Links 2/23/2020


To combat citrus greening, farmers are spraying medically important antibiotics on their trees The Counter

Revealed: quarter of all tweets about climate crisis produced by bots Guardian (furzy)

Sweden is now testing its digital version of cash, the e-krona MIT Technology Review


The EU and UK: A collapse in trust ahead of trade talks RTE (PD)

Julian Assange

With WikiLeaks, Julian Assange did what all journalists should aspire to do Independent. Patrick Cockburn.

The Assange Hearing: A Reticent Request Craig Murray

Julian Assange protest: Hundreds gather for London rally to demand release of Wikileaks founder Evening Standard

Class Warfare

Can Eminent Domain Preserve L.A.’s Affordable Housing? Capital & Main

A Travesty and a Disgrace’: Trump Quietly Issues Memo That Could Abolish Union Rights for 750,000 Federal Workers Common Dreams

‘If a Charge Can’t Stick on These Guys, No Charges CanStick on Anyone.’ Institutional Investor (re Silc)

The Cost of Thriving American Affairs (User-friendly)


Bernie Sanders’ Nevada win is a breakout moment. The others are toast Guardian (The Rev Kev)

Bernie Sanders on Bloomberg debate performance: “I think it’s quite likely that Trump will chew him up and spit him out.” CBS News. The embedded video is worth your time; I’m going to try and watch the full interview when it’s released on Sunday.

Elizabeth Warren Took Bloomberg To Law School In The Most Horrifying Way Possible Above the Law

“That’s Called Electability”: Diverse Coalition Propels Bernie Sanders to Big Win in Nevada Common Dreams

De Blasio to Buttigieg: ‘Try to not be so smug when you just got your ass kicked’ The Hill  (User Friendly)

Bloomberg needs to take down Sanders — immediately CNN (The Rev Kev)

Intelligence Sources: All Candidates Are Russian Agents But Pete Buttigieg Caitlin Johnstone

How Bloomberg is enabling Sanders to keep winning FT (BC)

The Billionaire Election NYT. Anand Giridharadas.

Why Sanders Will Probably Win the Nomination NYT. UserFriendly: David Brooks doesn’t know what ‘Myth’ means.

Ocasio-Cortez’s progressive PAC makes first round of endorsements Yahoo (UserFriendly)

The GOP’s Silly Attempt to Boost a Liberal Candidate New Republic (re Silc)

737 MAX

Boeing Finds Fuel-Tank Debris in Two-Thirds of 737 MAX Jets Inspected WSJ (BC)


Putin keen to cool Turkish hawk down Pepe Escobar Asia Times (The Rev Kev)

Iran elections expected to end with hardline victory for nationalists and religious conservatives Independent

Iran’s leader says enemies tried to use coronavirus to impact vote Reuters


CAA: Donald Trump will discuss religious freedom in India with PM Modi during visit, say reports Scroll

Trump in India: A brief history of US presidents’ trips BBC

The Fight Against US-Styled IP Is Not Only in Pharma, but Also on the Farm Front The Wire

The Trump visit as India-U.S. trade booster? The Hindu


10 Italian towns in lockdown over coronavirus fears Agence France-Presse

Iran shuts schools, cultural centres as coronavirus kills six Al Jazeera

Coronavirus: South Korea declares highest alert as infections surge BBC

The coronavirus is picking up steam outside China, narrowing chances of eliminating it Stat

The Coronavirus May Be ‘Disease X’ Health Experts Warned About Bloomberg

Amazon’s Trash Chute Of A Marketplace Is Now A Hotbed For Products Claiming To ‘Kill’ Coronavirus Gizmodo (The Rev Kev)

How epidemics like COVID-19 end (and how to end them faster) WaPo. Dr. Kevin: “Super high quality explanation of epidemiology, supported by excellent animated graphics.”

Tom Cotton demands ‘answers’ after China state newspaper says coronavirus originated outside wildlife market Washington Examiner (david L)

How big data is dividing the public in China’s coronavirus fight – green, yellow, red SCMP (Dr. Kevin)


Millions of Chinese Firms Face Collapse If Banks Don’t Act Fast Bloomberg

Big Brother IS Watching You Watch

The House wants to know what Ring is doing with footage from your house  Ars Technica


Trump Transition

Trump has flipped the 9th Circuit — and some new judges are causing a ‘shock wave’ LA Times

Antidote du Jour. Australian magpie as seen in Whangarei, NZ. Abundant in NZ. ~mgl:

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here

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