/Links 6/23/19

Links 6/23/19

Giant Squid, Phantom of the Deep, Reappears on Video NYT. Just in time for Cephalopod Week!

Fed Loses Its Patience and Almost Everything You Can Trade Goes Nuts Bloomberg

‘Damn, This Is Bad’: Fire Continues to Burn After South Philly Refinery Blast NBC 10 and ‘It looked like Armageddon’: Refinery fire puts focus on toxic chemical Inquirer

Green Nimbyism: Frac Sand Mining Near Zion National Park CEPR

Climate Protesters Storm Open-pit Mine in Western Germany Bloomberg

Militia threat shuts down Oregon Statehouse amid walkout PBS


Trump claims he canceled an airstrike against Iran at the very last minute The Saker

As Trump Wants To Avoid A Shooting War, Iran Will Use Other Means To Pressure Him Moon of Alabama

Trump approved cyber-strikes against Iran’s missile systems WaPo (DK).

Urged to Launch an Attack, Trump Listened to the Skeptics Who Said It Would Be a Costly Mistake NYT

Amid tough talk, Trump says he could be Iran’s ‘best friend’ AP

Comms director for Kamala Harris:

Not that I’m a big fan of chaos, but the last triumph for these “freaking foreign policy experts” was rebooting the slave markets in Libya, a dubious legacy.

And from the heart of The Blob:

Any Dem Who Wants to Be President Should Reject War with Iran, Not Hide Behind Process Criticisms In These Times

Iran executes man on charges of spying for US BBC

Brazilgate is Turning into Russiagate 2.0 Pepe Escobar, Consortium News


Johnson’s Brush With Police Puts Leadership Bid in Turmoil Bloomberg

Short Cuts LRB. On BoJo. “The definition of Conservative policy, according to Lord Salisbury, was the preaching of ‘confidence’.” Interesting!

Conservatives should fear the Lib Dems as much as Nigel Farage FT

Ireland warns British PM contenders against ‘dumbing down’ border issue Reuters (Furzy Mouse).

Alternative arrangements: Holy grail or fig leaf? RTE. The Irish Border Question.


Police siege aftermath: Hong Kong tense but calm as government officials dig in and anti-extradition bill protesters plan their next moves South China Morning Post

No withdrawal, no victory: Why Hongkongers have not yet won the war against the extradition bill Hong Kong Free Press

Mass protests protect Hong Kong’s legal autonomy from China – for now Asian Correspondent

* * *

Coalition of the willing builds in South China Sea Asia Times

America Must Prepare for the Coming Chinese Empire Robert Kaplan, The National Interest. The Kaplans are very successful policy entrepreneurs…

North Korea

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un received an ‘excellent’ letter from Trump: State media CNBC. Trump is a busy guy right now.

Cabinet OKs reforms to address Japan’s labor market woes Japan Times


As Pompeo heads to Delhi, the US-India relationship is at a critical juncture Brookings Institution

Low-Income Neighbourhoods Are More Vulnerable to Heatwave Spells The Wire


The Impeachment Question NYRB

Trump Transition

Trump delays ICE raids hoping for bipartisan plan — but doesn’t say what he’ll support Roll Call

Trump admin opens door to fundamental changes in healthcare benefits Healthcare Dive

The budget could take a ‘huge hit’ from climate change Federal Times

The Shadow Cabinet: How a Group of Powerful Business Leaders Drove Trump’s Agenda Rolling Stone

Tech journalists troubled by Assange computer intrusion charge Committee to Protect Journalists


Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren Had a Secret Nonaggression Agreement. Is It Falling Apart? New York Magazine

Remember the billions of free coverage Donald Trump got last election? He’s getting it again Matt Taibbi, Untitledgate

Special prosecutor to probe handling of Jussie Smollett criminal case Chicago Sun-Times


Elizabeth Warren’s Pledge to End Private Prisons Sends Shares Reeling Bloomberg

One In Six Migrant Children In The U.S. Are Staying At A Shelter Operated By A Private Equity Tycoon Forbes. DC Capital.

Elizabeth Warren, Pramila Jayapal investigate John Kelly’s role with company that houses migrant kids CBS. All very well, but there’s more to the DC Capital story than John Kelly. Open Secrets:

director for Kamala Harris

Boeing 737 MAX

Boeing Says It’s Open to Changing the Name of Grounded 737 Max Jet Bloomberg. From last week, but I have to run it to post this suggestion: “The Flatliner.”


David Marcus, the man leading Facebook’s charge into financial services FT

Opinion: Facebook will soon have millions of customers at the Bank of Zuck Brent Arends, MarketWatch

Guillotine Watch

Ethics fly out of the window at Oxford University when big donors come calling Guardian

A lost century in economics: Three theories of banking and the conclusive evidence International Review of Financial Analysis. From 2016, still germane.

They welcomed a robot into their family, now they’re mourning its death The Verge

Antidote du jour (via). A crabeater seal:


With teeth for straining krill:


See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email