/Links 6/17/19

Links 6/17/19

Largest world stock of animal-killing virus destroyed by UK lab BBC

Why sleeptrackers could lead to the rise of insomnia – and orthosomnia Guardian

In Pablo Picasso’s Studio During the Nazi Occupation of Paris Literary Hub


Waste Watch

Where does your plastic go? Global investigation reveals America’s dirty secret Guardian. Today’s must-read – a through introduction to a depressing subject. Grab a cup of coffee – but please eschew the disposable cup.

You’re Eating, Drinking and Breathing Microplastics. Now What? Massive Science

Gilets Jaunes

French Protesters Hang Up Their Yellow Vests WSJ


Massive blackout hits tens of millions in South America AP

Ecuador gives US military permission to use Galapagos island as airfield Independent (anon in so cal). Hoisted from comments.


Iran threatens to increase enriched uranium stockpile beyond limits set by nuclear deal in 10 days WaPo

The Arab spring is still alive openDemocracy

Scepticism as Sudan moves to put Omar al-Bashir on trial Al Jazeera

For the sheer pleasure of reading Qantara

Big Brother IS Watching You Watch

What Happens When a US Border Protection Contractor Gets Hacked? Motherboard

Julian Assange

Assange to Face 5-Day Extradition Hearing in February 2020 Consortium News

737 MAX

Profit over safety? Boeing under fire over 737 Max crashes as families demand answers Guardian

Boeing CEO admits ‘mistake’ with 737 Max ahead of Paris Air Show, as analysts note ‘ominous dark cloud’ hanging over the entire industry Business Insider

Trials Near for Boeing 737 MAX Fix WSJ

Guillotine Watch

If you’re crazy rich, you can pay Ferrari to be a test driver Ars Technica

Banks accused of ‘systematic’ gouging of small customers on FX FT. Quelle surprise.

Credit ratings: old risks and new challenges for financial markets The Conversation

Class Warfare

Where Have All the Young Farmers Gone? American Conservative

Pennsylvania Bill Aims to Shift Water Clean-Up Costs From Residents to Polluters

America’s dental health crisis: Modern life accelerates tooth decay — but care is increasingly out of reach AlterNet

Trump campaigned on defeating the opioid crisis. It’s hard to tell if he’s winning. Politico

Drug Cop Worth $400 Million After Bets on Brooklyn Real Estate Bloomberg


FOX News Poll: Bernie Sanders Would Beat Trump By 9 Points Common Dreams

2020 race brings free college back to the national stage AP

Trump Set to Launch a Campaign That Never Really Ended WSJ

Can Elizabeth Warren Win Back Trump Country? Vanity Fair

Health Care

California goes even bigger on Obamacare Politico

Trump says he will roll out new health care plan in next couple of months The Hill

Amgen, Merck, and Eli Lilly sue over Trump administration policy to require drug prices in TV ads Stat

Summer camp is newest front in battle with US measles outbreak Times of Israel

American Academy of Pediatrics report urges travelers get MMR vaccine in wake of “record-breaking” European measles outbreak CBS


US’s Legacy of Using Trade Act to Steer Course of International Relations The Wire

India may trade places with US to ship items to China Economic Times

In Bengal, speak Bengali: Squeezed by BJP’s Hindutva, Mamata Banerjee grasps at Bengali nationalism Scroll


US-China rivalry makes rare earths a matter of national security, rather than economics SCMP

While Lam relents, Hong Kong calls massively for her ouster Asia Times

Trump Transition

Trump says supporters might ‘demand’ he serve more than two terms as president Sydney Morning Herald (skippy). Hoisted from comments.

EXCLUSIVE: Trump cites lessons from Nixon, says he ‘was never going to fire Mueller’ ABC News

Trump claims ‘Obama had to know about’ efforts to undermine presidency Fox

US Attacks Russia’s Power Grid; Trump Kept in Dark Common Dreams For those who missed yesterday’s links on this topic…

British business travellers to US haunted by old offences FT

Antidote du Jour (via):


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