Hoag’s Object Is a Galaxy Within a Galaxy Within a Galaxy (and Nobody Knows Why) Live Science. Sounds like a CDO.
A “Synchronized Downturn” Calls for a “Synchronized Response” Valdai Discussion Club
WeWork: Auditor EY didn’t warn about the risks Francine McKenna, The Dig
On London Bridge LRB
Instagram: the invisible force behind Chile’s protests Medium. Maybe. Beware of Internet triumphalism.
The Lessons of Russia’s Syrian Intervention for Washington and Brussels Gordon Hahn. Interesting, though I’m not sure I agree with all of it.
‘We Are Telegraphing Abandonment’ Foreign Policy
Intelligence Reforms: Time for a Japanese James Bond Peter Tasker
Protests test sympathies of Chinese mainlanders in Hong Kong Agence France Presse
China Suspends U.S. Navy Port Calls in Hong Kong The Maritime Executive
Huge warning about some protest tourists who have just turned up, and who were at the rally yesterday.
If they are Azov Battalion then we're talking full on neo-nazi fascists connected with war crimes and torture. The worst of the worst. pic.twitter.com/ydAhgztW27
— Hong Kong Hermit (@HongKongHermit) December 2, 2019
Top Chinese official praises Macau, warns Hong Kong to toe state constitutional line South China Morning Post. Read the room…
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Chinese city fully launches face-scanning metro check-in service Xinhua. MTR take note!
US Congress condemns China for treatment of Uighurs Deutsche Welle
Welcome To The Potemkin Village Of Washington Power The American Conservative
Was Sheldon Adelson Acting As Bag Man For The CIA? The American Conservative
I am not saying that the “impeachment inquiry” by the House, or even conviction in the Senate, is necessarily a coup. I am saying that there are two litmus tests to apply: The first is whether power is appropriated by the Intelligence Community (as, for example, having a veto power over the selection of future Presidents, in practice or institutionally). The second is the question of exceptions: If, for example, the House impeached or the Senate convicted on the basis of evidence that the public was not allowed to see — and that most definitely includes intelligence “sources and methods” — that would be such a gross exception to the “old rules” that a change in the Constitutional Order, placing the Intelligence Community above both the Legislative and Executive Branches, could be said to have taken place. Crossing the Rubicon, if you will.
These concerns have yet to be allayed. I’ll need to look at the footnotes to the report carefully.
Imagining a Senate Trial: Reading the Senate Rules of Impeachment Litigation LawFare. “Notably absent from the rules is any discussion of what evidentiary rules apply.”
GOP embraces a debunked Ukraine conspiracy to defend Trump from impeachment WaPo (but remarkably free of specifics. See again Yasha Levine, linked yesterday, who lists (here, here, and here) open source, mainstream coverage of these “debunked” theories, which WaPo does not “debunk,” let alone mention, this time around, nor does anybody it dumped out of its Rolodex. I guess selective memory erasure isn’t just for mouse studies any more).
Dear President Trump: The Ultimate Impeachment Deal Is to Abdicate Right Now Vanity Fair. Re Silc: “Who comes up with this stuff?”
Can’t You Read? Nina Illingworth. Review of Neiwert’s Alt-America: the Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump.
Our Famously Free Press
The topic is life in the Korean DMZ. However:
Change in Headline pic.twitter.com/RgFpCGgOBi
— Editing TheGrayLady (@nyt_diff) December 3, 2019
Note how some editor — editors write headlines — added “scary” to sex up the fear. If I had a nickel for every time I’ve seen the word “terrifying” in a headline, I’d be rich. And characters are limited in headlines, so a collective and consistent investment in a 10-letter word… says something.
Adolph Reed on Movements and Monuments Current Affairs (KLG25).
The Second Wave of Algorithmic Accountability Law and Political Economy
Antidote du jour (via):
CAN WE PLS ADMIRE THIS ADORABLE CEPHALOPOD. The Dumbo Octopus pic.twitter.com/STJFmj9n5d
— mann (@TheMannThatCan) November 29, 2019
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.