Dutch experiment with ‘Tinder for orangutans’ PhysOrg (Chuck L)
Ollie the jailbreaking bobcat on the lam from National Zoo TreeHugger (resilc)
Cocaine found in nose cone of American Airlines jet: police Reuters. Chuck L: “We’ve all heard the term ‘coke nose’ but this is taking it to a ridiculous extreme!”
H-1B visa reform bill introduced in US House of Representatives Times of India. Tony K: “Innocuous looking headline but the Times of India certainly thinks it is a big deal. BSE IT index dropped 4 points, couldn’t happen to more deserving folks.”
Two Infants Treated with Universal Immune Cells Have Their Cancer Vanish MIT Technology Review (Glenn F)
A big Chinese province admits faking its economic data Economist (David L)
Peter Thiel’s secret citizenship sparks NZ backlash Financial Times
EXCLUSIVE: Pentagon believes attack on Saudi frigate meant for US warship Fox. Resilc: “Trump/Saudi forces on the march.”
New Cold War
Trump Quiets Some Russian Doubts Consortium News (Carolinian)
Trump picks Colo. appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court Washington Post (furzy)
Trump Chooses Neil Gorsuch, Ivy League Conservative, for Supreme Court National Law Journal (furzy)
Column: The stock market hates Trump’s economic policies PBS. UserFriendly: “Scorching…. minus the not getting MMT.”
Trump poised to overhaul H-1B visas relied on by Silicon Valley tech Mercury News (Glenn F)
Trump Continues Obama’s Inane, Immoral, Unconstitutional Drone Policy Michael Shedlock (EM)
White House: Military won’t target US citizens in anti-terror raids The Hill (UserFriendly). Even if they are terrorists?/sarc
Steve Bannon Is Making Sure There’s No White House Paper Trail, Says Intel Source Foreign Policy (resilc)
Exclusive: Only a third of Americans think Trump’s travel ban will make them more safe Reuters (furzy). Isn’t 1/3 of Americans a higher percentage than voted for him? So his team might see this as progress!
Republican party torn by claims of White House chaos Financial Times. More elite/base split. This is the third to the last paragraph in a longish article:
While the fallout in elite circles has been intense, Mr Trump’s voters approve of his actions, according to Trent Lott, a former Senate majority leader. “People in the heartland, people who voted for Trump, are saying: Yes!” he said in a telephone interview.
Trump order would ‘shut down’ border, Peace Bridge GM says Buffalo News (blint). See related story on SecureID
Lyft downloads surpass Uber on anti-Trump backlash Financial Times
GOP senator ‘concerned’ about EPA pick’s history of suing the agency The Hill (UserFriendly). This is a big deal in that it means that real cracks are developing in the Republican side. And Maine is liberal but also rural and poor. It was early to start turfing out Dems for having done nothing for the state.
Trump, Democrats Dig In for Long Fight Wall Street Journal
Mortgage-Interest Deduction — Eliminate It and Progressive, High-Tax States Will Suffer National Review. UserFriendly: “Eye roll at the dig at Sanders.” Moi: War against the blue cities! But in places like SF and NYC, a $1 million mortgage only gets you a one bedroom….
Warren Buffett: I bought $12 billion of stock after Trump won Reuters (furzy)
Trump and the Dissent Channel American Conservative (resilc)
The Shape of US Tax Reform by Martin Feldstein Project Syndicate (UserFriendly)
Do You Need a Ride or a Checkered Pattern? Defend Democracy (Tahir)
2016 Post Mortem
The Data That Turned the World Upside Down Motherboard (reslic). So now Big Data is evil because it helped Trump win, as opposed it gets used for stuff that amounts to pre-crime, like sentencing guidelines that use Big Data and winds up giving harsher sentencing recommendations for people of color?
Trump administration urged to overhaul Fannie and Freddie Financial Times. This particular form of grifting didn’t get implemented under Obama despite Treasury pushing for it, but Fannie and Freddie are Republican bete noires….
Swing Left and the Post-Election Surge of Progressive Activism New Yorker (furzy)
Constituent power is real. Just ask Chuck Schumer. Slate (resilc). Not holding my breath…
Keep On The Sunny Side Bill Maher (Glenn F). On US energy employment.
Why Hollywood as We Know It Is Already Over Vanity Fair (furzy). Again revealing myself to be a hopeless old fart, I pretty much only watch movies in theaters (but since I am horrifically busy, my actual movie watching has plunged to close to nada). A smaller screen, even a big small screen, isn’t the same.
Attorney General’s Opinion Says State Pension Fund Accounting Methods Illegal and Unconstitutional State Treasurer of South Carolina. An important victory for Curt Loftis. No wonder the rest of the trustees are trying to get rid of him. Can’t “embarrass the system” even when it is breaking the law!
What happened to Occupy movement? failed evolution
What You Need to Know About #DeleteUber New York Times
Antidote du jour. Frosty Zoom
During the especially fierce winters of 2013 and 2014 I helped jasper and his (her?) compatriots survive with well-timed servings of nuts and fruit.
Jasper became a good friend, often bringing me the best nuts of the local black walnut trees during the summer as thank you gifts.
In august, 2015 I had to move from my humble abode. During the last few minutes of my move, Jasper reappeared to get a look at what was going on. I think he was going to miss me – I sure miss him.
In my new home I have made many squirrel friends, most likely because of the hickory nuts I keep stocked up. They, too, bring me gifts (nuts, pastries from the neighbour’s garbage!) during the good months.
And a bonus from Tracie H. This is Shakespeare: