Firefighters free YouTube prankster who cemented head into microwave Guardian. PlutoniumKun: “Paging Mr. Darwin.”
The beautiful Icelandic tradition of giving books on Christmas Eve TreeHugger (resilc)
Timeline For Artificial Intelligence Risks Human Cusp (David L). Conscious AI is coming very soon. Why should machines want humans around? Or a biosphere, for that matter?
No One Makes a Living on Paetron Scraping By. And they seek to make having your intellectual property on their platform important to your success. Ugh.
ISP disclosures about data caps and fees eliminated by net neutrality repeal ars technica (Chuck L)
An Unfortunate Memento of the Total Eclipse: Eye Damage Wall Street Journal :-(. Look how short the exposure was.
Here’s What It Looks Like When You Fry Your Eye In An Eclipse : Shots NPR (Chuck L). Enough to make me avoid the 2024 eclipse.
Canola oil linked to worsened memory and learning ability in Alzheimer’s MedicalXPress (Chuck L)
Big Rocket Man New York Review of Books (resilc)
Martin Schulz calls for ‘United States of Europe’ Financial Times (Vikas S)
New Basel rules on capital hit European banks Financial Times
‘What is ‘Brexit’?’ asks David Davis Daily Mash
Palestinians ‘ready to sacrifice’ for Jerusalem Al Jazeera (resilc)
Jerusalem Explained Patrick Cockburn, Counterpunch
Tillerson, Mattis Warned Trump Against Embassy Move American Conservative (resilc)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Lawsuit Aims To Expose Trump’s Surveillance Of Journalists Shadowproof (Judy B)
Republican officials say targeting welfare programs will help spur economic growth Washington Post Washington Post. UserFriendly: “Fucking shoot me!”
Tax breaks for beer, unborn children and lawmakers are among goodies in Republican bill Los Angeles Times (resilc)
TAX BILL: Koch Brothers’ Senator Pushes To Give Tax Break To Moguls When They Bankroll Dark Money Groups International Business Times
Taxes, Health Care, and the GOP’s Insular Leadership Atlantic (resilc)
— Anita Hawkins (@SenAnitaHawkins) December 7, 2017
Sex in Politics…Not!
Arizona Congressman Resigns For–Wait, What Was That Again? New York Magazine (Chuck L)
Arizona Contractor Refuses To Certify He Won’t Boycott Israel, Sues Officials Shadowproof (UserFriendly)
Fires rage from San Diego to the San Fernando Valley Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles, the Combustible Megacity Bloomberg
Inmates Have Fought California’s Wildfires Since WWII Atlantic (resilc)
Silicon Valley Is Sneaking Models Into This Year’s Holiday Parties Bloomberg. If you think all of these models are just “models,” I have a bridge to sell you. Mike Milken would have “models” at his Predators Balls, and his raiders would give them a wide berth for the obvious reasons (this isn’t my surmise, it was described in one of the classics on the LBO era, IIRC
Can CalPERS Time the Market? Institutional Investor (Joe R). Our Jim Haygood pointed out that CalPERS was doing this months ago…as we sort of did (CalPERS cut its equity-related allocation before Trump took office…oops!)
Add at least 57 to the number of gun-related deaths tied to the Sandy Hook mass shooting Los Angeles Times (Chuck L)
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Identified as Buyer of Record-Breaking da Vinci Wall Street Journal
Antidote du jour (hat tip martha r):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.