Spoke With Country’s Leader NYT. Email from a FOIA request and not anonymous sources familiar with the matter, amazingly enough.
Sixth Democratic Debate Hits Ratings Low for 2020 Cycle Hollywood Reporter
Wine caves (Bob):
I work in the wine industry and run a small winery/vineyard. I do not have a wine cave. Most vineyards and wineries do not have wine caves. The fancy, consumer-facing facades in Napa (usually where no real winemaking is happening) is where most wine caves are. They are for show.
— Myles LawrenceBriggs (@myleslbriggs) December 20, 2019
Bob comments: “Most wine comes out of places that look like oil refineries. The ‘vineyards’ are for branding only. Props. You know how you can tell that a wine cellar isn’t used for wine? Because there is room for 50+ people to sit down and have dinner in it.”
I'm not sure how this list was compiled, but since there are several Asian Americans on the 400 wealthiest list in the US, it seems Elizabeth Warren's campaign lists them as "white" https://t.co/rJm2OATEE7
— Lee Fang (@lhfang) December 21, 2019
Of course, there’s also the idea that when the billionaire class reflects the demographic characteristics of society as a whole, social justice will have been achieved.
Boeing’s Push to Make Training Profitable May Have Left 737 Max Pilots Unprepared Bloomberg. Very good.”By the time the Max entered development, Boeing was pushing hard to turn the unglamorous but all-important business of customer training into a profit center of its own.”
Imperial Collapse Watch
Chained to Globalization Foreign Affairs. Important; not pay-walled.
The Real Lesson of Afghanistan Is That Regime Change Does Not Work Counterpunch. For some definition of “work.”
Top 1%: Wages up 158% since 1979 Barry Ritholtz, The Big Picture
Premature mortality attributable to socioeconomic inequality in England between 2003 and 2018: an observational study The Lancet. “35·6% (95% CI 35·3–35·9) of premature deaths were attributable to socioeconomic inequality, equating to 877, 082 deaths, or one every 10 min.” Everything’s going according to plan!
Greg Abbott’s ‘Indefinite,’ Imperfect Homeless Camp Texas Observer
An Expert Called Lindy Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Incerto. From 2017, still germane.
Antidote du jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.