Readers, if you are so inclined, have a lovely Christmas Eve. –lambert
‘The monster’: a short history of Australia’s biggest forest fire Sydney Morning Herald
When will the Netherlands disappear? Politico
Momentum Lost: Surveying the Fractured British Left American Affairs
Politics: reasons for failure EU Referendum
Chronicle of a Coup Foretold Counterpunch. Mexico.
The three-step communal game plan The Hindu
Leaders of China, Japan and South Korea gather amid North Korea’s provocations Japan Times. But see this thread:
This is a total failure of reading comprehension. Moon Jae-in was criticizing Xi Jinping with very strong terms. The reference to Mencius toward the end of the address, 天時不如地利 地利不如人和, should have been an obvious clue. (This is why people should study the classics!) https://t.co/10OYJiCaTk
— T.K. of AAK! (@AskAKorean) December 23, 2019
China digs Laos in deeper with flurry of SEZs Nikkei Asian Review
What the Senate Does Now Will Cast a Long Shadow Patrick Leahy, NYT (KW). Indeed:
We're told that Trump "disregarded US foreign policy towards Ukraine" and "chose not to follow talking points" despite being "briefed on official policy." This impeachment is the ratification of the idea that security state bureaucrats are the keepers of "official policy." Insane
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) December 24, 2019
We’ve got the intelligence community, the Blob, the press, and the political parties all acting like they’re branches of government. So, yes, there’s a lot at stake.
House counsel suggests Trump could be impeached again Politico If Democrats were as tenacious on #MedicareForAll, it would be passed by now.
How Airlines Exploit Laws To Literally Squeeze Customers The American Conservative. Embracing regulation (!).
Medicare for All Isn’t Tanking Warren Jacobin. Warren is tanking Medicare for All.
How Buttigieg’s childhood pal ended up managing 2020’s breakout campaign Politico. “Occasionally, Buttigieg and Schmuhl will literally communicate in another language, dipping seamlessly into French when they want to speak privately in a car packed with other people.” Peak PMC.
The Defenders of the Wine Cave Are Missing the Point The Intercept
Focus turns to Supreme Court (again) following ACA ruling Health Care Dive
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Twitter rejects my censorship appeal Yasha Levine. And all because Levine paraphrased pro-impeachment Democrat law prof Pamela Karlan accurately.
Realignment and Legitimacy
FEATURE-Survival camps cater to new fear: America’s political unrest Reuters (Re Silc). Grifters gotta grift.
Imperial Collapse Watch
Groupthink Resurgent The National Interest
In Defense Of The Secular Embrace Of Christmas The American Conservative (dk).
Why Your Brain Needs Exercise Scientific American
Antidote du jour (via). This cat is lit:
Bonus antidote (YY):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.