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Scientists say monster penguin once swam New Zealand oceans Associated Press (UserFriendly) Washington Wheat Farmers Could Be Toast If Dams Are Removed To Help Hungry Orcas NPR (David L) Unexploded Second World War bomb found in Kremlin The Hindu (J-LS) How to Listen to the Original Woodstock Festival LifeHacker (UserFriendly) Chemists Make First-Ever Ring of Pure Carbon Nature A new study confirms that global warming has triggered an irreversible collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, which will alone raise global sea levels by 10 feet. It's still up to us to decide if that ice takes 500 years to melt, or 50. We are in a climate emergency. https://t.co/gKxVL2E9O6 — Eric Holthaus (@EricHolthaus) August 15, 2019 Fracking boom tied to methane spike in Earth’s atmosphere National

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Scientists say monster penguin once swam New Zealand oceans Associated Press (UserFriendly)

Washington Wheat Farmers Could Be Toast If Dams Are Removed To Help Hungry Orcas NPR (David L)

Unexploded Second World War bomb found in Kremlin The Hindu (J-LS)

How to Listen to the Original Woodstock Festival LifeHacker (UserFriendly)

Chemists Make First-Ever Ring of Pure Carbon Nature

Fracking boom tied to methane spike in Earth’s atmosphere National Geographic (David L). This issue has been discussed at length at NC, particularly in posts from DownWithTyranny by Gaius Publius.

China?

Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers in US to discuss city’s crisis with politicians and business leaders South China Morning Post. UserFriendly: “Hello CCP, please violently kill protesters that we are pretending to stand for.

China masses troops in stadium near Hong Kong Financial Times

Trump Says He Plans to Talk ‘Very Soon’ With China’s Xi on Trade Bloomberg

North Korea

North Korea snubs peace talks with South Korea over war drills BBC

Kashmir

UNSC to Discuss Kashmir Move on Friday, India Plays it Down The Wire (J-LS)

India Shut Down Kashmir’s Internet Access New York Times

Brexit

Brexit: Lib Dem leader claims Ken Clarke and Harriet Harman are willing to lead caretaker government Telegraph. From the live blog. NC readers are the best! They settled on Ken Clarke as the best hope for a “government of national unity”.

Boris Johnson’s no-deal Brexit could lead British lambs to slaughter Washington Post. As we indicated, but great headline.

Syraqistan

Blaming Each Other for Backing Terrorism Consortiumnews (UserFriendly)

What’s Happening in Kashmir Looks a Lot Like Israel’s Rule Over Palestine LobeLog (resilc)

Gibraltar Supreme Court says Iranian tanker is free to sail Al Jazeera (furzy). After this: U.S. Tries to Seize Iranian Oil Tanker Held in Gibraltar Wall Street Journal

Gibraltar defies US, releasing Iranian oil tanker Asia Times (resilc)

Big Brother is Watching You Watch

The world’s most-surveilled cities Comparitech (resilc)

‘Black Communities Are Already Living in a Tech Dystopia’ FAIR (UserFriendly)

Trump Transition

Trump crosses new line with Omar, Tlaib, Israel move The Hill

But at 6:15 AM EDT: Israel approves Tlaib request to visit grandmother in West Bank The Hill

Trump launches maniacal tweetstorm after devastating Fox News poll shows his numbers near all-time worst Alternet (furzy). He might start by not attacking young female Congresscritters.

Rebecca Gordon, How the U.S. Created the Central American Immigration Crisis TomDispatch

Trump lost $34 billion in corporate revenue by cutting IRS budget by $13 billion: study Raw Story (furzy). That’s a feature, not a bug.

VIDEO: Car Speeds Into Crowd Of ICE Protesters Outside Detention Facility NPR (David L). Shades of Charlottesville, except nobody died.

Health Care

The ‘dark side’ of Finland’s famous free health care CNN (furzy). This piece is desperate. Providing decent care in rural areas is a problem all over the world.

