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Rogue Beaver Apprehended After Trashing Store That Sells Fake Christmas Trees Huffington Post (Chuck L). My kind of animal! Although I do have a certain fondness for fake Christmas trees, our family having acquired an aluminum pom-pom tree in Boston, when buying synthetic trees was unusual, by virtue of not being able to procure the real deal. And it was duly decorated for many years thereafter, along with the traditional type.
Bomb detector works better with fake dog nose on the end Guardian (YY)
1 million Google accounts compromised by Android malware called Gooligan ars technica (Bill B)
Judge forces Coinbase to hand over years’ worth of user data to IRS ars technica (Chuck L). We said Bitcoin = prosecution futures. The IRS has deemed Bitcoin to be property, so selling at a profit results in taxable income.
Eurozone unemployment hits seven-year low Politico. Of a really awesome 9.8%! Uncork the champagne!
Dutch parliament votes to ban burqa in public buildings Christian Science Monitor. Given the crazy costuming one routinely sees on the street in NYC, I find this hard to fathom.
Matteo Renzi’s referendum trap Politico
With Populist Anger Rising, Italy May Be Next Domino to Fall New York Times. For those old enough to remember the Vietnam War, “domino” is a dog whistle.
France presidency: Francois Hollande decides not to run again BBC. Readers were correctly skeptical of a report otherwise.
Bernie Sanders: Carrier just showed corporations how to beat Donald Trump Washington Post. Lambert also features this in Water Cooler.
Don’t Underestimate Steven Bannon Ian Welsh (furzy). Likely not what you expect.
Trump’s Breezy Calls to World Leaders Leave Diplomats Aghast New York Times
Vice President-elect Mike Pence Says Trump Administration Plans Ambitious Agenda Wall Street Journal
Civil Rights, Racism and Hate Crimes C-SPAN (Kevin C)
Amazon’s Growing Power In The U.S. Economy Forbes. “Today, half of all U.S. households are subscribed to the membership program Amazon Prime…” Can this be correct?
Why Are Media Outlets Still Citing Discredited ‘Fake News’ Blacklist? FAIR. Circulate widely.
The Propaganda About Russian Propaganda New Yorker. Deadly. Also provides confirmations of one of our theories (based on very early followers on Twitter being Ukrainian neo-Nazis), that PropOrNot has close ties to anti-Russia propagandists in Ukraine.
THE EMPIRE’S LAST GASP – ANGLO-AMERICAN JOURNALISM CHOKES ON ITS OWN DIGITAL MODEL John Helmer. More on Ukraine connections.
Washington Post Reporter Spreads Blacklist of Independent Journalist Sites Wall Street on Parade
The Orwellian War on Skepticism Robert Parry, Consortium News
“Fake News” Fizzles on Arrival Unz Review
Tell the Washington Post: “Smearing is not reporting.” RootStrikers. Please sign and circulate. They are short of their goal.
Effort to combat foreign propaganda advances in Congress Washington Post. Pam and Russ Martens correctly depict this as doubling down.
Obama laments ‘fake news’ — to rape hoax peddler Rolling Stone! American Mirror (JM). The right is having fun with this fiasco too.
Intel Officials Believe Russia Spreads Fake News Buzzfeed. Another original enthusiast doubles down.
The New Red Scare Andrew Cockburn, Harpers (margarita). Today’s must read. Not about the WaPo row, but about the dubious claims that Evil Rooskies were behind the DNC hack.
Fears ebb of Trump blocking AT&T’s $85bn Time Warner deal Financial Times
Poverty Doesn’t Need Technology. It Needs Politics. The Concourse (Dan K)
Hope in a Dark Era: In the Face of Barbarism, Thousands Turn to Democratic Socialism Common Dreams (martha r)
Antidote du jour. Jason G: “Taken at Vinoy Park in Saint Petersburg Florida.” This is a heron and the label on the photo says “Vinoy Heron” which I assume is a breed name.
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.