Become a professional Cat Cuddler in Ireland TreeHugger (resilc)
Australian raptors start fires to flush out prey Cosmos (furzy). Australia has badass wildlife! Note the behavior was reported earlier but no one seemed to have figure out why the birds were doing that.
Study links decline in teenagers’ happiness to smartphones Portland Press Herald (Chuck L)
Fukushima heroes still fighting effects of radiation, stress and guilt South China Morning Post (Roy M)
Inquality and Wealth Distribution in Germany Der Speigel. Resilc: “I’d rather be in the bottom in Germany than here for sure.”
The EU has proposed releasing negotiating guidelines on trade and the future in March, but sources said this could now be delayed if the UK did not clarify its position, or continued to adopt a “cake and eat it” approach to the negotiations.
The president of Honduras starts his second term under a cloud – A contested inauguration Economist. UserFriendly: “Odd how Iran protests got wall to wall coverage and this barely got a peep.”
Why Europe Must Reject U.S. Blackmail Over Iran’s Nuclear Agreement – An Update Moon of Alabama (Chuck L). From last week, still germane.
Imperial Collapse Watch
Why We’re Underestimating American Collapse Eudaimonia and Co. Resilc flagged this paragraph:
But that is America’s task, not the world’s. The world’s task is this. Should the world follow the American model — extreme capitalism, no public investment, cruelty as a way of life, the perversion of everyday virtue — then these new social pathologies will follow, too. They are new diseases of the body social that have emerged from the diet of junk food — junk media, junk science, junk culture, junk punditry, junk economics, people treating one another and their society like junk — that America has fed upon for too long.
Meet the CIA: Guns, Drugs and Money Counterpunch
MSU scholars find $21 trillion in unauthorized government spending; Defense Department to conduct first-ever audit Michigan State University (Chuck L). Note in 2001, the DoD’s own auditors said it could not account for $2.3 trillion in transactions in a single year.
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
The War on Dissent Consent Factory (Romancing The Loan)
The American Family Today 2018 Walmart (resilc)
Thought Police for the 21st Century Chris Hedges, Truthdig. From last week, still germane. Bill B notes:
Facebook: “We believe that a key part of combating extremism is preventing recruitment by disrupting the underlying ideologies that drive people to commit acts of violence. That’s why we support a variety of counterspeech efforts.”
The Senate Hearing where Monika Bickert testifies can be found here:
Judge: Kushner Company Must Reveal Identities of Real Estate Partners Pro Publica (resilc)
The Russiagate Stakes Are Extreme Paul Craig Roberts. As Stromcrow said: “Roberts may be wrong, and he can often be over the top. But he makes serious allegations.”
Controlling the Chief New York Review of Books. Important.
Air Force One Needs 2 New Refrigerators. Together, They Cost $24 Million. New York Times (UserFriendly)
Trump: ‘I wouldn’t say I’m a feminist’ The Hill (UserFriendly). Wellie, in retrograde Republican moments, Trump has the good luck of timing to come in a distant second to this: GOP candidate says feminists have ‘snake-filled heads,’ hopes daughters don’t become ‘she devils Washington Post
No, Bernie 2020 Will Not Be The Same As 2016 Medium (UserFriendly). Important.
Republican Candidates Are Now Filming Their Campaign Ads In Swamps Mother Jones (resilc)
Ryan’s Shameless Pandering to the Gulf States American Conservative
Scott Walker Is Literally Preventing Wisconsinites From Voting The Nation (Atlandmain). However, as allan stated:
I loathe Scott Walker, but want to point out that Andrew Cuomo did essentially the same thing in NYS recently because he wanted to keep the Dems in the minority in the state Senate in order to minimize pressure from the left during this spring’s budget negotiations. Gridlock is Cuomo’s friend, or rather fig leaf that he can hide behind when challenged on his record.
Sex in Politics…Not!
Hillary Clinton protected aide Burns Strider from sexual harassment charges Quartz. Reslic: “Trouble in pantsuit nation.”
Facebook, Google and Twitter reveal little in answers to Senate CNET (furzy). Quelle surprise!
End of the 9-Year Rental Housing Boom? Wolf Richter (EM)
The profitable business of selling to the hard-up Thrifty Living (resilc)
The death of Christianity in the U.S. Baptist News Global (furzy). Given that atheists have been found to behave in a more moral manner than believers, I have trouble seeing this as a bad thing. However, having said that, churches are one of the few remaining communities in American life.
No Wrinkle in Time Atrios. On robot cars.
The Sackler family made billions from OxyContin. Why do top US colleges take money tainted by the opioid crisis? Guardian. This has been going on for decades. The Sackler wing of the Fogg Art Museum opened at Harvard in the early 1980s.
Amazon’s New Supermarket Could Be Grim News for Human Workers New Yorker. Help me. See Leonid Berzinksy at Bloomberg’s take: Amazon’s Pointless Obsession With Cashiers. Plus shrinkage.
Antidote du jour. Speaking of snakes, from crittermom: “This beautiful bull snake resided at the last place I lived & had grown to 4 ft by the time I moved.”
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.