We’re volcano scientists – here are six volcanoes we’ll be watching out for in 2018 The Conversation
MASSIVE ERIE SNOW DUMP FACILITATED BY CLIMATE CHANGE WhoWhatWhy.org
THE BIG FREEZE Sharks freeze and Niagara Falls turns to ice in -37C temperatures colder than MARS as America braces for the chilliest New Year’s Eve in 50 years The Sun. Yes, I know, it’s The Sun. Some great photos….
Top Ten Global Weather/Climate Events of 2017: A Year of Landfalls and Firestorms Weather Underground
Ottawa concert cancellation is proof of concept: it can be too cold for Canadians Guardian
Climate Change 2017: What Happened and What It Means TruthOut
THE WORLD IS RUNNING OUT OF A RESOURCE, AND IT’S NOT OIL SCMP
Do we need a tech boom for the elderly? Ars Technica
Road rage finally puts alleged ‘Goodfellas’ mobster, 82, behind bars Guardian
10 food trends you’re going to see in 2018 TreeHugger
Erica Garner Never Stopped Fighting New York
Erica Garner dead: ‘I can’t breathe’ police brutality campaigner and daughter of Eric Garner dies aged 27 Independent
How the news media distorts black families WaPo (martha r)
Chinese scientists hear sound in Mariana Trench, deepest part of world’s oceans SCMP
Column: Dangling icicles at Apple store not company’s worst problem Chicago Tribune
Legal Weed Isn’t The Boon Small Businesses Thought It Would Be FiveThirtyEight
Legal Pot Begins in California, Already the World’s Largest Marijuana Marketplace AlterNet
Big Brother IS Watching You Watch
Facebook Says it is Deleting Accounts at the Direction of the U.S. and Israeli Governments Intercept (martha r). Glenn Greenwald.
Airport Face Scanning Skates on Thin Legal Ice—and Doesn’t Work Too Well MIT Technology Review
Lawyers for Standing Rock’s Red Fawn File Final Motion for Discovery Evidence Truth Against the Machine (martha r)
As Cell Service Expands, National Parks Become Digital Battlegrounds Government Technology
Democrats in Disarray
Trump Could Have Killed Carried Interest Loophole; Now It May Be Too Late International Business Times. David Sirota.
Tax law creates confusion and uproar in city halls across America Politico
Tired of Tax Reform? 3 Other Public Finance Trends to Watch in 2018 Governing.com
GOP Tax Bill Creates Deficits To Justify Cuts To Social Programs, Says Former Reagan Aide International Business Times. David Sirota.
Brexit: the game is never over EUReferendum.com
UK business group tells Theresa May the patience of British companies is ‘wearing thin’ over Brexit Independent
In 2018 the barbarous wars in Iraq and Syria may finally be coming to an end Independent. Patrick Cockburn.
2017: The Year the Iraq War Truly Ended American Conservative
Iran protests: ‘Iron fist’ threatened if unrest continues BBC
Iran blocks internet on third night of protests amid reports of people shot dead SCMP
The Boustani house encompasses both the tragedy and faith of Lebanon Independent. Robert Fisk
China puts US$15,000 annual personal cap on overseas bank card withdrawals SCMP
A $125,000 Snow Machine Is the Latest Toy of the Superrich Bloomberg
The Next Financial Crisis Will Be Worse Than the Last One Truthdig. Nomi Prins.
The 100-year capitalist experiment that keeps Appalachia poor, sick, and stuck on coal Quartz
Minimum wage would be £26,000 if rate matched executive pay rises, GMB finds Guardian
The Carpetbaggers of Tech The Baffler
Maine Voices: Is patriotism obsolete? A borderless world will lead to nothing but chaos Portland Press Herald (LR)
A vending machine for the homeless just launched in the U.K., and will soon debut in U.S. cities WaPo
The Most Expensive Mile of Subway Track on Earth NYT. BC: “This is in no way an isolated NYC issue. The same budget harvesting tradecraft is alive and well in too many city, state, and federal institutions. All told, the aggregate cost to taxpayers probably rivals the Defense industry.”
India’s GST, Hyped as Another Tryst With Destiny, Remains a Half-Way House of Disruptions The Wire
As NOTA becomes popular with voters, a look back at the landmark SC decision to allow for the option Scroll.in. I wonder what the 2016 Presidential vote would have been if all US voters could have selected none of the above.
Modi’s Quest for Digital India Made Staying off the Grid Harder Than Ever in 2017 The Wire
State Department releases emails from computer Huma Abedin shared with Anthony Weiner Politico (furzy)
138 things Trump did this year while you weren’t looking Politico
5 NIGHTMARISH HEADACHES TRUMP FACES IN 2018 Vanity Fair
Trump Justice Department Pushes for Citizenship Question on Census, Alarming Experts ProPublica
How the Trump era is changing the federal bureaucracy WaPo
How Trump could kill the Iran nuclear deal in January Politico
How the Russia Inquiry Began: A Campaign Aide, Drinks and Talk of Political Dirt NYT
Trump Inc. Had a Rough Year, but His D.C. Hotel Is Killing It The Daily Beast (furzy)
One of Trump’s biggest highlights of 2017 was rushing to get a ton of judges confirmed — and he’s set for more wins in 2018 Business Insider
ONE YEAR ON, ASIA HAS CONQUERED TRUMP, NOT VICE VERSA SCMP (furzy)
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See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.