No Board? No Problem! Golden Retriever Slides Down Ski Hill Sputnik (margarita)
New tree-planting drones can plant 100,000 trees in a single day TechSpot (David L)
Going to ground: how used coffee beans can help your garden and your health The Conversation (David L). This is all well and good, but what are urban coffee brewers supposed to do? I have no yard, and I already find it hard to dispose of things like mercury batteries and used toner cartridges responsibly (at least one local drugstore now has a cardboard box sitting out for dead batteries..).
With Fungi in the Mix, Concrete Can Fill Its Own Cracks Smithsonian (dcblogger)
Flaws in Gas Station Software Let Hackers Change Prices, Steal Fuel, Erase Evidence Motherboard (resilc)
Why Amazon Go should be a no-go: We will drown in a sea of plastic TreeHugger (resilc)
A small-scale demonstration shows how quantum computing could revolutionize data analysis MIT Technology Review (David L)
Is a Transition to Renewable Energy on the Verge of Being Unstoppable? Knowledge @ Wharton
The doctor responsible for gene therapy’s greatest setback is sounding a new alarm MIT Technology Review (David L)
Researchers Discover ‘Anxiety Cells’ In The Brain NPR (David L)
Touted Energy “Reform” Goes Awry in Mexico Wolf Street (EM)
Brexit. Major tweetstorm, courtesy Richard Smith. Read the whole thing:
There are problems with Brexit in Whitehall.
Here’s a small tale of government indecision, prevarication and “no deal” neurosis with big implications. 2 qs:
1. Have you heard of the Road Haulage and truckers bill?
2. Until you do: Is “no deal” planning **really** happening?
— Sam Coates Times (@SamCoatesTimes) February 1, 2018
Imperial Collapse Watch
Missile Defense Failure in Hawaii CNN (Bill B)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
A fast-evolving new botnet could take gadgets in your home to the dark side MIT Technology Review (David L)
Oops! Don’t say ‘Google’ in your Alexa voice app, Amazon said Techcrunch (Kevin W)
Privacy: Judges say the UK’s Snooper’s Charter is illegal Beta News (Chuck L)
Trump Still Has Nothing But Platitudes For American Workers Lori Wallach and Rep. Rosa DeLauro, Huffington Post
7 German Words That Perfectly Capture the Feeling of Living in Trump’s America Alternet (Dr. Kevin). Funny how Obama’s America gets a free pass despite 9 million foreclosures, getting rid of habeas corpus, greatly increasing the surveillance state…
Schiff accuses Nunes of making secret changes to classified memo before White House review Los Angeles Times (furzy)
America Is Not a Democracy Atlantic
How #MeToo could knock the Clintons off the 2018 map CNN (UserFriendly). Would be delicious to see Hillary hoist on her own petard.
2018 Prediction #5 — The H-1B visa problem will NOT go away I, Cringley (Glenn F)
Trey Gowdy, Who Led House Benghazi Inquiry, Will Not Seek Re-election New York Times (furzy)
Georgia Democrat could become America’s 1st African-American female governor ABC. UserFriendly: “Long shot but not impossible.”
Respecting Life in a Time of Transgender Robots and ‘Pet Parents’ National Catholic Register. Dr. Kevin: “t was only a matter of time before pro-lifers turned on the robots.”
Our Famously Free Press
In a Major Free Speech Victory, a Federal Court Strikes Down a Law that Punishes Supporters of Israel Boycott Glenn Greenwald, Intercept (Kevin W)
Fooling America Real History Archives. Margarita: “A bit of a long read – a 1993 speech by R. Parry on the shape of things in 1993.”
Freelancing abroad in a world obsessed with Trump Columbia Journalism Review (Chuck L). Important.
Monetary Policy and Liquid Government Debt- Working Papers St. Louis Fed. UserFriendly: URGHHH SO CLOSE TO MMT. He made a stupid assumption about the fed’s balance sheet being irrelevant which means you can’t print money. I tweeted at him.”
Xerox Cedes Control to Fujifilm, Ending Its Independence Bloomberg. Resilc: “Making Merikia great again….fast forward to 2050 when Lo Fat China Iron and Steel Ltd takes over Apple.”
Meet the physicists selling time to traders Financial Times (David L)
Austerity is an Algorithm: What happened when Australia tried to replace some social services with software. Logic. Dr. Kevin: “Spoiler! It didn’t go well.”
The Truth About Teen Suicide Washington Monthly (resilc). Curious re what readers make of this. One issue is that depressed kids in non-rural areas may be more likely to be medicated, erm, treated (antidepresssants, Adderall).
Women Once Ruled the Computer World. When Did Silicon Valley Become Brotopia? Bloomberg. That’s easy! When the comp went up! Feminized professions are always underpaid.
Default Crisis for Black Student Borrowers Inside Higher Ed (Grumpy Engineer). From last fall, still germane.
Deep Poverty In The U.S. Barry Ritholtx. Resilc: “And since the majority of Merkinzzz don’t have $1000 in savings, are they just shallow poverty?”
How the Media Is Abetting the GOP’s War on “Welfare” New Republic
How to Not Die in America Splinter News (UserFriendly, Dr. Kevin)
Remaking the World emptywheel (Chuck L)
Antidote du jour. Timotheus: “Bluebird at -14F, Ft Wayne IN.”
And a bonus:
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.