‘I couldn’t believe it’: Tofte photographer stumbles on rare lynx sighting Duluth News Tribune (Chuck L)
The first Britons were black, Natural History Museum DNA study reveals Telegraph (furzy)
Models Coming into Agreement on Widespread Effects of Arctic Sea Ice Loss Weather Underground (resilc)
Floods Are Getting Worse, and 2,500 Chemical Sites Lie in the Water’s Path New York Times (resilc)
Bitcoin price will crash to zero, Nouriel Roubini says CNBC (Kevin W)
Fairly scary chart of the day..The classic phases of a bubble vs the daily chart of Bitcoin pic.twitter.com/0q28NDcLyS
— Chris Weston (@ChrisWeston_IG) February 6, 2018
Meet India’s women Open Source warriors FactorDaily (Chuck L)
Trump considers “bloody nose” strike on North Korea Defend Democracy (furzy)
Brexit: EU to have power to punish UK at will during transition Guardian. Help me. This is not “at will” which implies the EU can do it at a whim. It is if the UK breaks rules and the EU thinks it won’t be able to get enforcement in time. Recall that the ECJ won’t have jurisdiction after the end of the transition period.
Polish president signs Holocaust bill, drawing rare U.S. rebuke Washington Post (Kevin W)
Is The Turkish Attack On Afrin Intended To Split The U.S.-Kurdish Alliance? Moon of Alabama (Chuck L)
Gaza hospitals shut down as deadly siege tightens Electronic Initifada (AFXH)
Russian-Turkish axis in Syria faces meltdown Asia Times (Chuck L)
Unicef recruits gamers to mine Ethereum in aid of Syrian children Guardian. Resilc: “What about the child miners in the Congo for smartphone minerals?”
In Baltimore, Brazen Officers Took Every Chance to Rob and Cheat New York Times (resilc)
PlutoniumKun: “Interesting contrast in theories about the shooting down of the Russian Su-25 in Syria. Nobody seems to be asking where the missile came from. MoA speculates that it may have been deliberately provided by the US:”
While War Is Boring suggests it was a Russian missile, stolen from Kurds in Afrin.
A Russian Pilot Died While Attacking Civilians in Syria War Is Boring
Imperial Collapse Watch
Streamlined MV-22 Maintenance: From 70 Osprey Types Down to 5 Breaking Defence. Kevin W: “You read that right. There are 129 of these planes which come in 70 variations!”
How the Republican Party Lost Its Mind Esquire (resilc)
Trump: ‘Let’s Have a Shutdown’ If No Immigration Deal Daily Beast (furzy)
Trump’s Failure in Puerto Rico Was Even Worse Than We Knew New York Magazine (resilc). Not if you’ve been reading Lambert’s coverage!
Why We Should Fear the ‘Washington Establishment’ Figures Who are Pulling the Strings in the Trump Administration Patrick Cockburn, Counterpunch
Trump administration ponders lifetime benefit limits for Medicaid McClatchy. In addition to hitting those with chronic ailments (like those with HIV who are covered in New York), the other group hit hard would be those in nursing homes. Will dumping Alzheimer’s patients be the new normal? Or are family members supposed to let them wander out into traffic and have nature take its course?
The Democrats’ False Choice American Prospect
Modern “Liberals” Are 1950s Authoritarians Caitlin Johnstone (Randy K). Prefigured in the movie The Big Chill, but the move to the right has continued.
In the News: Americans’ Satisfaction With Their Healthcare Gallup. Wish I had time to study the poll questions and ordering for bias.
I Helped Sell the False Choice of War Once. It’s Happening Again. New York Times (resilc)
Chevrolet Sold One (1) New Car In The United Kingdom Last Month Jalopnik (resilc)
US startups are shunning IPOs. That’s bad news for Americans Quartz (Chuck L)
Interview with Jim Bianco: «Investors should be careful what they wish for» Finanz und Wirtschaft
2017 Distressed Communities Index Economic Innovation Group (resilc)
Why Ethical Robots Might Not Be Such a Good Idea After All IEEE (David L)
The 2017 DCI finds that 52.3 million Americans live in economically distressed communities—the one-fifth of zip codes that score worst on the DCI. That represents one in six Americans, or 17 percent of the U.S. population.
German union wins right to 28-hour working week Financial Times
Antidote du jour (Tracie H):
And a bonus video. This story is a bit long but still very heartening:
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.