Answering the question that won me the Ig Nobel prize: Are cats liquid? The Conversation (J-LS).
Central Banks in the Dock Project Syndicate
Big box stores are costing our cities far more than we ever imagined. Strong Towns. The box stores ate the downtowns, and now e-commerce is trying to eat the box stores. What then?
You’re Not Alone: Some Users Report the Screen on Apple’s iPhone X Freezes in Cold Weather Fortune. Designed by Apple. In California.
This Chatbot Will Help You Sue Anyone MIT Technology Review. Lawsuits at scale! What could go wrong?
Meet Tug, the Helpful Robot Rolling Its Way Into Hospitals and Hotels Around the World WIRED. Because everybody knows patients need less human contact.
IBM Raises the Bar with a 50-Qubit Quantum Computer MIT Technology Review. The image of the computer is beatiful.
Tory turmoil as 40 MPs say May must go The Times
Why Labour Leave believe the Government must prioritise preparing for a no-deal outcome Brexit Central. Handwaving not limited to Tories, apparently.
How Sicily Became Ungovernable Der Spiegel
Greed and intrigue grip Saudi Arabia FT. This is, apparently, news.
Prince Salman wields his sword in the house of Saud Lowy Institute
Death’s Dusty Measure 38 North
Trump tweets he never called NK leader Kim ‘short and fat’ Korea Herald. A fine example of paralipsis!
Alibaba Singles’ Day Posts Record 168 Billion Yuan in Sales Bloomberg (E. Mayer). E. Mayer: “So much for ‘bare branches day’, 11/11, remaining a ‘counter-cultural antidote to the sentimentality of Valentine’s Day’ – it’s now just another excuse to mobile-shopping-spree binge. But 700 million packages to be shipped, holy cow.”
A localist approach to Chinese politics Understanding Society
Trump’s Post-Pivot Strategy The Diplomat
The Trans-Pacific Partnership has been resurrected — and it’s happening without the US Vox. Note that this is not a “final deal.”
DeMo fails to check black money The Tribune (J-LS).
New Cold War
Donald Trump believes US intelligence claims Russia meddled in election, but slams Putin ‘haters’ South China Morning Post vs. Trump backs US intelligence agencies but keeps faith with Putin vs. Trump on Putin Election Meddling Denials: He ‘Means It’ Roll Call vs. Trump Points To Falsehoods In “Russian Hacking” Claims – Media Ignore What He Says Moon of Alabama
How Trump Is Quietly Dismantling the Architecture of Global Governance The New Yorker (Re Silc).
Trump Is Rapidly Reshaping the Judiciary. Here’s How. NYT and Trump judge nominee, 36, who has never tried a case, wins approval of Senate panel Los Angeles Times. A protege of Luther Strange, interestingly enough.
Realignment and Legitimacy
Speaking Truth To Power On Sex Abuse Rod Dreher, The American Conservative. “But I am pretty sure that Evangelicalism will lose significant numbers of its younger people over all this tribalism. That would be an enormous tragedy.”
The Republican Party Today Is Similar To The Democratic Party Of The Late 1850s HuffPo. And when the Democrats cracked up, it wasn’t the Whigs who picked up the pieces, either.
Zuckerberg says he worked out why US is so divided FT. Not the Russians?
No, the Divide in American Politics Is Not Rural vs. Urban, and Here’s the Data to Prove It Colin Woodard, Medium. Interesting and sadly buried behind Medium’s pay-wall, instead of being readable at Woodard’s blog.
The Democratic Socialists Scored Some Big Wins. Here’s What They’re Planning Next. In These Times. I’m seeing lots of brake light clinics on the Twitter (“lots” being in the tens, not the hundreds or thousands, but still). And one flu-shot clinic (interesting). Universal concrete material benefits, especially for the working class.
Funding For ACA Sign-Up Campaigns Varies Widely From State To State KHN. Some people go to Happyville. Others go to Pain City. And it’s all random!
How Universal Health Coverage Can Be Done Right Health Affairs
Imperial Collapse Watch
Why have we built a paradise for offshore billionaires? Thomas Frank, Guardian (KW). Because we haven’t finished their colony on Mars?
Suicide rate among wildland firefighters is “astronomical” Wildfire Today (FarWestTX).
For Medical Purposes Only Handelsblatt Global
How Many Hours Americans Need to Work to Pay Their Mortgage Visual Capitalist
Brexit, Trump, and ‘methodological whiteness’: on the misrecognition of race and class British Journal of Sociology
The Mythical Whiteness of Trump Country Boston Review. A look at J.D. Vance and Hillbilly Elegy.
A brief history of the “walking simulator,” gaming’s most detested genre Salon. “Detested” by whom? I had no idea the Pentagon “considers video games one of their key recruitment tools,” but it makes sense.
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