Reminder: The Minneapolis NC Meetup is tomorrow, Saturday January 20, at 10:30AM. Details here.
Safeguarding our soils Nature
Wells Fargo customers find accounts drained by mistaken double charges Statesman (Re Silc).
The Fall of Travis Kalanick Was a Lot Weirder and Darker Than You Thought Bloomberg. Kalanick gets away clean with a billion dollars. Weird and dark this is, but a “fall”? Really?
EIA expects total U.S. fossil fuel production to reach record levels in 2018 and 2019 US Energy Information Administration. So we’re a petrostate now? Good to know.
Anyone who claims that machine learning will save money in high-stakes government decision-making is lying Boing Boing (DL). Must-read.
How the U.S. Is Making the War in Yemen Worse The New Yorker
‘Make Trade, Not War’ is China’s daring plan in the Middle East Asia Times (Re Silc).
The Left Improves Control of Britain’s Labour Party Ian Welsh. Anything called the “Disputes Committee” is something you want to control.
Residents in tower block face £2m bill to replace Grenfell-style cladding Sky News. Property managed by “First Port Property Services”; I may be overly paranoid here, but a rule I have, parallel to “Never eat at a place called Mom’s” is “Never do business with a firm called First.”
New Cold War
American Democracy Is an Easy Target Foreign Policy. Lambert here: I’m a heck a lot more concerned about squillionaire ownership than Russian “influence.”
CIA rendition flights from rustic North Carolina called to account by citizens Guardian (Re Silc). Well worth a read. “I baked their gingerbread houses for Christmas.”
Intelligence Community Contractors Gain Whistleblower Protections Government Executive
Senate in disarray with shutdown hours away Politico. This is the normal budget process now. Late Roman Republic stuff.
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What Was Most Surprising About Trump’s First Year? FiveThirtyEight
Sex in Politics… Not.
From The Department of Guys, He’s Got a Point:
Fellas, this is what consent looks like. pic.twitter.com/nVqFA1yZDC
— corey robin (@CoreyRobin) January 18, 2018
Our Famously Free Press
The 29 Stages Of A Twitterstorm In 2018 Buzzfeed. It’s all true!
Imperial Collapse Watch
‘We’re Killing These Kids, We’re Breaking the Army!’ The American Conservative. If the Democrats weren’t a war party, they could pick up those votes. I’d love to see Sanders take this on.
The Untreatable LRB
Modern Slavery CFR. Good data, once you fight through the horrid and time-consuming “interactive” UI/UX.
Editorial: Humankind put to test in face of money manager capitalism’s risks The Mainichi. Interesting to see Minsky cited in a Japanese mass-market newspaper.
An Insider’s Take on Assessment: It May Be Worse Than You Thought Chronicle. Important for adjuncts.
Antidote du jour (Re Silc):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.