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Links 9/28/19

Orangutan with human rights to begin new life in Florida BBC

The Octopus: An Alien Among Us Literary Hub (furzy)

The Glow-In-The-Dark Kitty Smithsonian (furzy)

New NASA Visualisation of a Black Hole Is So Beautiful We Could Cry New Scientist (furzy)

Solution: ‘Perfect Randomness’ Quanta Magazine (David L)

Neutrino Experiment Reveals (Again) That Something Is Missing from Our Universe Live Science

Nestle Steps Up Coffee Bean Testing on Glyphosate Concerns Bloomberg (Brian C)

Study gets to root of rice’s resilience to floods PhysOrg (David L)

Teething gels can contain ‘potentially harmful ingredients’, dentists and researchers warn Independent

How to Develop an Appetite for Insects New York Times (resilc). Even sawdust tastes good with enough clotted cream on it. In all seriousness, the only thing in the insect category that I have had is fried grasshopper, which is a lot like eating fried shrimp tails.

China?

White House Weighs Limits on U.S. Portfolio Flows Into China Bloomberg

Stocks tumble as US-China tensions escalate Business Insider

Japan and EU sign deal in riposte to China’s Belt and Road Financial Times

Brexit

Five things Boris Johnson does that would land anyone else in the sh*t Daily Mash

Brexit: The Sound and Fury, and Boris Johnson’s choices Terry Connolley, RTE

Boris Johnson to keep Irish backstop plan a secret until after next week’s Tory conference ‘to avoid a row with hardline Brexiteers’ The Sun.Wake me if this proves to be real….i.e., Johnson accepting the “sea border”.

Dublin suggests says the UK could have to stay part of the EU for four years after a Brexit deal is agreed Telegraph. Four years is wildly optimistic. We’ve discussed how the transition period is so short v. the time it would take to cement a new deal that it amounts to setting a later crash out date.

This Supreme Court ruling is a car crash for the Conservatives The Times

Cunning Nigel Farage could yet outfox everyone The Times (furzy)

Syraqistan

U.S. Interests in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria Chas W. Freeman, Jr.(Chuck L). Today’s must read.

Afghanistan elections: Polls open amid threats from Taliban DW

Nearly 2,000 arrested as Egypt braces for anti-Sisi protests Al Jazeera

The Military Officials Who Knew Saudi Arabia Would Fail American Conservative (resilc)

Saudi Arabia will issue tourist visas for the first time Fort Russ. But Experience Saudi Arabia! Don’t do it… (Kevin W)

Imperial Collapse Watch

10 Ways that the Climate Crisis and Militarism are Intertwined CounterPunch (resilc)

A Stronger America Needs ‘Strong Towns’ First American Conservative. Resilc: “Spending a trillion a year on the dod does nothing but make the whole country weaker. Only the DC suburbs thrive.”

Trump Transition

Judge issues setback to Trump child migrant policy BBC

Impeachment Saber-Rattling

The Problem With Impeachment Chris Hedges, Truthdig (furzy, John Z)

Would ousting Trump rebuild the country’s faith in government? Lessons from Latin America The Conversation

White House restricted access to Trump’s calls with Putin and Saudi crown prince CNN

‘I wish he would shut the heck up’: Republicans sour on Giuliani Politico (resilc)

Democrats subpoena Pompeo for Ukraine documents The Hill

House Subpoenas Ukraine Documents from Sec. Pompeo House.gov (Kevin C). The letter proper.

Ukraine’s prosecutor says no probe into Biden MSN (Kevin C)

“It’s Management Bedlam”: Madness at Fox News as Trump Faces Impeachment Vanity Fair (resilc)

Intel Community Secretly Gutted Requirement Of First-Hand Whistleblower Knowledge The Federalist (Troy P)

‘They lost the election, now they want to STEAL this one’: Trump targets Democrats in impeachment ad RT (Kevin W)

2020

Rep. Gabbard: ‘Haven’t seen much’ evidence that Sen. Warren qualified to be Commander in Chief YouTube (UserFriendly). This is hardly the most important comment but: Great suit. Women so often wear jackets with crap tailoring. This is a power signal that women too often don’t get at all.

Tulsi Gabbard: Transcript does not show ‘compelling’ case for impeachment YouTube. UserFriendly: “Which she had to walk back/ cave on already.”

CalPERS

PUBLIC RETIREMENT FUNDS AND UNIVERSITIES ARE FINANCING EMPOWER TEXANS, A FAR-RIGHT LOBBYING GROUP, NEW REPORT REVEALS Intercept (Paul R) This is not really news. PE squillionaires often back really nasty policies. But optics particularly poor since CalPERS and many other funds are wrapping themselves in the mantel of ESG (environmental, social, and governance) investing, and these guys are and anti abortion and LGBTQ.

Sacramento’s Capitol Mall is home to a giant, gaping hole. When will CalPERS fill it? Sacramento Bee (Kevin W). Editorial.

Beautiful people don’t always win in the workplace The Conversation

IPO crashes send chills from Wall Street to Silicon Valley Financial Times

The Heat Death of 5G Digits to Dollars. Another must read.

Class Warfare

The Fetishization of Employer-Provided Health Care New Republic. Love the subhead: “Democrats continue to entrench their support for a health care system in which class warfare is a pre-existing condition.”

Why France’s 20- and 30-somethings hate the Yellow Vests The Saker. Kevin W: “I wonder if you would have the same dynamic at work if American yellow vests were doing this in San Francisco?”

CEO who cut his own salary to give out raises extends $70K minimum salary to new employees The Hill. UserFriendly: “I nominate him for CEO of every company.”

Antidote du jour. Cliff V: “Seen recently in the garden. It was a good year for frogs.”

And a bonus (Chuck L):

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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