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Measles Wipes Your Immune System’s ‘Memory,’ So It Can’t Fight Other Infections LiveScience The World Has Gone Mad and the System Is Broken Ray Dalio, LinkedIn Dregs of financial crisis today’s jewels: Pimco Reuters There is one way forward on climate change Martin Wolf, FT Who Will Save the Paris Agreement? Foreign Policy Wall Street increasingly weighs risk from climate change Reuters Mayors of Sacramento, Elk Grove join coalition of CA officials seeking ‘customer-owned’ PG&E Sacramento Bee Brexit The 2019 general election battleground constituencies FT Jo Swinson ‘absolutely categorically’ rules out working with Corbyn even to deliver new Brexit referendum Independent Singapore-on-Thames? London’s City mulls post-Brexit future Agence France Presse Uninhabited mansions of London’s

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Measles Wipes Your Immune System’s ‘Memory,’ So It Can’t Fight Other Infections LiveScience

The World Has Gone Mad and the System Is Broken Ray Dalio, LinkedIn

Dregs of financial crisis today’s jewels: Pimco Reuters

There is one way forward on climate change Martin Wolf, FT

Who Will Save the Paris Agreement? Foreign Policy

Wall Street increasingly weighs risk from climate change Reuters

Mayors of Sacramento, Elk Grove join coalition of CA officials seeking ‘customer-owned’ PG&E Sacramento Bee

Brexit

The 2019 general election battleground constituencies FT

Jo Swinson ‘absolutely categorically’ rules out working with Corbyn even to deliver new Brexit referendum Independent

Singapore-on-Thames? London’s City mulls post-Brexit future Agence France Presse

Uninhabited mansions of London’s “Billionaires’ Row” Boing Boing (JBird4049).

Europe’s gas alliance with Russia is a match made in heaven Indian Punchline

Syraqistan

Yemen war: Government and separatists agree deal to end infighting BBC

Winter Is Coming: Castle Black, The Syrian Withdrawal, And The Battle Of The Bases LobeLog (Re Silc).

India

It’s Man Vs Wild in India’s Economy, and Wild Has the Upper Hand Bloomberg. “A recent Stanford study estimated the [Indian] economy is 31% smaller than it would have been in the absence of global warming.” I know what India needs: Giant tree plantations to to feed BECCS.

Why New Delhi’s air is always so toxic this time of year Grist

Eat carrots, perform yagnas: Indian officials have absurd tips to survive Delhi’s deadly smog Quartz

In overworked Japan, Microsoft tested a four-day workweek. Productivity soared 40 percent. WaPo

China?

Hong Kong university student injured during car park fall fighting for his life as two tests find him unresponsive South China Morning Post

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Emmanuel Macron and Xi Jinping to agree ‘irreversibility’ of Paris climate accord EuroNews. From Politico’s Brussels Playbook:

In a pointed message to the U.S., the text will note that China and France reaffirm “their firm support for the Paris agreement, which they consider an irreversible process and a compass for strong action on climate.” The text also notes that “trade agreements have to be compatible with the objectives of the United Nations Convention on Climate Change, the Paris Agreement and the sustainable development program of the Horizon 2030.” Translation: how’s that trade war treating you, Donald?

The United States Is the World’s Second Largest Economy: When It Comes to Climate Change, It Matters Dean Baker, CEPR

Emboldened China refuses to flinch on tariffs in US trade talks Nikkei Asian Review

China’s waning appetite for stimulus weighs on global economy FT

Chinese Income Dislocations Could Be Ominous Asia Sentinel. Sounds like the Chinese 99% were sold the same bill of goods on housing as an asset as we were.

China Has a Glass-Bridge Bubble Bloomberg. I keep seeing videos of people crossing those bridges. They give me the creeps.

More generic futurist hand-waving from Huawei’s founder ZD Net

How the US is losing hearts and minds in Southeast Asia to China SCMP. Sending a second-tier delegation to ASEAN was a real kick in the teeth for a region whose cultures (and elites) put great value on face. That said, the countries of Southeast Asia have been performing a balancing act against their colussus to the North for centuries.

Global Protests

Lebanon protesters seek to shut down key state institutions Al Jazeera

Conquistadors tumble as indigenous Chileans tear down statues Guardian

Media Conceal Chile’s State Criminality, Delegitimize Bolivian Democracy FAIR

Protests Stall Ecuador’s Plan to Lure Foreign Oil Investment Bloomberg

Economic and social inequality are fueling mass protests across the globe Gwynne Dyer, Bangor Daily News

Worst drought in decades hits Chile capital and outskirts Phys.org. Hmm…

Impeachment

Sondland reverses himself on Ukraine, confirming quid pro quo Politico

Sondland, Trump’s ambassador to the European Union, added that he later told Andriy Yermak, a top Ukrainian national security adviser, the aid would be contingent on Trump’s desired investigations.

“After that large meeting, I now recall speaking individually with Mr. Yermak, where I said that resumption of U.S. aid would likely not occur until Ukraine provided the public anti-corruption statement that we had been discussing for many weeks,” Sondland wrote in his addendum, which was released alongside a nearly 400-page transcript of his testimony.

Sondland revealed the exchange in supplemental testimony he submitted to House impeachment investigators on Monday, saying he had failed to recall the episode when he testified in person last month. Sondland, who had a direct line to Trump and was a major donor to his 2016 presidential campaign, had previously indicated he was unaware of any effort to connect military aid to Trump’s demand for politically motivated investigations.

I haven’t read the transcripts, so I can’t swear this account is accurate, but it’s at least more detailed and coherent than anything else I’ve read. (Adding: Quid pro quo is not the definition used for corruption by Zephyr Teachout, whose definition is broader. So narrowing the definition in this way, a la CItizens United, is a great victory for the political class and both parties. It’s an ill wind…)

Boeing 737 MAX

Boeing CEO Muilenburg ‘has done everything right,’ says chairman Reuters

Health Care

Medicare Beneficiaries with Serious Illnesses Report Problems Paying Bills Commonwealth Fund. “More than half (53%) of Medicare beneficiaries with serious illnesses reported experiencing a problem paying a medical bill.” Existing Medicare’s neoliberal infestation continues apace.

L’Affaire Joffrey Epstein

ABC’s Amy Robach Says She Made Jeffrey Epstein Comments in “Private Moment of Frustration” Hollywood Reporter. So move along, people, move along. There’s no story here.

Big Brother Is Watching You Watch

‘Game-Changer’ Warrant Let Detective Search Genetic Database NYT

This Trippy T-Shirt Makes You Invisible to AI Vice (Re Silc). Right out of Gibson’s Zero History (2010, so a lifetime ago). Of course, if you’re the only one wearing it….

Imperial Collapse Watch

It’s Time for a Neo-Nixonian Foreign Policy The American Conservative

How the United States Could Lose a Great-Power War Foreign Policy

Why America isn’t equipped for the new rules of war Technology Review (Re Silc).

Guillotine Watch

Buffett, Gates And The Giving Pledge: Trust Issues For Billionaire Philanthropists Forbes

Class Warfare

This Is a Horror Story: How Private Equity Vampires Are Killing Everything The Nation (Furzy Mouse).

It’s Time to Break Up Disney: Part One Matt Stoller, BIG

Antidote du Jour (via):

Links 11/6/19

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Late for National Cat Day. My bad.

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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