I cannot wait for Martin Luther King Day, when liberals and conservatives all over the country unite to ignore MLK's clear insistence that racism and economic inequality are inextricably linked and must be addressed and fought together.
— Moshik Temkin (@moshik_temkin) January 17, 2020
Gone Fishing? No Fish, but Plenty of Pesticides & a Public Health Crisis Counterpunch (UserFriendly). Also on soil!
Tree Ghosts’ Are All that Remain in Parts of Burnt Out Australia Vice (resilc). OMG:
“We’re talking hundreds of degrees celsius, possibly over 1000,” said Professor Keith. “It takes a massive input of energy to get a living tree to burn to the core, right down to ashes… [and] these trees could have been uprooted [in the firestorm] or they could have been standing dead.”
How good is this cartoon… https://t.co/yWTz4CrUkP
— Mike Carlton (@MikeCarlton01) January 18, 2020
Lake Chad: A War Fueled By Global Warming Der Spiegel (resilc)
6 zero-waste lessons from Paris TreeHugger (J-LS)
Obesity, heart disease, and diabetes may be communicable MedicalXpress. I know the plural of anecdote is not data, but one of my brothers is obese and has been for well over a decade. How he does not have diabetes is beyond me. His wife is not, her weight yo-yos from borderline thin to normal (and that is normal normal, not American overweight normal). Said brother’s food consumption is sufficient to explain his condition. I have another relative whose wife in a few years gained 60 lbs and is now obese while he was only about 10 lbs overweight, went on a diet and is now quite lean. Needless to say, I see enough examples that contradict this thesis to make me a skeptic.
Travelers at 3 U.S. airports to be screened for new, potentially deadly Chinese virus Seattle Times (furzy)
The U.S.-China Trade Deal Was Not Even a Modest Win Politico (resilc)
The Case Against Huawei Balding’s World (J-LS)
Forget staying close to EU after Brexit, chancellor tells business Financial Times. Up there with the classic New York Daily News front page: “Ford to City: Drop Dead.”
Sussex Row. This is serving as a badly-needed distraction, so indulge me…And it is a negotiation! Meghan and Harry have a made a big ask. What will they get as a counter? What will they do if they don’t like it?
A Briton Explains Megxit American Conservative (Li). Wowsers.
Syrian, Turkish intel chiefs thaw ties in Moscow Asia Times (Kevin W)
David Wurmser, Key Iraq War Architect, Advising Trump on Iran Intercept (resilc)
So this is how ethnic cleansing works. Palestinians are told their homes are ‘unsafe’ by the Israeli Government. These are Palestinian homes on Palestinian land. Then the bulldozers go in, and the world shamefully just lets them get on with it. pic.twitter.com/t0CeH2H3i1
— Rachael Swindon (@Rachael_Swindon) January 17, 2020
UK officially designates Hezbollah as a terrorist organization Almasdar News (Kevin W)
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Biden wants Sec. 230 gone, calls tech “totally irresponsible,” “little creeps” ars technica (J-LS)
Imperial Collapse Watch
The War Machine Is Run on Contracts Atlantic
Trump Says U.S. Is Ready for War. Not All His Troops Are So Sure. ProPublica (resilc)
Trump admin seeks Michelle Obama school lunch rollback McClatchy (J-LS). So mean…
The Lake Erie Bill of Rights Deserves to Stand, Should be Enforced GoogleDocs. Via Carla, who hosted the Cleveland meeup last year. Please consider signing.
Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Associated Press. The Japanese have a saying: “Too many captains and the ship climbs up the mountain.”
Coalition Letter to Senate Leaders on Proposed Press Access Restrictions American Civil Liberties Union
Open the Impeachment Trial New York Times
What The Sanders vs. Warren Battle Is Really About FiveThirtyEight (UserFriendly)
Media Skewers ‘Sexist’ Sanders for Refusing to Bend the Knee American Conservative (UserFriendly)
Bernie Sanders Is Running On a Moderate Foreign Policy New York Magazine
‘People will sit at home’: Sanders supporters threaten to boycott vote if Democrats pick a centrist Washington Examiner (resilc)
“Electability” Is a Poisonous Political Shibboleth New Republic (resilc)
On the impossibility of efficient markets Lars P. Syll
IMF boss says global economy risks return of Great Depression Guardian (Kevin W)
The FCC’s Approval of SpaceX’s Starlink Mega Constellation May Have Been Unlawful Scientific American (Robert M)
New glitch found in 737 Max software Financial Times
Yes, David Brooks, there really is a class war Economic Policy Institute
Since when does capitalism have agency?
“In its current form, capitalism has reached its limits. Unless it reforms from within, it will not survive.”https://t.co/iM81RItaGO
— Foreign Affairs (@ForeignAffairs) January 18, 2020
Why Luxury Units in Manhattan Are Vacant Atlantic (J-LS)
Political Philosophy and the Search for the Possible New Rambler Review (J-LS)
Antidote du jour. Arnold update from Scott D:
“We got him a companion 2 years ago called Buddy.”:
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.