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Darwin’s Mistake Jacobin. Amusing review of the latest book by Thomas Friedman, everyone’s favorite NYT op-ed punching bag. Often faulted for his Look Both Ways Before Crossing analysis, not to mention his alarming metaphors, as far as I’m aware, he’s yet to be tarred with the fake news feather. The review’s not coffee-snortingly funny; in that regard, it’s hard to top Taibbi, whose Friedman takedowns have usefully been collected here: The Definitive Collection of Thomas Friedman Takedowns Jillian C. York.
Deaths in Immune-Therapy Trials Haunt the Experimental Cancer Treatment MIT Technology Review. Warning of the Perils that Lurk at the Cutting Edge.
2016 Post Mortem
America is No. 1 at this — and it’s not something to brag about We’re No. 1! We’re No. 1! Oh….
Martin Shkreli responds after Sydney Grammar boys make Daraprim Sydney Morning Herald (YY).
Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau gives go-ahead to two oil pipeline projects Art Technica. Reminder that oil and gas pipelines are not confined to the US part of North America.
We can cut emissions in half by 2040 if we build smarter cities The Conversation. Useful redirection toward solutions, and away from hysterical handwaving (however justified).
THE WAYS IN WHICH I’D LIKE TO GET ATTACKED BY A BEAR Literary Hub
‘We need friends’: In his annual state-of-the-nation address, Putin made it clear he wanted to work with Trump Business Insider. Does this article get Business Insider plunked onto The List? And how about Reuters– the original source of the reporting?
AI Songsmith Cranks Out Surprisingly Catchy Tunes MIT Technology Review
A beginner’s guide to beefing up your privacy and security online Ars Technica. Just a starting point…
Growing Far-Right Nationalistic Movements Are Dangerously Anti-Muslim — and Pro-Israel. The never to be missed Glenn Greenwald.
What Is Happening In Syria? Russia Asks West To Stop Its ‘Geopolitical Engineering’ In Middle East International Business Times
Just 90 companies are accountable for more than 60 percent of greenhouse gases Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. From late October, but still worth reading.
Despite the New York Times liberal wishful thinking, Donald Trump is still in favour of waterboarding Independent. The always astute Patrick Cockburn.
Starving in America The Baffler
Indian Currency Trainwreck
Demonetisation: Voices From Varanasi, Modi’s Constituency Varanasi, formerly known as Benares, remains one center of India’s handloom industry, where highly-skilled weavers continue to produce exquisite brocades. Worth pointing out that about 1 in 8 of all Indian jobs is in the textiles sector, IIRC. The Wire.
President to Grant PCR Russian Passport PaulCraigRoberts.org
First Draft News This is alarming.
The Washington Post’s Propaganda about Russian Propaganda New Economic Perspectives. Bill Black weighs in with reliably sane analysis.
Remember, America: Hating the press is not American CJR. Pretty words– but how about some acknowledgement of how the WaPo’s weighed in?
The Fake News Fake Story The American Conservative
The Remainers aim to beat Brexit by playing a long game New Statesman
Conservatives Should Embrace Principled Populism National Review (Phil U).
Goldman Sachs Poised for Return to Power in Trump White House Politico. I guess Lambert is right when he exhorts us to kill them with fire.
Petraeus Redux? Counterpunch
Trump Appoints CFR Member and Former Kissinger Aide to Top Advisory Position Free Thought Project
The Array of Conflicts of Interest Facing the Trump Presidency Nice to see the grey lady taking an interest, albeit belated, in conflicts issues (which I should emphasize, did not just magically appear and are not limited to who owns Trump Tower).
Steve Mnuchin: Time to Jettison Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Let’s always keep our eyes on the policy ball folks, and look beyond the personalities.
Antidote du jour. We must always be vigilant: