PIOMAS January 2017 Arctic Sea Ice Blog (Chuck L)
Techdirt’s First Amendment Fight For Its Life Techdirt (UserFriendly). I hope this isn’t misunderstood, but this is an issue that extends well beyond the First Amendment. Basically, in America you can be sued. You have to spend a minimum of $15,000 getting rid of it. If the other side manages to get past summary judgment, even if the case has no factual merit, you have to spend a lot of time and $ proving those facts. And if the other side has really nasty and procedurally clever lawyers, they will make a point of making your defense as costly as possible. On top of that, some judges are lazy or biased or thick headed, and you can lose for all sorts of bad reasons.
Scientists turn mild-mannered mice into killers Financial Times (David L). Do I not like where this goes. The obvious application will be the military.
Cancer spread cut by 75% in tests BBC (resilc)
Chinese Paper Calls Tillerson’s South Sea Threat ‘Foolish’ Bloomberg (resilc)
98% of Bitcoin trading volume over the past six months was in Chinese Renminbi BoingBoing (Timothy H)
In Bihar, Major Crimes Rise by 13% Nine Months After Liquor Ban The Wire (J-LS)
Germany saw a 69% drop in migrant arrivals in 2016 Quartz (resilc)
Once Again, Democrats Are Blowing It on Middle East Peace Foreign Policy in Focus (resilc)
New Cold War
America’s Russian Dybbuk Counterpunch. Gotta love this part re Crimea:
The Obama administration and its legions in the mainstream media, which condemned the “annexation” of Crimea, failed to explain how it was significantly different from the Kosovo secession that the US supported following the massive US and NATO bombardment of Serbia that ended its control over the province. Selective perception indeed.
World War III is on its way, says poll of Western countries Independent (UserFriendly)
Here I Am Again, My Friends! Guccifer2 (resilc)
Russians Named in Trump Dossier Dismiss Claims Wall Street Journal
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
N.S.A. Gets More Latitude to Share Intercepted Communications New York Times (Bill B)
AI arms race risks spiralling out of control, report warns Financial Times (David L)
Highly Effective Gmail Phishing Technique Being Exploited WordFence (Dan K)
Come back when he shags a dead pig, says jaded Britain Daily Mash. My initial reaction was along those lines….
Is it just me or has someone decided to go after Trump? Sic Semper Tyrannis. Resilc: “No shit, all out warfare.”
Trump’s Nominees Diverge on Russia, Security Issues Wall Street Journal
FBI investigated over pre-election decisions on Clinton email Reuters (furzy)
Obamacare Under the Scalpel
Trump Just Screwed Up Obamacare Repeal Even More New York Magazine (resilc)
13 Democrats vote against Sanders amendment to lower prescription drug prices Death and Taxes (UserFriendly)
Cory Booker and 12 Other Dems Just Stopped Bernie Sanders’ Amendment to Lower Prescription Drug Paste Magazine (resilc). So much for Corey Booker’s fortitude.
Cory Booker’s explanation for voting against cheap prescription drugs doesn’t track. New Republic (resilc)
Big Pharma on Notice — About Time! Michael Shedlock (EM). So we see who is in Big Pharma’s pocket.
Democrats can’t win until they recognize how bad Obama’s financial policies were Matt Stoller, Washington Post. Today’s must read.
The Obama legacy Bill Mitchell (UserFriendly)
US nears settlement with Takata over exploding airbags Financial Times (J-LS)
2016 Post Mortem
Mourning in America, by James Marcus Harper’s Magazine. Resilc: “‘We can’t say we didn’t know better. We knew. Any adult capable of reading the newspaper had enough information to see Trump for what he was: a performance artist with an authoritarian streak and no conscience whatsoever. That goes double for residents of New York City, which has been Trump’s playground for his entire life. If you live within the five boroughs, you are party to a certain sort of folk wisdom: you hear the anecdote, the tall tale, the telling nugget.’ I am a dummy, please explain how the Clintoons were any different?”
Politics instead of pension reform in South Carolina Meditations on Money Management
CFPB Survey Finds Over One-In-Four Consumers Contacted By Debt Collectors Feel Threatened Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
When Robots Take All of Our Jobs, Remember the Luddites Smithsonian Magazine (Tony K)
Give robots ‘personhood’ status, EU committee argues Guardian (Dr. Kevin). Not before dolphins, whales, monkeys and great apes, dogs, and chickens, for starters.
The Problem With ‘Smart Cities’ American Conservative. Rick: “Promoting coops as as alternative form of capitalism, contrasted wit the” Metroplis “like techno eutopia desired by Silicon Valley and others.”
Antidote du jour (mk): “Oscar is 16 years old and lost his litter-mate, Hansel, a few months ago. The two dachshunds were inseparable and Oscar was inconsolable. He latched onto this teddy as his substitute companion.”