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Links 6/20/19

Your Cat’s Attitude Actually Is Closely Linked to Its Breed, Survey Shows Smithsonian

Facebook’s Libra:

The Real Story of How Virginia Won Amazon’s HQ2 Washingtonian. Not location, location, location. Ideology, ideology, ideology.

With More Storms and Rising Seas, Which U.S. Cities Should Be Saved First? NYT

General Insurance Stress Test 2019 Scenario Specification, Guidelines and Instructions (PDF) Bank of England. Page 27: “Firms are requested to consider the expected impact under three different climatic states on their assets, liabilities and business models, assuming that their current insurance exposures and their investment profile remain constant.”


Is Boris Johnson softening on a no-deal Brexit? FT

The many facets of UK’s Boris Johnson The Business Times. Singapore. Fun!

UK Labour’s Corbyn backs second referendum on any Brexit deal Reuters


House votes to repeal Authorization for Use of Military Force, while Trump reportedly urges representatives to tone down rhetoric on Iran The Week

Is the White House Plotting an End-Run Around Congress Into Iran? The American Conservative

Report: US Planning “Massive” Airstrike On An Iranian Facility Caitlin Johnstone

White House Claims Iran Behind Attack On Nancy Kerrigan The Onion (RH).

The Madcap Caution of Donald Trump Politico

How John Bolton Controls The Administration And Donald Trump Moon of Alabama

How Trump may get manipulated into war with Iran WaPo

What you need to know about CIA’s Iran Mission Center Asia Times

Trade war drags down Asian factory employment Nikkei Asian Review

Splintering Global Supply Chains: Asia’s Worst Nightmare? Asia Sentinel

Trump Has Already Won the ‘Trade War’ The National Interest


Trump’s Trade War Is Pushing China Even Deeper Into Debt Council on Foreign Relations

Xi’s North Korea trip revives stalled US-China trade talks Nikkei Asian Review

Liu Cixin’s War of the Worlds The New Yorker. Chinese science fiction.

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Hong Kong officials bid to ease tensions in city as students and activist groups vow to escalate action with another protest if demands are not met South China Morning Post

Fears of capital flight as Beijing tightens grip on Hong Kong FT

Simon Lau: Say Hello To China’s New Model For Controlling Hong Kong Taiwan Gazette

The People of Poso New Narratif

Himalayan glaciers melting far faster this century: study Reuters


Chennai water crisis: City’s reservoirs run dry BBC

Behind the Congress Rout: A Data Debacle Economic Times

Cricket’s increasing sizzle owes much to India The Economist


Guaidó’s Star Fades as His Envoys to Colombia Allegedly Commit Fraud With Humanitarian Funds for Venezuela Counterpunch

With Maduro entrenched in Venezuela, Trump loses patience and interest in issue, officials say WaPo

Boeing 737 MAX

British Airways parent company delivers a massive vote of confidence in the Boeing 737 MAX but hours later Airbus racks up more orders over stricken Boeing at Paris Air Show Seattle Times

Boeing’s Latest 737 MAX Concern: Pilots’ Physical Strength Barron’s (mirrored from WSJ). “The analysis has been further complicated because the same emergency procedure applies to the generation of the jetliner that preceded the MAX, known as the 737 NG. About 6,300 of these planes are used by more than 150 airlines globally and they are the backbone of short- and medium-range fleets for many carriers.” Hoo boy.

What Really Happened to Malaysia’s Missing Airplane The Atlantic

Five years later, 4 suspects named in attack on passenger plane in Ukraine Vox

Trump Transition

Chaos is a ladder:

Pelosi shoots down censure for Trump: ‘If the goods are there you must impeach’ The Hill

Budget Talks Stall as Democrats Seek More Government Spending Bloomberg

Ta-Nehisi Coates and Danny Glover join renewed debate over reparations on Capitol Hill ABC


What Is Juneteenth, How Is It Celebrated, and Why Does It Matter? Teen Vogue

June 19 Should Be a National Holiday Jacobin


Imperial Collapse Watch

GI Suicide: Maybe It’s The Job? Lobelog (original).

Class Warfare

The Irvings, Canada’s robber barons Le Monde Diplomatique (MF). “The group now has its eye on the gold and copper deposits of Bald Mountain, in Aroostook county, and Maine looks set to become ‘Irving’s new colony’.” On Bald Mountain, see NC here (from 2014).

The Case Against Quantum Computing IEEE Spectrum. Maybe the quantum computing people, the fusion people, and the string theory people should all get together and raise some start-up money.

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See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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