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Links 5/18/19

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Buildings in Switzerland Have Cat Ladders to Help Felines Survey Their Kingdom Below My Modern Met Air Pollution and Noncommunicable Diseases CHEST Journal. This is very nasty. The original is written in English, and well worth a read. Here is a summary in the Guardian. Bankrupt Coal Company Funded Climate Change Denialism The Intercept Aliso Canyon Gas Leak Caused by ‘Microbial Corrosion,’ Report Finds NBC Los Angeles Funds survey the wreckage of a debt-fuelled energy bust FT Ask Slashdot: Are the Big Players In Tech Even Competing With Each Other? Slashdot (DK). Google to Refund Advertisers After Suit Over Fraud Scheme WSJ. “Google said it wasn’t in a position to return money that had already flowed from its buying tool to third-party online ad marketplaces where publishers were selling

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Buildings in Switzerland Have Cat Ladders to Help Felines Survey Their Kingdom Below My Modern Met

Air Pollution and Noncommunicable Diseases CHEST Journal. This is very nasty. The original is written in English, and well worth a read. Here is a summary in the Guardian.

Bankrupt Coal Company Funded Climate Change Denialism The Intercept

Aliso Canyon Gas Leak Caused by ‘Microbial Corrosion,’ Report Finds NBC Los Angeles

Funds survey the wreckage of a debt-fuelled energy bust FT

Ask Slashdot: Are the Big Players In Tech Even Competing With Each Other? Slashdot (DK).

Google to Refund Advertisers After Suit Over Fraud Scheme WSJ. “Google said it wasn’t in a position to return money that had already flowed from its buying tool to third-party online ad marketplaces where publishers were selling ad space.” Shorter: “We don’t know where your money went, so we can’t return what we owe you.” Oh.

Platform follies:

Children describe technology that gives them a sense of ambiguity as ‘creepy’ Science Daily. So developers of dark patterns are doing creepy things.

Boeing 737 MAX

Boeing 737 Max Simulators Are in High Demand. They Are Flawed NYT (DK).

Ethiopian Airlines calls criticism of its pilots an effort to ‘divert public attention’ from Boeing 737 MAX flaws Seattle Times

Brexit

Ministers threaten to bring down the Government rather than accept Boris as PM as poll shows him streets ahead of leadership rivals to beat Corbyn Daily Mail

Brexit: The EU looks on in ‘suspended disbelief’ RTE

‘I’ve become very isolated’: the aftermath of near-doomed QF72 Sidney Morning Herald

Syraqistan

Trump muddies position on Iran, but tensions are easing FT

Iran and the US, a tale of two presidents Le Monde Diplomatique

How Many Damn F*cking Times Do I Have to Explain This? Power of Narrative. From an old-school blogger who saw it as it happened.

‘New York Times’ Rehires Judith Miller To Cover Escalating Iran Tensions The Onion

CONFIRMED: Chemical Weapons Assessment Contradicting Official Syria Narrative Is Authentic Caitlin Johnstone (CL).

Venezuela

U.S. working on options to pressure Cuba and Russia out of Venezuela McClatchy

Why Venezuela’s Government and Opposition Are Finally Coming to the Negotiating Table Time. Not clear what the overlap between a government and a cabal would be.

Defending Chavez’s Project Today: A Conversation with Elias Jaua Venezuelanalysis

Code Pink used the Venezuelan Embassy as an anti-Trump prop. Now the show is over. WaPo. From the very first sentence: “Code Pink activists are all about the visuals — those pink pussy hats…” This is so, so bad. Rancid all the way through.

Revisiting the evidence: Impact of the 2017 sanctions on Venezuela Brookings Institution

China?

Exclusive: U.S. may scale back Huawei trade restrictions to help existing customers Reuters

China Has Already Lost the Trade War The American Conservative

Brutal interventions in Sanpower’s debt workout show why China’s deleveraging campaign has long ways to go South China Morning Post

Ear to Ear: China’s Farming Authority Warns of Corn-Eating Pest Sixth Tone

African swine fever keeps spreading in Asia, threatening food security Science

India

Why Priority Should Be Given To Modernising Foodgrain Storage Swarajya

New Cold War

Transcript: Russia Without Putin Sean’s Russia Blog

Euro-Atlantic Relations in an Era of New US Isolationism Valdai Discussion Club

Trump Transition

Donald Trump eases tariffs for allies as he focuses on China FT

Propaganda Intensifies Trade War With China Moon of Alabama

Time to Pull US Nuclear Weapons Out of Turkey Defense One

Key House Democrat says he doesn’t anticipate contempt votes this month CNN. Don’t want to offend those suburban Republicans!

2020

DNC Finance Chair Affirms Neutrality In Response To Concerns From Bernie Sanders Allies (lol) HuffPo

The Trailer: What to make of the campaign of former senator Mike Gravel WaPo (UserFriendly).

Why Bill Clinton Has Tony Robbins on Speed Dial Inc. and but Leaked Records Reveal Tony Robbins Berated Abuse Victims, And Former Followers Accuse Him Of Sexual Advances Buzzfeed

Big Brother Is Watching You Watch

Google uses Gmail to track a history of things you buy — and it’s hard to delete CNBC

Secret tracking device found in Navy email to Navy Times amid leak investigation raises legal, ethical questions Military Times

Imperial Collapse Watch

McMaster Uses Worn Vietnam Trope to Accuse Americans of Defeatism The American Conservative

Class Warfare

Why capitalists hope you have a short memory The Week

Free Expression on College Campuses (PDF) Knight Foundation. n = 4,407.

The Real Reason Fans Hate the Last Season of Game of Thrones Scientific American. Worth a read even if you’re not a GoT fan.

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