The World’s Fastest Woman Wall Street Journal
The actual NATIONAL NEAR-EARTH OBJECT PREPAREDNESS STRATEGY report in pdf is here:
With an article about it: The White House Plan to Defend Against Killer Asteroids Is Here Motherboard.
With #resistence still hoping for a coup (damn it, it’s HER turn), I’ll still rooting for the giant meteor.
Selfie stick in 1969 Czechoslovak science fiction movie Boing Boing (resilc)
Why Does A Frozen Lake Sound Like A Star Wars Blaster? NPR (Chris M)
5 Big Predictions for Artificial Intelligence in 2017 MIT Technology Review (resilc)
EU Agency Confirms 2016 As Hottest Year On Record Huffington Post
How a pair of US stopovers could reshape Taiwan’s ties with US, China Christian Science Monitor (furzy)
Yuan Intervention Poised to Fail: All Not Well in Middle Kingdom Michael Shedlock (EM)
600 Hundred Arrested And 1 Dead As Mexican Gas Price Protests Intensify OilPrice (resilc)
The U.S. dropped more than 25,000 bombs, mostly in Syria and Iraq, last year McClatchy (resilc)
New Cold War
Comparing: Putin Ordered ‘Influence Campaign’ Aimed at U.S. Election, Report Says NewsDif. Dan K: “Whoa, NYT lead story on IC report on Russian election influence has been *drastically* cut back since publication.”
Why doubts still cloud Russian hacking allegations Christian Science Monitor (furzy). From Thursday.
The Declassified Russian Hack Report Marcy Wheeler. In particular, notice issue where NSA is less convinced than CIA and FBI.
Background to “Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections”: The Analytic Process and Cyber Incident Attribution Director of National Intelligence (Kevin C)
On Whitewashing Russia: Power-worshippers Only See Black-and-White Counterpunch. Resilc, from story: “The trouble with this latest fairy tale is that the media has swallowed the state-sponsored story without demanding a scintilla of evidence, and has turned the entire factitious endeavor into a witch hunt aimed at alternative media.”
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Ultrasound Tracking Could Be Used to Deanonymize Tor Users Bleeping Computer (TK). Another reason to have only a stupid phone!
Democrats demand probe of Trump health nominee Reuters (EM)
China warns US of retaliation if Trump imposes tariffs Financial Times
Trump’s pick for defense secretary has resigned from Theranos’s board Washington Post (resilc)
Trump Pick Jay Clayton to Be Most Conflicted SEC Chair Ever Rolling Stone (resilc)
Will Trump Transform the CIA? American Conservative (resilc)
Spy-Agency Revamp Reflects Michael Flynn’s Influence Wall Street Journal
2016 Post Mortem
Registered Voters Who Stayed Home Probably Cost Clinton The Election FiveThirtyEight. Gee, ya think?
It appears Americans don’t want ACA repeal without replacement Los Angeles (Glenn F)
Republicans May Not Have the Senate Votes to Repeal Obamacare New York Magazine
Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant to Shut Down by 2021 New York Times (David L)
The Humans and Machines That Built New York’s Most Expensive Subway Motherboard. Resilc: “These are the people that could make america great again if we didn’t invade the world.”
Trouble ahead for New York’s museums Apollo (resilc)
Q&A: David Archambault II, chairman of Standing Rock Reservation Emerald Media. Martha r: “Important concerns from first leader of NODAPL about the current situation.”
Volkswagen Near Settling U.S. Criminal Case Over Emissions Cheating Wall Street Journal
Theranos to Lay Off 41% of Workforce, Company Says Bloomberg. Second wave of layoffs.
Are We Safe Yet? Timothy Geithner, Foreign Affairs. MA: “Most self-serving twaddle I’ve yet seen.”
Bearish bets against US Treasuries climb to new record Financial Times
Amazon’s Spheres: Lush nature paradise to adorn $4 billion urban campus Seattle Times. John L: “Reminds me of Silent Running http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0067756 ‘In a future where all flora is extinct on Earth, an astronaut is given orders to destroy the last of Earth’s botany, kept in a greenhouse aboard a spacecraft.'”. Moi: Pull out a calculator. $4 billion divided by 220,000 employees is over $18,000 an employee. How about raising everyone’s pay by $4,000 a year for the next four years instead?
Uber drivers deemed to be employees by Swiss insurance provider TechCrunch (TK)
Who Is Finished Paying Their 2017 Social Security Taxes? Probably Not You. Huffington Post. Glenn F: “Great explanation of why Social Security is lacking necessary funds”. Moi: Aside from not understanding MMT….
Antidote du jour. MGL:
Bohemian Waxwing nabbing a Mayday (hawthorn) berry amidst the hoar frost. It was very cold and foggy here in Anchorage, Alaska for several days, then the fog lifted, sun came out to show off the beautiful hoar frosted trees and bushes (and parking meters).
And a bonus antidote (Robert H from Pleated Jeans):