Links 12/7/18


‘They were so full of joy’: Video of 200 dolphins swimming beside B.C. ferry goes viral CTV News

Global Carbon Budget 2018 Earth System Science Data. Important.

Texas and New Mexico shale basins hold 49 years worth of oil: USGS Reuters. Let’s leave it in the ground, so we always know where to find it.

For the first time, a major US utility has committed to 100% clean energy Vox. In 2050 – 2018 = 32 years.

Investors withdraw billions from US equity funds FT

Tesla Replaces General Counsel With Seasoned Trial Lawyer WSJ. Hmm.

Facebook’s 2018 Year In Review Facebook Newsroom [sic]. Not mentioned: “Cambridge Analytica, Myanmar genocide, a 30 million user security breach, and some other insignificant things.”

Worldwide Bureaucracy Indicators (dataset) The World Bank. “The Worldwide Bureaucracy Indicators (WWBI) is a dataset on public sector employment and wages that can help researchers and development practitioners gain a better understanding of the personnel dimensions of state capability, the footprint of the public sector on the overall labor market, and the fiscal implications of the government wage bill.” A lot to unpack there, but start with the framing of “state capability” as “bureaucracy.”

What the largest sex-furniture manufacturer in the US can teach America about trade Quartz

Brexit

Brexit uncertainty makes pound ‘impossible’ to trade FT

Labour could do a better Brexit deal. Give us the chance Jeremy Corbyn, Guardian. Oy.

Brexit Deal Maze (diagram) Reuters. Beautiful diagrammatic visualization, but some of the end states (new Brexit referendum, new negotiations) are imaginary, unlike others which are real possibilities (crash out, canceling Article 50, May’s deal). Perhaps readers can make other corrections.

A second Brexit referendum may push us over the edge The Times. Well worth a log-in. “The polling shifts to Remain are still small, still within the margin of error, still dependent on non-voters deciding to vote this time round.” Surely the real issue is legitimacy? If Parliament were sovereign, not just in word but in deed, there would be no need for referenda, first or second.

How US billionaires are fuelling the hard-right cause in Britain George Monbiot, Guardian

High Court agrees to hear full legal challenge of Blighty’s Snooper’s Charter The Register

How France’s Yellow Vests Are Plotting Online Bloomberg

France’s Gas Tax Disaster Shows We Can’t Save Earth by Screwing Over Poor People Gizmodo

Merkel’s party votes for new leader, and new era in Germany Reuters

Syraqistan

Meet the Senators Who Took Saudi Money The American Conservative

China

‘Shocking’ Huawei Arrest Threatens to Upend Trump-Xi Trade Truce Bloomberg

US-China tensions played no part in death of renowned Stanford professor Zhang Shoucheng, family says SCMP. Oh.

A Week In Xinjiang’s Absolute Surveillance State Palladium (via Mark Ames).

The America hawks circling Beijing FT

While Small Dairy Farms Shut Down, This Mega-Dairy Is Shipping Milk to China Civil Eats

China prepares mission to land spacecraft on moon’s far side AP

Exploring the Ecosystem of the U.S.–Mexico Border Scientific American

Mexico’s New President Restarts Investigation Into 43 Missing Students NYT

Brazil future unclear amid opposing ideologies of ministers AP

Why voters should mark ballots by hand Freedom to Tinker. There is no good reason for any election official, of any party, to defend e-voting, let alone purchase electronic voting machines.

Exclusive: Emails of top NRCC officials stolen in major 2018 hack Politico. So Crowdstrike works both sides of the street?

Democrats in Disarray

AOC continues her on-boarding process:

I don’t see how a good progressive like Nancy Pelosi can permit this.

Making Manchin the Ranking Member of Energy Committee Might Be a Compromise Too Far New York Magazine

Your Q Anon Exit Briefing Violent Metaphors

Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted sex offender who is friends with Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, explained Vox

USA Gymnastics files for bankruptcy after hefty lawsuits over Larry Nassar CNN

A Mysterious Imposter Account Was Used On Facebook To Drum Up Support For The Migrant Caravan Buzzfeed. More at NC here.

A Business With No End NYT

Health Care

J&J pays $360 million for illegally using a charity to pay kickbacks to Medicare patients STAT

6 metro Detroit doctors busted in $500M opioid scheme Detroit Free Press

An Ancient Case of the Plague Could Rewrite History The Atlantic

Imperial Collapse Watch

At the CIA, a fix to communications system that left trail of dead agents remains elusive Yahoo News

Class Warfare

Marriott strike yields 40 percent pay hike for Westin housekeepers San Diego Tribune

The liberal peace fallacy: violent neoliberalism and the temporal and spatial traps of state-based approaches to peace Territory, Politics, Governance

Global Wealth Report 2018: US and China in the lead Credit Suisse

The European Youth Guarantee: A systematic review of its implementation across countries International Labor Organization (UserFriendly).

Damn It All NYRB

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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.

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