The first day of the MMT conference. Link .
NPR also had a podcast this week (hat tip Chris S):
Business Insider (Dr. Kevin)
MPR News (Chuck L)
Associated Press (MGL)
– Op-(m)ed (Dr. Kevin). This is great.
China and Russia clash with US over North Korea sanctions Asia Times (Kevin W)
Independent (Kevin W)
– The Washington Post. UserFriendly: “Shoot me, why is this in WaPo?”
We began starving Yemeni children & backing Saudi crimes against humanity under Obama, back when there was zero Iran role in Yemen (versus a relatively minor one now). So this isn’t just Trump, and it’s not about ayatollahs; it’s an outgrowth of *bipartisan* alliance w/ Saudi:
— Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
K Wired. WTF??? People actually log in using FB (or Google)? These are the same people who think having Alexa spy on you is fine too.
Reuters. Honestly, getting Chinese shrimp and tilapia out of the US is a . They come from heavily polluted waters. I don’t eat tilapia and eat shrimp only when I am confident it isn’t from China. It has even hit the point where the complacent Trump FDA . This has been a controversy for some time (for instance, Google shows a New York Times article in 2007 raising concerns about fish from China) and the Chinese have supposedly been trying to address this problem.
The World America Made—and Trump Wants to Unmake Politco. UseFriendly: “LMAO god save the liberal world order and American Hegemony! All you leftists ARE JUST LIKE TRUMP! Don’t you know the second we stop pointless regime change wars we will get a new Hitler? Maybe it’s like tinkerbell…. if we just clap our hands…. and F-35 gets it’s wings.”
Lawyers, Guns & Money (furzy)
Washington Post (KF)
Trump's oddly docile willingness to open an FBI investigation, Grassley's sudden cooperation and Graham's almost gleeful cheerfulness make me pretty sure something's up.
— Jay Bookman (@jaybookmanajc)
This New Republic story, , seems to have the right take:
Further, if the FBI investigation goes through…it could help Kananaugh’s nomination. If the FBI finds no wrong-doing or comes to an ambiguous conclusion (as seems entirely plausible for a one-week investigation of a three-decades old case) this might give coverage to those Republicans who are reportedly undecided, like Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski and Maine Senator Susan Collins.
Specifically, the fact that Ford’s account in the Senate differs from the one in her therapist’s records (two people present v. four earlier) could be treated as proving her memory isn’t reliable enough, and if people interviewed in support of the Ramirez and Swetnik allegations have too many inconsistent details among them, those could be deemed to be inconclusive. Two risks for Kavanaugh are if Mark Judge won’t back Kavanaugh’s story or if the much-derided Kavanaugh calendar isn’t produced or is determined forensically to be a fresh creation. Kavanaugh almost certainly lied about his drinking habits, but as I read the scope of the inquiry, that’s not part of the probe. But if it is, he’s already admitted to being a binge drinker:
Thread on Judge Kavanaugh and character. I think the way a middle-aged man reflects on his youth, & what he models for those he mentors, can provide important clues about his character. A speech Kavanaugh gave recently seems telling to me. /1
— Sean Hecht (@seanhecht)
Washington Post. UserFriendly: “Lovely, Kavanaugh’s performance was to an audience of 1, Trump. Or he was gonna get pulled. And good thing the Democrats rehabilitated Shrub! He’s whipping votes. Absolutely pathetic.”
Senator Chris Coons tells the full story of what happened in the anteroom today with Jeff Flake to . Attempting my best impression through 's legwork
— Alan He (@alanhe)
New Yorker (furzy)
New Yorker (furzy)
Financial Times. If you didn’t watch the hearing, a detailed recap.
BBC (David L)
Democratic Socialist Nomiki Konst Announces Campaign for New York City Public Advocate Intercept (UserFriendly)
Business Insider (Kevin W)
CNBC (none). Explains “What was he thinking?!?”
Lars P. Syll
BBC (David L)
Wolf Richter (EM)
Roosevelt Institute (JTM)
Class Warfare. See how Kavanaugh is continuing to crowd out class warfare stories?
World Economic Forum (David L)
Antidote du jour. Another antidote submission, this from 2017, languishing in my inbox. From aleric:
The bees have finally returned to my garden in large numbers! I took these pictures this morning on my giant hyssops. A tiny mystery bee that flew into my field of focus unexpectedly, I think it is a type of sweat bee, but couldn’t find a matching picture on the internet – I don’t think it is rare, just difficult to photograph.
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.