Galapagos giant tortoises make a comeback, thanks to innovative conservation strategies The Conversation (J-LS)
Vitamin D ‘proved to cut risk of colds and flu’ Guardian (martha r)
China closes live poultry markets amid deadly flu outbreak PhysOrg. China is big. Article at least identifies the area.
Four Famines Mean 20 Million May Starve in the Next Six Months The Wire (J-LS)
Europe must not bow to U.S. spending demands on NATO – EU’s Juncker Reuters. Huh? The story fails to make clear that it is the NATO agreement that stipulates that members spend 2% of GDP on the alliance. The only one that even bothers faking getting to that number is the UK, and they throw in lots of defense spending they would have made regardless.
Greek default: To be or not to be? Defend Democracy
New Cold War
Game On East vs. West, again Andrew Cockburn, Harpers. Mark P:
If you want to have big platform military spending — big platforms being aircraft carriers, new missile systems, F35s, giant artillery and similar hugely expensive weapons systems — you need a big platform enemy. That leaves nobody but the Russkies.
Thus, what we’re seeing in the media. As I know you guys know, McMansions in Virginia and other DC suburbs have already been purchased and lavishly remodeled on the expectation of MIC contracts that are now jeopardized by Trump’s accession.
But some of your readers don’t seem to fully get it. ‘Game On East vs. West, again‘ by Andrew Cockburn is the definitive piece that I’ve seen on the forces pushing for Cold War 2.0 — who, what, why, when and where — even though it’s from HARPERS Jan 2015 issue.
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Facebook algorithms ‘will identify terrorists’ BBC News (furzy). Help me.
Could your Fitbit data be used to deny you health insurance? The Conversation (J-LS)
Donald Trump’s Alternative-Reality Press Conference New Yorker (furzy)
Donald Trump’s anti-press conference would be funny – if it weren’t so scary Guardian (Dr. Kevin)
Defiant Trump confronts ‘lies’ and leaking spies The Times. Did the Brits see the same press conference?
Two explosive reports on Trump and Russia. Zero on-the-record sources. Washington Post (martha r)
The swamp strikes back Vineyard of the Saker (Chuck L). Pretty speculative, although Saker attributes this to a source.
THE CIA AND THE MEDIA Carl Bernstein. Martha r: “From 1977. timely.” Moi: Some readers doubted my comment from Mark Ames that the CIA had assets at some major newspapers (and he knew of particular individuals and didn’t tell me who). This should assuage those doubts. And be sure to see what “the most valuable of these associations” had been.
Pence heads to Europe on reassurance tour Reuters (furzy)
Trump Administration Backs Off Talk of Closer Russia Ties Washington Post
Jared Kushner Delivers Critique of CNN to Time Warner Executive Wall Street Journal (furzy)
Trumponomics: Should We Just Say “No”? Gerald Epstein, Challenge Magazine
The Union of Concerned Scientists has launched a website to help scientists become whistleblowers Common Dreams (martha r)
EPA employees call on senators to reject Trump EPA pick: report The Hill (UserFriendly)
Trump Kicks Off His 2020 Reelection Campaign on Saturday Atlantic (furzy)
UAW to endorse Ellison for DNC chair Politico (martha r)
The Problem With Tom Perez leftgear (Steven C)
Tennessee Hints at Chaos If Republicans Leave Obamacare in Limbo Bloomberg (martha r)
Before Trump, the Media Loved “Alternative Facts” Counterpunch
US banks ‘wasting billions’ trying to track crime Financial Times. Haha, banks want more enforcement….against third parties. Bigger government is just swell as long as it is taking up costs they’d otherwise incur. But this is ridiculous. Banks have “know your customer” rules. So now the Feds are supposed to get into the underwear of every bank customer.
We just got a better idea of how much cash Theranos has left in the bank Business Insider. Here is the underlying story: Theranos Had $200 Million in Cash Left at Year-End.
UnitedHealth Improperly Took Money From Medicare, Suit Says New York Times (martha r)
New delinquent U.S. car loans at 8-year peak: NY Fed survey Reuters (martha r)
How America Lost Faith in Expertise Foreign Affairs
With $15 Left in the Bank, a Baby Boomer Makes Peace With Less Wall Street Journal
Antidote du jour (Tracie H). A fiddler crab: