Photo: Pollen-speckled honeybee considers the flower TreeHugger (resilc)
Mars Needs Lawyers FiveThirtyEight (J-LS)
Hadas: Statistical tricks are easy and dangerous Reuters (resilc)
When Climate Change Starts Wars nautil.us. Micael: “The future looks so bright I need to wear an AK-47.”
Which Asian Country Will Replace China as the ‘World’s Factory’? The Diplomat (resilc)
Germany’s top trade partners The Atlas. Resilc: “Full steam ahead with silkroad2. Bye bye EU and NATO.
Delusional lawyering won’t save European bonds John Dizard, Financial Times. Important reading regarding a French or Italian Eurozone exit.
Marine Le Pen refuses to be questioned by French police Financial Times
Election présidentielle 2017 : dates, candidats, sondages, résultat linter@ute. Alison:
Here is a website that has the latest polls on the French presidential race – from the top of the page, scroll down a bit to see “SOMMAIRE” (toward right) and then click on the link “sondages de l’élection présidentielle” under that heading.
French prosecutors open official probe into Fillon’s ‘fake jobs’ scandal France24 (Alison)
Germany and Italy back European Commission on Brexit Financial Times. I’m at a loss to see why this outcome was ever in doubt. Merkel has been very firm from the get-go. More evidence of UK wishful thinking amplified by the press. And the UK was always talking to itself about the “parallel track” idea. At most only a non-player or two mentioned it.
New Cold War
The Blaster: Sleepwalking Into a Nuclear Arms Race with Russia Chuck Spinney & Pierre Sprey (Chuck L)
Taliban reconciliation may get fresh start Indian Punchline (margarita)
Joint Chiefs Chairman: US Mulling ‘Long-Term Commitment’ to Iraq Antiwar (resilc)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
SPIEGEL Exclusive: Documents Indicate Germany Spied on Foreign Journalists Der Spiegel (margarita)
Trump Rejects Intelligence Report on Travel Ban Wall Street Journal
Border Patrol Agents Stop Domestic Travelers at New York Airport Rolling Stone (Chuck L)
Are We Witnessing a Coup Operation Against the Trump White House? The Nation. Lambert: “We aren’t the only ones asking this question.”
The Constitutional Apocalypse Les Leopold, Huffington Post. Martha r:
No mention of foundation professionals getting paid not to do the real work, of how Occupy was wiped out, or of the wars. However, i think his call to organize, especially in the form of 30,000 educators going to the people to teach about neoliberalism, is on the mark, and the need for such a teaching effort, via people, not media, is urgent.
Exclusive: Trump says Republican border tax could boost U.S. jobs Reuters (resilc)
Liberals Beware: Lie Down With Dogs, Get Up With Fleas Counterpunch (Scott S). About the migrant ban.
If Trump Cares About Jobs, He’ll Stay in the Paris Climate Agreement Motherboard (resilc)
Planned Back-Channel Talks Between U.S., North Korea Scuttled Wall Street Journal
Rex Tillerson Is Already Underwater Politico (furzy)
Trump’s victory lap runs against administration’s orthodox turn Financial Times
Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, At the Altar of American Greatness TomDispatch (martha r). Synchronicity! More on David Brooks.
If Trump is Impeached, it Might Be the End of America Medium (UserFriendly)
Woman with dying husband confronts Tom Cotton: “What kind of insurance do you have?” Vox. The clips are dramatic.
Trump to Meet With Insurance Executives on Repeal of Affordable Care Act Wall Street Journal
The Case for Tom Perez Makes No Sense New Republic
Why Was Tom Perez Willing to be the New Democrats’ DNC Stalking Horse? Bill Black, New Economic Perspectives (martha r). From a few days ago, still germane.
Millennial, Progressive Candidate Sam Ronan’s Inspiring Run for DNC Chair Paste (UserFriendly)
Texas is the Future Andrew Cockburn, Harper’s Magazine (resilc)
Twin Cities Muslims place large ad to support Jews affected by bomb threats StarTribune (Chuck L)
Arizona bill would bring stricter penalties for rioters azcentral (Reader: “Headline should say ‘public protesters’ instead of ‘rioters’. The Arizona legislature once again demonstrates their contemp for the 1st amendment, this time using the massive temper tantrum that followed the election as cover.”
The Republican Blowback Against Sam Brownback in Kansas Atlantic (UserFriendly)
J.C. Penney Is Latest Retailer Forced to Downsize Wall Street Journal
Yes, Mr. President, Banks Are Lending Gretchen Morgenson, New York Times. Points out that not only are banks lending, they could lend even more if they weren’t shrinking their equity by buybacks, dividends, and super lavish executive pay.
Trump May Have Just Ended His Rally Mike Norman (djr). One caveat re an otherwise good piece: Norman doesn’t understand the dividend repatriation issue. The money is overseas only for tax accounting purposes. Apple has its dough sitting in banks in the US, managed as an internal hedge fund out of Nevada. All this issue affects is dividends and executive bonuses, which is why companies harangue about it so much.
Big Pharma Quietly Enlists Leading Professors to Justify $1,000-Per-Day Drugs ProPublica (resilc)
Poverty rising in affluent communities Boston Globe. Martha r: “The servants can’t afford to live in the same towns as their employers /s. in the banana republic of boston, ground zero of the 10 percent.”
Surgeons Should Not Look Like Surgeons Nassim Nicholas Taleb (Phil U)
Antidote du jour. James sent these Galapagos tortoises: