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Ever heard of a snake orgy? One is taking place in Lakeland Tampa Bay Times
The Ride-Hail Utopia That Got Stuck in Traffic WSJ. “Uber and Lyft said they would ease congestion. Instead they made it worse.” Thank you, venture capital.
Cleaning Up the Wreckage Left by Innovation Blooomberg
Warmest January on Record Globally Weather Underground
RFS denies sacking volunteer firefighter Paul Parker, who swore at Scott Morrison Guardian (sscegt). Social stability is a priority of the regime.
‘We’ll rip each other apart’ – French minister expects battle in Brexit talks RTE. “Mr Barnier firmly rejected a British suggestion that City of London companies could be given broad, permanent access to EU markets without conditions.” No doubt!
Brexit: roll up for the bloodbaths EU Referendum
Germany’s Conservatives Face a Fight for Their Future Der Spiegel (Re Silc).
China Launches a Crush of Clinical Trials Aimed at Covid-19 Wired. All they need are test kits and protocols….
Here’s what coronavirus does to the body National Geographic
Coronavirus shows why you must read travel insurance policy before you buy San Francisco Chronicle
The Uses of Outrage Harvard Public Health
China postpones year’s biggest political gathering amid coronavirus outbreak South China Morning Post
Lift China tourism ban ‘within weeks’ to save jobs Australian Financial Review
We have the technology:
— Arslan Hidayat (@arslan_hidayat) February 15, 2020
The Show Trial of A and B. Kafka comes to The Hague Peter Hitchens, Daily Mail. On the OPCW.
New Cold War
Democrats fear rule of law crumbling under Trump The Hill v. Bull Meets China Shop: Why The President Tweets Fail Another Causality Test By The Media Jonathan Turley (CL).
Border Patrol Will Deploy Elite Tactical Agents to Sanctuary Cities NYT. A slow-moving nullification crisis.
“And in the midst of his $60 billion he says, ‘you know, I used to be mayor, kind of retired now, I know what I’d like to do. I’d like to become POTUS…Well I got news for Mr Bloomberg,and that is the American people are sick and tired of billionaires buying elections” #NVCaucus pic.twitter.com/8aPNIdhwtV
— People for Bernie (@People4Bernie) February 16, 2020
Democrats Plan to Highlight Health Care and Jobs Over Investigating Trump NYT. Lol, 260 days until the election. Why not go for it, impeach Trump twice? Three times, if you count the RussiaGate damp squib.
Imperial Collapse Watch
Abolish CIA & FISA The American Mind
Noam Chomsky: Trump Is Consolidating Far-Right Power Globally (interview) Noam Chomsky, Truthout
It is quite remarkable to see how effectively alternative reality is created. Iran is typical, but the successes are far broader. Consider the charge that “China is killing us,” stealing our jobs, joined by “Mexican robbers.” How is China killing us? Did China have a gun to the head of CEO Tim Cook of Apple, ordering him to end the last vestige of production of Apple computers in the U.S.? Or Boeing, or GM, or Microsoft, or any of the others who have shifted production to China? Or were the decisions made by bankers and investors in corporate boardrooms in New York and Chicago? And if the latter, is the solution to wave a fist at China or to change the mode of decision-making in the U.S. — by shifting it to the hands of stakeholders, workers and communities, or at least giving them a substantial role, as democratic theory would suggest? It seems a fairly obvious question. Oddly, it isn’t raised, while the official mantra persists unperturbed.
Giving money to residents, no strings attached Politico. “Local leaders across the United States are turning to private donors to fund an out-of-the-box policy experiment they think could go mainstream: Giving cash to residents, no strings attached.” Noblesse oblige? Really?
How Britain Got Its NHS Current Affairs
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A mongoose pretending to play dead when it encounters an African hornbill. It’s so cute😍 pic.twitter.com/FgGJflKQ19
— ELEONORA (@bellalilli16) February 16, 2020
I’m not sure how good that mongoose’s acting is, though.
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.