Alexandrov Ensemble – Last Live Concert in Bolshoi 2016 YouTube. Chuck L: “This is the last concert performed by the Alexandrov Ensemble, many of whose members were killed just before Christmas when their plane crashed shortly after take-off on a planned trip to Syria. h/t Pat Lang at Sic Semper Tyrannis.” Moi: I’m visiting my mother, and played the first few minutes for her. She’d seen the ensemble perform 20 years ago. I closed the video to work and a few minutes later she asked me to play it in its entirety. So I do hope you find time to listen.
Australian fur seal weighing 200kg wanders down Tasmanian street, squashes car ABC (Australia; Bob H)
People Are Posting Pics Of Their Animals Before & After Being Called A Good Boy Bored Panda (furzy). My cats, contra proper members of the Cat Union, have all liked being called Good Boy. But they are Abyssinians, so they are half way to being dogs.
Save the Snowflakes Media Research Center (Li)
Dispatches From the Edge Awards: When Reading the News is a Daily Adventure Counterpunch (Edward)
Christmas service accidentally prints words to Tupac’s ‘Hail Mary’ instead of carol Independent (Chuck L). Lambert had a Twitter report on this event yesterday.
Top 16 Earth images of 2016 EarthSky (furzy)
Why You Should Eat More Sugar Mother Jones. To help your dentist make ends meet?
The Coming War on China John Pilger (margarita)
Money-Laundering Risk Posed by Law Firms’ Accounts Wall Street Journal
Monte dei Paschi shortfall hits €8bn, says ECB Financial Times
The Archbishop of Cyprus criticizes strongly the plans of President Anastasiades Defend Democracy (Joe H)
5 Ways the Soviet Union Could Have Won the Cold War (Or at Least Survived It) National Interest (resilc)
Israeli envoy accuses White House of orchestrating UN resolution Financial Times
Hell just froze over: the New York Times runs an article saying Zionism is racist Mondoweiss (JMT). Key quote from the underlying article:
As long as liberalism was secure back in America and the rejection of liberalism confined to the Israeli scene, this tension could be mitigated. But as it spills out into the open in the rapidly changing landscape of American politics, the double standard is becoming difficult to defend…
[T]he following years promise to present American Jewry with a decision that they have much preferred to avoid. Hold fast to their liberal tradition, as the only way to secure human, citizen and Jewish rights; or embrace the principles driving Zionism.
Imperial Collapse Watch
Deja vu for U.S. troops celebrating Christmas in Iraq again Reuters (EM). :-(
Questions hang over Trump plan on infrastructure The Hill (furzy). Notice Trump is lowing his goals.
Trump Nominees’ Riches Complicate Approval Process Wall Street Journal
Five fights for Trump’s first 100 days The Hill (furzy)
Some Trump practices mimic what he rapped Clinton for Boston Globe (resilc)
Could Trump help unleash nuclear catastrophe with a single tweet? Washington Post (furzy)
Trump is Now America’s Arms Deal Negotiator Defense One (resilc)
The Trumptini Harper’s (resilc)
2016 Post Mortem
Obama says he could have “mobilized” Americans if he had run again CBS (Bill C). Help me. He “mobilized” massive losses for the Dems at all levels of government during his term in office.
Juan Williams: The dangerous erosion of facts The Hill. Gah. Low information citizens now being blamed on “fake news”. Have none of these reporters ever seen how people answer basic history and civics questions, like “Who gave the Gettysburg Address” or “When did World War I end”? Typically, more than half the people give the wrong answer….as happened here.
Mistakes should be admitted to, not used to mobilize and create a fight. Extra Newsfeed. Userfriendly: “A better explanation of what happened in Michigan with that Berners vs Labor thing by one of the Berners.”
The 2016 Tax Vox Lump of Coal Award for the Year’s Worst Tax Ideas Tax Policy Center (resilc)
The sharp rise in non-Latin American migrants trying to cross into the U.S. from Mexico Los Angeles Times (resilc)
North Dakota pipeline battle far from over as protesters dig in Financial Times
States Will Lead on Climate Change in the Trump Era New York Times (furzy)
Under Cover of Christmas, Obama Establishes Controversial Anti-Propaganda Agency Common Dreams (furzy)
Bernie Sanders: Corporate Media is a Threat to Democracy Democracy Now (furzy)
For Fact-Checking Website Snopes, a Bigger Role Brings More Attacks New York Times (furzy). Fails to note that the latest batch of critical coverage was based on court filings. All doubts about the new designated censors are by definition bogus.
As Obama Steps Aside, Banks See New Opportunity in Student-Lending Business Wall Street Journal
Map of World Billionaires by Country and Origin Barry Ritholtz (furzy)
Antidote du jour (bob):
And a bonus video (Chuck L):