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This bat-friendly town turned the night red MNN Give Your Yard Back to Nature Popular Mechanics. Once-fringe idea goes mainstream. It’s a good idea, too. Scam Alert: Using Voice Search? Use Caution When Asking for Auto Dial from Your Smart Device Better Business Bureau. If there can be fraud, there has already been fraud… Wells Fargo Closed Their Accounts, but the Fees Continued to Mount NYT. Wells Fargo is just toying with us, aren’t they? Insurance Companies Are Paying Cops To Investigate Their Own Customers Buzzfeed (DK). “[A]n extraordinary alliance between private insurers and public law enforcement agencies — one that transforms routine claims into criminal evidence, premium-paying customers into suspects, and the justice system into a hired gun for a multibillion-dollar industry.”

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This bat-friendly town turned the night red MNN

Give Your Yard Back to Nature Popular Mechanics. Once-fringe idea goes mainstream. It’s a good idea, too.

Scam Alert: Using Voice Search? Use Caution When Asking for Auto Dial from Your Smart Device Better Business Bureau. If there can be fraud, there has already been fraud…

Wells Fargo Closed Their Accounts, but the Fees Continued to Mount NYT. Wells Fargo is just toying with us, aren’t they?

Insurance Companies Are Paying Cops To Investigate Their Own Customers Buzzfeed (DK). “[A]n extraordinary alliance between private insurers and public law enforcement agencies — one that transforms routine claims into criminal evidence, premium-paying customers into suspects, and the justice system into a hired gun for a multibillion-dollar industry.” Lol, “justice system.”

Brexit

Brexit: PM to tell EU leaders to renegotiate deal BBC. That is, the Withdrawal Agreement. Let me know how that works out….

Jeremy Corbyn will do ‘everything necessary’ to stop no-deal Brexit FT

UK government no-deal Brexit fears revealed in full Politico

Welder Shortage Threatens Boris Johnson’s U.K. Nuclear Revival Bloomberg

Germany’s Bond Market Is a Global Problem John Authers, Bloomberg

Criminal gangs stealing catalytic converters for precious metals Irish Times. Lots of metal theft stories in 2009-2011, IIRC….

Syraqistan

Gibraltar rejects U.S. pressure to hold Iranian oil tanker Los Angeles Times

China?

The Victoria Square protest (DK):

Hong Kong police: We don’t need Beijing’s help BBC. “When we asked if police had seen any evidence to back up the allegations that foreign governments had either funded or organised the anti-government protests, the answer was straight to the point: ‘No.'” Hardly the party line…

Beijing unveils detailed reform plan to make Shenzhen model city for China and the world South China Morning Post and HK’s future lies with China, not the West: Martin Jacques People’s Daily

‘Another Tiananmen Square’ crackdown in Hong Kong would harm trade deal, Trump warns Japan Times

If we burn, you burn with us Bloomberg (DK).

Hong Kong’s Protests Have Cemented Its Identity The Atlantic

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How the West Got China’s Social Credit System Wrong WIRED (AL).

Data Leviathan: China’s Burgeoning Surveillance State NYRB

The Trump administration tried to bury a climate study on … rice? Grist

India

Schools Reopen In Kashmir But Few Children Show Up: 10 Points NDTV

At least 4,000 detained in Kashmir since region stripped of autonomy France24

India reimposes some curbs in Kashmir as stone-throwing spreads Reuters

‘News From Here Doesn’t Go Out’: Kashmir Simmers Under Lockdown The Atlantic

Retired bureaucrats, military officers move SC over abrogation of Article 370, bifurcation of Kashmir India Today

Gandhi Centre Stage, Perry Anderson, LRB (Dre42). From 2012, still germane. Grab a cup of coffee: “The British had taken over the subcontinent with such relative ease because it was politically and socially so tangled and fractured, but in imposing a common infrastructural, juridical and cultural grid on it, they unified it as an administrative and ideological reality for the first time in its history. The idea of India was theirs. But once it took hold as a bureaucratic norm, subjects could turn it against rulers, and the nimbus of empire dissolve into the charisma of nation.”

Venezuela

Scoop: Inside Trump’s naval blockade obsession Axios

Venezuela Retains Political Control After New US Coercive Measures Venezuelanalysis

Media Blackout on Brazil’s Anti-Bolsonaro Protests FAIR

Race to save the rainforest: Why replacing cocaine barons with cattle ranchers is destroying the Amazon The Telegraph

Migration

Crossing the Border LRB

‘Bees, not refugees’: the environmentalist roots of anti-immigrant bigotry Guardian

RussiaGate

The Bogus Story That Launched a ‘Collusion’ Probe Andrew McCarthy National Review

Trump Transition

U.S. President Trump does not want to do business with China’s Huawei Reuters. But you get what you need…

Trump says it would be ‘strategically nice’ to buy Greenland FTx

Navy Issues Draft Request for Proposal for Large Unmanned Surface Vehicle USNI News

2020

Sanders unveils proposal for massive overhaul of criminal justice system Politico

Health Care

How the civilized world does health care:

Local Opinion: We’re doctors, and we’re debunking myths about Medicare for All Arizona Daily Star

Big Brother Is Watching You Watch

U.S. health panel recommends doctors screen all adults for illicit drug use WaPo

L’Affaire Joffrey Epstein

Why was Jeffrey Epstein allowed to purchase small women’s panties from the Palm Beach jail? Miami Herald (Re Silc).

The Perverted Face of Elite America The American Conservative

The Failure to See What Jeffrey Epstein Was Doing The New Yorker. Musical interlude.

Black Injustice Tipping Point

The Great Land Robbery: How Federal Policies Dispossessed Black Americans of Millions of Acres The Atlantic. Land and the labor markets, from 1865 ’til today.

Class Warfare

Welcome To The Magical Mystery Plant Tour The Drive. “[D]espite the fact that [Tesla’s] industrial opera reinforces all the most fundamental lessons of automaking that have been established for decades, a surprisingly large contingent of people still seem to believe that the startup can disrupt manufacturing practices that have been honed to a sharp point by a century of competitive pressure.” Bottom line is that the robots are not taking over:

1974 Charles Koch Speech: “Anti-Capitalism and Big Business” and How the Powell Memo Did Not Go Far Enough Koch Docs. A trove.

The Population Bust: Demographic Decline and the End of Capitalism as We Know It Foreign Affairs. Not paywalled.

Antidote du jour (via). Upping my cat game:

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