2020

Here’s the Evidence Corporate Media Say Is Missing of WaPo Bias Against Sanders FAIR (UserFriendly). A great piece with a kludgey title. Circulate widely.

Former MSNBC Reporter Spills Details On Pro-Establishment Bias In Media Caitlin Johnstone (UserFriendly)

Calling Out Corporate Control of US Media, Sanders Campaign Launches ‘Bern Notice’ Newsletter Common Dreams (J-LS). Link here.

Biden Decried Bain in ’12, But Has Taken Execs’ Donations in ’19 RealClearPolitics

Elizabeth Warren Sells Populism to Professionals New Yorker (resilc)

How Third-Party Votes Sunk Clinton, What They Mean for Trump Inside Elections (UserFriendly)

Harris’ Silence on Diverted Funds Rankles Housing Advocates RealClearPolitics

2020 Property Tax Battle in California Could Be Epic New York Magazine (UserFriendly)

L’affaire Epstein. A wee vignette that illustrates the caliber and objectivity of mainstream reporting. Yesterday, we linked to a Washington Post story on the Epstein autopsy results. The very first paragraph said he had multiple bones broken in his neck, and focused on the one broken bone that experts found more consistent with strangulation than hanging. The article pointed out that studies on suicides by hanging had mixed results. A 2010 study of 20 men in Thailand found that 25% had broken this bone in their suicide by hanging, but a later study of 264 Indian men found only 6% broke this bone when they hung themselves.

I happened to be within earshot of NBC evening news last night. First story is on how a Nascar driver and his family escaped when his private plane caught on fire after running off the runway. So this with Epstein as the next piece strongly indicates that TV networks regard stories about the rich and famous as more important than ones about issue that affect ordinary people.

NBC discussed only a bone break, not multiple broken bones, and said that bone was broken 30% of the time in strangulations and 25% in suicides. Move along, nothing to see here…

Jeffrey Epstein’s Bodyguard on His Former Boss’s Lifestyle, Cruelty, Suicide New York Magazine (Kurt Sperry)

Jeffrey Epstein’s gal pal Ghislaine Maxwell spotted at In-N-Out Burger in first photos since his death New York Post

Bankruptcy, sudden death, huge fortunes made and lost – the shattering legacy of all the children in thrall to their monstrous father Robert Maxwell, as his ‘favourite’ daughter Ghislaine hides out amid Jeffrey Epstein scandal Daily Mail

Jeffrey Epstein Spent Time Alone With Young Woman In Prison’s Attorney Room Forbes

Chase Koch Turns Family’s Industrial Giant to Tech VC Future Bloomberg

Corn Industry Battered By Shocking Ethanol Decision OilPrice. We’ve pointed out that biofuels generally are a bad idea because the total environmental cost makes it inefficient. The only exception is cane grown in Brazil.

There’s a Global Gust in the Offshore Wind Energy Market | 2019-07-24 | Engineering News-Record (resilc)

The Modern Money Movement with Andrés Bernal MROnline (UserFriendly). Podcast interview of Maxximilian Seijo, Scott Ferguson, and William Saas with a transcript.

How YouTube Came to Promote Fascism Matt Stoller

GE Plunges Most in 11 Years as Madoff Accuser Slams Accounting Bloomberg. Insurance expert and regular short seller John Hempton says Markopolos is all wet. Via e-mail: “The Markopolos report is so consistently wrong/insane it makes me sympathetic to the SEC not taking him seriously on Madoff.”

Guillotine Watch

Everest climbers set to face new rules The Hindu (J-LS)

Class Warfare

Game over: Middle-class and poor kids are ditching youth sports CBS (J-LS)

Amazon Uses a Twitter Army of Employees to Fight Criticism of Warehouses New York Times (David L). Lambert featured his yesterday. I think not just Twitter. We had a not-plausible depiction of how great it was working in the warehouse show up in comments. Maybe that person was having a slow day on Twitter.

Antidote du jour. Kije: “Father and son portrait.”

Links 8/16/19

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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