Curated list of the recent news you should know!
This is a new post series for this blog. I have been focusing on longer, more theoretical posts. Because of that, I’ve been posting less frequently. But I’m constantly collecting articles that interest me, so I’ll start linking articles that I find remarkable, with minimal commentary, here.
- Malaysia is angry about the nine-dash line, which designates China’s claim to the South China Sea, appearing in the animated movie Abominable…
- …and Vietnam banned the movie, with the same objection.
- Chinese economic growth is slowing, which is logical following a long period of tremendous growth. Now that China is a central part of the global economy, this will inevitably be a major element of the imminent global recession looming.
- Singapore PM describes Hong Kong demands as unrealistic, which whether you support them or not, realistically does have unrealistic goals (imo). Independence is never, ever going to happen at the very least.
- Hong Kong parliamentarians were dragged out by security for heckling Chief Executive Carrie Lam.
- The catalyst for the Hong Kong protests was when a man murdered his pregnant girlfriend. Due to legal loopholes, he couldn’t be punished unless he was extradited to China. Taiwan still wants the murderer to be investigated and brought to justice.
- Hong Kong builds more underground infrastructure, something this blog advocates for heavily.
- Huawei looks to expand to India after being banned in the US.
- In a minor border skirmish over unauthorized fishing, the simmering tension between India and Bangladesh briefly boils over.
- The US claims they performed a cyberattack on Iran last month, but Business Insider writes, “Iran’s Minister of Communications and Information Technology Mohammad Javad Azari-Jahromi said: ‘They must have dreamt it.'”
- Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has been privatizing telecom and sugar manufacturing companies, and using the proceeds to pay off national debt, at least in part to Chinese lenders.
- Pence claims Turkey will stop attacking Northern Syrian Kurds, and Turkey says he’s talking out of his ass.
- Netanyahu worries that the US military pulling out of Northern Syria will leave Israel vulnerable to Iran. Pompeo reminds him that the Middle East is still swarming with US military.
- Trump leaves Kurds to the Turks, while helping the Sauds massacre Houthis, and preempting military force against Iran.
- Venezuela rightfully earns seat on UN Human Rights Council to the dismay of Imperialist ideologues.
- Mark Zuckerberg, feels threatened, so he had a whiney baby routine because China invented a much cooler social media site than Facebook, Tik Tok.
- Kamala Harris still whining about Trump being on twitter, because apparently she hasn’t realized no one wants to vote for her because of that feckless platform position.
- Rikers Island is being closed……. (and replaced by four other prisons)
- Class collaborating union Civil Service Employees Association is opposing state-wide single payer healthcare in NY. Spectrum writes, “Sen. Gustavo Rivera, the Democratic sponsor of the measure in the state Senate, said in an interview Wednesday the two issues shouldn’t be in conflict. Under a single-payer system, unions would not have health care as a leverage point in contract negotiations, he said.”
- Imagine a NY State politician having a better grasp on labor issues than a union leader! Embarrassing!
- Some good union news to cleanse your palette.
- Interesting read, although I personally think disrupting freight trains with cargo is more powerful, because it stops the flow of capital, rather than common people. But then again, disrupting the subway forces people to pay attention. Having said all that, I haven’t heard great things about XR…
[Infosecurity Magazine] World’s Largest Child Exploitation Site Shut After Bitcoin Analysis
- Global intelligence agencies trace bitcoin to bust child abuse and assault website, countering the narrative about how untraceable bitcoin is (I’m not a bitcoin expert, maybe this is something known to be traceable, but it does counter the everyday narrative).
- Embodiment of evil Peter Thiel is investing in psychedelics. Thousands of ancient shaman just rolled over in their grave. I, personally, would never trust being dosed by whatever brain control Thiel is funding.
- 2018 SF Mayoral candidate (who received 2.8% of the vote, in 6th place), claims liberal policy has caused homelessness. It’s funny because he’s right, but it’s hysterical that he thinks even more economically liberal (in the conventional sense) Republicans would make it better.
- Not much to say on this one, but if you’re a public transit advocate, I think it’s useful to evoke recent history about public transit. Even cartopias like Southern California have a history of extensive public transit infrastructure.
- This is a nice story, but it also really highlights how gentrification can’t really be stopped without complete policy overhaul.
[The Atlantic] The Man Who Could Beat Justin Trudeau
- The Atlantic laughably believes that Andrew Scheer “could redefine the future of Western conservative politics”, without acknowledging he’s just like any run-of-the-mill, pre-Trump American conservative. He’s behind the times, not ahead of them.
- Keebler Elf Mick Mulvaney threw a temper tantrum after admitting Trump’s quid pro quo regarding the impeachment situation.
[Popular Mechanics] The Army and a UFO Group Are Investigating…Something
- Blink182’s Tom DeLonge is working with the US military to investigate something secretive. Probably a UFO… but who knows.