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Links 6/29/19

Cops bust man who kept ‘attack squirrel’ hopped up on meth NY Post

All-time June Heat Records Fall in 5 European Nations Weather Underground

California was warned about climate change 30 years ago. Now it’s feeling the effects Los Angeles Times

Lyme Disease Cases Are Exploding. And It’s Only Going to Get Worse. Medium

U.S. corn plantings top expectations despite floods; prices sink Reuters

With any Midwestern rainfall this summer, the Missouri River could flood the lower basin region CNN

Climate change is making hiking and climbing less fun Yale Climate Connections

New solar technology could produce clean drinking water for millions in need Science

Former Deutsche Bank exec denies he helped rig key interest rate FT. Oh.

Brexit

Can Parliament Stop a No-Deal Brexit? This Is How It Will Try Bloomberg

Boris Johnson warns Tory Remainers are driving party to ‘extinction’ by blocking Brexit with rebel plot The Sun

Johnson rules out using Irish bailout loan as leverage in Brexit talks Irish Times

Brexit: lacking the killer punch EU Referendum

These Etonians LRB. “What did Cameron, Johnson and Rees-Mogg learn at Eton?”

EU and South American bloc reach trade deal to cut tariffs FT

Syraqistan

American Missiles Found in Libyan Rebel Compound NYT. Shocked, shocked.

China

Trump, Xi Hit Pause on Trade War Again for Talks on Lasting Deal Bloomberg

Protesters in Hong Kong Have Changed Their Playbook. Here’s How. NYT

From Tung Chee-hwa to Carrie Lam: A string of failed leaders points to a failure of Hong Kong’s system Hong Kong Free Press

Xi is not the boss in US-China struggle. Neither’s Trump. Here’s who is SCMP

Asserting sovereignty, Indonesia renames part of South China Sea Reuters

North Korea

Trump’s offer to meet Kim Jong Un ‘very interesting suggestion,’ North Korea says USA Today

New Cold War

How Russia’s President Putin Explains The End Of The ‘Liberal’ Order Moon of Alabama

No, Mr Putin, western liberalism is not obsolete FT. Reaction to Putin’s interview with the FT yesterday.

Globalisation is dead and we need to invent a new world order The Economist. So what Putin said shouldn’t be that controversial?

Trump Transition

‘A betrayal’: Inside the bitter rift between Pelosi and Schumer over border bill WaPo

Forget the Wall Already, It’s Time for the U.S. to Have Open Borders CATO Institute. From 2018, still germane.

2020

Thursday’s debate ratings shatter previous Dem record, NBC says Politico

Joe Biden loses support of top campaign fundraiser in Bay Area after comments on segregationists and Hyde amendment CNBC

NPR resurfaces 1975 interview with Biden supporting constitutional amendment to end court-ordered busing The Hill.

Kamala’s attack on Biden was months in the making Politico

The Second Democratic Debate Proved That Bernie Really Has Transformed the Party Robert Borosage, The Nation

#Election2020 – Bernie Sanders Sole Candidate to Address the Black Press at NNPA National Convention The Atlanta Voice

The Tulsi Effect: Forcing War Onto the Democratic Agenda The American Conservative

COVER STORY : The Power, the Glory, the Glitz : Marianne Williamson, an ex-nightclub singer, has attracted many in Hollywood with her blend of new-time religion and self-help–and alienated more than a few Los Angeles Times. From 1992, still germane.

Black Injustice Tipping Point

We are Already Late to the Great Black Reparations Debate Black Agenda Report. Also, R.I.P, BAR co-founder Bruce Dixon, among many other things an old-school blogger, and co-chair of the Howie Hawkins (GP) campaign.

Health Care

Health care costs for the typical family of four top $28,000 this year, despite slower increases Journal-Sentinel

Boeing 737 MAX

DOJ probe expands beyond Boeing 737 MAX, includes 787 Dreamliner Seattle Times. Uh oh.

Pilots Flagged Software Problems on Boeing Jets Besides Max Bloomberg

Big Brother Is Watching You Watch

Aggression Detectors: The Unproven, Invasive Surveillance Technology Schools Are Using to Monitor Students Pro Publica

Target Will Offer Discount to Teachers for School Supplies WHOTV

Inner Workings: How bacteria cause pain and what that reveals about the role of the nervous system PNAS

The Simple Idea Behind Einstein’s Greatest Discoveries Quanta

Antidote du Jour (via):

Economist

Cute couple.

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.