Bali’s primitive Bali Aga are buried in ash Asia Times
Father ‘famous’ for Christmas lights dies fixing display BBC (resilc) :-(
Asylum applications respond to temperature fluctuations Science (resilc)
Wackiest tech gadgets you can gift USAToday. UserFriendly:
Wow, USATODAY made a holiday wish list for @internetofshit!!!
#1 Creepy Robot that essentially is a Roomba that spys on you taking pictures and videos instead of cleaning the house.
Apple’s iPhone Throttling Will Reinvigorate the Push for Right to Repair Laws Motherboard. Hahaha.
Bitcoin Plunges 25% in 24 Hours in a Cryptocurrency Market Rout Wall Street Journal
Facebook has taken its first real steps into the music business Recode (Kevin W)
The Black Political Class and Network Neutrality Bruce Dixon (timotheus)
CENTURY-OLD BELIEF ABOUT NERVE CELLS DISPROVED AT ISRAELI UNIVERSITY Jerusalem Post (David L)
China is Preparing for War in Korea Defend Democracy
Catalonia election: Separatist parties keep their majority BBC. Note that the three separatist parties have meaningful differences of views (some want a split, others want just more budgetary autonomy like the Basques), so this may impede formation of a government.
Separatists claim narrow victory in Catalan election Financial Times
EU prepares Canada-style Brexit deal for UK Financial Times. More evidence of the Governments’ pathetic performance.
British passports will return to ‘iconic’ blue cover after Brexit Telegraph. This is what the Torygraph considers to be the most important Brexit story today.
Intel Vets Tell Trump Iran Is Not Top Terror Sponsor Consortium News (Kevin W)
Trump’s Pentagon Admits to ‘Multiple Ground Missions’ in Yemen Juan Cole (resilc)
New Cold War
Facebook: Russia spent 97 cents meddling in Brexit vote USAToday. UserFriendly: “ROFLLLLLL That really puts the billion Clinton set on fire to shame. Seriously Putin should move here and put all the DC strategists out of business.”
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Your home was not so secure after all Medium (EM)
55 Ways Donald Trump Structurally Changed America in 2017 New York Magazine (resilc)
U.S. cancels student loan debts for 12,900 college fraud victims Reuters. Talk about Scrooge! EM:
The U.S. Education Department on Wednesday canceled the student-loan debts of 12,900 people defrauded by defunct Corinthian Colleges, but its announcement that it will give varying amounts of debt relief in the future set off fierce criticism.
And lest we forget, this Slate piece from the run-up to the 2016 election is still pertinent:
Repeal and Replace the Trump Tax Plan: A Call to Action for 2018 Truthout. Don’t expect the Democrats to lift a finger.
What Is Kirsten Gillibrand Up To? FiveThirtyEight (resilc)
Kirsten Gillibrand is playing her cards right. Slate (resilc)
Baseball’s Rainmaker Forced Out After Alleged Misconduct Wall Street Journal
Police Shoot More Than Twice as Many Americans as Previously Understood Vice (Chuck L). Reported earlier, but bears repeating.
Farewell Bill Moyers (Bill B)
Iced tea company rebrands as “Long Blockchain” and stock price triples ars technica (Kevin B)
Hundreds of People Made Gifts of Stock With Great Timing Wall Street Journal (TF)
Corporate PR Stunts Won’t Save the Working Class New York Magazine (resilc)
Life expectancy in US down for second year in a row as opioid crisis deepens Guardian (Kevin W)
Article headline is much tamer than the URL-matching ‘U.S. drug overdose deaths rose 21 percent to 63,600 in 2016: CDC’ under which the piece appears in my daily Reuters news summary. As a 21% YoY rise is nothing short of catastrophic, I find the later edit to the tamer more-clinical form bizarre.
Populism is failing, but it is too soon to cheer Financial Times. Memo to the sort of pundit that also missed the financial crisis was coming: in light of the rise of not very nice populist right wing parties all over Europe, the rapid growth of the DSA and Sanders’ status as most popular politician in America, this piece has a Versailles circa 1788 feel to it.
Facebook ads that let employers target younger workers focus of U.S. lawsuit Reuters (EM). Lambert linked to this too, but worth not missing.
Antidote du jour (Karin H):
And giving you some Christmas wishes a bit early. Flora linked to this video in Links a few days ago, and I remember being very fond of it in my childhood: