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Links 5/14/19

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Deepest ever dive finds plastic bag at bottom of Mariana Trench CNN Escalating Floods Putting Mississippi River’s Old River Control Structure at Risk Weather Underground Los Angeles Fire Season Is Beginning Again. And It Will Never End. A bulletin from our climate future. New York Magazine Effects Of Surgery On A Warming Planet: Can Anesthesia Go Green? NPR Wild Pig Wars: Controversy Over Hunting, Trapping in Missouri AgWeb. I wonder if pigs rooting is good for the soil. US court orders Bayer to pay bn in Roundup cancer case FT Uber Shares Are Quickly Approaching ‘White Knuckle’ Territory Bloomberg (DL). Pardon my schadenfreude. Do transportation network companies decrease or increase congestion? Science. Increase. That’s why we need robot cars. IHOP And Ramadan: A Uniquely

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Deepest ever dive finds plastic bag at bottom of Mariana Trench CNN

Escalating Floods Putting Mississippi River’s Old River Control Structure at Risk Weather Underground

Los Angeles Fire Season Is Beginning Again. And It Will Never End. A bulletin from our climate future. New York Magazine

Effects Of Surgery On A Warming Planet: Can Anesthesia Go Green? NPR

Wild Pig Wars: Controversy Over Hunting, Trapping in Missouri AgWeb. I wonder if pigs rooting is good for the soil.

US court orders Bayer to pay $2bn in Roundup cancer case FT

Uber Shares Are Quickly Approaching ‘White Knuckle’ Territory Bloomberg (DL). Pardon my schadenfreude.

Do transportation network companies decrease or increase congestion? Science. Increase. That’s why we need robot cars.

IHOP And Ramadan: A Uniquely American-Muslim Tradition WAMU. Like (American) Chinese food for Christmas…

Syraqistan

White House Reviews Military Plans Against Iran, in Echoes of Iraq War NYT. “The 120,000 troops would approach the size of the American force that invaded Iraq in 2003.” In 2003 it took many months to preposition the materiel for the invsasion. If that’s happened already, it hasn’t been reported.

Satellite images show no major damage to ‘sabotaged’ ships Associated Press. I don’t recall articles like this in major venues during the Iraq WMDs debacle. The administration better get busy faking evidence and planting stories like Bush did! Maybe they can ask British intelligence to help out….

Iran Squeezed Between Imperial Psychos and European Cowards Pepe Escobar, Consortium News

Venezuela

Activists at Venezuela Embassy served with eviction notice Associated Press

Inside the secret plot to turn senior Venezuelan officials against Maduro WaPo.

US Press Reaches All-Time Low on Venezuela Coverage Counterpunch

Brexit

Brexit: ‘A customs union is both bad policy and bad politics’ The Times. Letter from the 1922 Committee to May

Theresa May’s ‘Plan B’ Brexit Compromise Set To Be Rejected By Labour As Talks Falter HuffPo

Ditch the talks with Labour! Ministers urge May to halt Brexit negotiations to save the Tory party Daily Mail

Tony Blair says Labour ‘trying to face both ways’ on Brexit Guardian

German Failure on the Road to a Renewable Future Der Spiegel

India

Did Narendra Modi have the questions for his News Nation interview beforehand? Watch this video Scroll.in

Meet the Indian ‘Miss Marple’ snooping on election candidates Asian Correspondent

The Election Game The Wire

China?

China exporters react to Donald Trump’s new trade war tariff plan: ‘This will kill my US market’ South China Morning Post

Chinese boom for hedge funds at risk from US trade dispute FT

A tipping point for Sino-US relations? Asia Times

How an Academic Journal Censored My Review on Xinjiang China Channel

Dow plunges 617 points after China retaliates with higher tariffs CNN

Hong Kong’s new Extinction Rebellion chapter looks to turn up the heat on the government over climate change South China Morning Post

RussiaGate

Connecticut U.S. Attorney John Durham tapped to lead Russia investigation review Hartford Courant. The blowback begins.

Mueller’s report is done. Is there still a point in having a prayer candle with his image on it? WaPo

No Democrats have read the less-redacted Mueller report. But five Republicans have. CNN. A good lawyer never asks a question without knowing the answer…

New Cold War

U.S. Senate Threatens Sanctions Over Russian Pipeline Foreign Policy. We’re gonna force them to buy our more expensive gas? That’s not a good look.

The Rising Tide Of The Populist Right LobeLog

Trump Transition

How Trump Can Transform Nuclear Arms Control The National Interest

US Border Patrol Is the Most Brutal Militia of All The Atlantic

Sweden Reopens Investigation of Julian Assange for Rape, Complicating U.S. Extradition The Intercept

The Re-Opening of the Swedish Assange Case Should Be Welcomed Craig Murray

Boeing 737 Max

From Boeing to E-Ring: Shanahan is Industry’s Man at the Pentagon The American Conservative. By a happy coincidence, Boeing bailout’s bailout is already teed-up.

These Motorhome and RV Crash Tests Are Remarkably Terrible Jalopnik

Big Brother Is Watching You Watch

WhatsApp voice calls used to inject Israeli spyware on phones FT

Kavanaugh Takes a Shot at Apple, and Big Tech Should Take Note Bloomberg

AI can now defend itself against malicious messages hidden in speech Science. We keep hearing nobody knows how AI “deep learning” works; this article says it several times. What could go wrong?

Notre-Dame and the Paradoxes of Historical Preservation The New Yorker

Doris Day dies; legendary actress and singer was 97 Los Angeles Times

Antidote du Jour (CC):

Links 5/14/19

CC writes: “Attached is a photo of a butterfly that I took last week when I was in Noda, Chiba Prefecture, outside of Tokyo. The butterfly and the flower are in the Noda City Museum garden.”

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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