Nigel, the world’s loneliest bird, dies next to the concrete decoy he loved WaPo. If those concrete decoys had been robots, everything would have been fine.
Macron’s Attack on Workers Jacobin (J-LS).
Russia strikes back as Syrian rebels take credit for shooting down fighter jet, killing pilot WaPo. With a surface-to-air missile. I wonder where they got it from?
Cats, rats and what a fistful of dodgy dollars in the desert tells us about China’s banking system South China Morning Post
Tillerson to Latin America: Beware of China The Atlantic
Aadhaar Opponents Must Move Beyond Surveillance Fears and Focus on the Law’s Flaws The Wire. “Aadhaar” is India’s universal ID system; see NC here.
New Cold War
Russiagate is Dangerous, Will Washington Get the Memo? TRNN. Lol no.
16 Bombshells in the Nunes Memo the Media Do Not Want You to Know About Brietbart. I almost never link to Breitbart, but this is at least fun. Especially #16.
The Nunes-Ryan Civil Liberties Sham Marcy Wheeler, HuffPo (Kokuanani).
Trump’s Unparalleled War on a Pillar of Society: Law Enforcement NYT. Lambert here: The “pillar of society” headline is for a news story, not an Op-Ed, mind you. And nobody who watched Obama militarize the police and orchestrate a 17-city paramilitary crackdown on Occupy should be surprised that these are liberal Democrat views.
Snowden Bashes Nunes: I Was More Careful With Gov’t Secrets Than You Are Daily Beast. Yves: “Snowden here is explicitly rejecting the idea that the intelligence agencies are democratically accountable and can have their decisions over-ridden. What he did is in no way analogous to elected officials in an oversight capacity taking action.”
PART 4- The Arctic dimension The Saker (KW).
The search for Jackie Wallace Times-Picayune
Could a Vaccine Protect Players from Concussions? Wired (Re Silc). Yves: “I happen to know people who are working directly on the concussion issue. This is vaporware of the worst kind.”
Why NFL Ratings Are Plummeting: A Two-Part Theory The Atlantic
This "slum hotel" in Mumbai, India offers tourists a chance to experience "poverty" for $31 a night. pic.twitter.com/LKZKvtaaxp
— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) February 1, 2018
Austerity is an Algorithm Logic. Here is the headline from Boing Boing, which is much better: Australia put an algorithm in charge of its benefits fraud detection and plunged the nation into chaos (JVB). But Logic‘s original doesn’t just say “Kafa-esque,” it shows it.
Hey Democrats, the Problem Isn’t Jobs and Growth James Kwak, Baseline Scenario. “All these moderate Democrat congressional hopefuls (who keep calling me to ask for thousands of dollars without having the faintest idea what I believe in)…” Thousands of dollars? Really?
The Amazon worker: paid £18,000 a year to shift 250 items an hour Guardian (JT McPhee).
What Is The Last Question? The Edge
Antidote du jour (via):
Bonus antidote. Upping my cat game:
Here, for anyone who requires it, is a kitten stealing a baby's sock pic.twitter.com/9BDjxTdSdx
— Ash Warner (@AlsBoy) February 1, 2018
Double bonus antidote:
"I recently bought comfy beds for my cats, but they still prefer to sleep on my sheep.." pic.twitter.com/jw5sEBkcIK
— Aww Club (@awwcuteness) February 2, 2018
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.