Star-hop from Orion to Planet 9 EarthSky. Chuck L: “If it exists, the planet has a mass about 10 times that of Earth and orbits about 20 times farther from the sun on average than Neptune, which is currently the 8th major planet and which orbits the sun at an average distance of 2.8 billion miles (4.5 billion km).
The astronomers say it would take this new planet between 10,000 and 20,000 years to make just one full orbit around the sun.”
The Plan to Save an Iconic Natural Monument By Covering It in Plastic Motherboard. No comment.
A New Information Engine is Pushing the Boundaries of Thermodynamics Futurism (David L)
Monstrous males? Analysis of children’s book villains show strong gender bias RT News (JT McPhee)
Want to Build a 3D Printer? Look No Further Than Your Electronic Junkyard Yale Global Online. Reduce, reuse, recycle.
Space odysseys Times Literary Supplement.
The dying art of owning a decent pen The Spectator. When I blog– for NC or otherwise, or write an article of fewer than 1500-2000 words– I compose directly on my computer. But with longer-form writings, I still always write my first draft out in long-hand, employing a trusty fountain pen, using Diamine ink. Readers?
The Untreatable London Review of Books. Timely review of a book about the 1918 global ‘flu pandemic.
Kill Me Now
Amazon debuts the store without a checkout FT. What could go wrong? Readers should have fun with this….
How the seizure of a US spy ship by North Korea nearly sparked nuclear war CNN. I watched Dr. Strangelove recently, as I do periodically. And what struck me again, as always when I view this film, is how amazing it is that we’ve so far avoided stumbling into nuclear war, accidental or otherwise.
South Korea prosecutors are investigating Apple’s iPhone battery controversy The Verge. Well, well, well– prosecutors who seek to hold a corporation accountable! DOJ: Pay attention.
Unions Held Their Own in 2017 Jacobin. Doug Henwood.
Sears Canada Steals Pensions Ian Welsh
There Is More Than One Opioid Crisis FiveThirtyEight
What Not To Wear…To Court The Marshall Project Author and third year law student Jeff Campbell gets it. Wishing him well in his goal of becoming a public defender.
Trump administration extending opioid emergency declaration Politico. Talk is cheap.
Why does the UK have so many accents? The Conversation
Democrats in Disarray
The Democratic Party Is Not What You Think Gods & Radicals (rivegauche). Far from a perfect piece, yet nonetheless makes quite a few good points but caricatures “Berniecrats” as if Sanders supporters are in truck with the Dems.
‘Bernie Bros’ Phenomenon Debunked in New Poll Truthdig. Charles: “Confirmation is nice.”
India will install cameras in classrooms amid a rise of surveillance measures in Asia Business Insider (David L)
Syria – Turks Attack Afrin, U.S. Strategy Fails, Kurds Again Chose The Losing Side Moon of Alabama (The Rev Kev)
Slovenia to recognize Palestinian state next month — TV report Times of Israel (Sam Adams)
Emmanuel Macron: French would ‘probably’ vote to leave EU Sky News. So, seemingly those in charge are aware of the plebe POV– yet that insight doesn’t alter policies.
LEADING MARXIST SCHOLAR DAVID HARVEY ON TRUMP, WALL STREET, AND DEBT PEONAGE The Intercept (JH)
‘Washington Was About to Explode’: The Clinton Scandal, 20 Years Later Politico. A reminder: the Lewinsky story broke on 21 January, twenty years ago. Here some of the journos involved mull what it all means. Some interesting details.
Government shutdown: Trump attacks Democrats and calls for ‘nuclear option’ Guardian. Re Silc: “i like the photo. get me a big mac.”
War hero senator calls Trump ‘Cadet Bone Spurs’ and says she won’t be lectured by a ‘five-deferment draft dodger’ following the president’s claims the Democrats are holding the military hostage Daily Mail (Re Silc)
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See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.