My cat Blake died two years ago today. I still miss him.
Grazing dangerously: The Romanian sheep nibbling away at US security Daily Times (Kevin W)
Brussels goes to war against plastic garbage Politico. Way way WAY overdue in the US.
Vestager wants second term as competition commissioner Politico. Google would not be happy.
Magic mushrooms: Treating depression without dulling emotions Medical News Heart
Trump’s surprise turnaround on North Korea Asia Times
ECB official warns of abrupt Brexit ‘shock’ Financial Times
Labour OUTRAGE as member signals party WILL push for second Brexit referendum Express UK (Kevin W). Hahaha. Press barons having trouble keeping the peons in control.
Carillion held just £29m in cash when it collapsed Financial Times. OMG:
Keith Cochrane, the company’s interim chief executive, has stated in a document for the company’s insolvency process that there was so little funding available that the consultants PwC and EY both rejected requests that they be taken on as administrators amid concerns they would not be paid.
Kind of ironic that Carillion finance director Zafar Khan's reward for unearthing a £845m black hole in the company's accounts (i.e. doing his job properly) was to be 'fired' !! https://t.co/fG0bDvCuQk
— Ian Fraser (@Ian_Fraser) January 15, 2018
Deutschland erzielt weltgrößten Bilanz-Überschuss Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten See Google Translate: Germany achieves world’s largest balance sheet surplus (AFXH). Not good, as any student of Keynes would tell you, and worse, Germany thinks this is great.
The Balfour Declaration at 100: Remembering Its Prophetic Jewish Critics Washington Report on Middle Eastern Affairs (Judy B). From last year, still germane.
Syria Kurds vow to cleanse enclave from Turkish ‘scourges’ Middle East Online (resilc)
Imperial Collapse Watch
‘We’re Killing These Kids, We’re Breaking the Army!’ American Conservative (Chuck L)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Your Chromecast Or Google Home Might Be Screwing Up Your Wi-Fi Gizmodo (Kevin W)
Donald Trump Will Soil You. Ask Lindsey Graham New York Times
Consumer Watchdog to Reconsider Obama-Era Payday-Lending Rule Wall Street Journal
Trump Might Finally Get His Shutdown Atlantic (resilc)
Disputes Threaten Deal on ‘Dreamers’ as Shutdown Looms Wall Street Journal
Democrats in Disarray
DNC overhaul struggles as Sanders-Clinton rivalries persist Politico. UserFriendly: “How about ‘failed horribly’.”
Audacity Of Chelsea Manning’s Senate Campaign Rankles Democrats ShadowProof (UserFriendly). Yes, how dare just anyone run?
Dems search for winning playbook The Hill. UserFriendly; “Kill me.”
When sexual assault victims speak out, their institutions often betray them The Conversation (Nikki)
YouTube Subjecting All ‘Preferred’ Content to Human Review Wall Street Journal
Brown goes to court to finish pension reforms Calpensions
Further notes on visiting Herbalife clubs in Queens John Hempton
Larry Fink’s Warning to CEOs Rings Hollow Matt Levine, Bloomberg
Economists of the World, Unite! Democracy Journal. UserFriendly: “Interesting VERY long history.”
How America’s ‘childcare deserts’ are driving women out of the workforce Guardian. And per our weekend post, the cause is not enough cheap workers.
The Real Reason Your Downtown Died Strong Towns (Darius)
Higher Education Is Drowning in BS The Chronicle of Higher Education (Alison). An excellent rant.
Antidote du jour. Boy, this bird is intense! Also handsome. MGL:
This is a white-capped mollymawk albatross. One of many we saw when doing a 2.5 hour wildlife tour (no 3 hour tours there!) just off Stewart Island, NZ in December 2017. I’d never seen so many albatross in one place; probably up to 20 at one point. They were attracted to nearby fishermen in a skiff not far away. They seemed to think our boat might also offer similar goodies.
I mentioned how Abyssians (which have ticked fur but tabby markings only on their faces) were bred from tabbies. My first Aby could never have been a show cat because he had tabby rings on the end of his tail and his back legs.
This picture is a perfect example of tabbies with almost-all-the-way-to-Aby-typed ticked fur. From Tracie H:
The “ticked tabbies”, Jeremiah (AKA Je-reeen or Je-chan) and Salty (AKA Sea Salt or Cho-chiri or Cho-chan), love sitting at the “Bamboo window”.
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.