Inside a family’s geodesic dome home in the Arctic Circle Curbed (David L)
Mystery cosmic radio bursts pinpointed BBC (David L)
The Vertical Farm New Yorker (furzy)
The research-backed way to temporarily boost your memory Business Insider (David L)
Tech Giants Seem Invincible. That Worries Lawmakers. New York Times
Sweden’s Queen Silvia says palace is haunted by ghosts BBC (David L)
The Growing Urban-Rural Divide Around the World Atlantic (furzy)
Cyprus: Νuland and Anastasiades. What is going on? Defend Democracy
In Turkey, U.S. Hand Is Seen in Nearly Every Crisis New York Times (furzy)
Angry protests erupt across Mexico after 20% hike in gasoline prices Guardian (Tom H)
New Cold War
Weaponized Narrative Is the New Battlespace Defense One (resilc)
Could a 14-Year-Old Have Hacked John Podesta? New York Magazine
Assange Is Vastly More Reliable Than The Elite U.S. Media Michael Tracey, Medium.
Ex-CIA spokesman: Trump believes Julian Assange over the CIA CNN. Martha r: “CNN thinks this is bad.” See related WSJ story in Trump Transition section.
The ruthless neo-colonialists of 21st century failed evolution
Trump and Julian Assange, an Unlikely Pair, Unite to Sow Hacking Doubts New York Times (J-LS)
Sean Hannity After Interviewing Julian Assange: “I Believe Every Word He Says” RealClearPolitics (furzy). The Dems, following Mandy Rice-Davies, would argue “He would say that, wouldn’t he?”
How to Stop a Trump Supreme Court Nominee New Yorker (furzy)
Bernie Just Printed a Gigantic Trump Tweet and Brought It to the Senate Floor Gizmodo (UserFriendly)
California Dems tap Eric Holder to fight Trump in court CNN. EM: “LOL, hiring a whore to Big Capital counts as ‘liberal opposition’ these days.”
Donald Trump Plans Revamp of Top U.S. Spy Agency Wall Street Journal. Get a load of this:
One of the people familiar with Mr. Trump’s planning said advisers also are working on a plan to restructure the Central Intelligence Agency, cutting back on staffing at its Virginia headquarters and pushing more people out into field posts around the world. The CIA declined to comment.
Mind you, this is from a single source, so don’t treat it as Trump policy. But at a minimum some on his team want to bring the CIA to heel. Notice the hysteria in the article re the fact that Trump is openly not on board with what the intelligence services are saying and *horrors* is touting Assange.
The battle begins over repeal of Obamacare Financial Times
Trump and the Case of Congressional Ethics New Yorker (furzy)
Nascent anti-Trump coalition already fracturing? Essential Opinion (martha r). Hoist on the identity politics petard! And separately, recall that yours truly was skeptical of the Million Woman March.
GOP’s Health-Law Attack Spurs Messaging Battle Wall Street Journal. Trump urging GOP to leave Obamacare alone and (effectively) let the death spiral do their dirty work.
The FBI Never Asked For Access To Hacked Computer Servers BuzzFeed (martha r)
Three Activist Victories That Flew Under the Radar Over the Holidays Truthout (martha r)
US Court of Appeals Rules Against Standing Rock Tribe in Dakota Access Pipeline Case Reader Supported News (martha r)
One of the Last Big Buyouts Is Now Haunting the CDS Market Bloomberg. More important than headline would lead you to believe. One company has found out how to make CDS into a poison pill. Vlade: “In essence, companies figured out how to persuade people not to write CDSes on them – at least until new standards would happen, which may be like never.”
Roster of Public Companies Is Shrinking Before Our Eyes Wall Street Journal
Radical Efforts to End Homelessness: A Sober Utopia Pacific Standard (Chuck L)
Goldman Confronts Protesters Inside New York Headquarters Bloomberg (martha r)
Disclosing the Costs of Corporate Welfare American Prospect
Faye Longo: One car repair away from disaster VTDigger. Martha r: “Not a complaint but a proposal for new type of lending institution to help working people now ineligible for any type of assistance (because they have (barely) income. In the probably most progressive state for providing social services–no help for the working poor. Extensive discussion in comments of her proposal.”
5 facts about the minimum wage Pew (UserFriendly)
College Football’s Top Teams Are Built on Crippling Debt Bloomberg (resilc). In this category because college football is a money loser and hence contributes to higher education cost bloat.
Antidote du jour (Dr. Kevin):