A message to Australian Prime Minister Morison:
I spent New Year’s trapped by Australian bushfires that looked like a scene from a warzone Business Insider. Photo essay, takes time for page to build.
On Fires in Australia Ecological Rants (Sub-Boreal).
Far too much noise, far too little signal. Events:
Iraq’s parliament may be about to do President Trump a big fat favor The Atlantic Council
U.S. Official Central to Hawkish Iran Policies Departs NSC Bloomberg. Note the last paragraph.
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U.S. Killing of Soleimani Leaves Trump ‘Totally Unpredictable’ Bloomberg. Bringing “not agreement-capable” to new heights.
As Tensions With Iran Escalated, Trump Opted for Most Extreme Measure NYT (Furzy Mouse). “They didn’t think he would take it. In the wars waged since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Pentagon officials have often offered improbable options to presidents to make other possibilities appear more palatable.” Dear Lord. “Order anything on the menu. No, not that!”
Trump Kills Iran’s Most Overrated Warrior Thomas Friedman, NYT. The Moustache of Understanding weighs in.
Trump Is Doing the Bidding of Washington’s Most Vile Cabal Jeremy Scahill, The Intercept
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Analysis and prediction:
Israelis quietly hail Soleimani killing as they brace for retaliation WaPo. I don’t know how quiet the hailing is, when it’s done from WaPo’s front page.
Iranian Revenge Will Be A Dish Best Served Cold Scott Ritter, The American Conservative
How to Avoid Another War in the Middle East Foreign Affairs
China replaces top Hong Kong envoy after months of unrest Deutsche Welle
China’s sovereign currency ‘progressing well’, central bank says, but there’s still no launch date South China Morning Post
Retrieving Our Country The Baffler
New Cold War
We Don’t Have Another Europe and We Don’t Have Another Russia Valdai Disciussion Club
Does Russia Really Have Hypersonic Weapons That Are ‘Operational’? The National Interest
When will Bernie Sanders get the scrutiny that top-tier candidates deserve? Jennifer Rubin, WaPo
Warren announces support for new North American trade pact The Hill. Does anybody know what “lane” Warren is in? I sure don’t.
‘Trump Money’ Is Buying Silence as Unprecedented Payments Go to Farmers Rolling Stone (WC).
Our Famously Free Press
Dribs and drabs of fake news can turn entire society against authority Straits Times. From Singapore.
Lands’ End sued by Delta Air Lines employees who claim uniforms cause health problems Wisconsin State Journal
‘School Lunch Fairy’ Pays off Student Meal Debts in Vt. City NECN. “That anonymous donor is now challenging people in other districts to stand up and do whatever they can to combat hunger or food insecurity where they live.” Reinforcing the important life lesson that schoolchildren eat only when they take on the risk of becoming debt slaves. Such is “charity.”
The Two Myths of the Internet Wired (TH).
Antidote du jour (via):
— In Otter News (@Otter_News) January 4, 2020
I have been an otter fan ever since I read Gavin Maxwell’s Ring of Bright Water as a child (remembering that otters are wild animals, possibly companions, certainly not pets).
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.