These Lake Superior caribou faced death. Then a helicopter came Minnesota Public Radio (Chuck L)
Federal government says Canada lynx numbers safe, proposes to remove protections Quetico Superior Foundation (Chuck L)
Check Out This Sneaky Railway Smuggler Tram Makezine (resilc)
Pope shocks Chile by accusing sex abuse victims of slander Associated Press (Chuck L)
Peeved by price gouging and shortages, hospitals will now make their own drugs ars technica (resilc). A step in the right direction, maybe….drug company prices are so bad that it’s hard to think this isn’t profit driven.
A small chemical reactor made via 3-D printing allows for making drugs on-demandTechXplore (Dr. Kevin)
Google CEO Sundar Pichai says AI is more profound than electricity or fire The Verge (David L). “‘He would say that, now wouldn’t he?'”
How to tame the tech titans Economist
User succumbs to a seizure in virtual reality while other players can only watch The Verge (Kevin W)
US says China WTO membership was a mistake Financial Times
China wants to reshape the global order Axios (resilc)
No Brexit deal on financial services if UK diverges from EU, says Merkel ally Politico. Deadly. As we’ve been saying….
— Ian Fraser (@Ian_Fraser) January 19, 2018
From the article (hat tip Richard Smith):
In addition to the £2.6bn Section 75 pension deficit, Carillion’s liabilities when it went bust included £1.3bn owed to its banking syndicate; £350m arising from early payment facilities with suppliers; cross-guarantees of £630m relating to bonding facilities; £170m of convertible bonds guaranteed by the company; and an unknown debt to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, £16m of which was due by the end of the month.
This is a big deal. The amount of pension shortfall, reported a few days ago and presumably based on published financials, was just under £600 million. So this means accounting fraud, big time. Plus the clowns were paying dividends and hefty exec bounuses until July 2017.
Varoufakis Reveals Outburst Against “Stupid” Tsipras Greek Reporter (margarita)
Twilight of the Kurds Foreign Policy
Trump’s State Department spent over $1m in Iran to exploit unrest Medium. JTM: “Looks like more than a piddling $1 million.”
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Finding Your Voice Intercept (Bill B)
Can Software Predict Crime? Maybe So, but No Better Than a Human New York Times (David L)
Imperial Collapse Watch
CDC to Scale Back Work in Dozens of Foreign Countries Amid Funding Worries Wall Street Journal
Trump Is Turning the State Department into a Global Weapons Dealer Alternet (Kevin W)
Trump’s Inaugural Address, One Year Later New York Magazine (resilc)
Supreme Court Agrees to Decide Legality of Trump Travel Ban Wall Street Journal
Massive raids threatened against immigrants in California WSWS (Randy K)
Trump’s Entire Nativist Agenda Is Based on a Lie Vanity Fair
Scores of Republicans viewed the controversial memo in secure settings at the Capitol and concluded it contains hard evidence that the special counsel investigation into whether Trump’s campaign officials had improper contacts with Russia were sparked by the politically motivated actions of senior FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) officials.
Online users go wild for ‘future president’ Ivanka Trump Daily Mail. Resilc: “President of delusionalism.”
Loneliness is contributing to our increasingly tribal politics Financial Times
Democrats in Disarray
Clinton And Bernie Allies Are Still At Odds Over Caucus Vs. Primary Rules For 2020 BuzzFeed (UserFriendly)
The Resistance Is Turning Its Fire on a Conservative Democrat New York Times (resilc)
Before ‘Roe v. Wade,’ The Women of ‘Jane’ Provided Abortions For The Women Of Chicago NPR (Kevin W). The US is a serious outlier among advanced economies by not having the right to abortion be a matter of law (as in provided for in legislation)…
Babe Turns a Movement Into a Racket Atlantic (resilc). Important and well done.
Senate Democrats Join Hands With Republicans to Sell You Out to Banks SplinterNews (resilc). Key quote:
According to the Times, the bill’s supporters argue it would “offer much-needed relief to small banks and credit unions in parts of America that have been struggling under regulations that had primarily been aimed at the biggest banks.” That’s right: Every bank smaller than the 10th biggest bank in America is now a struggling small bank, just trying to make ends meet.
Opioids in the Suburbs The Weekly Standard (resilc)
Antidote du jour. ChiGal:
My neighbor’s happy pup Piper playing in the North Carolina snow today–this is the Piedmont, mind you, not the mountains!We must have gotten close to a foot of the fluffy white stuff and she was loving it!
Naturally it was a snow day across the board–school and work cancelled, no one driving anywhere if they could help it, cuz I think maybe they have like 1 snow plow here or something.
And a bonus. Are they ravens? Tracie H: “Heckle and Jeckle discussing the WSJ while watching golfers at the Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.”
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.