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I cannot wait for Martin Luther King Day, when liberals and conservatives all over the country unite to ignore MLK's clear insistence that racism and economic inequality are inextricably linked and must be addressed and fought together. — Moshik Temkin (@moshik_temkin) January 17, 2020 Park Life: New Tiger Park to open in Chalong already challenged on ‘ethical confinement’ Phuket News (furzy) Gone Fishing? No Fish, but Plenty of Pesticides & a Public Health Crisis Counterpunch (UserFriendly). Also on soil! Australia Burning Tree Ghosts’ Are All that Remain in Parts of Burnt Out Australia Vice (resilc). OMG: “We’re talking hundreds of degrees celsius, possibly over 1000,” said Professor Keith. “It takes a massive input of energy to get a living tree to burn to the core, right down to

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Park Life: New Tiger Park to open in Chalong already challenged on ‘ethical confinement’ Phuket News (furzy)

Gone Fishing? No Fish, but Plenty of Pesticides & a Public Health Crisis Counterpunch (UserFriendly). Also on soil!

Australia Burning

Tree Ghosts’ Are All that Remain in Parts of Burnt Out Australia Vice (resilc). OMG:

“We’re talking hundreds of degrees celsius, possibly over 1000,” said Professor Keith. “It takes a massive input of energy to get a living tree to burn to the core, right down to ashes… [and] these trees could have been uprooted [in the firestorm] or they could have been standing dead.”

Lake Chad: A War Fueled By Global Warming Der Spiegel (resilc)

Waste Watch

6 zero-waste lessons from Paris TreeHugger (J-LS)

India to enforce 1% contamination rate on paper imports, conduct random inspections Waste Dive (J-LS)

Obesity, heart disease, and diabetes may be communicable MedicalXpress. I know the plural of anecdote is not data, but one of my brothers is obese and has been for well over a decade. How he does not have diabetes is beyond me. His wife is not, her weight yo-yos from borderline thin to normal (and that is normal normal, not American overweight normal). Said brother’s food consumption is sufficient to explain his condition. I have another relative whose wife in a few years gained 60 lbs and is now obese while he was only about 10 lbs overweight, went on a diet and is now quite lean. Needless to say, I see enough examples that contradict this thesis to make me a skeptic.

New Chinese virus ‘will have infected hundreds’ BBC

Travelers at 3 U.S. airports to be screened for new, potentially deadly Chinese virus Seattle Times (furzy)

China?

The U.S.-China Trade Deal Was Not Even a Modest Win Politico (resilc)

What US farmers make of Trump’s trade deal BBC

The Case Against Huawei Balding’s World (J-LS)

Brexit

Forget staying close to EU after Brexit, chancellor tells business Financial Times. Up there with the classic New York Daily News front page: “Ford to City: Drop Dead.”

Sussex Row. This is serving as a badly-needed distraction, so indulge me…And it is a negotiation! Meghan and Harry have a made a big ask. What will they get as a counter? What will they do if they don’t like it?

Harry and Meghan’s hideaway, the Kremlin-linked tech tycoon and a web of intrigue: Tantalising questions about billionaire Yuri Milner who met the prince at elite ‘Google Camp’ last summer Daily Mail

A Briton Explains Megxit American Conservative (Li). Wowsers.

Syraqistan

Syrian, Turkish intel chiefs thaw ties in Moscow Asia Times (Kevin W)

David Wurmser, Key Iraq War Architect, Advising Trump on Iran Intercept (resilc)

UK officially designates Hezbollah as a terrorist organization Almasdar News (Kevin W)

Big Brother Is Watching You Watch

Biden wants Sec. 230 gone, calls tech “totally irresponsible,” “little creeps” ars technica (J-LS)

Obama Freed Chelsea Manning Three Years Ago. Why Is She Still in Jail? Vice

Imperial Collapse Watch

The War Machine Is Run on Contracts Atlantic

Trump Says U.S. Is Ready for War. Not All His Troops Are So Sure. ProPublica (resilc)

Trump Transition

Supreme Court to take up Trump appeal in ObamaCare birth control case The Hill

Trump admin seeks Michelle Obama school lunch rollback McClatchy (J-LS). So mean…

The Lake Erie Bill of Rights Deserves to Stand, Should be Enforced GoogleDocs. Via Carla, who hosted the Cleveland meeup last year. Please consider signing.

Impeachment

Trump chooses high-profile but controversial legal team The Hill

Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Associated Press. The Japanese have a saying: “Too many captains and the ship climbs up the mountain.”

Coalition Letter to Senate Leaders on Proposed Press Access Restrictions American Civil Liberties Union

Open the Impeachment Trial New York Times

2020

Supreme Court to weigh whether states, including Washington, can punish ‘faithless’ electors Seattle Times (furzy)

What The Sanders vs. Warren Battle Is Really About FiveThirtyEight (UserFriendly)

‘Believe women’ is being cheapened to score political points. That will backfire Guardian (resilc)

Media Skewers ‘Sexist’ Sanders for Refusing to Bend the Knee American Conservative (UserFriendly)

Bernie Sanders Is Running On a Moderate Foreign Policy New York Magazine

‘People will sit at home’: Sanders supporters threaten to boycott vote if Democrats pick a centrist Washington Examiner (resilc)

“Electability” Is a Poisonous Political Shibboleth New Republic (resilc)

On the impossibility of efficient markets Lars P. Syll

IMF boss says global economy risks return of Great Depression Guardian (Kevin W)

The FCC’s Approval of SpaceX’s Starlink Mega Constellation May Have Been Unlawful Scientific American (Robert M)

Federal agency looking into Tesla driver complaints of sudden unintended acceleration CNBC (Kevin W)

New glitch found in 737 Max software Financial Times

This is Not a Democracy, It’s a Cheerocracy: The Cheerleading Monopoly Varsity Brands Matt Stoller

Class Warfare

Yes, David Brooks, there really is a class war Economic Policy Institute

Real wages declined slightly in Q4 2019; nearly flat since last January Angry Bear

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Why Luxury Units in Manhattan Are Vacant Atlantic (J-LS)

Political Philosophy and the Search for the Possible New Rambler Review (J-LS)

Antidote du jour. Arnold update from Scott D:

Links 1/18/2020

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Links 1/18/2020

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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