South African lions eat ‘poacher’, leaving just his head BBC (Dr. Kevin)
Red wolves may be going extinct in the wild — again Washington Post
Unknown Language Discovered in Malaysia Smithsonian (Chuck L)
Scientists Discover Hundreds of 2D Materials That Could Be The Next Graphene ScienceAlert (David L)
Study Finds Gender And Skin-Type Bias In Commercial Artificial-Intelligence Systems ScienceBlog (Dr.. Kevin)
St. Louis saw the deadly 1918 Spanish flu epidemic coming. Shutting down the city saved countless lives St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Kevin W)
New DNA nanorobots successfully targeted and killed off cancerous tumors TechCrunch (David L)
Bullet Trains Are Transforming the World’s Biggest Migration Bloomberg (resilc)
Brexit in the Boardroom FTI Consulting. OMG, what are these people smoking? Even allowing for the UK participation, a lot of people are not paying close attention:
…. we spoke with over 2,500 leaders of large businesses across four major EU economies (France, Germany, Spain and the UK)…
Timing: 75% of firms expect clarity on the UK/EU relationship by June 2018 at which point ‘irreversible changes’ will be made to their business planning.
What kind of Brexit: 65% of all respondents believe there will be tariff free access for goods, 52% believe the ECJ will still have jurisdiction, and 59% that there will be free movement of people.
Big Four ‘feasted’ on dying Carillion The Times
New Cold War
All Western leaders were lying, promising not to expand NATO Defend Democracy
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Facebook employee concerned company tracking his phone for leaks: Report Business Insider (Chuck L)
Talk down to Siri like she’s a mere servant – your safety demands it The Register (Kevin W)
The UK’s hidden role in Assange’s detention Jonathan Cook (Anthony L)
U.S. Intelligence Shuts Down Damning Report on Whistleblower Retaliation Daily Beast (Chuck L)
The Trump administration wants to turn the International Space Station into a commercially run venture, NASA document shows Washington Post (furzy). With branding opportunities too, no doubt.
Trump’s infrastructure plan: no money, no action, no surprise Mike Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times. Great one-stop shellacking.
All Guns, No Butter Slate (resilc)
Trump’s budget would end student loan forgiveness program CNBC. UserFriendly: “I seriously hate this country.”
How Popular Is Donald Trump? FiveThirtyEight
Omarosa: Pence Would Be So Much Worse Than Trump Daily Beast. (resilc)
Senate braces for showdown over ‘Dreamers’ The Hill. Help me. You never pick a fight when you don’t have a battle plan.
Chart of the Day: Does Your State Allow Police to Have Sex With People They Arrest? Feministmag (resilc). Wowsers. Telling that only now is this finally being raised as an issue….shows the class priorities of too many soi-disant feminists.
Steven A. Cohen’s Investment Firm Sued for Discrimination By Female Staffer Wall Street Journal. This sort of thing is widespread in finance, and is most likely to be extreme at private firms that make a lot of money for the firm, which may not be the same as making a lot of money for investors. It’s even harder for women to speak out at hedge funds and PE firms than at the large commercial and investments banks because the complaint system will be an obvious joke, as opposed to eyewash, and the relatively small number of employees will be much better able to tell a unified story about how the woman was no good at her job and the complaints are a fabrication.
The 2018 Vault Office Romance Survey Results Vault. Key finding: Marked decline in the number of respondents, particularly men, who think an office romance is OK. This may well be a net negative development, since fewer people than evah are getting married in college, which means the workplace is an increasingly likely place to meet a mate. I can name many people, including one of my brothers, who met their spouse at the office and have had long-standing successful marriages. And there are quotes like this:
The #MeToo movement just ‘concreted’ the glass ceiling. Don’t even want to be in same room alone with opposite sex.
Outback Server Fired for Facebook Post About Non-Tipping Church Group DailyMeal (resilc)
The Advent of a Cynical Bubble GMO (Scott)
Amazon to Launch Delivery Service That Would Vie With FedEx, UPS Wall Street Journal. Key part:
Amazon expects to roll out the delivery service in Los Angeles in coming weeks with third-party merchants that sell goods via its website, according to the people. Amazon then aims to expand the service to more cities as soon as this year, some of the people say….
Amazon is planning to undercut UPS and FedEx on pricing, although the exact rate structure is still unclear, these people said.
So no more using Amazon merchants as a way of rationalizing buying from Amazon (as in you aren’t using their warehouse workers….)
The analyst who predicted Amazon would buy Whole Foods says only 2 cities have a shot at HQ2 Business Insider (David L)
Amazon laying off hundreds – report CNBC (resilc)
The Populist Realignment That Never Came New Republic
Corporations Will Inherit the Earth New York Times. Resilc: “Coding is a dead end. I have lived in the future. It’s called Guatemala. It isn’t nice.”
Antidote du jour. Craig C: “Several pond turtles and a Great Blue Heron last summer in the wetlands east of my house in the Willamette Valley, Oregon.”
And a bonus video:
— AP Oddities (@AP_Oddities) February 10, 2018
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.