Readers, Merry Christmas! –lambert
Wildfires cause turmoil in CA property insurance market AP (KW).
Adam Neumann’s $1.6bn WeWork exit package could get sweeter FT
Column: How did God make it into millions of consumer contracts? Los Angeles Times
Seasons greetings from the organs of state security:
Santa, his reindeer and all of the presents have been cleared by CBP for entry into the United States! @NoradSanta pic.twitter.com/D28Xd8dAcg
— CBP (@CBP) December 25, 2019
How Jimmy Stewart’s war service affected ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ Chicago Tribune
How stores choose which songs to play CNN
The Secrets of New York City Ballet’s Pointe Shoe Room Dance Spirit. For Nutcracker fans.
Scuffles break out as protesters occupy Paris’s Gare de Lyon station CBC
French strikers oppose “Christmas truce” called by Macron and trade unions WSWS. Miserably inadequate coverage from our mainstream media not only of the gilets jaunes but of the ongoing General Strike, bordering on outright censorship.
In 2019, protesters took to the streets around the world to demand change NBC
Canada Follows US Lead By Ignoring OPCW Scandal Antiwar.com
Snipers in the Kitchen New Left Review
The Roots of the Right-Wing Coup in Bolivia. Dissent
Venezuela, Argentina should follow Ecuador and base their economies on the U.S. dollar Miami Herald
Trump: US ready to deal with any North Korea ‘Christmas gift’ Al Jazeera
A Low-Intensity War Is Underway in Northeast Asia The Nation
Mong Kok, Tsim Sha Tsui MTR stations close as Hong Kong marks Christmas Eve with return to tear gas on streets and protest chaos in malls South China Morning Post
In Hong Kong crackdown, police repeatedly broke their own rules — and faced no consequences WaPo. “The Post reviewed a full version of the Hong Kong Police Force’s internal use-of-force guidelines, the Force Procedures Manual, verified by two police officers and two lawyers.” Real reporting, despite the horrid mobile-friendly format.
How China’s Communist Party Quietly Built a Real Estate Empire in Hong Kong Bloomberg
The Smithsonian’s Newest Executive Probably Can’t Talk About Her Previous Job Experience (Because She Led the CIA) Artnet
The Guardian forced to clarify misleading article on Assange and Russia The Prism
Who’s Really in Charge of the Senate Impeachment Trial? Bruce Ackerman, Slate. John Roberts rides to the rescue?
Further Thoughts on the Crossfire Hurricane Report LawFare. Also setting the table for the Durham report.
If Ukraine Is Impeachable, What’s Afghanistan? Andrew Bacevich, Defense One
Convict Trump: The Constitution is more important than abortion The Christian Post. “The Christian Post is one of the larger twice a month newspapers in the Washington, DC area. The newspaper has a twice a month circulation of approximately 20,000.” So possibly more important within the Beltway than outside it.
GOP Lawmaker Plotted Insurrections to Establish Christian State New York Magazine (Re Silc). Matt Shea, a real piece of work.
Hunter Biden is linked to multiple criminal probes involving fraud, money laundering and counterfeiting, and owns stunning Hollywood Hills home, paternity court case documents claim Daily Mail. Kompromat. I mean, obviously.
The ‘Blob’ Embraces Buttigieg The American Conservative. On that endorsement from “200 foreign policy professionals.”
The problem with Buttigieg’s work at McKinsey isn’t his clients. It’s McKinsey. WaPo (DS).
What Pete Buttigieg Really Thinks About Young Progressives Iowa Starting Line
The Sanders Campaign, With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Front And Center, Is Speaking To Older Latino Voters Buzzfeed
The problem with world trade is not tariffs, but too much globalisation. Can Elizabeth Warren fix it? Dani Rodrik, South China Morning Post
Delaware Tribe of Indians to skip meeting with Elizabeth Warren Boston Globe
Susan Collins Is Suddenly Opposing Trump’s Court Picks Amid Tough Reelection Bid HuffPo
View from the ‘burbs Reuters
People hate shopping for health insurance Axios. What, even the “smart shoppers”?
Buttigieg health plan hinges on ‘supercharged’ version of unpopular Obamacare mandate WaPo
Our Current Healthcare System Is a Bad Jobs Guarantee Mike the Mad Biologist
Boeing documents sent to House committee called ‘very disturbing’ Seattle Times
Boeing Can’t Fly Its 737 Max, but It’s Ready to Sell Its Safety NYT
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Colleges are turning students’ phones into surveillance machines, tracking the locations of hundreds of thousands WaPo
The Groves of Academe
How classroom technology is holding students back MIT Technology Review
My Semester With the Snowflakes Medium.
Crush A Car With a Tank! Battlefield Vegas. Best part: “This tank was once in service in the British Army as a Chieftain Mk8 but thanks to Hollywood, this beast was transformed into a replica of the M1A1 Abrams that is in use by the United States military and some of her allies.”
Jet Age Capitalism Redux The Baffler
The Fight Over the 1619 Project Is Not About the Facts The Atlantic. Maybe.
Baking in the Cooperation (podcasts) Grass Roots Economic Organizing
How Chinese Food Fueled the Rise of California Punk Topic Magazine
Thinking in Space: The Role of Geography in National Security Decision-Making Texas National Security Review
Antidote du jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.