How to hunt for a black hole with a telescope the size of Earth Nature News (furzy)
The Meaning of Life (Part I) Independent Science News
Scientists evade the Heisenberg uncertainty principle ScienceDaily (Chuck L)
With Astronomy Rewind, citizen scientists bring zombie astrophotos back to life PhysOrg. Chuck L: “A new citizen-science project; this one for astronomy aficionados.”
“Dig once” bill could bring fiber Internet to much of the US ars technica (Chuck L)
It’s happening! It’s happening! W3C erects DRM as web standard The Register (Chuck L). Important.
Children understand far more about other minds than long believed PsyPost (Chuck L)
Researchers create self-sustaining bacteria-fueled power cell PhysOrg (Chuck L)
U.S. Preparing Cases Linking North Korea to Theft at N.Y. Fed Wall Street Journal
Five dead, around 40 injured in UK parliament ‘terrorist’ attack Reuters (furzy)
Barnier warns UK of queues and shortages if Brexit talks fail Financial Times. 435 comments, which is extremely high for the pink paper.
One Sole Aim: “Steal Away” Global Finance from London Don Quijones, Wolf Street. As we’ve been sayin’ for some time…
EU has finally run out of patience with Britain Financial Times
Gesine Schwan: Schauble wanted and wants to overthrow SYRIZA failed evolution
‘Destruction of Israel’ is its abandonment by American Jews Mondoweiss (Chuck L)
New Cold War
#$@&%*! Irrusianality (Chuck L). Useful if you need to debunk Russian hysteria.
The Temporal Feint in Adam Schiff’s Neat Narrative Marcy Wheeler (Chuck L)
AP: Paul Manafort had plan to benefit Putin government St. Paul Pioneer Press. Chuck L: “Is this any different than ex-Congress Critters lobbying for Israel, Saudi Arabia or other countries?”
Poll: Trump’s Base Support Is Eroding Daily Beast (resilc)
Hill Republicans say they’re growing frustrated with Mattis Politico (resilc)
Trump the Destroyer Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone
The Donald Trump Show Is Flopping New Republic
What Trump’s SEC Pick Needs to Explain Bloomberg
Trump withdraws reappointment nomination of popular whistleblower advocate Washington Post (furzy)
Supreme Court reins in president’s appointment powers Reuters. EM: “Specific case involved the Obama administration, not the Trump one, though the precedent will clearly apply going forwad.”
What’s In President Trump’s Tax Returns? Lee Sheppard, Forbes. Lots of useful detail, to wit:
Purchasing US real estate is a favorite way for Russians, Chinese and other newly rich to move money of dubious origin or just beat the capital controls in their own countries. Being at the receiving end of money whose movement at least violated capital controls in its country of origin isn’t money laundering. Under the statute, the launderer is the financial intermediary that enabled the transfers. Actual knowledge of concealment or unlawful activity is required (18 USC section 1956).
Muslims inside FBI describe culture of suspicion and fear: ‘It is cancer‘ Guardian. Note Comey was already trying to address this before Trump won. This is not a new issue.
29 Solid No Votes From Republicans On GOP Health Care Bill (Updated to 32) Decision Desk HQ (UserFriendly). Live updated whip count.
AHCA would cost Americans roughly $33 billion a year in higher out-of-pocket costs by 2026 Economic Policy Institute
Regulators Seek Rare Lifetime Ban for Two Bankers National Law Journal (Mark H)
Two Ohio coal-fired plants to close, deepening industry decline Reuters. EM: “I am skeptical of the ‘a victory for environmental activists’ claim, since swapping coal for natgas may prove a dubious proposition, global-warming wise, methane being a far more potent – albeit shorter-lived – greenhouse gas than CO2. Sure, natgas-fired plants burn nearly 100% of the fuel, but I’m thinking of the upstream methane leaks associated with natgas fields.”
Trump Tantrum looms on Wall Street if healthcare effort stalls Reuters (furzy)
DOL unequivocally has the authority to set an overtime threshold Economic Policy Institute
Everyone Knows Tech Workers Are Mostly White Men—Except Tech Workers Bloomberg. Listen to the video. The way the researcher formulates the goal, that tech firms need to be more inclusive, is guaranteed to create resentment and resistance. The fact is that there is overt discrimination. I recall seeing a study of the grading of coding by women. It was uniformly scored worse by men than that of male coders, but when the women’s code was submitted gender blind, on average the women programmers got higher grades. Pounding on findings like this (and of course the famed results in Germany when orchestra selection was similarly changed to blind auditions, that women went from getting nearly no seats to roughly half) need to be pounded, hard.
Robotization Without Taxation? Robert Shiller, Project Syndicate
Antidote du jour. Steve M: “The new cat makes himself at home.”