First population-scale sequencing project explores platypus history PhysOrg (Chuck L)
New evidence for plume beneath Yellowstone National Park PhysOrg (Chuck L)
Child abuse imagery found within bitcoin’s blockchain Guardian. Richard Smith: “So you could cripple any ‘coin’ (at least in the UK) by putting a bit of child abuse imagery on its blockchain somewhere. That would be enough prosecution futures to keep our lot happy.”
The NSA Worked to ‘Track Down’ Bitcoin Users, Snowden Documents Reveal Intercept (Bill B)
Has the Cryptocoin Market Met Its Match in the SEC? Wall Street Journal
There are still 100,000 pay phones in America CNN. I find it a disgrace that they have been removed from airports. If you fail to put phone on airplane mode when flying, you drain your battery because your phone goes into maximum power use mode when it is trying to find a tower.
Macular degeneration: ‘I’ve been given my sight back’ BBC. Stem cell treatment.
Need a CT scan? Here is why you should ask your doctor if it is absolutely necessary Scroll (J-LS). Aieee.
Michael Gove threatens EU with ‘consequences’ if they pillage UK waters during ‘sub-optimal’ Brexit transition Telegraph. Help me.
Confusion as Article 32 regulating free movement for British citizens vanishes from new Brexit agreement Independent (Kevin W). “Jane Golding, chair of British in Europe said: ‘Contrary to what David Davis and Michel Barnier are saying, this document provides no more certainty for the 1.2 million British people living in the EU 27, EEA and Switzerland than they had last week.'”
Nice bloke at Heathrow currency exchange desk asks whether Brexit will be good for my industry. When I said no, disastrous, he said he asks everyone the same question: and Every. Single. Person gives the same answer. But a bunch of Old Etonian conmen think they know better.
— Howard Goodall (@Howard_Goodall) March 20, 2018
The Italian Election London Review of Books
New Cold War
On Being a Dissenting Voice in 2018 Craig Murray. Chuck L: “Fascinating description of attempts to shame and gaslight.” Chuck provides this example. “The Guido Fawkes’s website stab at denigrating Murray because of his bipolar disorder: A First-Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness.”
Russian Elections Show How Russia is Becoming Great Again Russia Insider. Contrast this with the meme that Putin is a dictator and the elections are rigged. Mind you, you can still be authoritarian and yet democratically elected, a combination that the US refused to admit can exist when said authoritarian is not playing ball with the US. Admittedly, past Russian elections have been criticized, but I am not sure how much was bona fide (clearly at least some) and how much has been exaggerated. Kevin W: “Key section: ‘Equally notable was the manner in which the elections were run: the process was public and transparent, using paper ballots counted by hand. Polling places were equipped with video cameras. Ballot-stuffing, which was a problem with previous elections, was detected in a couple of places, and the tainted results were disqualified.'”
US Smooths Israel’s Path to Annexing West Bank Counterpunch
Shock and Awe revisited, as fighting drags on in Syria’s Ghouta Pepe Escobar, Asia Times
Ten Senate Democrats Help Pentagon Continue War Efforts In Yemen Shadowproof (UserFriendly)
Newly-Declassified U.S. Government Documents: The West Supported the Creation of ISIS Washington’s Blog (Chuck L). Not news if you’ve been paying attention, but being able to refer to documents means you can’t be painted as a CT type if you pose the idea.
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Trump to Ramp Up Trade Restraints on China Wall Street Journal
Republicans fear disaster if Trump fires Mueller The Hill. Recall that we thought that Mueller’s game all along was to goad Trump into arguable or actual obstruction of justice, since the idea that Trump was a Russian puppet is ludicrous (and separately, as constitutional expert Alan Dershowitz has argued, “collusion” is an anti-trust and not applicable here). Mueller subpoenaing the Trump Organization is prosecutorial overreach and looks intended to bait Trump.
‘Medicare for All’ has broad support — but pollsters worry that it hasn’t been tested Washington Post (UserFriendly
US lawmakers prepare to scale back legal shield for websites Financial Times (David L)
Chinese Corporation Alibaba Joins Group Ghostwriting American Laws Intercept (Chuck L)
Lipinski wins Illinois primary fight The Hill
Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner Promised a Criminal Justice Revolution. He’s Exceeding Expectations Intercept (UserFriendly)
Kill Me Now
Kamala Harris Is Dreaming Big Vogue (J-LS). Note that all the fashion magazines, in the words of a fashionista who reads them all. “ordered” readers to vote for Hillary. The “dreaming big” suggests Vogue is leaving its 2020 options open.
Facebook Fracas. I find it delicious that what we had deemed to be Cambridge Analytica grossly overhyping its capabilities is being used to fry them and Facebook.
Cambridge Analytica Suspends CEO Alexander Nix After Video’s Release Wall Street Journal
Facebook’s Lax Data Policies Led to Cambridge Analytica Crisis Wall Street Journal
Cambridge Analytica Ain’t Nuthin: Look Out For i360 and DataTrust Greg Palast (RR)
Uber’s Killer Car
Activists Win Against Nestle Lee Camp
Sen. Brian Schatz’s ambitious new plan for debt-free college, explained Vox. UserFriendly: ”
Why Democrats Should Embrace a Federal Jobs Guarantee The Nation. UserFriendly: “Jesus Christ the centrists are all over MMT today! I’ll take it!”
Antidote du jour. Randy G asks for more pictures of “charming reptiles and provides one of his own: “This is my photo of my pet (captive born) Australian blue-tongue skink.”
And a bonus antidote:
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here