Links 12/28/17

Inside of a Dog New York Times (Joe H)

Ontario FeederWatch All AboutBird. Hana M: “Cornell’s Ontario WebCam where it’s going to -40F at night.”

Plants Are Better at Complex Decision-Making Than We Ever Realised ScienceAlert (David L)

‘No Time For Balls’: Four-Story Penis Painting Shocks New Yorkers (PHOTOS) Sputnik International (Chuck L)

Pennsylvania woman gets $284bn electricity bill BBC

The Pessimists’ Guide to 2028 Bloomberg (resilc). Some are silly, like “Bitcoin Replaces the Banks” and some are outcomes sorely to be wished, like “Corbyn Makes Socialism Great Again”.

‘I am ready to stand for my principles’ Independent (Chuck L)

Bitcoin Resumes Slide After Biggest Rally in Two Weeks Bloomberg

Source Code for Apple’s Lisa Operating System to be Released for Free in 2018 MacRumors (Kevin W)

‘Doomsday Machine’ author Daniel Ellsberg says Americans have escaped self-annihilation by luck PBS (furzy)

U.S., Russia Clash Over How to Handle Syria, North Korea Wall Street Journal


Chinese banks’ improved asset quality cannot hide other phantoms Bruegel

Japan says ties at risk if South Korea messes with 2015 ‘comfort women’ deal Reuters

Chef Gives Up a Star, Reflecting Hardship of ‘the Other France’ New York Times (resilc)


Port of Rotterdam reveals scale of Brexit challenge Financial Times


Tabarnia: ¿y si Barcelona y Tarragona se independizaran de Catalunya? La Vanguardia



Twitter account of imprisoned Palestinian teenage girl Ahed Tamimi deleted RT (Kevin W)

The Perils of a Post-ISIS World Atlantic (resilc)

Trump Transition

House Intel panel subpoenas McCain associate over Trump dossier The Hill

Trump Sends Fewer Mexicans Home Despite Deportation Talk Bloomberg

‘We have tapped into something’: Impeachment drive builds digital army to take on Trump Politico

Tax “Reform”

IRS says many who prepaid property taxes may still face cap on deductions Washington Post (Kevin W). Yours truly has said it was really rude to pass a tax bill that comes into effect less than 2 weeks later.

The Tax Plan Could Change How Wall Street Works Bloomberg (furzy)

Health Care

The Leap to Single-Payer: What Taiwan Can Teach New York Times (Kevin C)

Democrats Struggle to Convert Voter Enthusiasm Into Cash Contributions Wall Street Journal


The Republican Party doesn’t know where to go after tax reform New Republic. Resilc: “To the bank to cash checks?”

House Committee Unites to Limit Indian Firms’ Use of H-1B Visas Wall Street Journal

Navajo Nation Fought & Won to Put an End to Gerrymandering in Utah’s San Juan County Native News Online (martha r)

Fake News

Obama warns against irresponsible social media use BBC. JTM: “The Farce is strong with this one…”

Journalists Who Relayed GOP’s Deficit Moaning Owe Us Apologies FAIR (UserFriendly)

Wells Fargo Launches Stakeholder Advisory Council Wells Fargo (Matt Stoller)

Bond Markets Really Are Signalling a Slowdown Bloomberg (Scott). From earlier this month, still germane.

Peak Good Times? Stock Market Risk Spikes to New High Wolf Street (EM)

Why Uber’s investors may lose their lunch New York Post. Misses the subsidies, but gets at a key issue that everyone seems to overlook: there is a tradeoff in any transport company between frequency of service/capacity and profits. The stats about the increase in empty cabs/gig cars is telling.

Guillotine Watch

Peter Thiel’s Libertarian Logic Wired (resilc)

Class Warfare

Student Debt Slavery: Bankrolling Financiers on the Backs of the Young Truthdig

The Robots Are Coming, and Sweden Is Fine New York Times (David L)

That was no typo: The median net worth of black Bostonians really is $8 Boston Globe (George P)

Systems That Suck Less Ecosophia (UserFriendly)

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