Links 9/11/19

Smithsonian Researchers Triple the Number of Electric Eel Species, Including One With Record-Setting Shock Ability Smithsonian

This heated fake keyboard was designed to fool your cat Boing Boing (resilc). Amen, I trained my cats not to step on keyboards, and they were all very good about it.

What if We Stopped Pretending the Climate Apocalypse Can Be Stopped? New Yorker (David L)

A globalised solar-powered future is wholly unrealistic – and our economy is the reason why The Conversation (furzy)

Japan may have to dump radioactive Fukushima water into the Pacific CNN (Chuck L)

Libraries and Archivists Are Scanning and Uploading Books That Are Secretly in the Public Domain VICE

Three Ways to Fix the Drug Industry’s Rampant Dysfunction Wired (Robert M)


Bolton’s exit raises odds of US-China trade deal Asia Times


UK parliament prorogation video YouTube. Paul R: “12 minutes long but almost like watching an opera, with the Black Rod ritual etc. I had never seen Bercow on video before.”

Most Britons want Brexit referendum respected, poll reveals, as public ‘just wants uncertainty over’ Telegraph. Have to look at questions for bias….

Jeremy Corbyn says Labour would offer ‘a credible Leave option’ in a second referendum. BBC

Liberal Democrats set to back revoking Article 50 to scrap Brexit Independent

Brussels senses Johnson shift on N Ireland-only backstop Financial Times v. DUP hold “positive” meeting with Boris Johnson BBC: “Boris Johnson has confirmed his rejection of a Northern Ireland-only backstop as a solution to the Brexit deadlock, the DUP has said.”

The real cost of cheap US chicken? Chlorination is just the start Guardian (resilc)

MPs look to bring back May’s Brexit deal with vote on referendum Guardian

Boris Johnson: The Brezhnev Years British Politics and Policy at LSE

Retailers call for action as high street store closures soar Guardian (furzy)

New Cold War

U.S. Says Russia Orchestrated Chechen Rebel’s Murder in Germany Wall Street Journal

Argentina, plus ça change… Bruegel


Where we are now in Afghanistan- Editorial Opinion by PL Sic Semper Tyrannis (Kevin W)

Netanyahu vows to annex part of West Bank after Israel election DW

Jamal Khashoggi ‘murder recording transcript’ is published BBC

Big Brother Is Watching You Watch

Sex lives of app users ‘shared with Facebook’ BBC (Kevin W)

Imperial Collapse Watch

James Mattis’s Bizarre Cult of “Lethality” New Republic. Resilc: “The only thing that is lethal about the DoD is vs our budget and future here in USA USA. Guys in sandals with 47ks always kick our asses….”

Veterans Reach Their Tipping Point Against Our Post-9/11 Wars American Conservative

Trump Transition

Trump ousts Bolton in messy breakup

Pompeo just defeated Bolton in the war to be Trump’s top adviser on foreign policy Business Insider. Kevin W: “Bolton’s actual resignation letter.”

Good Riddance, Bolton American Conservative. Resilc: “Wait until they roll in Liz Chaney or the next winnahhhhhh.”

Trump’s National Security Team Is Now a Wholly Owned Subsidiary of the Defense Industry Mother Jones (resilc)

Trump says Bahamas full of ‘very bad gang members’ as he doubles down on not letting Hurricane Dorian refugees in to US Independent

Trump Prepares ‘Apology Package’ For Disgruntled Farmers OilPrice

Trump Has Figured Out How to Corrupt the Entire Government New York Magazine. Resilc: “I have a friend who is a USAID controller at an overseas mission. He reports a big uptick in contracts to friends, bogus taxi vouchers, bogus business trips that are really personal , etc since Trump rolled into office.”

The Majority of Americans Hate BOTH Parties George Washington

The Tea Party Didn’t Get What It Wanted, but It Did Unleash the Politics of Anger New York Times

Republican pulls off critical win in North Carolina The Hill


NRA Sues San Francisco After Lawmakers Declare It A Terrorist Organization NPR (David L)

Google Hit With Sweeping Demand From States Over Ad Business Bloomberg. Hahaha.

WeWork bonds tumble as fears for IPO grow Financial Times

Uber Makes Further Cuts to Its Staff as Losses Pile Up Bloomberg

Why aggressive monetary easing is pushing on a string Richard Koo, Financial Times

Class Warfare

AI will transform religion with robot priests like this one Vox (Dr. Kevin)

Trucking companies—like Uber and Lyft—say their drivers aren’t employees, worsening inequality and pollution Fast Company

Antidote du jour (Tracie H):

And a bonus (guurst):

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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