Dear patient readers,
Your humble blogger has a bug :-(
It is not the worst bug. Headache and other body pains, plus tired. But enough to undermine my concentration. So forgive me for not writing, since what I would write would probably not be very good.
What it’s like to live in a well-governed country BBC (resilc). It’s so unusual that it’s a travel feature.
Watch Out, Airlines. High Speed Rail Now Rivals Flying on Key Routes Bloomberg (UserFriendly)
The best countries to escape the worst effects of climate change Business Insider
AI learns how to fool text-to-speech. That’s bad news for voice assistants The Next Web (David L). Hooray! This will mess up Alexa.
Meltdown and Spectre
OpenBSD’s De Raadt Pans ‘Incredibly Bad’ Disclsoure of Intel CPU Bug Slashdot (optic7). Important. Great discussion in the thread.
War Propaganda Irrussianality (Chuck L). Important.
China Weighs Slowing or Halting Purchases of U.S. Treasuries Bloomberg. UserFriendly: “Who cares, they’ll get bought.”
You're welcome. #EUref2
MT @5WrightStuff EXCLUSIVE – Nigel Farage says "just maybe I’m reaching the point of thinking that we should have a second referendum on EU membership". pic.twitter.com/Xj2QUcdNfj
— Yannis Koutsomitis (@YanniKouts) January 11, 2018
New Cold War
DC Council renames street in front of Russian Embassy after Putin critic Politico (Kevin W). Not the behavior of a confident power.
First-Ever Drone Swarm Attack Has Struck Russian Military Bases, Sources Claim Science Alert (David L). Does not seem to have been very successful, but it also appears to have consumed disproportionate resources to get rid of the drones. A drone can’t carry much of a payload, so unless it hits a vulnerable and high value target, not sure these are ready for prime time as weapons.
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
LAPD takes another step toward deploying drones in controversial yearlong test Los Angeles Times (resilc)
Prosecutors say Mac spyware stole millions of user images over 13 years ars technica (Chuck L)
'Ecuador gives Julian Assange a passport' – a day after it threatened to kick him out of London embassy https://t.co/dXfKBE5fXE
— Russian Market (@russian_market) January 10, 2018
The Washington Post Lied While Correcting President Trump’s 1,950 Lies Lee Camp, TruthDig
Trump-Russia inquiry: President says he is unlikely to be interviewed BBC. FWIW, a lawyer colleague thought that the most that was likely to happen was a written interview.
The Digger Who Commissioned the Trump-Russia Dossier Speaks New Yorker (furzy)
Guess Which Line Was Missing From the Transcript of Trump’s Immigration Meeting New York Magazine (resilc)
The Michael Wolff Way Slate
What the Salvadorans Being Kicked Out by Trump Face Back Home New Yorker (furzy)
The State of Redistricting Litigation (January 2018 Edition) Brennan Center for Justice (UserFriendly)
‘We dug a baby from the mud’ BBC. Must see video.
Oprah’s long history with junk science Vox (resilc)
After #MeToo, we can’t ditch due process Guardian (Chuck L)
Rikers Guards Are Allegedly Sexually Assaulting Visitors The Cut. Resilc: “Maybe Hollywood can address this at the Oscars?
Aly Raisman: USA Gymnastics is ‘100% responsible’ for doctor’s abuse CNN (UserFriendly)
Using Twitter to Observe Election Incidents in the United States Center for Political Studies Blog (UserFriendly)
New York sues big oil companies over climate change Financial Times
Coke pulls work from McKinsey after Gupta scandal Financial Times. Only in South Africa. Many Coke bottlers are franchises. Still…
Advisers at Leading Discount Brokers Win Bonuses to Push Higher-Priced Products Wall Street Journal
Get ready for a lot of coal-plant shutdowns – Axios (resilc)
The World’s Best Female Poker Player Joins the World’s Biggest Hedge Fund Bloomberg (resilc)
Fed Pays Banks $30 Billion on “Excess Reserves” for 2017 Wolf Street (EM)
The White and Black Murder Rates Are Both Rising, But for Different Reasons New York Magazine (resilc). Important. Not just blacks are loath to call the cops. Lambert is too. But Lambert also lives in a low crime community.
CES painfully exposes Uber and Lyft’s big convenience problem MarketWatch (Rachel T)
The Purge of New York Jacobin
Timmies’ warm-and-fuzzy brand identity becomes faded and torn The Star (Mark K)
Paul Krugman got the working-class wrong. That blunder had consequences Thomas Frank, Guardian
Antidote du jour. Diptherio:
I recently relocated from my city apartment to a rural cabin. Best decision I’ve made in a long time. My new neighbors have been coming by to say ‘hi’ quite a bit, so now as I sit at my desk, I’ve got these guys hanging out just a few feet away.
A month ago Dusty found half a pie in this bush, so every day until the end of time we must closely inspect the Magic Pie Bush. pic.twitter.com/XonAojEU12
— Chris Bramwell (@ChrisBramwell) January 9, 2018
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.