CIA files reveal how US used psychics to spy on Iran South China Morning Post (J-LS)
Man dissolved after fall into Yellowstone hot spring Edmonton Sun (frosty zoom). :-( but also a Darwin Award candidate
Experiment Reaffirms Quantum Weirdness Quanta (David L)
Boundary Waters visitors spent $57 million in nearby communities last summer Quetico Superior Foundation. Chuck L: “This study will be critical to us opponents of the proposals now being floated to allow the mining of sulfide ores of copper and precious metals on the edge of and upstream from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. As noted at the link, this is the first such study ever for the BWCA and the first one for any USA wilderness area since 20 years years ago. Shameful! The area also gets considerable winter visitors for XC skiing and snow shoeing. And there’s pretty good downhill skiing not far away in the hills on the north shore of Lake Superior.”
As sea levels rise, vital salt marshes are disappearing Associated Press (David L)
Should we just stop shaking hands already? Treehugger (J-LS). I dunno. Clinton and Trump not shaking hands at the top of the final Presidential debate conveyed information.
A Look At Why ‘Crime Pays’ In Indian Politics NPR (Dan K)
Trump U.K. Visit Delayed to Avoid Snub in Parliament Bloomberg. Bloomberg reports this tidbit more prominently than the Guardian, which broke the story.
Tsipras warns IMF and Germany over bailout talks Financial Times
Outrageous Malevolence Ilargi (Chuck L)
10 years later, Putin’s ‘Munich Warning’ has proved frighteningly true Fort Russ (Chuck L)
CHAOS IN BRAZIL: MORE TO COME? New Yorker (Ryan R)
CIA honors Saudi Crown Prince for efforts against terrorism Al Arabya (Micael)
TPP is Not Dead: It’s Now Called the Trade In Services Agreement Counterpunch (Robert H). As regular readers know, this headline is totally misleading. TISA is an independent deal with far more prospective signatories than the TPP had. But despite that, better that someone call attention to it than not.
If you thought Trump’s travel ban was bad, what he has planned next for American Muslims could be devastating Independent. Note that this is Cruz’s bill…
Mexican Migrants Signal They Prefer Detention to Deportation Wall Street Journal
Being desi in Trumpland The Hindu (J-LS). Note this mentions body shops in passing. Many of those are illegal and abused workers.
Trump Nixes Plan to Appoint War Criminal to State Department New York Magazine (resilc)
Does it matter if Trump doesn’t like economists? The Conversation. FWIW, Soros doesn’t like economists either.
Trump’s Budget Bluff New Yorker (resilc)
Scientists across the US are scrambling to save government research in ‘Data Rescue’ events Business Insider (David L)
State G.O.P. Leaders Move Swiftly Under One-Party Rule New York Times
How one political outsider picked a cabinet The Conversation. J-LS: “From December but interesting nonetheless….”
Sears, Kmart Dump Ivanka Trump Products From Online Stores New York Magazine
8 retailers that are shrinking across America Business Insider
The Watchdog Protecting Consumers May Be Too Effective Gretchen Morgenson, New York Times
QUANTITY OF CARE: A SPECIAL INVESTIGATION Seattle Times. A must read. Martha r: “Great investigative piece. Neoliberalism chews through hospital care–in detail. Maybe the horror of this will compel the majority who want single payer to insist on it–no more excuses.”
Union Workers Continue to Disappear in Most States Governing (UserFriendly)
What story will we tell our grandchildren? Will it be this one? Stories made us human.
The Coming Class Wars Charles Hugh Smith (Lawrence R)
Inside the Uber Side Hustle The Ringer. Who on Uber’s PR team is pushing this line? As least no one in a mainstream pub has dignified this exercise in porcine maquillage.
Mercedes A-Class Production line YouTube. John L: “Jobs for the robots.”
“CONSIDERATIONS ON COST DISEASE” Slate Star Codex (Brant). More interesting than the title. Plus I didn’t realize that Tyler Cowen was trying to rebrand the word “inflation” for price increases driven by things like oligopoly behavior and other forms of rent-seeking.
Antidote du jour (Robert H). An albino cardinal: