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Links 7/17/19

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Hungry elephants fight climate change one mouthful at a time Science Magazine (guurst) Researchers think they know what’s killing London’s iconic sparrow Science Magazine (David L) Florida’s Corals Are Dying Off, But It’s Not All Due To Climate Change, Study Says NPR (David L) Research shows black plastics could create renewable energy PhysOrg (Robert M) House orders Pentagon to say if it weaponized ticks and released them Roll Call (Chuck L) The secret Swiss Agent: Puzzling comments reveal new twist to the Lyme disease saga Stanford Medicine (Micael) China? WTO rules against US in tariff dispute with China Financial Times. Hoo boy. Predates Trump tariffs. Trump Says He Could Impose More China Tariffs If He Wants Bloomberg Chinese and Vietnamese ships in South China Sea stand-off Financial

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Hungry elephants fight climate change one mouthful at a time Science Magazine (guurst)

Researchers think they know what’s killing London’s iconic sparrow Science Magazine (David L)

Florida’s Corals Are Dying Off, But It’s Not All Due To Climate Change, Study Says NPR (David L)

Research shows black plastics could create renewable energy PhysOrg (Robert M)

House orders Pentagon to say if it weaponized ticks and released them Roll Call (Chuck L)

The secret Swiss Agent: Puzzling comments reveal new twist to the Lyme disease saga Stanford Medicine (Micael)

China?

WTO rules against US in tariff dispute with China Financial Times. Hoo boy. Predates Trump tariffs.

Trump Says He Could Impose More China Tariffs If He Wants Bloomberg

Chinese and Vietnamese ships in South China Sea stand-off Financial Times

Be very afraid: Japan-Korea history war spirals toward trade war Asia Times (Kevin W)

Trump’s next trade war target: Vietnam Asia Times (resilc)

EU set to probe Amazon’s use of merchants’ data Financial Times

From Politico’s morning European newsletter:

URSULA VON DER LEYEN’S REIGN BEGINS. The Commission president-elect got 383 votes, only nine more than she needed. It’s not a good result, and implies she has her work cut out for her in building a stable majority — and a Commission — for the next five years.

German MEP Satirises EU Corruption YouTube (Clive)

Brexit

EU expected to reject outright Johnson and Hunt’s backstop plan Guardian. This should not be news.

Dominic Grieve says MPs might not be able to block no-deal Brexit – but they can topple the government iNews

New Cold War

How The News About Italian Far-Right Fighters In Ukraine Got Confused Moon of Alabama. Kevin W: “The MSM seem to have forgotten on which side those extreme rightists and Nazis are fighting on.”

Syraqistan

Tehran: Oil tanker broke down in Persian Gulf, towed by Iran forces for repairs RT (Kevin W)

Tension in the Gulf: Not Just Maritime Powder Kegs LobeLog (resilc)

What Right Has Britain to Seize an Iranian Tanker Off Spain? Counterpunch (resilc)

Pompeo’s Nuclear Deal Nonsense American Conservative

UAE scales down military presence in Yemen Middle East Monitor (resilc)

How Russia Uses Israeli-Designed Drones in the Syria War Intercept

Big Brother is Watching You Watch

Chelsea Manning’s Fines For Grand Jury Resistance Increase To $1000 Shadowproof (UserFriendly)

Imperial Collapse Watch

Guatemala’s state corruption and the heirs of colonial privilege Al Jazeera. Resilc: “It’s a fine place, when I was there the head of DEA was pistol-whipped by an older Guatemalan over a road rage incident.”

Trump Transition

Green to file articles of impeachment against Trump on Tuesday night The Hill

‘His only tool is racism’: why Trump’s bigoted tirade could be a vote winner Guardian

Donald Trump, the Racist in the White House New Yorker (furzy)

Representatives Omar, Pressley, Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib News Conference C-SPAN (Kevin C)

Don’t Take The Bait Ilargi (Chuck L, Kevin W)

Civil-Rights, Immigration Groups File Lawsuit Challenging New Trump Limits on Asylum Claims Wall Street Journal

Mueller, Dems Scramble as Russiagate Falls Apart Antiwar. (Kevin W)

Forces behind growing political polarization in congress revealed in new model PhysOrg (David L)

Nancy Pelosi Has Lost Control Huffington Post (UserFriendly)

Google

Google’s Search Bias On Trial In Washington NPR (David L)

The cofounder of Palantir just called Google ‘an unpatriotic company.’ Here’s why this alarming new level of rhetoric within tech is really just a deflection Business Insider (David L)

Google nuked tech support ads to kill off scammers. OK. It also blew away legit repair shops. Not OK at all • The Register (Chuck L)

Why Doing Harm Is Profitable Current Affairs (UserFriendly)

Libra

FDPIC says Facebook has not contacted about Libra data protections CNBC (Chuck L)

‘Breathtaking arrogance’: senators grill Facebook in combative hearing over Libra currency Guardian (Kevin W). This part is priceless:

Despite Facebook’s repeated claims it will work with regulators, the Swiss group tasked with privacy oversight of Libra said it has not yet been contacted by the company, according to a report on Tuesday from CNBC. A spokesman from the Swiss Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner (FDPIC) said the group has been following the project in the public debate

YouTube’s Trampled Foes Plot Antitrust Revenge Bloomberg

Deutsche Bank job cuts are tip of the iceberg for the finance industry The Conversation

Largest U.S. drug companies flooded country with 76 billion opioid pills, DEA data shows Washington Post (furzy)

Elon Musk-backed Neuralink unveils brain-implant technology Financial Times

Class Warfare

Trump’s Tax Law Threatened TurboTax’s Profits. So the Company Started Charging the Disabled, the Unemployed and Students. ProPublica. UserFriendly: “Evil Evil Evil.”

Abigail Disney visited Disneyland undercover. She is ‘livid’ about what she saw CNN. Lambert had this in Water Cooler yesterday, but worth not missing.

Landlords Sue NYC Over New Rent Caps on a Million Apartments Bloomberg

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