/Links 6/25/19

Links 6/25/19

A new route for plant nutrient delivery Carnegie Mellon

How a bird started a fire at a California solar farm Los Angeles Times 🙁

As Democrats prep for debate in Florida, a 17,000-acre fire burns in the Everglades Grist 🙁

Great Pacific garbage patch: giant plastic trap put to sea again Guardian (David L)

Water

Scientists map huge undersea fresh-water aquifer off US Northeast PhysOrg (Chuck L)

Desalination plants are here, but they’re not solving the water crisis yet Grist

Ancient Peruvian engineering could help solve modern water shortages ars technica

The flying saddle: Would you give it a try? SFGate. Chuck L: “Why not give all passengers an industrial strength tranquilizer and lay them out straight and stack them like sardines?”

The ENIAC Programmers: how women invented modern programming and were then written out of the history books Boing Boing (Chuck L)

China?

Why China fell out of love with New York property Financial Times

China wants FedEx to explain why Huawei package was not shipped to US Fox (Kevin W)

China winning new Cold War on the Mekong Asia Times

GNI-per-head rankings: The sad stories of Greece and Italy Bruegel

Brexit

Boris Johnson does speak to Steve Bannon, says Nigel Farage Guardian (vlade)

Britain’s top jobs still in hands of private school elite, study finds Guardian (Kevin W)

Lloyds freezes 8,000 offshore bank accounts after money laundering crackdown Independent

New Cold War

Council of Europe backs Russia’s return DW

Syraqistan

New US sanctions on Iran target supreme leader BBC

At U.N., Iran says atmosphere not right for U.S. talks, U.S. pushes diplomacy Reuters

Iran Says New U.S. Sanctions Mean Diplomatic Path Closed ‘Forever’ Bloomberg

Trump Seeks ‘Coalition Of The Willing’ Against Iran Moon of Alabama

Most Democratic Candidates Still Afraid to Criticize Israel’s Violations of Palestinian Rights LobeLog

Trump warns Iran of ’obliteration like you’ve never seen before’ Politico. Resilc: “Iran has 81 million people. 1 million stay to send us troops home in body bags, the other 8 million head to the EU.”

Big Brother is Watching You Watch

NSA dares students to break the cyber code, and then recruits them Federal News Network (Chuck L)

Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs unveils its high-tech ‘city-within-a-city’ plan for Toronto The Verge. Kill me now.

Learning from Baltimore’s disaster, Florida city will pay criminals $600,000 to get free of ransomware attack Boing Boing (resilc)

Imperial Collapse Watch

CIA Seeking More Impunity ConsortiumNews

Trump Transition

Trump Muses Privately About Ending Postwar Japan Defense Pact Bloomberg

How on God’s green earth did Clarence Thomas just write an opinion on race and jury trials that was well to the right (or was it?) of Brett Kavanaugh, John Roberts, Samuel Alito, and even Neil Gorsuch? Corey Robin (UserFriendly)

2020

For Joe Biden, Friendship Is Magic Nation (resilc)

Joe Biden Is Bad At Politics Huffington Post (UserFriendly)

Breaking Down Elizabeth Warren’s Proposal For Banning Private Prisons Shadowproof (UserFriendly)

Jay Inslee Just Dropped the Most Ambitious Climate Plan From a Presidential Candidate. Here’s Who It Targets. Intercept

Hidden oil spill: New study contradicts owner’s claims Associated Press (David L)

Gunz

Florida woman jailed for handing husband’s guns to cops BBC (resilc)

The Insanity in Oregon Is a Glimpse of Our Very Dark Future Esquire

Our Famously Free Press

NY Times admits it sends stories to US government for approval before publication Grayzone (Chuck L)

I Shouldn’t Have to Publish This in The New York Times New York Times (David L)

Forget China – it’s America’s own economic system that’s broken Guardian (David L)

Direct Primary Care Clinic In Sartell Cuts Out The Middle Man CBS Minnesota

Ex-chair of FCC broadband committee gets five years in prison for fraud ars technica

Class Warfare

Do Prisons Make Us Safer? Scientific American (Robert M)

Antidote du jour (Wat). Speaking of cats expecting something…:

America

And a bonus:

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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