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Links 12/4/19

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Hoag’s Object Is a Galaxy Within a Galaxy Within a Galaxy (and Nobody Knows Why) Live Science. Sounds like a CDO. A “Synchronized Downturn” Calls for a “Synchronized Response” Valdai Discussion Club WeWork: Auditor EY didn’t warn about the risks Francine McKenna, The Dig Brexit Boris Johnson refuses to rule out leaving EU on WTO terms Guardian On London Bridge LRB Varadkar blow: Ireland to LOSE ‘privileged access’ to Brexit deal talks Express What are Jo Swinson’s Liberal Democrats so desperate to hide? Open Democracy Antisemitism and the Labour Party Verso The OAS has to answer for its role in the Bolivian coup Guardian The Politics of Destabilizing AMLO Jacobin Instagram: the invisible force behind Chile’s protests Medium. Maybe. Beware of Internet triumphalism. U.S. Marine Charged With

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Jerri-Lynn Scofield writes Links 1/21/2020

Yves Smith writes The Lords and Ladies of Discipline: An Interview with Matt Stoller

Jerri-Lynn Scofield writes In Historic Shift, Second Largest Physicians Group in US Has New Prescription: It’s Medicare for All

Yves Smith writes Thoughts on Warren, Sanders and the Convention: Warren’s Choice?

Hoag’s Object Is a Galaxy Within a Galaxy Within a Galaxy (and Nobody Knows Why) Live Science. Sounds like a CDO.

A “Synchronized Downturn” Calls for a “Synchronized Response” Valdai Discussion Club

WeWork: Auditor EY didn’t warn about the risks Francine McKenna, The Dig

Brexit

Boris Johnson refuses to rule out leaving EU on WTO terms Guardian

On London Bridge LRB

Varadkar blow: Ireland to LOSE ‘privileged access’ to Brexit deal talks Express

What are Jo Swinson’s Liberal Democrats so desperate to hide? Open Democracy

Antisemitism and the Labour Party Verso

The OAS has to answer for its role in the Bolivian coup Guardian

The Politics of Destabilizing AMLO Jacobin

Instagram: the invisible force behind Chile’s protests Medium. Maybe. Beware of Internet triumphalism.

U.S. Marine Charged With Smuggling Guns Into Haiti NYT

Syraqistan

The Lessons of Russia’s Syrian Intervention for Washington and Brussels Gordon Hahn. Interesting, though I’m not sure I agree with all of it.

‘We Are Telegraphing Abandonment’ Foreign Policy

Iran says it killed ‘rioters’ in deadliest unrest in decades AP

India

India’s Economy Is Stalling. Critics Blame a ‘Climate of Fear.’ Foreign Policy

Varanasi shops give onions on loan by keeping Aadhaar Card as mortgage India Today

India’s Sacred Groves Are Disappearing, Taking Biodiversity and Culture With Them Gizmodo

Intelligence Reforms: Time for a Japanese James Bond Peter Tasker

China?

Protests test sympathies of Chinese mainlanders in Hong Kong Agence France Presse

China Suspends U.S. Navy Port Calls in Hong Kong The Maritime Executive

Opportunistic. Thread:

Top Chinese official praises Macau, warns Hong Kong to toe state constitutional line South China Morning Post. Read the room…

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Chinese city fully launches face-scanning metro check-in service Xinhua. MTR take note!

US Congress condemns China for treatment of Uighurs Deutsche Welle

DC Deletes Comic Cover After Chinese Netizens Liken Imagery to Hong Kong Protests Radii

Mark Parascandola documents the scenery and sets of China’s booming film industry It’s Nice That

Photos capture fading way of life on China’s slowest trains Gold Thread

Trump Transition

Former official says Trump often refused to believe his intelligence briefings CNN

Welcome To The Potemkin Village Of Washington Power The American Conservative

How McKinsey Helped the Trump Administration Detain and Deport Immigrants ProPublica

Was Sheldon Adelson Acting As Bag Man For The CIA? The American Conservative

Party like a spy: Spookstock is intel world’s hush-hush bash AP

Impeachment

The report: Dems explain Trump misconduct USA Today (original). “But Schiff would not say when and where the evidence from the phone records came from.” My previously stated process concerns:

I am not saying that the “impeachment inquiry” by the House, or even conviction in the Senate, is necessarily a coup. I am saying that there are two litmus tests to apply: The first is whether power is appropriated by the Intelligence Community (as, for example, having a veto power over the selection of future Presidents, in practice or institutionally). The second is the question of exceptions: If, for example, the House impeached or the Senate convicted on the basis of evidence that the public was not allowed to see — and that most definitely includes intelligence “sources and methods” — that would be such a gross exception to the “old rules” that a change in the Constitutional Order, placing the Intelligence Community above both the Legislative and Executive Branches, could be said to have taken place. Crossing the Rubicon, if you will.

These concerns have yet to be allayed. I’ll need to look at the footnotes to the report carefully.

GOP impeachment report claims Trump did nothing wrong Axios (original).

Imagining a Senate Trial: Reading the Senate Rules of Impeachment Litigation LawFare. “Notably absent from the rules is any discussion of what evidentiary rules apply.”

GOP embraces a debunked Ukraine conspiracy to defend Trump from impeachment WaPo (but remarkably free of specifics. See again Yasha Levine, linked yesterday, who lists (here, here, and here) open source, mainstream coverage of these “debunked” theories, which WaPo does not “debunk,” let alone mention, this time around, nor does anybody it dumped out of its Rolodex. I guess selective memory erasure isn’t just for mouse studies any more).

Top House Democrat wants Mueller findings in impeachment articles against Trump McClatchy

Dear President Trump: The Ultimate Impeachment Deal Is to Abdicate Right Now Vanity Fair. Re Silc: “Who comes up with this stuff?”

Can’t You Read? Nina Illingworth. Review of Neiwert’s Alt-America: the Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump.

Our Famously Free Press

The topic is life in the Korean DMZ. However:

Note how some editor — editors write headlines — added “scary” to sex up the fear. If I had a nickel for every time I’ve seen the word “terrifying” in a headline, I’d be rich. And characters are limited in headlines, so a collective and consistent investment in a 10-letter word… says something.

U.S. regions hard hit by opioids to ditch class action, pursue own lawsuits Reuters

Class Warfare

Adolph Reed on Movements and Monuments Current Affairs (KLG25).

Labor Unions Team Up With Drug Makers to Defeat Drug-Price Proposals NYT

Human insight remains essential to beat the bias of algorithms FT

The Second Wave of Algorithmic Accountability Law and Political Economy

Antidote du jour (via):

Links 12/4/19

Bonus antidote:

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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