Close-Up Portraits of Birds Shot in a Photographer’s Backyard Colossal (resilc)
One Man’s Quest to Change the Way We Die New York Times
Metior passes behind Turrialba volcano YouTube. Robert H: “The volcano has been in a low level eruption for a few months.”
This map of 30 years of car crashes should persuade you not to drive in snow Vox. Easy to say if you don’t live in the Upper Midwest or the non-coastal parts of New England.
Koolova Ransomware Decrypts for Free if you Read Two Articles about Ransomware Bleeping Computer. Chuck L: “Perhaps too IT-centric for NC but it pegged my weirdness meter.”
Holy Cow: Amazon’s Plan for Flying Warehouses Core77 (resilc)
What the tech industry can learn from pharma trials Financial Times (David L)
The War on Cash
Dirty Money Scientific American
Bitcoin passes $1,000 but only number that matters is zero Financial Times
London-based regulator for EU drugs fears staff exodus Financial Times
Finland introduces basic income for unemployed Aljazeera (margarita). Note this is a workaround to address disincentives in the Finnish social safety system.
Colombia – Inviting NATO to Fight “Organized Crime” – A Menace for Latin America Vineyard of the Saker (Chuck L). Talk about mission creep, on multiple fronts.
Millennial princes snatch at power in Gulf Reuters (resilc)
New Cold War
Trump twits Obama’s bogus bear trap Indian Punchline (margarita). From last week, but some interesting observations.
Hypocrisy Over Alleged Russian ‘Hacking’ ConsortiumNews (Sid S)
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says he is 1,000% certain hacked emails didn’t come from Russia Business Insider (David L)
WaPo Finally Does Something Responsible: New, Separate Story Saying No Russian Hack of Electrical Grid Washington’s Blog. As John Helmer pointed out via e-mail:
Still mealy mouthed, with repeater Goebbo-chestnuts like: “associated by authorities with the Russian hacking operation that infiltrated the Democratic Party”; “Grizzly Steppe, which U.S. officials have identified as the [sic] Russian hacking operation”; “overly broad information to companies that was not effective in isolating Russian government hacking”, and “We know the Russians are a highly capable adversary who conduct technical operations in a manner intended to blend into legitimate traffic,” the official said”, plus the prior story links.
This Vermont version is sourced properly at Burlington, with genuine names and ranks, and the story line is important — the utility has an entirely different assessment of what happened from the anonymous “government officials”: http://digital.vpr.net/post/botched-washington-post-report-launches-burlington-electric-national-spotlight#stream/0 — and it has this line: “Lunderville [Burlington] said The Post didn’t make an effort to contact Burlington Electric until 10 minutes after publishing its story”, which WaPo continues to dispute. The “correction” at the tail is a cute joke, too.
Trump’s Miniature Jobs Strategy New York Magazine (resilc)
Trump Puts Auto Makers, Trade Policy in Spotlight Wall Street Journal
Bill and Hillary Clinton Will Attend the Trump Inauguration New York Magazine (resilc)
Mark Zuckerberg’s 2017 plan to visit all US states hints at political ambitions Guardian. Kill me now.
Senate Moves to Dismantle Health Law Wall Street Journal
Democrats talk up the one Trump nomination they can torpedo Politico. The other one at risk is Tillerson since Dems and Cold Warriors might team up.
Treasury Nominee Steve Mnuchin’s Bank Accused of “Widespread Misconduct” in Leaked Memo David Dayen, Intercept. Mnuchin is one of the worst Trump picks (not qualified on top of past corruption) but he is almost certain to be approved.
Megyn Kelly’s Big Mistake Politico
Black Injustice Tipping Point
U.S. Quietly Drops Bombshell: Wall Street Banks Have $2 Trillion European Exposure Wall Street on Parade
Airbnb faces $400m lost bookings in London crackdown Financial Times. Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch.
‘Routine’ Jobs Are Disappearing Wall Street Journal
Antidote du jour (Kittie Wilson via Lawrence R):