Chickens ‘changed the world.’ So why do we ignore them? WaPo. Fowl seem to be having a moment.
Oil Industry Corruption LRB. The later LeCarré in Lagos.
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Obama Opens NSA’s Vast Trove of Warrantless Data to Entire Intelligence Community, Just in Time for Trump The Intercept. Once again, watch what Democrats do, not what they say. Either Democrats don’t believe Trump is a fascist (or Putin agent, take your pick), else why hand over this data to him, or they do, and they’re fine with that.
Our Famously Free Press
Pravda on the Checkout Line Jack Shafer, Politico. Note the URL: “tabloid-newspapers-trump-media-propaganda.” Politico editors sexed up the headline. The article is useful.
2016 Post Mortem
Liberals Have Enemies to Their Left National Review. NR is a bit late to the party, and they don’t really know the guests. Or the hosts. Or the house rules, if any. But Chapo Trap House gets a shout-out.
Obama Told Us To Speak Out, But Is He Listening? William Grieder, WaPo (RH). From 2009…
Read The Women’s March On Washington’s Beautifully Intersectional Policy Platform HuffPo (original). “[I]t’s the definition of intersectional feminism.” But that cuts both ways. The list of “revolutionary leaders” on page 1 indeed contains many illustrious names. But the only labor leader on it is Dolores Huerta. Where’s Emma Goldman? Velma Hopkins? Elizabeth Gurley Flynn? My goodness, if I didn’t know better, I’d be mentioning the concept of “erasure.”
Corporate America is Inching Even Closer to a Constitutional Convention In These Times (AM). Important.
The New Cold War
Did the Russians Really Hack the DNC? Counterpunch (DG). “Attribution” is hard; good technical analysis of the JAR and subsequent “report.”
Former MI6 agent Christopher Steele’s frustration as FBI sat on Donald Trump Russia file for months Independent. Dear Lord. Steele was shopping product for the firm he owned, and he couldn’t close the sale with multiple outlets. No wonder he experienced “frustration.” I mean, Steele couldn’t get Jebbie to buy in, and the Jeb! campaign lit $250 million on fire and threw it up into the air…
Wasserman Schultz confronted Comey about Russian hacking The Hill (DK). Hilarity ensues…
Don’s what? Portable toilet names covered for inauguration AP. Sloppy advance work followed by a kludge.
Trump open to ending sanctions on Russia & ‘One China’ policy RT. If I don’t put this in, Dmitri won’t pay the rent for my dacha. So here it is.
Trump’s Team Looks Smarter on Russia Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg. Apparently, Putin has gotten to Mike.
The potential for military confrontation due to Trump’s foreign policy Credit Writedowns
Trump Is Going to Regret Not Having a Grand Strategy Foreign Policy
The Convoluted Process for Dismantling Obamacare Roll Call. With handy diagram.
One of the biggest parts of the GOP’s Obamacare replacement plan has already been tried — and it hasn’t worked Business Insider. Selling insurance across state lines.
America’s Crappy Healthcare Serves As A 8% VAT On The Entire Economy Business Insider. Interesting to see Charles Hugh Smith in BI….
My next book won’t be the non-fiction Silicon Valley exposé we desperately need (but here’s what it will be) Paul Carr. Title suggestion: “The Bezzle.”
Ride-Hailing Drivers Are Slaves to the Surge NYT (Hubert Horan). Hubert comments:
The article explains that actual Uber driver earnings are only about half the levels cited by Uber, those actual earnings are no better than traditional taxi drivers earnings, and its impossible to actually make a living as an Uber driver unless you work ridiculous hours and get a lot of surge pricing benefits (i.e. driver earnings impossible at traditional taxi fares)
Has anybody noticed that “an Uber” has now become a noun? Well, this is what that noun means.
How 3D printing could disrupt Asia’s manufacturing economies The Conversation (J-LS). Maybe. The matter compilers of Neal Stephenson’s The Diamond Age remain fictional….
No more dental fillings? Drug found to stimulate tooth regrowth Treehugger (J-LS).
The Smithsonian loses one of its top scientists after a bitter conflict with administrators WaPo. Because, as we all know, administrators (and not scientists or scholars or civil servants) embody the values and best practices of institutions.
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