/Links 2/13/2020

Links 2/13/2020

Eat sea urchins to save the oceans TreeHugger I have a confession to make: I love sea urchins. (I mean for eating, they’re a bit of a nuisance when one brushes up against one whilst diving.)

Record-breaking astronaut: ‘Do what scares you’ BBC

Car ‘splatometer’ tests reveal huge decline in number of insects Guardian

A Culture of Cheating Counterpunch

Charles Murray Returns, Nodding to Caution but Still Courting Controversy NYT (RM)

Boris Johnson SACKS Julian Smith, Andrea Leadsom, Esther McVey, Geoffrey Cox and Theresa Villiers in brutal Cabinet reshuffle Daily Mail


‘Five to 7 million people from airport to stadium’: Trump excited for his maiden trip to India, says Modi building largest stadium in the world Firstpost

Australia Apocalypse


Wildfires are ruinous – so how to stop them happening in the first place? Guardian

Imperial Collapse Watch

The siren call of a ‘system leader’ Asia Times Pepe Escobar


Coronavirus Update: Virus May Push Germany Into Recession Due To Close Trade Links International Business Times

The coronavirus is the first true social-media “infodemic” MIT Technology Review

CDC director: More person-to-person coronavirus infections in U.S. likely, but containment still possible Stat

China accused of under-reporting coronavirus outbreak FT (David L)

China cannot fight coronavirus and avert an economic crisis at the same time Daily Telegraph (Objective Function) Must read.   Ambrose Evans-Pritchard.

What Will Be the Spillover Effects of the Coronavirus on India Inc? The Wire

Class Warfare

Credit-Card Debt in U.S. Rises to Record $930 Billion WSJ

Courtroom battle: Google faces off against EU Al Jazeera

California Considers Tax on Companies With Large CEO-Worker Pay Gaps Capital & Main

The Survival of the ILWU at Stake! Counterpunch

Nearly 1 in 3 American workers run out of money before payday—even those earning over $100,000 CNBC

The Sprint-T-Mobile Merger: A Jump the Shark Moment for Antitrust? Matt Stoller

Inside Mark Zuckerberg’s Lost Notebook Wired

Guillotine Watch

Jeff Bezos has reportedly broken California’s record for the most expensive home sale of all time with his purchase of a $165 million Beverly Hills mansion Business Insider

Julian Assange

Julian Assange Wins 2020 Gary Webb Freedom of the Press Award Consortium News


Why Washington is paranoid about Huawei SCMP

US says it can prove Huawei has backdoor access to mobile-phone networks Ars Technica

U.S. lawmaker calls for ouster of CalPERS CIO over China ties: letter Reuters (The Rev Kev)



The Passion of Bernie’s Base Is the Path to Victory Jacobin

Just ‘Mayor Pete’? — Trump struggles for killer nickname Agence France-Presse

Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Troy Price to resign after caucus chaos Des Moines Register

Will black voters save Joe Biden? LATimes

Fresh From Victory, The Sandernistas Ready For Tough Slog American Conservative

Biden donors are panicking after disastrous New Hampshire, Iowa results NY Post

Inside Michael Bloomberg’s big play for black voters AP

New Hampshire just showed us how to overcome some of the GOP’s pernicious voter suppression tactics AlterNet

ACTION ALERT: NBC Garbles Graph on Democrats’ Electability FAIR

Whom would you advise they work with to screw up, say, Malaysia? https://t.co/i1kUyJV6Kt

— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) 12 February 2020

The spectacular collapse of Joe Biden as the Democrats’ front-runner NY Post

Biden’s World Experience Proves a Lead Balloon Foreign Policy

F.A.A. Failed to Assure Southwest Airlines Safety, Report Says  NYT (RM)

Trump Transition

Trump attacks federal judge, prosecutors in Twitter tirade defending Roger Stone WaPo

Prosecutors Rage Quit After Justice Department Appears To Intervene In Case On Trump’s Behalf Above Th Law

Barr ensnared in Roger Stone firestorm The Hill

Senate to rein in Trump’s war powers after Iran strike Politico

AOC Introduces Bill to Ban Fracking Nationwide National Review

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