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Feral Horses Helping Restore Butterfly Habitat Ecowatch (Glenn F) This is a picture of a stag found yesterday on the West Coast of Jura, covered in plastic from the beach. #notoplastic #wildsideofjura pic.twitter.com/Bz4aYY9gSE — wildsideofjura (@wildsideofjura) November 14, 2019 Global heating supercharging Indian Ocean climate system Guardian (resilc) People Are Having Sex With 3D Avatars of Their Exes and Celebrities Vice Can pro-vaccine bills save us from ourselves? Popular Science (resilc) Pointless work meetings ‘really a form of therapy’ BBC (Chuck L). Well, if you consider feeling that you need a lobotomy to get through the meeting a form of therapy. Brain wave study explains why a DMT trip is like entering an alternate reality Inverse (David L). n=13, so big red flag re tiny

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Feral Horses Helping Restore Butterfly Habitat Ecowatch (Glenn F)

Global heating supercharging Indian Ocean climate system Guardian (resilc)

People Are Having Sex With 3D Avatars of Their Exes and Celebrities Vice

Can pro-vaccine bills save us from ourselves? Popular Science (resilc)

Pointless work meetings ‘really a form of therapy’ BBC (Chuck L). Well, if you consider feeling that you need a lobotomy to get through the meeting a form of therapy.

Brain wave study explains why a DMT trip is like entering an alternate reality Inverse (David L). n=13, so big red flag re tiny sample size. However, sounds like DMT is superior to LSD by virtue of the “trip” being short, as opposed to the typical 24 hours with LSD.

Bonkers pricing of “free” flu shots shows what’s wrong with US healthcare ars technica (Chuck L)

China?

Senator Introduces Bill That Would Block US Companies From Storing Data In China The Hill. Josh Hawley strikes again.

U.S. Senate passes HK rights bill backing protesters, angers Beijing Reuters (furzy)

Former U.K. Consulate Employee Says Chinese Secret Police Tortured Him Wall Street Journal. The Journal broke this story. Ugly. Very detailed account of torture and psychological abuse. They reduced him to considering suicide after about two weeks of detention. Key section: “… he also was questioned repeatedly about the role his interrogators presumed Britain was playing in fomenting the unrest.

U.S. breaks off defense cost talks, as South Korea balks at $5 billion demand Reuters

Brexit

The Daily Mail guide to Corbyn’s Communist Britain Daily Mash

Voters say Boris Johnson edged live ITV debate with Jeremy Corbyn by 51% to 49% Sun

Election 2019: Latest poll shows narrowing of Tory lead Times. Note before the debate.

Bolivia Coup

Opinion: The OAS lied to the public about the Bolivian election and coup MarketWatch (Dan K).First sentence: “Facts show nothing suspicious about the re-election of Evo Morales.”

Unpacking Media Propaganda About Bolivia’s Election FAIR

En Bolivia matan al perro de Evo Morales (UserFriendly)

New Cold War

Russian Hacking 2.0 Could Employ a Whole New Bag of Digital Dirty Tricks Vanity Fair (resilc)

Pelosi doubles down on anti-Russia politics of impeachment inquiry WSWS

Syraqistan

EU disagrees with US over legality of Israeli settlements Middle East Online

Big Brother is Watching You Watch

Sweden drops rape investigation into WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange NBC (furzy)

Sweden Ignores UN Torture Rapporteur’s Concerns With Assange Investigation Shadowproof (UserFriendly)

Senators Ask Zuckerberg To Explain Why Facebook Still Tracks Users’ Location Even When They Have Asked it Not To CNBC

Cops Put GPS Tracker On Man’s Car, Charge Him With Theft For Removing It ars technica

Ransomware Bites 400 Veterinary Hospitals Krebs on Security (BC)

Imperial Collapse Watch

The End of the American International Order: What Comes Next? Time

Democrats Should Debate Arms Policy, Not Just Impeachment Defense One

Trump Transition

Trump Enforces Omertà With Latest Round of Pardons New Republic

Mike Pompeo Looks to Resign From State to Run for Senate Seat: Sources Time. UserFriendly: “Rats are jumping ship.”

FCC Chairman Wants Public Auction To Repurpose Satellite Bands For 5G engadget

Impeachment

In Impeachment Hearing, Volker And Morrison Shed Light On Giuliani’s Role NPR

These Key Witnesses Won’t Appear At The Impeachment Hearings HuffPost

The Spectacular Failure of the Trump Wranglers New Yorker

Impeachment hearings: America’s epistemic crisis has arrived – Vox. Lambert: “Sort of amazing the guy passes over the collapse of RussiaGate, given that would show how all the epistemic issues he identifies in Republicans apply to liberal Democrats as well.”

Media and Democrats agree: The impeachment witnesses have ‘impeccable’ credentials Washington Examiner

Two federal prison officers charged with falsifying records in connection with Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide USA Today

2020. Mirabile dictu, I am told Bernie Sanders was on NBC Nightly News discussing opioid addiction. An even-handed treatment right before a Dem debate? What next?

Progressives Are Suddenly Really Mad at Elizabeth Warren Vice (resilc). The dogs aren’t eating the “two bill” M4A dogfood.

Could Bernie Sanders Win This Thing After All? New York Magazine

The Problem With Pete Buttigieg’s “Douglass Plan” for Black America The Intercept

If You Care About Medicare for All or a Green New Deal, Here’s the Senate Primary That Matters The Intercept (Charles)

DTE and Consumers Energy are broken and dangerous. Is it time for publicly owned utilities? Metro Times (julsseta). More Metro Times: Project Censored’s Top 10 stories the mainstream media missed in 2019

Trump Administration Declares Open Season on Consumers for Subprime Lenders Adam Levitin, Credit Slips

Hope Is Bullshit Ian Welsh

Negative interest rates threaten to choke bank IT systems ITNews

Against Economics David Graeber, New York Review of Books (resilc)

‘Their house is on fire’: the pension crisis sweeping the world Financial Times

Class Warfare

How a Gig Worker Revolt Begins New York Times (Paul R)

THE EVERYTHING TOWN IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE The Verge

The Three Personalities of America Atlantic

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Moi: Moar demonization of the deplorables. A psychologist once clued me in that virtually no instruments used in psychological assessment are well validated. One has to think this one was made up and even worse than the ones widely used in the profession.

Political scientist and expert on elections Tom Ferguson: Some of the problem is the name. “Neuroticism” is pretty obvious nonsense. On the other hand, there are lots of reasons why people in “left out” areas would score higher on anxiety or perhaps depression. The thing is a stupid construct with prejudicial implications.

Why Are ‘Liberal Democrats’ Leading the Constitutional Campaign Against the Wealth Tax? American Prospect (resilc)

Antidote du jour. Paul H sends photos of Canadian mammals: “A yellow-pine chipmunk, Eutamias amoenus

Links 11/20/19

And a bonus (John Siman). Does this mean cats could pass the mirror test and they’ve been messing with researchers all these years?

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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