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Links 11/6/18

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Scientists say mysterious ‘Oumuamua’ object could be an alien spacecraft NBC (original). NASA on Oumuamua. So they took one look, and fled? Ozone layer finally healing after damage caused by aerosols, UN says Guardian Climate Change Likely to Increase Frequency of Extreme Summer Weather From “Stuck” Jet Stream Patterns Jeff Masters, Weather Underground Scientists Develop Liquid Fuel That Can Store The Sun’s Energy For Up to 18 Years Science Alert (DL). Ten years to commercial release, however. US Supreme Court allows historic kids’ climate lawsuit to go forward Nature Autopilot makes driver reactions up to three times slower – study CarAdvice Goldman Sachs has serious questions to answer FT. 1MDB. Brexit Big Short’s Eisman Is Shorting Two U.K. Banks on Brexit Bloomberg (UserFriendly).

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Scientists say mysterious ‘Oumuamua’ object could be an alien spacecraft NBC (original). NASA on Oumuamua. So they took one look, and fled?

Ozone layer finally healing after damage caused by aerosols, UN says Guardian

Climate Change Likely to Increase Frequency of Extreme Summer Weather From “Stuck” Jet Stream Patterns Jeff Masters, Weather Underground

Scientists Develop Liquid Fuel That Can Store The Sun’s Energy For Up to 18 Years Science Alert (DL). Ten years to commercial release, however.

US Supreme Court allows historic kids’ climate lawsuit to go forward Nature

Autopilot makes driver reactions up to three times slower – study CarAdvice

Goldman Sachs has serious questions to answer FT. 1MDB.

Brexit

Big Short’s Eisman Is Shorting Two U.K. Banks on Brexit Bloomberg (UserFriendly).

Brexit: Labour rules out voting for deal keeping UK in customs union temporarily – Politics live Guardian

Reality Check: What are EU countries doing to prepare for a no-deal Brexit? BBC

Michel Barnier: UK could reapply for EU membership once it is ‘a third country’ Politico. “Honey, I’ve changed!”

Italy pressed by other EU nations to redraft budget FT

Syraqistan

US watchdog sees few signs of progress in Afghanistan Star and Stripes. Film at 11.

U.S. reimposes Iran sanctions, Tehran decries ‘bullying’ Reuters

U.S. Army launches New Warriors Wanted Campaign Commercial Army Update. Urban warfare in the Islamic world. I’m sold. Who wouldn’t be?

Under the Pakistani volcano Pepe Escobar, Asia Times

Pakistani porters: The unsung masters of the mountains Times of India

China

China is ready to talk to resolve US trade war, says Vice-President Wang Qishan South China Morning Post

Trade union congress opens amid widespread labour unrest in China China Labor Bulletin

Cute, except maybe not?

New Cold War

US Midterm Elections and Their International Consequences Valdai Discussion Club

Why America Can’t Play Russia off Against China The National Interest

The Foreign-Policy Establishment Reeks of Desperation Stephen M. Walt, Foreign Policy

Trump Transition

Five True Things About Mike Pence Down with Tyranny

The Constitution is Crystal Clear On Birthright Citizenship Bruce Fein, The American Conservative

A Rules-Based Order to Keep the Internet Open and Secure Georgetown Journal of international Affairs

Facebook and Google sign up to Tim Berners-Lee ‘contract’ FT

2018 Midterms

For Midterms and the Markets, History Is Bunk John Authers, Bloomberg

The hottest fight in American politics? Arizona’s smackdown over solar power. WaPo

Healthcare and the midterms: We’ve got you covered Modern Health Care

Try These 5 Techniques to Make Your Next Political Argument Fruitful Scientific American

Where marijuana is on the ballot Tuesday — and where it’s most likely to win WaPo

Mapping the Muggleheads: New Orleans and the Marijuana Menace, 1920­–1930 Southern Spaces

Democrats in Disarray

Democrats Are So, So Bad at This Slate (FluffytheObeseCat). “María Urbina, the national political director of the Indivisible grassroots organizing group, noted that a good campaign message comes from ‘having folks who look and feel more like ordinary neighbors.'” • Urbina was Senior Advisor for Hispanic and Asian Affairs in the office of Democratic Leader Harry Reid.

Democratic Party Has Ignored Double Mississippi Senate Races The Intercept

Here’s the Real Reason Why Republicans Fear ‘Medicare for All’ Truthdig (JZ).

Gunz

Q&A: Preparing a small business for a possible attack AP. Where we are.

Imperial Collapse Watch

Cryptography During the French and American Wars in Vietnam (PDF) Phan Duong Hieu and Neal Koblitz, International Association for Cryptologic Research. Fascinating.

Guillotine Watch

As Manhattan’s Most Secretive Skyscraper Rises, a Super-Elite Clientele Emerges WSJ

Wealthy Americans Assure Populace That Heavily Armed Floating City Being Built Above Nation Has Nothing To Do With Anything The Onion

Class Warfare

Inside Tesla’s factory, a medical clinic designed to ignore injured workers Reveal News

Senior Citizens Are Replacing Teenagers as Fast-Food Workers Bloomberg (UserFriendly).

Lyft drivers sue, argue that they’re employees rather than contractors Ars Technica

‘Human brain’ supercomputer with 1 million processors switched on for first time University of Manchester (jbeech). Interesting, I guess, but last I checked, it didn’t take £15million in funding over 20 years to create a brain.

‘The Federal Government Does Not Need Revenue’ CFO (!).

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Links 11/6/18

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