Links 11/26/17

November 26, 2017
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Germany’s wolf population on the rise, new data shows Deutsche Welle

How your scalding hot deep fryer might help cool the weather CNN. Cf. Psalms 63:5. This has been going on for awhile.

Scientists Created a Synthetic Molecule, and It Could End Antibiotic Resistance Futurism

Sugar industry sponsorship of germ-free rodent studies linking sucrose to hyperlipidemia and cancer: An historical analysis of internal documents PLOS Biology. “The Sugar Research Foundation.” You can imagine.

Shift in Treasury strategy sparks yield curve debate FT

Net Neutrality

A World Without Net Neutrality The Nib

Collins, Pingree, King rip plan to end net neutrality Bangor Daily News. Both Maine Senators.

Why the Courts Will Have to Save Net Neutrality Tim Wu, NYT

Brexit

The inside story of how David Cameron drove Britain to Brexit Prospect (Richard Smith: “Brexit backstory, by an insider.”)

Brexit divorce bill to be kept secret The Times. What could go wrong?

Europe’s banks shed UK-related assets FT

Unelected Remainer peers are the REAL THREAT to the Brexit process Sunday Express

UK-EU regulation after Brexit: options for equivalence Institute for Government

“Eine solche Dürre habe ich noch nie erlebt” Telepolis (guurst). From the Google translation: “It does not want to rain in Spain and Portugal. Only the extreme northwest can breathe a little, as an Atlantic front brings some rain. However, this does not change the fact that the situation is so worrying in many parts of both countries that water rationing is already being considered, especially in Portugal.”

Syraqistan

Trump Administration Plays Media Like Fiddle on Iran/HBO Hacking Story FAIR (UserFriendly).

Syria war, Sochi peace Pepe Escobar, Asia Times

With Saudi Blockade Threatening Famine in Yemen, U.S. Points Finger at Iran Foreign Policy

Trump Is Staying in Syria, Where America’s Enemies Hold All the Cards Bloomberg

People for sale CNN

India

How Long Can India’s Farmers Subsidise the Nation? The Wire

US, Japan, India, Australia … is Quad the first step to an Asian Nato? South China Morning Post

China

For China, a fine line between ‘Great Leader Xi’ and ‘Xi, the great leader’ South China Morning Post

Chinese private jet sales slump nears end Nikkei Asian Review

Sparrow Schools: The Empty Shells of China’s Countryside Sixth Tone

New Cold War

A Letter to an Anonymous Friend About the Current State of the “Russiagate” Scandal Nina Illingworth. Still germane.

Why Putin’s Foes Deplore U.S. Fixation on Election Meddling NYT

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The Unraveling of the Balkans Peace Agreements CFR

From Street Protests to Kingmaker, Chile’s New Left Comes of Age Bloomberg

Trump Transition

Clash looms over who heads US consumer finance watchdog FT

Re: Designating an Acting Director of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (PDF) US DOJ Office of Legal Counsel

English or Mulvaney at the CFPB? Time for quo warranto! WaPo

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Diplomats Sound the Alarm as They Are Pushed Out in Droves NYT

Inside Trump’s Cruel Campaign Against the U.S.D.A.’s Scientists Vanity Fair

The case for reading Trump The Week. I apply this principle to everything. Never watch. Always read the transcript. Saves time, too!

Tax “Reform”

GOP tax bill draws fire from AARP, universities The Hill

Kansas Republicans claim tax bill will be good for the middle class. It won’t be Kansas City-Star. From a “a Bob Dole Republican.”

As Global Governments Raise Taxes, U.S. Revenues Are Already Falling WSJ

Sex in Politics… Not!

Sebelius: The Clinton White House doubled down on ‘abusive behavior’ and it’s fair to criticize Hillary Clinton CNN. Another Democrat urges Bill Clinton to take his place under the bus…

What Do We Do with the Art of Monstrous Men? Paris Review

Our Famously Free Press

A Voice of Hate in America’s Heartland NYT. Nate Silver: “What the hell is this, @nytimes? This article does more to normalize neo-Nazism than anything I’ve read in a long time.” When you’ve lost Nate Silver…

Who Is Mike Cernovich? NPR

How Unicorn Riot covers the alt-right without giving them a platform CJR

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico: Ruined Infrastructure and a Refugee Crisis Counterpunch

Hurricane Alley

Tens of thousands displaced by Harvey still yearn for home Houston Chronicle

Post-Harvey Houston faces a dilemma: how to rebuild with integrity Guardian

Health Care

The biggest health issue we aren’t debating Axios. “More than four in in 10 households with private coverage and incomes between 150% and 400% of the federal poverty line do not have enough liquid assets to cover a deductible of $1,500 for single people and $3,000 for families.” And that’s not even a high-deductible plan!

BIg Brother Is Watching You Watch

Oxford and Cambridge are said to be illegally spying on students for money Quartz

Thanksgiving

How culinary propaganda from a women’s magazine made Thanksgiving a thing The Takeout

Black Friday retail workers are treated like yo-yos. They need scheduling protections LA Times

Black Friday blues: Philly retail workers speak out against inconsistent hours Philadelphia Weekly

Amazon Workers in Germany and Italy Are on Strike The Stranger

Class Warfare

Longevity is less about diet, more about social circumstances Treehugger

‘Star Wars’ Video Game Microtransactions Ignite Controversy Variety. A reader writes: “This is an issue that is, if you forgive the pun, picking up steam in the gaming world and there is a revolt brewing against this model of exploitation. Countries like Australia, UK, France and Belgium (also Hawaii) are looking into it as it seems like a form of gambling. It is amounting to pay to win according to some players.” Sounds like good training for the real world, to me. What’s the issue here?

Want better homecare? Stop attacking homecare workers PennLive

Show us the money! Why are novelists reluctant to write about hard cash? Guardian (J-LS).

Making the Opioid Epidemic Visible The New Republic (Re Silc).

The future of America’s suburbs looks infinite The Orange County Register (Re Silc). The photo that accompanies the article is of Santa Clarita. In the high desert. Re Silc: “The first time i was in la was 1959. Last week i was there. This cannot be sustainable.”

Perfectly normal Nature

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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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