Australian woman finds snake curled up in Christmas tree BBC. Neglected to mention the jilted boyfriend…
Hundreds of thousands of fish wash up on Cornish beach Guardian (UserFriendly) :-(
This Melting Glacier in Antarctica Could Raise Sea Levels By 11 Feet | Motherboard (resilc). To quote Jay Leonhart circa the mid-1980s (in the Salamander Pie album, back in the day when there were still albums…)
And as the ice melts it is not surprising
The oceans are ever so steadily rising
Steadily rising though high tide and low
And Florida will be first to go
I say goodbye Miami, goodbye Lauderdale
Pass me a bucket, fetch me a pail
The old folks in the condos are up to there knees
With the wind and the salt and the sea
There’ll be no need to worry about air pollution
When your up to your neck in a saline solution
Oh the tide she comes in and she lingers about
But the tide she don’t want to go out.
So I say, goodbye Miami, goodbye Sarasota
The Gulf Coast now reaches Pierre, North Dakota
The tops of the toll booths are all that you see
As we sail down the causeway for free
Is Mental Health Declining in the U.S.? Scientific American (Chuck L). As of 10 years or so ago (pre crisis), 26 million people in the US were taking anti-depressants, and we’re asking this question only now?
The Latest Zika News Is More Bad News FiveThirtyEight (resilc)
Atmospheric rivers fueled by climate change could decimate wild oysters in San Francisco Bay Los Angeles Times (David L)
Chinese Rush to Open US Dollar Forex Accounts: More Capital Controls Coming Michael Shedlock (furzy)
Scotland’s plan to protect its place in European single market Financial Times
Protesters block Polish parliament Politico
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
DANIEL ELLSBERG, EDWARD SNOWDEN, AND THE MODERN WHISTLE-BLOWER Malcolm Gladwell, New Yorker. Readers will have a field day with his discussion of Snowden.
Trump’s Pick for Ambassador to Israel Could Kill the Two-State Solution Nation. Resilc: “Great photo.”
Sabotage Of East-Aleppo Evacuation Is Part Of A Plan Moon of Alabama (Chuck L)
A century of surveillance: an interactive timeline of FBI investigations Muckrock (Chuck L)
Trump taps Mulvaney for budget director The Hill (resilc). One of my contacts was very bothered by this. Mulvaney is a very hawkish on debt. But the OMB is not powerful.
Sanders and Dems Demand Betsy DeVos Pay $5.3 Million Fine for Campaign Finance Violations Common Dreams (Judy B)
EPA chief says Trump has limited room to scrap climate rules Financial Times
The Hacking Evidence Against Russia Is Extremely Weak George Washington
Craig Murray: DNC, Podesta emails leaked by Americans, not hacked by Russia Libertarian Institute (furzy). From last week, still geramne
All This Talk of Voter Fraud? Across U.S., Officials Found Next to None New York Times. Lead story.
The Striking Audacity of the Coup-in-Process Paul Craig Roberts
2016 Post Mortem
Trump is the next logical step as America becomes a plutocracy Fabius Maximus (resilc)
Everything Cost Clinton the Election Ian Welsh
How Doctors Could Thwart Health-Care Reform New Yorker. I don’t buy this. Doctors are vastly less powerful as an interest group than they once were, as the rise of corporatized medicine, forcing more of them to work as employees (for MBAs, gah!) rather than independent professionals, demonstrates.
Russia, NATO, Trump: The Shadow World New York Review of Books (resilc)
Keith Ellison for Democratic National Committee Chair Democratic Socialists of America. Martha r: ”
Surely they know about his endorsement of Bittel?” Background: Findings by Florida Democrats Support Election of Millionaire Donor Bittel to Chair Progressive Army. Bittel is part of the establishment Dems in Florida….the most important of which is Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
The GOP coup in North Carolina previews what we’re going to see everywhere Washington Post (resilc)
Monopolization Is the Problem BEHIND “Fake News” Washington’s Blog. Important. A tweetstorm by Matt Stoller.
What Happens to Media Matters in a Post-Hillary World? New Republic (resilc). As Lambert says, “Kill it with fire.”
The Rise of the Alt-Center: What the hell is wrong with America’s establishment liberals? Slate (UserFriendly). Lambert had this yesterday but wanted to make sure you saw it…
Fake news is old news to black Americans Salon (Judy B)
US central bank decision to raise interest rates doesn’t make much sense Bill Mitchell (furzy)
OxyContin goes global — “We’re only just getting started” Los Angeles Times. I used to think Monsanto was the most evil company, but it has some serious competition.
Politics got weird because neoliberalism failed to deliver BoingBoing (martha r). Commentary on Ian Welsh piece
Sounding the Alarm about Uber’s Impacts on Transit, and on Cities Human Transit (Steve C)
The ‘alternative workforce’ is growing. Here’s why World Economic Forum. UserFriendly: “Not just uber and Grandma is more likely to be one than a millennial.
Wave of UK strikes could bring chaos to railways, airports and post offices Guardian (UserFriendly)
Why grammar schools are no quick fix for England’s social mobility problems London School of Economics. From last week, still germane.
Mass incarceration and children’s outcomes: Criminal justice policy is education policy Economic Policy Institute
The Ghost Ship Granola Shotgun (Steve C). Important. Remember Hiro’s housing in Snow Crash? This was the beta version.
To Hell with Neoliberal Environmentalism Permanent Settlement (Bjornasson). A must read.
Antidote du jour. I wonder what is going on in the readership’s collective psyche. Not that I am complaining, but normally we get quite a mix in terms of type of critter in our Antidote candidates. In recent weeks, we’ve a had a huge run of birds. Suddenly we’ve gotten a lot of great images a grazers like this one from a new reader, Karrin:
Here is a picture of my two pet goats, Catalina and Ferdinand, eating some fresh fruit treats to supplement their hay, which just gets so boring when it’s all there is to eat in the wintertime. And yes, they are wearing Christmas collars. But no, they are not this fluffy in the summer. They just have healthy undercoats of cashmere for winter warmth! I fairly blatantly, illegally keep them in my largish yard in urban Kansas City, Kansas, where they control brushy weeds and go for walks on leashes through the neighborhood.