First monkey clones created in Chinese laboratory BBC. My 90 year old mother wants Sanders cloned.
Never-Before-Seen Viruses With Weird DNA Were Just Discovered in The Ocean ScienceAlert (David L)
Cars found trapped in Edinburgh’s ‘robot car park’ 15 years on Edinburgh News (resilc)
Qualcomm Just Got Fined $1.23 Billion for Illegal Apple Payments Fortune. Resilc: “Apple is a crime scene. Kickbacks and tax fraud.”
China Is Decimating Southeast Asian Wildlife The Diplomat (furzy)
Chinese labs use mail to send opioid fentanyl into US, Senate report finds Guardian. Resilc: “Looks like anti-Chinese front opening up on several sides.”
A man, a plan, a canal…Thailand? Asia Times (resilc)
ECB’s New Plan B? Synthetic Structured Eurobonds Wolf Street (EM)
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Theresa May’s new Brexit strategy: jump first, argue later Financial Times
On the City of London and Brexit, silence is not golden Financial Times. Editorial.
Presidents Club to close after harassment scandal Financial Times. May set a speed record in journalistic scalp collecting.
The role of accountancy firms in Carillion’s collapse is bigger than we thought Left Foot Forward. Wowsers, this is really bad. And who (well you will see “who”) would be dumb enough to be an “outsourced internal audit manager”? That is a prescription for eating huge amounts of liability, particularly since you are at risk of adverse selection.
From Politico’s daily European e-mail:
MADRID BARS PUIGDEMONT FROM REGIONAL OFFICE: Catalonia’s fugitive pro-independence president-in-exile Carles Puigdemont and the regional parliament’s new president, Roger Torrent, were blocked by the Spanish government from using Catalonia’s representative office in central Brussels for talks on Wednesday.
With Catalonia under direct rule from Madrid until a new government is formed, Torrent told POLITICO he was notified by the Spanish foreign ministry just ahead of their meeting that Puigdemont would not be admitted to the premises. Instead, Puigdemont, his fellow exiled Catalan lawmakers and Torrent were given space at the like-minded Centre Maurits Coppieters. Torrent’s tricky task is to hold a parliamentary vote by the end of this month on Puigdemont’s investiture for another term as president. However, Puigdemont risks arrest if he returns home for the vote and Madrid has scoffed at the suggestion that he could attend by video link.
Greece Steps Out of the Naughty Corner Bloomberg. Only finance people would put it that way.
Trump Slams Erdogan Over Syria Attack, Warns of Clash With U.S. Bloomberg. Reslic: “Never enough wars. NATO v. NATO coming?
Assad’s Victory: What Comes after War in Syria? Der Spiegel
New Cold War
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Germany threatens curbs on Facebook’s data use Financial Times. This is a big deal.
NSA Deletes “Honesty” and “Openness” From Core Values Intercept (Brian C, Dr. Kevin)
Imperial Collapse Watch
Don’t Fear Trump–Fear the Next Republican President Benjamin Studebaker (UserFriendly)
Trump Says He Is Willing to Testify in Mueller Probe Wall Street Journal. Loophole alert: “Subject to my lawyers.”
Why Donald Trump Will Be Welcome in Davos New Yorker
The Epistemic Quandary of the FBI and Trump Atlantic (resilc)
One year in, voters reflect on life in the Trump era PBS (resilc)
Budget talks progress, as Senate Dems drop Dreamer demand Politico. Lambert: “Emily Litella voice: ‘Never mind.'”
Kill Me Now
John Kerry considering presidential run in 2020: report The Hill (UserFriendly, furzy)
Businesses Cut Back on Overseas Investments Wall Street Journal
State Tax Workarounds Could Mean $154 Billion Lost to Treasury Bloomberg (resilc)
The Opioid Crisis: An Examination of How We Got Here and How We Move Forward Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. From earlier this month. David D: “Great testimony re opiod epidemic solutions.”
The U.S. Can No Longer Hide From Its Deep Poverty Problem – The New York Times (furzy)
Older workers in the US dominate employment growth – troubles ahead Bill Mitchell (UserFriendly). Important.
Antidote du hour (Tracie H):
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See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.