Lobster found with Pepsi logo ‘tattoo’ fuels fears over ocean litter Guardian (YY). Eeek.
Trophy Hunting May Drive Species to Extinctions Faster Due to Climate Change National Geographic (furzy)
Volcano Super-Eruptions: How Long Before The Next One Wipes Out Civilization? International Business Times (Oregoncharles)
Prehistoric women had stronger arms than today’s elite rowing crews PhysOrg (Chuck L). This is not as surprising as the authors make out. Rowing is an endurance sport. For strength, the maximum exertion period for strength-related activities is ~2 minutes. That is based on exercise physiology (the maximum amount of time you can rely on the lactic acid system). That is why sprinters can run flat out and middle distance runners can’t. So very forceful exertions with rests is better for strength building than repetitive use of the same muscles over longer periods of time.
Bitcoin is a global supernova MacroBusiness. “BTC is shaping as the stupidest thing that I have ever seen in global markets.”
Latest idea to tackle Beijing’s smog? 15 million people waving giant fans South China Morning Post
Britain close to Irish border deal The Times. This may be correct, but I don’t see any similar reports at the Telegraph, which broke the story yesterday on the Brexit bill tentative agreement, which was confirmed separately by the FT, the FT, BBC, or the Independent at this hour. Readers?
Brexit: Britain to dismantle border controls Richard North. Important, and a strikingly different message than the Times story.
Letter from Guy Verhofstadt, European Parliament Brexit coordinator, to Michel Barnier Reiterates the Parliament’s firm stance on citizen’s rights.
Scottish politicians to ask European court of justice if UK can stop Brexit Guardian. Ahem, how do they have standing to raise this question? This would likely be a non-starter under common law procedures. Do civil law jurisdictions look at standing more expansively?
New Cold War
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Facebook’s New Captcha Test: ‘Upload A Clear Photo of Your Face’ Wired (Chuck L)
Amazon Plans to Send Alexa to the Office Wall Street Journal. So Amazon can spy on you everywhere.
iPhone users could receive £300 payout The Times
Listen: Trump goes on a Twitter tear The Hill
Trump’s Fateful Mistake on Consumer Financial Protection Project Syndicate (David L)
It Started as a Tax Cut. Now It Could Change American Life. New York Times. Call your Congresscritter, particularly any Republican Senators. The local office is a better bet. E-mail if you can’t get a staffer. Give them an earful.
A Republican Tax Scam Advances in the Senate New Yorker (furzy)
Get Ready for Concealed Guns in All 50 States Bloomberg. This is nuts. Another reason to emigrate.
Democrats in Disarray
2020 and the Fight Within the Democratic Party Real News (UserFriendly)
Police State Watch
The US Coast Guard is operating floating prisons in the Pacific Ocean, outside US legal protections Public Radio International (furzy). Holy shit.
Diamond Reynolds reaches $800,000 settlements in Castile shooting Minnesota Public Radio News (UserFriendly)
Sex in Politics…Not!
KABC, Los Angeles: LADWP’s Ratepayer Ripoff Consumer Watchdog (Joe R)
MPR drops Keillor over inappropriate conduct Minnesota Public Radio News (Chuck L)
American Farm Towns, With Changing Priorities, Reject Industrial Agriculture Wall Street Journal
Oops: American Airlines accidentally let too many pilots take off the holidays Minnesota Public Radio News (Chuck L)
Moody’s Warns Cities to Address Climate Risks or Face Downgrades Bloomberg (J-LS)
Uber says claims about spy unit came from disgruntled manager Financial Times. Come on. From the story:
Uber paid a total of $7.5m to settle with Mr Jacobs and his employment lawyers, which the judge said was a sign the claims may have had merit. “[P]eople don’t pay that kind of money for BS,” US District Judge William Alsup remarked.
Robots Threaten Bigger Slice of Jobs in US, Other Rich Nations Wired (David L)
Ending shareholder monopoly: why workers’ votes promote good corporate governance LSE British Politics and Policy Blog
Strike Friday at Amazon.it Jacobin
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.