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The quest to unlock the secrets of the baby Universe Nature The Thick Gray Line: Forest Elephants Defend Against Climate Change NYT America’s agriculture is 48 times more toxic than 25 years ago. Blame neonics Guardian (original). Coal industry stakes survival on carbon capture plan FT Business Roundtable Redefines the Purpose of a Corporation to Promote ‘An Economy That Serves All Americans’ Business Roundtable. It’s a cookbook. MIT Accused Of Costing Workers Millions In Cozy Deal With Financial Giant Fidelity NPR (MV). Paging Big Brother: In Amazon’s Bookstore, Orwell Gets a Rewrite NYT. “The preface referred to another great Orwell work, ‘Homage to Catalonia,’ as “Homepage to Catalonia.'” Fraud scales. Brexit On the brink: Britain’s economy braced for Brexit ‘shock’ FT Boris Johnson

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The quest to unlock the secrets of the baby Universe Nature

The Thick Gray Line: Forest Elephants Defend Against Climate Change NYT

America’s agriculture is 48 times more toxic than 25 years ago. Blame neonics Guardian (original).

Coal industry stakes survival on carbon capture plan FT

Business Roundtable Redefines the Purpose of a Corporation to Promote ‘An Economy That Serves All Americans’ Business Roundtable. It’s a cookbook.

MIT Accused Of Costing Workers Millions In Cozy Deal With Financial Giant Fidelity NPR (MV).

Paging Big Brother: In Amazon’s Bookstore, Orwell Gets a Rewrite NYT. “The preface referred to another great Orwell work, ‘Homage to Catalonia,’ as “Homepage to Catalonia.'” Fraud scales.

Brexit

On the brink: Britain’s economy braced for Brexit ‘shock’ FT

Boris Johnson lays down law to the EU: Prime Minister DEMANDS Brussels drops plan for ‘unviable’ backstop and replace it with a new legal commitment to avoid hard border in Ireland Daily Mail. The text of Johnson’s letter.

Freedom of movement for EU citizens coming to the UK will continue largely unchanged after a no-deal Brexit Business Insider. The UK does not have the organizational capacity to put a new system in place by deadline.

Salvini May Have Missed His Moment to Shine Bloomberg

Syraqistan

That Iranian tanker:

Lessons From the UAE War in Yemen Lawfare

The Fourth Industrial Revolution could mean the end of traditional manufacturing in Africa WEF

These Nigerian Teens Are Making Sci-Fi Shorts with Slick Visual Effects Kottke.org

North Korea

North Korea nuclear issue gets more complicated Asia Times

India

Kashmir: DW reporter’s first-hand account of the ‘siege’ Deutsche Welle

Besieged Kashmiri neighborhood in test of wills with India’s Modi Reuters

Modi’s ‘dawn of development’ is a dark hour for Kashmir FT

“Kashmir Has Been Turned Invisible” Jacobin

What happened to Trump’s Kashmir mediation offer The Express Tribune

The ‘Amateur’ Tech That Could Penetrate the Kashmir Blackout The Wire

China?

Hong Kong gov’t to start work immediately on building platform for dialogue: Carrie Lam Xinhua. Start with the Five Demands? Lol, no.

China’s Great Firewall no barrier to ugly online battles over Hong Kong protests South China Morning Post

Britain concerned at reports HK consulate worker held in China Reuters

Twitter blocks state-controlled media outlets from advertising on its social network Techcrunch

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China: How Fragile Is the Giant? Valdai Discussion Club

China trims lending rates with new benchmark, more rate cuts expected Reuters

Line and Nomura Launch Zero-Commission Online Brokerage in Japan Bloomberg

Stolen rail plates, screws caused train derailment Bangkok Post. Readers, any metal theft stories in your area?

New Cold War

Pentagon conducts 1st test of previously banned missile AP

America Needs a “Dead Hand” War on the Rocks. Russia, it is said, has one.

The ‘Celebritization’ of Protest in Russia Moscow Times

Ask Not What the Kremlin Will Do Next The Wilson Center

Trump Transition

White House officials eyeing payroll tax cut in effort to reverse weakening economy WaPo

Trump’s Foreign Policy: All Coercion, No Diplomacy The American Conservative

Influence Peddling, Double-Dealing, and Trumpworld Swampmen: How U.S. Plans for the World’s Fair Fell Apart Daily Beast

When the Lights Went Out: On Blackouts and Terrorism MIT Press Reader

2020

Trump 2020: Be Very Afraid Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone (Furzy Mouse). Well worth a read.

Migration

In Nuevo Laredo, Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ Program Feels Chaotic and Dangerous Texas Observer. Deck: “It’s also kind of working.”

ICE Doctor Defends Force-Feeding Detainees on Hunger Strike as ‘Uncomfortable’ But Necessary Texas Monthly

L’Affaire Joffrey Epstein

Epstein Created Trust With $578 Million Days Before Suicide Bloomberg

Key Unanswered Questions About Epstein Death and Cameras WhoWhatWhy (Furzy Mouse).

Black Injustice Tipping Point

Daniel Pantaleo, Officer Who Held Eric Garner in Chokehold, Is Fired NYT

Class Warfare

How Life Became an Endless, Terrible Competition The Atlantic (Re Silc).

Reforming Social Security to Save Social Security Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago (Re Silc). “So what does the optimal plan look like? Ndiaye calculates that the average retirement age would be 69.6 years and the labor force participation rate for individuals aged 65–69 would be 78%. In comparison, in the U.S. today, the average retirement age is 66.5 years and the labor force participation for 65–69 year olds is 32%.” Personally, I view retirement to a life of shuffleboard as a death sentence, and want to work ’til I drop. But I don’t have the pain that millions of workers have after a lifetime of labor, either, or grandchildren to spend time with. So “three more years in the workforce, no problemo” is “optimal” for whom? Morality aside, MMTers will know the economics are full of lies.

Modern Money and the War Treasury Global Institute for Sustainable Prosperity

New Electric Motor Could Boost Efficiency of EVs, Scooters, and Wind Turbines IEEE Spectrum. Readers?

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