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Links 7/18/19

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Notre-Dame came far closer to collapsing than people knew. This is how it was saved. NYT. Looks like the MCAS team has international reach: The fire warning system at Notre-Dame took dozens of experts six years to put together, and in the end involved thousands of pages of diagrams, maps, spreadsheets and contracts, according to archival documents found in a suburban Paris library by The Times. The result was a system so arcane that when it was called upon to do the one thing that mattered — warn “fire!” and say where — it produced instead a nearly indecipherable message. Von Der Leyen’s Election Is a Big Moment for Europe Der Spiegel Madam President-elect, you’ve got mail Politico Which is worse? Adam Tooze, LRB. German domestic politics. Important! The French Insurgency: Political

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Notre-Dame came far closer to collapsing than people knew. This is how it was saved. NYT. Looks like the MCAS team has international reach:

The fire warning system at Notre-Dame took dozens of experts six years to put together, and in the end involved thousands of pages of diagrams, maps, spreadsheets and contracts, according to archival documents found in a suburban Paris library by The Times.

The result was a system so arcane that when it was called upon to do the one thing that mattered — warn “fire!” and say where — it produced instead a nearly indecipherable message.

Von Der Leyen’s Election Is a Big Moment for Europe Der Spiegel

Madam President-elect, you’ve got mail Politico

Which is worse? Adam Tooze, LRB. German domestic politics. Important!

The French Insurgency: Political Economy of the Gilets Jaunes New Left Review. Heavy on the conceptual apparatus, but rich with information.

Brexit

House of Lords passes amendment to help prevent no-deal Brexit Guardian

Michel Barnier: Theresa May ‘never’ threatened EU with no-deal Brexit Politico

Syraqistan

US preparing to send hundreds of troops to Saudi Arabia amid Iran tensions CNN

Seeking to avoid escalation, ships deploy unarmed guards to navigate Gulf Reuters

Russia throws weight behind EU effort to boost Iran trade FT

Why the S-400 and the F-35 Can’t Get Along Defense One

Five years on, no answers to who felled MH17 Asia Times. The Malaysian view. Part two tomorrow.

The roots of Putin’s power over Russia FT

China?

‘No rioters, only a tyrannical regime’: Thousands of Hong Kong seniors march in support of young extradition law protesters Hong Kong Free Press. About 9,000, but impressive it happened at all.

Another massive march in Hong Kong secures approval despite police earlier asking organisers to postpone over safety concerns South China Morning Post

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Trump and Xi Are Struggling to Find Path Forward in Trade Talks Bloomberg

China Vs. The U.S. Treasury: Why Beijing Won’t Use The ‘Nuclear Option’ Of Selling American Debt SupChina

Puncturing the picture of poverty elimination in China Asia Dialogue

Foreign purchases of American homes plunge 36% as Chinese buyers flee the market CNBC (J-LS).

The Future of China’s Amphibious Assault Fleet The Diplomat

‘Invoking’ defense pact, Duterte calls on US to send fleet to China The Philippine Star

India

We may not get good monsoon in coming years also: GP Sharma, Skymet India Times (J-LS).

Trump Transition

Effort to force Trump impeachment vote fails in House of Representatives Vox (the resolution).

Senate Approves Tax Treaties for First Time in Decade NYT

Venezuela

Trump administration diverts Central America aid to U.S.-backed opposition in Venezuela Los Angeles Times

Leaked Secret Messages Show Puerto Rico’s Governor & Aides Deriding Many — and Mocking Ricky Martin’s Sexuality USA Today

Thousands call on Puerto Rico’s governor to resign in massive protest CBS

Brasil under Lula & Dilma disrupted US plans for South America, says former ambassador BrasilWire

Investors balk at Mexico’s plan to breathe new life into Pemex FT

Migration

The Right and Left Hands of the State — Two Patients at Risk of Deportation New England Journal of Medicine

What we can learn from the revolutionary passport that helped 1920s refugees Quartz

2020

‘Send her back,’ crowd chants at Rep. Omar during Trump campaign rally in NC News and Observer

The 2020 campaign will be more racially divisive than 2016 was The Economist

Bernie Sanders defends Medicare for All plan against ‘misinformation’ as fight with Biden heats up CNN (video of Sanders speech).

Health Care

Democratic lawmakers accuse their own party of proposing ‘deep’ cuts to health centers for poor WaPo. Correctly! And:

House votes to repeal Obamacare’s ‘Cadillac tax’ Modern Healthcare

Big Brother Is Watching You Watch

Privacy concerns over viral photo apps are totally valid. But they’re also often overblown Vox and FaceApp responds to privacy concerns TechCrunch

I-Team: Florida DMV sells your personal information to private companies, marketing firms WFTS

EFF Hits AT&T With Class Action Lawsuit for Selling Customers’ Location to Bounty Hunters Vice (J-LS).

Police State Watch

Digital Jail: How Electronic Monitoring Drives Defendants Into Debt Pro Publica

The Cash Value of Truth: One Gun Trace Task Force victim’s case will help decide if the City is responsible for the actions of dirty cops Baltimore Beat

Class Warfare

There are 16 million slaves around the world making our stuff Quartz (Re Silc).

Disney calls Abigail Disney’s remarks about workers’ pay ‘gross and unfair’ Los Angeles Times

Why Raising the MInimum Wage is a Critical LGBTQ Issue  Advocate

Corporate tax cuts blocked at least 15,000 affordable homes in California. Here’s how Sacramento Bee

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