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Links 6/27/19

Giant Goldfish Shows Why You Should Never Flush Fish Down the Toilet Smithsonian

Climatic Constraints on Aggregate Economic Output NBER

Private equity races to spend record $2.5tn of dry powder FT

Financial temptation increases civic honesty Science


Tehran confident that resisting Trump is working FT

Sources say downed UAV penetrated deep into Iranian airspace Duffel Blog

VIPS Memo to the President: Is Pompeo’s Iran Agenda the Same As Yours? Consortium News. As a side note: “CrowdStrike never gave Comey a final report on its forensic findings regarding alleged ‘Russian hacking.’” Oh.


Venezuela government says it derailed a coup attempt, opposition denies France24

Venezuela foils attempt on President Maduro’s life: government Deutsche Welle


Jeremy Hunt Did It For The LOLs On Twitter After Boris Johnson Dodged TV Debate HuffPo

Boris Johnson’s premiership could be an ‘opportunity for disaster’, warns ex-civil service chief Independent

‘The Rooster Must Be Defended’: France’s Culture Clash Reaches a Coop NYT

French parties unite against Macron’s airports sell-off EU Observer

Macron’s War LRB

The French Insurgency New Left Review

Sanctions against Russia at Council of Europe lifted sparking outrage from Ukraine Independent


Siege of Hong Kong police headquarters ends without clashes after 6-hour drama by extradition bill protesters South China Morning Post

What Carrie Lam should do next Chris Patten, Asia Times

Why Hong Kong’s Protesters Are Turning to G-20 Leaders for Help NYT

‘Democracy now, Free Hong Kong’: Thousands of protesters urge G20 to back anti-extradition law movement Hong Kong Free Press

Differences from 2003 Big Lychee, Various Sectors

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Trump and Xi’s ‘sidelines’ meeting set to overshadow G20 summit FT

Huawei Personnel Worked With China’s Military on Research Projects Bloomberg

The Confused U.S. Messaging Campaign on Huawei LawFare

Made in Vietnam: US-China tensions spark a manufacturing shift but not without growing pains CNBC

China No Match for Japan in Southeast Asia Infrastructure Race Bloomberg

A Chinese invasion of Taiwan would be a bloody, logistical nightmare CNN

Trump Transition

The Night Donald Trump Became President The American Conservative

Thousands more National Guard troops to arrive in Tijuana San Diego Tribune. Mexico’s National Guard, not ours.

NRA pulls the plug on NRATV live programming amid dispute with ad agency, lobbyist resignation USA Today. Couldn’t happen to a nicer swamp creature.


Which candidates America was Googling during the first Democratic presidential debate Mercury News (Geo).

Winners and losers from the Democratic presidential debate’s first night WaPo. Oddly, or not, WaPo erases Gabbard on Afghanistan.

Why Democratic Party Establishment Is Holding First Debate Of 2020 Primary In Miami Kevin Gosztola, Medium (UserFriendly).

Warren and Sanders: Compare and Contrast Counterpunch (ChiGal).

Medicare for All Splits Democrats on Future of Health Insurance Bloomberg

The Official Democratic Debates Drinking Game Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone

No Easy Answers on Reparations NYT

Democrats in Disarray

Queens Democratic machine scrambles for a recount after public defender Tiffany Cabán declares victory in race for district attorney NY Daily News

A Democratic Think Tank Is Promoting Pushback Against Climate Lawsuits Truthout


FAA finds new risk on 737 MAX and orders Boeing to make changes Seattle Times

Larry Page-backed Kitty Hawk partners with Boeing on flying car development The Verge

FAA reassigns three in office overseeing Southwest Airlines: source Reuters

Our Famously Free Press

When NPR Is More Dangerous Than Fox News Lobe Log

Class Warfare

The new left economics: how a network of thinkers is transforming capitalism Guardian (MF).

The Case for Combining Tuition-Free College with Debt Relief Benjamin Studebaker

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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.