Links 12/27/17

A (scientific) defence of the Brussels sprout The Conversation

Christmas sounds a clanging chime of doom Guardian (Chuck L)

Mother Nature just dumped 53 inches of snow on one US town in only 30 hours BGR (David 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 (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

Homeland Security Increasingly Means Putting Agents Outside the Homeland NYT (JH)

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.

Happy forecasting 2018: you couldn’t ask for better conditions to make money SCMP (furzy)

Tribune Editorial: Why Orrin Hatch is Utahn of the Year Salt Lake Tribune (UserFriendly)

Library of Congress stops full-Twitter archiving at 2017’s end CNET

Class Warfare

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)

The Man from Red Vienna NYRB

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.

The US Cities with the Biggest Housing Bubbles Wolf Street (EM)

Why We Can’t Ignore Libya, Enslavement and the Damages of US Intervention TruthOut

Health Care

How Big Tech Is Going After Your Health Care NYT (David L)

Leaving the house linked to longevity in older adults Reuters

Scientists Discovered What Causes Dementia Big Think (David L)


Beijing complicates Washington’s Afghan strategy Asia Times

China unveils digital ID card linked to Tencent’s WeChat FT

Benazir Bhutto assassination: How Pakistan covered up killing BBC


Enabavi banishes chemicals for rich organic rewards Village Square

Acquittals in 2G court case trigger seismic fallout Asia Times

Beyond Modi: How the BJP Won Gujarat The Wire

North Korea

What really happened in Security Council: China REJECTED oil embargo on North Korea The Duran (MF)

U.S. sanctions North Korean missile experts, Russia offers to mediate Reuters


Brexit: this disposition to admire

Philip Hammond urged to publish Treasury’s Brexit impact studies Guardian

Tax “Reform”

Homeowners in High-Tax States Race to Beat Property Tax Cap Bloomberg

Cry, Beloved Country Counterpunch (Chuck L)

Trump Transition

What Congress actually did in 2017 Politico

Northeast states sue EPA over air pollution from Midwest Reuters (martha r)

Six Major Legal Battles of 2017 Will Persist in 2018 Truthdig

Trump and Military Intervention American Conservative. re SilC: “like clintoon and obomba were different?”

Trump To Rollback Deepwater Horizon Regulations (re silC)

Trump slams FBI, Clinton for ‘garbage’ dossier The Hill

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 (bob). Certainly makes the shortlist for the stupidest person ever to serve in Congress.

Trump administration eases rule against killing birds WaPo

Sessions rescinds protection against excessive fining by local courts Jurist

Fossil fuel companies are fueling a global plastics binge; what will we do with it all? Treehugger

Seattle battles plastic straws to save the oceans Al Jazeera


Democrats in Disarray

Impeachment debate divides Democrats as 2018 wave builds Politico

Radical economic populism is the only thing that can save the Democrats now The Week (UserFriendly)

Inspector general says mishandling of sexual harassment complaints at Justice Department is a ‘systemic’ problem WaPo

Apple faces lawsuits after saying it slows down aging iPhones Reuters

Appeals Court Upholds OSHA Silica Standard Common Sense (martha r)

Californian growers and retailers brace for cannabis competition FT

Antidote du jour

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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