Giant West Antarctic iceberg disintegrates PhysOrg (Chuck L)
Controversial Study Claims ‘Smartphone Addiction’ Alters the Brain Inverse. A junk study trying to confirm a popular hypothesis. Sample size too small on top of the other problems noted in the write up.
Bitcoin loses over a fifth of its value in less than 24 hours Reuters (furzy)
Bitcoin: an investment mania for the fake news era Financial Times
The US Opium Wars: China, Burma and the CIA Counterpunch
Tusk vows Irish border veto The Times
151 UN states vote to disavow Israeli ties to Jerusalem Jerusalem Post (Kevin W)
New Cold War
Cheap dignity of the Ukrainian revolution Oriental Review (Chuck L). Important. Summarizes an Italian documentary that challenges the US/orthodox narrative about the snipings in Maidan.
Western Nuke Nations to Boycott Nobel Ceremony Defend Democracy
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
The Underground Uber Networks Driven by Russian Hackers Daily Beast (Chuck L)
Apple is sharing your face with apps, and you should be worried Sydney Morning Herald (Kevin W)
US ‘orchestrated’ Russian spies scandal, says Kaspersky founder Guardian (Chuck L)
This Interview Was Conducted on an Anonymous, DIY Cell Phone Network Motherboard. I don’t see how you can regard any phone service that uses smart phones as anonymous or secure. The Android OS spies on you and I assume Apple’s does too.
Who Was the NSA Contractor Arrested for Leaking the ‘Shadow Brokers’ Hacking Tools? Brian Krebs (Bill B)
The Scalp-Taking of Gen. Flynn Consortium News (Chuck L, furzy). Important. Key section:
What is arguably most disturbing about this case is that then-National Security Adviser Flynn was pushed into a perjury trap by Obama administration holdovers at the Justice Department who concocted an unorthodox legal rationale for subjecting Flynn to an FBI interrogation four days after he took office, testing Flynn’s recollection of the conversations while the FBI agents had transcripts of the calls intercepted by the National Security Agency.
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) December 2, 2017
Tax “Reform”. I am bummed that the Senate passed this garbage barge. If you are a voter in a state of one of the Senators that was on the iffy list, like Susan Collins, call or write their office and give them hell for not sticking to their guns. The bill still has to go through reconciliation. The other hope, which is looking thin, is that Doug Jones wins in Alabama.
Senate GOP repeals ObamaCare mandate The Hill
History Suggests Democrats Unlikely To Repeal Unpopular Tax Bill If It Passes Shadowproof (Darius)
Lambert calls this “beta whinging”:
It is getting nasty on the floor of the senate. Democrats hammering on provision of Trump/GOP bill that gives windfall to Hillsdale College (just Hillsdale College), which is funded by Devos (huge Republican donors) family.
— David Rothschild (@DavMicRot) December 2, 2017
But we have this (hat tip JohnnyGL):
— Fight For 15 (@fightfor15) December 1, 2017
A Capitol Hill Scorekeeper Eviscerates the G.O.P.’s Tax Math New Yorker (furzy)
It would be interesting to see the numbers, but I'm guessing the last time corporations got a bailout this big with so little accountability was probably at the beginning of Obama's administration with his Wall Street bailout. https://t.co/UiEWrKpGEl
— M.P. (@OmanReagan) December 2, 2017
Sex in Politics…Not!
Why women fear a backlash over #MeToo BBC. See the discussion of the “Pence rule”. Lambert, when he was working in Corporate America and became a manager (late 1990s), adopted an even more stringent version: never be alone with a female staff member at his firm.
Only in Suburbia. Bob recommends the comments too:
Today in Questions People Ask Extension Agents: "Is there a way to neuter a walnut tree so it stops producing nuts?"
— Peter "Yes, like the drink" Coffey (@petercoffey) November 28, 2017
Global manufacturing hits multiyear high Financial Times
Will Uber Ever Stop The Bleeding? Bloomberg. More than a year after Hubert Horan’s series, is Uber’s top reporter finally coming around?
Uber legal chief warns staff not to spy on rivals Financial Times
The 92-Year-Old Woman Who Is Still Shaking Up Wall Street Wall Street Journal
How the upper middle class keeps everyone else out YouTube PBS (Kevin W). From August, still germane.
Inadequate Equilibria Slate Star Codex (UserFriendly)
Antidote du jour (Stephen L):