Yves here. Today is Pearl Harbor Day.
17-foot python that could ‘pretty much kill any full-grown man’ caught in Everglades Sun Sentinel (resilc). Can we turn one loose on the cops in the link below?
Forcing kid to masturbate for cops in sexting case was wrong, court finds ars technica (Chuck L). !!!
Global Warming’s Worst-Case Projections Look Increasingly Likely MIT Technology Review (David L)
The Surgeon Who Wants to Connect You to the Internet with a Brain Implant MIT Technology Review (resilc). My bet is this will first be imposed on F-35 pilots in lieu of the custom $50,000 helmets needed to operate the plane.
Scientists are trying to figure out which bacteria have colonized our space station Popular Science (Chuck L)
Net neutrality protests start Thursday—how to find one near you ars technica (Chuck L). Please participate!
North Korean airspace could be declared no-fly zone after missile test comes within sight of Cathay Pacific passenger plane South China Morning Post (J-LS)
Ireland To Receive €13bn From Apple After Getting Unlocked By Chinese Guy In Market Waterford Whisper News (PlutoniumKun)
Brexit: media noise Richard North. As much as I probably should post on Brexit, there are only so many ways you can say the whole process has gone into a very deep ditch with no tow truck in sight. Arlene Foster has said there will be no agreement re Ireland by Friday, and Michel Barnier has made that the drop-dead date for getting the UK’s proposal in. So no discussion of Phase 2 till March, or at best Feb if the EU is super accommodating and schedules a special session (I sincerely doubt the UK can have its act together any earlier than mid-January, even assuming they manage to square the Irish circle). And that’s before you get to the fact that May is still trying to devise political fixes for what are fundamentally procedural issues that can’t be solved via vague language. North’s piece is the one to read ifor a one-stop update.
Hamas says Trump’s ‘flagrant aggression’ has opened ‘the gates of hell’ as the group calls for a ‘day of rage’ over US President’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital Daily Mail. An indicator: Eight stories at the DM, none supportive and most highly critical.
Our Perpetual, Illegal War in Syria American Conservative
Did American Missile Defense Fail in Saudi Arabia? New York Times. JTM: “Which story is the ‘fake news’?”
Asia’s Other Nuclear Standoff Foreign Policy in Focus
TORQUEMADA MAKES A COMEBACK — THE SPANISH INQUISITION HAS ARRIVED IN MOSCOW John Helmer. This is wild:
There followed last week the announcement from the General Prosecutor in Moscow that its department for special cases is conducting a new investigation of the charge that the execution of the tsar was a ritual killing carried out by Jews.
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Donald Trump Blows Up Jared Kushner’s “Ultimate Deal” Vanity Fair (resilc)
Trump’s Dismemberment of Bears Ears National Monument: Perspective From Indigenous Scholars The Revelator (Glenn F)
Lobbyists and Tax Lawyers Giddy Over Republican Tax Giveaway New York Magazine
To Pay for Tax Cut, Trump Mulls Taking Food From Poor Kids New York Magazine (resilc)
Food Stamp Fight Looms In Congress After Tax Code Overhaul Huffington Post
House Conservatives Warn About Spending After Tax Cuts Bloomberg. Killing your parents and then complaining about being an orphan….
Emergency rooms are monopolies. Patients pay the price. Vox (resilc). My two visits to emergency rooms for my scratched cornea/resulting cornea edema over the summer in LA and then SF were each close to $4000. Fortunately I have an old-fashioned insurance policy that did a combo of get negotiated rates and then pay for a lot of the remainder, but still…
Dems look to use Moore against GOP The Hill
Democratic Women Turn On Franken American Conservative
House passes concealed carry gun bill The Hill. As MF points out:
This bill has alarming parallels to the Fugitive Slave Act and the subsequent Dred Scott decision affirming it. In both cases, a radical federal law pre-empted a long-recognized right of states to keep the odious preferences of people from other states from infecting them. The result is the pitting of people against each other in a way that almost inevitably leads to violence.
The American children with PTSD symptoms BBC. Today’s must watch. Notice connection to guns.
Don’t blame the election on fake news. Blame it on the media. Columbia Journalism Review. Important. Representative quote:
The research team investigated this question, counting sentences that appeared in mainstream media sources and classifying each as detailing one of several Clinton- or Trump-related issues. In particular, they classified each sentence as describing either a scandal (e.g., Clinton’s emails, Trump’s taxes) or a policy issue (Clinton and jobs, Trump and immigration). They found roughly four times as many Clinton-related sentences that described scandals as opposed to policies, whereas Trump-related sentences were one-and-a-half times as likely to be about policy as scandal.
Wall Street Tells Frackers to Stop Counting Barrels, Start Making Profits Wall Street Journal
How Internet Monopolies Are Destroying the Web Ian Welsh (Randy K)
Why are America’s farmers killing themselves in record numbers? Guardian (Martine, resilc). Important.
Poll: Student Debtors Want Student Loan Payments This Holiday Season, Not Gifts Student Loan Report :-(
It’s Amazon’s World—But Do You Want to Live There? Wall Street Journal. When you’ve lost the Journal…plus the idea that Amazon is the cheapest option is often incorrect. See this comparison with Costco, for instance.
Walter Benn Michaels on how liberals still love diversity and ignore inequality Chicago Reader (Bryan)
Not in my lifetime: a dangerous sentiment in maritime? Splash24/7. Chuck Roast:
The operative phrase is…”And before shipowners say that automation will never happen, they should visit Quingdao’s new automated container terminal that operates 24/7 with only 9 employees.” Yikes!!
It Will Take More Than Single-Payer to Make Baltimore Healthy Nation (resilc). Someone should give the Nation hell over this headline. The fact that blacks are hurt by continued ghettoization isn’t an argument against single payer. And ignores that single payer would increase mobility.
Democrats poll test class warfare message against GOP McClatchy. Resilc “Demozzz, please get your own house in order before….”
Antidote du jour (John N):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.