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Why New Zealand’s White Island Erupted Without Warning Scientific American Top Polluters Told to Do More to Fight Warming: COP25 Update Bloomberg How a closed-door meeting shows farmers are waking up on climate change Politico Greenwish: the wishful thinking undermining the ambition of sustainable business Real World Economics Review Brexit Boy on the floor photo prompts Boris to add larceny to mendacity Guardian. Johnson: “I’m sorry to have taken your phone, but there you go” (!!). More here. And here: Get Boris GONE!!Boris Johnson couldn’t even look at 4 year old Jack lying on the floor with pneumonia devastating collapse of our NHS by 9 years of Tory rule pic.twitter.com/CMvkpBWe5G — ARTIST TAXI DRIVER (@chunkymark) December 10, 2019 Brexit: a lack of focus EU Referendum In U.K.

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Why New Zealand’s White Island Erupted Without Warning Scientific American

Top Polluters Told to Do More to Fight Warming: COP25 Update Bloomberg

How a closed-door meeting shows farmers are waking up on climate change Politico

Greenwish: the wishful thinking undermining the ambition of sustainable business Real World Economics Review

Brexit

Boy on the floor photo prompts Boris to add larceny to mendacity Guardian. Johnson: “I’m sorry to have taken your phone, but there you go” (!!). More here. And here:

Brexit: a lack of focus EU Referendum

In U.K. Vote, Online Disinformation Is the New Normal NYT. The UK, you say.

France set for further transport chaos on sixth day of pension strikes France24

France’s regulator AMF fines Morgan Stanley 20 million euros Reuters

Why Italy’s Bridges Keep Collapsing Bloomberg

Syraqistan

What really happened in Iran? Pepe Escobar, Asia Times

China?

Hong Kong offices become new battleground in protests FT

Human rights are universal, which is why the United States stands with Hong Kong Hanscom Smith, South China Morning Post. Hanscom Smith is the US consul general for Hong Kong and Macau. We should try them!

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Seems an odd approach for a putatively communist nation to take.

Venezuela’s Civilian Militia Surpasses Target, Reaches 3.3 Million Members Venezuelanalysis

Brazil to send security force to indigenous land after two shot dead Reuters

India

Blood and Soil in Narendra Modi’s India New Yorker

US agency completes implementation of H-1B electronic registration process for 2021 cap season The Hindu

Seven-Eleven Japan failed to pay 490m yen in overtime pay Nikkei Asian Review

Suu Kyi set to make history in Hague genocide case Agence France Presse

New Cold War

Russia, Ukraine agree to ceasefire by year-end at Paris talks Deutsche Welle. The Blob must be furious.

It’s Time for Ukraine to Let the Donbass Go Foreign Policy

Impeachment

Trump impeachment: House Democrats to announce at least 2 articles of impeachment Tuesday USA Today. That’s today!

Senate looks for holiday truce on impeachment trial Politico

FBI was justified in opening Trump campaign probe, but case plagued by ‘serious failures,’ inspector general finds WaPo

The FBI Inspector General’s Report Has Bad News for Democrats, Too Eli Lake, Bloomberg. The deck: “The party is increasingly becoming the chief defender of the national surveillance state.”

Trump Transition

‘The Interagency’ Isn’t Supposed to Rule WSJ

Trump Offers Hunter Biden Job In Energy Department Based On Oil Industry Experience The Onion

As Secret Pentagon Spending Rises, Defense Firms Cash in Defense One

Compromise defense bill expands benefits, creates Space Force Politico

Amazon lawsuit blames Trump for loss of Pentagon cloud contract Reuters

California Could Lose $2 Billion of Budget Surplus Due to Feud With Trump KQED

2020

Democrats pick Hillary Clinton as 2020 frontrunner in new party poll New York Post. Now they’re just trolling us.

Boeing 737 MAX

Boeing 737 MAX was plagued with production problems, whistleblower says Seattle Times. “When [Ed Pierson, a former manager on the Boeing 737 MAX production line] met with [the head of the 737 program, Scott Campbell] in July 2018, he said, he again urged Boeing to shut down the MAX line. Pierson had spent decades in the Navy before joining Boeing and said he told Campbell that he had seen the military stop exercises over less serious concerns. In response, he claims, Campbell said, ‘The military isn’t a profit-making organization.'” Boom. As we say.

Health Care

UnitedHealth Group: 2020 Revenues To Eclipse $260B Forbes

Everything’s going according to plan:

Medicare For All Would Improve Hospital Financing Health Affairs. See also NC here.

Imperial Collapse Watch

Empire, Twenty Years On NLR. Dense, but as always with NLR, rigorous, agree or disagree.

‘We Committed Copyright Infringement and Want to Be Sued by Disney’ Fortune (dk).

Why the profit motive fails in education The Conversation

Class Warfare

Investigating cooperation with robotic peers PLOS One

File an Information Request with Every Grievance Labor Notes

Man who ate the $120,000 banana art installation says he isn’t sorry and did it to create art CNN. Duchamp would be proud:

The first effort to regulate AI was a spectacular failure Fast Company

How William Gibson Keeps His Science Fiction Real The New Yorker (TH). The public relations campaign for Agency begins. Good background, though.

When did societies become modern? ‘Big history’ dashes popular idea of Axial Age Nature

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Links 12/10/19

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