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Links 6/22/19

German firefighters rescue squirrel stuck in manhole cover AP

Seals can copy human speech and sing Star Wars theme tune, new study says Sky News. n=3.

It’s Younger and Cooler Than a Carbon Tax The Atlantic. The GND.

US gasoline prices rise after blasts at Philadelphia refinery FT

Report: Utility’s Negligence to Blame for Los Angeles Methane Disaster Earth Justice

Syraqistan

Trump Says He Was ‘Cocked and Loaded’ to Strike Iran, but Pulled Back NYT

VIPS Memo to the President: Is Pompeo’s Agenda the Same As Yours? Consortium News

White House Pushes ‘Trump Pulled Back’ Story – He Likely Never Approved To Strike Iran Moon of Alabama

Trump Doesn’t Need to Attack Iran: He’s Winning Already Bloomberg

Northrop Grumman used a fictitious war with Iran to sell its Global Hawk drone to the Pentagon Quartz (Re Silc).

Next Contestant, Iran: Meet America’s Permanent War Formula Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone

Read THIS Before Cheering the Next War Washington’s Blog

Brexit

Boris Johnson: police called to loud altercation at potential PM’s home Guardian

The Empty Promise of Boris Johnson The New Yorker. Qui est ce monstre?

How Oxford university shaped Brexit — and Britain’s next prime minister FT

Britain’s Next Prime Minister Has Probably Already Lost Scotland Bloomberg

There Are Some Fires That Get Put Out, and Some That Don’t n+1. Grenfell Tower.

Rosemary and thyme against Greece’s economic torpor Agence France Presse

China?

What France’s ‘yellow vests’ can teach Hong Kong activists about political protests and the use of violence South China Morning Post

Australians in Hong Kong say this could change everything Sydney Morning Herald

The Depressing Reality Behind Hong Kong’s Protests TNR

Debunking Misconceptions around Hong Kong’s Extradition law Controversy Medium

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As growth slows, the spectre of local-government debt looms once more Economist

The Coming Sino-American Bust-Up Nouriel Roubini, Project Syndicate

RussiaGate

William Barr Looking Into U.S. Finding That Russia Wanted Trump to Win WSJ

Trump Transition

Trump Says He’s Weighing Democrats’ Plan for $15 Minimum Wage Bloomberg. “Make it $18!”

‘Some Suburb of Hell’: America’s New Concentration Camp System NYRB

Policing the Borders of Suffering Jewish Currents

Finally, the U.S. Is Getting Some Diplomats in the Field Foreign Policy

City of Secrets: Estimated 10,000 people in DC are spies WTOP. And that’s just the foreigners!

Trump denies new sexual assault allegation The Hill

Libra

European central bankers claim oversight over Facebook’s cryptocurrency Reuters

Mnuchin Says Guidelines Move Crypto Firms From ‘Dark Shadows’ Bloomberg

Facebook co-founder: Libra coin would shift power into the wrong hands FT

2020

‘An existential threat’: Bernie Sanders faces mounting opposition from moderate Democrats Guardian

Why Bernie Should Launch a National Voter Registration Drive Jacobin

Opinion: Listen to bookies, not polls: Trump has a good chance to be re-elected MarketWatch (EM).

Health Care

Obama Alums Tell Health Insurance Lobby “Medicare For All” Won’t Happen MapLight. Alums, plural. Thanks, Obama!

Police State Watch

This Louisiana Parish Allowed a Quarter of Its Sheriff’s Deputies To Work Security for a Pipeline In These Times

An Alabama megachurch will form its own police force after passage of controversial law CNN

Black Injustice Tipping Point

Ta-Nehisi Coates: Reparations Are Not Just About Slavery But Also Centuries of Theft & Racial Terror Democracy Now! (GF).

Black Farm Families Are Losing Their Land. New State Laws Seek to Help. Governing

Cell Phones Are Probably Not Making Us Grow Horns Smithsonian. “The external occipital protuberance is a well-studied trait in anthropology.”

Getting Social Security Fixed May Be the Best Thing You Can Do for Your Finances NYT. After years of rentier propaganda, some sanity. “It is time for you to get political, and to start thinking of activism as a behavior equal to saving and investing.” Interesting proposition, if generalized.

Hello, Summer 2019! Today’s Solstice Marks Season’s Beginning Space.com

Antidote du jour (via):

France

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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About Lambert Strether

Readers, I have had a correspondent characterize my views as realistic cynical. Let me briefly explain them. I believe in universal programs that provide concrete material benefits, especially to the working class. Medicare for All is the prime example, but tuition-free college and a Post Office Bank also fall under this heading. So do a Jobs Guarantee and a Debt Jubilee. Clearly, neither liberal Democrats nor conservative Republicans can deliver on such programs, because the two are different flavors of neoliberalism (“Because markets”). I don’t much care about the “ism” that delivers the benefits, although whichever one does have to put common humanity first, as opposed to markets. Could be a second FDR saving capitalism, democratic socialism leashing and collaring it, or communism razing it. I don’t much care, as long as the benefits are delivered.
To me, the key issue — and this is why Medicare for All is always first with me — is the tens of thousands of excess “deaths from despair,” as described by the Case-Deaton study, and other recent studies. That enormous body count makes Medicare for All, at the very least, a moral and strategic imperative. And that level of suffering and organic damage makes the concerns of identity politics — even the worthy fight to help the refugees Bush, Obama, and Clinton’s wars created — bright shiny objects by comparison. Hence my frustration with the news flow — currently in my view the swirling intersection of two, separate Shock Doctrine campaigns, one by the Administration, and the other by out-of-power liberals and their allies in the State and in the press — a news flow that constantly forces me to focus on matters that I regard as of secondary importance to the excess deaths. What kind of political economy is it that halts or even reverses the increases in life expectancy that civilized societies have achieved? I am also very hopeful that the continuing destruction of both party establishments will open the space for voices supporting programs similar to those I have listed; let’s call such voices “the left.” Volatility creates opportunity, especially if the Democrat establishment, which puts markets first and opposes all such programs, isn’t allowed to get back into the saddle. Eyes on the prize! I love the tactical level, and secretly love even the horse race, since I’ve been blogging about it daily for fourteen years, but everything I write has this perspective at the back of it.