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Links 1/8/2020

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Woman rescued after being stuck inside clothing donation bin for 3 days Good Morning America The Year and the Decade in Weather and Climate: A Meta-Lookback Weather Underground Ross Garnaut’s climate change prediction is coming true and it’s going to cost Australia billions, experts warn ABC Australia Australia’s leaders unmoved on climate action after devastating bushfires Reuters Australia fires: How do we know how many animals have died? BBC Central banks running low on ways to fight recession, warns Mark Carney FT The Fed might be in denial about the next recession The Week Bible Lobbyist: We Can’t Print Bibles in America Anymore Matt Stoller, BIG Rediscovering the Neighborhood of Saturdays Belt Magazine Syraqistan Again, Iraq and Iran dominate the news flow. The political class:

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The Year and the Decade in Weather and Climate: A Meta-Lookback Weather Underground

Ross Garnaut’s climate change prediction is coming true and it’s going to cost Australia billions, experts warn ABC Australia

Australia’s leaders unmoved on climate action after devastating bushfires Reuters

Australia fires: How do we know how many animals have died? BBC

Central banks running low on ways to fight recession, warns Mark Carney FT

The Fed might be in denial about the next recession The Week

Bible Lobbyist: We Can’t Print Bibles in America Anymore Matt Stoller, BIG

Rediscovering the Neighborhood of Saturdays Belt Magazine

Syraqistan

Again, Iraq and Iran dominate the news flow.

The political class:

Graham:

“Forcefully.”

Pelosi:

“Demanding.”

Trump:

“Powerful.” No speech tonight.

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More detail:

Pompeo orders diplomats not to meet with Iranian opposition groups amid tensions CNN. Sensible.

Tanker Operators Don’t Expect Ships to Be Targeted in U.S.-Iran Showdown WSJ

Israel had advance notice of U.S. plan to kill Iranian general Suleimani, report says Los Angeles Times

Contractor whose death Trump cited was a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Iraq WaPo. A translator.

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Retaliation:

Iran’s Retaliation Offers Room for Trump to Calm Tensions Bloomberg. KW: “My own guess for these attacks is that Iran is giving the leadership of Iraq (and the Kurds) a message that if they do not go ahead and get rid of foreign forces, then Iraq will become the battlefield for a proxy war between the US and Iran.”

Revenge is a dish best served cold. Thread:

Trump moves to unite the Middle East! (irony) Sic Semper Tyrannnis (Carey). Colonel Lang focuses on logistics, as a professional should do.

Should banks expect cyberattacks from Iran? American Banker

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Other analysis and prediction:

What Explains Trump Pulling the Trigger on Suleimani? It’s the Economics, Stupid. Foreign Policy

The real target of the US assassination of Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani – China South China Morning Post

US troops out of Iraq? What that would mean for both countries. Christian Science Monitor

The World Paid Attention to the Wrong Iraqi Protests The Atlantic

The War Nerd: Iran’s Qassam Soleimani Was a Great General, One of the Very Few Our Era Will See Gary Brecher, Anti-Empire

Marg bar ___ Language Log. Generally translated as “Death to _____.”

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A series of unfortunate events:

Plane crash near Tehran killed Iranians, Canadians, others AP. The crash of Ukrainian International Airlines flight PS752 (a Boeing 737-800). Read all the way to the end.

Magnitude 4.9 earthquake strikes 30 miles from Iran’s sole nuclear power plant just two weeks after a similar quake in the region Daily Mail (data). Note the non-inflammatory headline. This is actually a roundup of the earthquake and the #PS752 crash.

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Our famously free press:

Pundits Praising Suleimani Killing Fail to Disclose Arms Ties The Intercept. Busy, busy, busy:

People Are Spreading False And Unverified Information About Iran’s Missile Attack On US Bases In Iraq. Don’t Be Fooled. Buzzfeed. Continuously updated.

Kuwait to become 51st State Duffel Blog

China

Mike Pompeo stresses Hong Kong autonomy, urges global censure of China over ‘brutal treatment of Uygurs’ South China Morning Post. The small faction of US flag-waving Hong Kong protesters will, I think, regret seeking any US involvement. Not only do those of good faith among them have far too rosy a view of the United States as the sort of liberal democracy so many of the protesters seek, the US is not agreement-capable.

Decoupling is the real result of the US-China trade truce FT

Cause of Wuhan’s Mysterious Pneumonia Cases Still Unknown, Chinese Officials Say Scientific American. No human-to-human transmission.

China Says Rush to Boost Pork Supplies Raises Risk of Outbreaks Bloomberg

La france profonde?

Big Brother Is Watching You Watch

Yikes:

What suit-wearing drone thought that “seamlessly navigate the airport” was anything other than scarily zombified language?

CES Gadget Show: Surveillance is in – and in a big way AP

Portland officials highlight potential uses of face-scanning technology Portland Press-Herald

Hasbro Launches Line Of Trap-Building Kits To Encourage Girls To Get Into Post-Apocalyptic Survivalism The Onion

Our Famously Free Press

CNN confirms a settlement has been reached with Covington Catholic student Nick Sandmann CNN. Just so we’re clear on the reliability of digital evidence fueling moral panics in near-real time.

Disinformation For Hire: How A New Breed Of PR Firms Is Selling Lies Online Buzzfeed

Guillotine Watch

“Streets of Gold” map wins two British Cartographic Society Awards Europa. “Streets of Gold is a 1.13m square map of greater London created on a base of 24 carat gold leaf.”

Class Warfare

‘The People With the Least Resources Are Now Shouldering the Greatest Burden’ FAIR. Specifically, on student debt. That’s not a bug. It’s a feature.

Making Stakeholder Capitalism a Reality Laura Tyson, Lenny Mendonca Project Syndicate (DL).

The End of Economic Growth? Unintended Consequences of a Declining Population (PDF) Charles I. Jones, Empty Planet

SpaceX sends 60 more Starlink satellites into orbit BBC. Waiting for the first “sponsored constellation.” You know it’s coming.

Vast ‘star nursery’ region found in our galaxy BBC (DL).

Binary star V Sagittae to explode as very bright nova by century’s end Phys.org (CL).

Antidote du Jour (via):

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See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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