A (scientific) defence of the Brussels sprout The Conversation
Christmas sounds a clanging chime of doom Guardian (Chuck L)
Christmas in Space: ISS astronauts share fond memories of the holidays WHNT News (The Rev Kev)
Worst headlines bloopers of 2017: The best of Lower Case Columbia Journalism Review
There I Was: The X-Files Edition FighterSweep.com (The Rev Kev)
Kill Me Now
Obama’s post-presidential life: what does his second act have in store? Guardian. JTMcPhee: “As Ralphie said in “A Christmas Story” when he spilled his dad’s lug nuts onto the filthy roadside snow, ‘Oohhhh ffuuuuuddggge…’”
Theresa May’s government reportedly pleads with Prince Harry not to invite Obamas to wedding MarketWatch. Originally reported by The Sun and picked up more widely.
Big Brother IS Watching You Watch
New York State To Motorists: All Your Info Are Belong To Us Medium (UserFriendly)
New Cold War
The Russian Facebook scandal damages liberals as much as the right Guardian (UserFriendly). Thomas Frank.
What We Don’t Talk about When We Talk about Russian Hacking London Review of Books
Russia As An Enemy Of The United States Ian Welsh
From Snowden To Russia-gate – The CIA And The Media Moon of Alabama (Chuck L)
Go Ask Alice: the Curious Case of “Alice Donovan” Counterpunch. Initially posted last week, taken down, reposted (and revised and updated– or so I think).
The Afghan war: Trump and Putin battle for Uzbek support Asia Times: re silC: “A wise way to spend the last dollar of social security.”
After Tuesday’s rumble in Kiev, Western media’s lack of interest is ominous for Saakashvili RT (Chuck L). From earlier this month, still germane.
Tribune Editorial: Why Orrin Hatch is Utahn of the Year Salt Lake Tribune (UserFriendly)
Libtards and Rethugs: Insulting Each Other as the “Elites” Laugh at Us Ghion Journal (UserFriendly)
Scotland Is Starting a Universal Basic Income Experiment in 2018 Science Alert (David L)
People Are Taking Ubers to Avoid Ambulance Fees Futurism (re SilC). This is just crazy. If you’ve had a stroke or heart attack, you could have a second before you reach the hospital. An ambulance isn’t just for transport, you also get lifesaving treatment from the EMTs– that’s not something your typical Uber driver provides.
How Big Tech Is Going After Your Health Care NYT (David L)
Enabavi banishes chemicals for rich organic rewards Village Square
Beyond Modi: How the BJP Won Gujarat The Wire
Brexit: this disposition to admire EUReferendum.com
Cry, Beloved Country Counterpunch (Chuck L)
What Congress actually did in 2017 Politico
Northeast states sue EPA over air pollution from Midwest Reuters (martha r)
Trump and Military Intervention American Conservative. re SilC: “like clintoon and obomba were different?”
Trump To Rollback Deepwater Horizon Regulations OilPrice.com (re silC)
Donald Trump’s Path To 300 House Votes On Infrastructure Runs Through The Black Caucus Huffington Post (UserFriendly)
Do It Yourself Slate. re silC: “too bad there isnt a party for the working class in usa usa.”
Ann Marie Buerkle among Trump nominees turned back by Senate Syracuse.com (bob). Certainly makes the shortlist for the stupidest person ever to serve in Congress.
2017 WAS A BRUTAL YEAR FOR THE ENVIRONMENT WhoWhatWhy.org
Democrats in Disarray
Radical economic populism is the only thing that can save the Democrats now The Week (UserFriendly)
Appeals Court Upholds OSHA Silica Standard Common Sense (martha r)
Antidote du jour
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.