Don’t hate me, but record-setting cold and snow are about to sweep across the U.S. Mashable (ER). No wonder my forsythia bloom in the fall now. It’s the only safe time.
The Illegal War in Syria and Trump’s Awful Embrace of the Saudis The American Conservative
Saudi-Iran Proxy War Threatens OPEC Deal OilPrice.com
Can Economic Assistance Shape Combatant Support in Wartime? Experimental Evidence from Afghanistan SSRN. From 2017, still germane.
New Cold War
US National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster: “Russian Aggression is Strengthening Our Resolve” Atlantic Council. Some damned foolish thing in the Baltics…
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Johnson and May Hide as their Lies Dissolve Craig Murray (MA).
Trump Will Work With Governors to Deploy National Guard to the Border NYT. Most of the headlines read “Trump is sending,” but in fact Trump can only send a state’s National Guard forces anywhere if the governor of that state agrees.
FEMA has a ‘blunt’ new message: It won’t be there for every future disaster Federal News Radio
How a 19th-Century Absurdist Playwright Accidentally Predicted Trump In These Times. Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi.
Facebook Says Data on Most of Its 2 Billion Users Is Vulnerable Bloomberg. Millions… Billions… Squillions… Surreallions….
New Studies Link Cell Phone Radiation with Cancer Scientific American. n = 3000, but with rats.
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
APNewsBreak: US suspects cellphone spying devices in DC AP. Film at 11.
Oblivious DNS: Plugging the Internet’s Biggest Privacy Hole Freedom to Tinker
Our Famously Free Press
Sinclair is hiring for hundreds of open positions, amid ‘must-run’ script scandal Think Progress. Judd Legum: “Why don’t Sinclair reporters quit? Most of the open jobs are also with Sinclair.”
Donald Trump’s war on Jeff Bezos is more than just bluster Edward Luce, FT. Shorter, Press: “It’s all about the press.”
Nota bene: Guilt trips Felix Salmon
Democrats in Disarray
Fear and Fawning In Hillaryland Sardonicky (UserFriendly). Review of Palmieri’s book (Palmieri being the Clintonite apparatchik who thought the Russians were going to hijack her limo). Palmieri: “Nothing draws fire like a woman moving forward.” Or not!
The Kennedys Are Not Going to Like the Gripping New Chappaquiddick New York Magazine
Forget About Impeaching Trump Politico. “But if the impeachment push has no endgame, then why keep talking about it? It’s virtue-signaling to progressives, the ultimate proof of one’s Resistance bona fides… It is just talk, much like Republicans’ endless calls to repeal the Affordable Care Act during the Obama years.” Another bubble…. Popped!
My VA experience – TTG Sic Semper Tyrannis
M&A drives health systems’ EHR consolidation Modern Healthcare
Black Injustice Tipping Point
MLK: A Snap Shot in Time Black Agenda Report. “King and his SCLC were a rogue faction of dissident Baptists in a sea of petty capitalist hustlers in clerical collars whose mission was to reconcile Black people to life under apartheid.” Continued excellence from BAR.
How Not To Talk About Race And Genetics BuzzFeed (ChiGal).
“The Clock Is Ticking”: Inside the Worst U.S. Maritime Disaster in Decades Vanity Fair. Terrific writing from William Langewiesche.
Antidote du jour (via):
“Japanese photographer Miyoko Ihara’s series on the bond between her grandmother Misao and her cat Fukumaru.”
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.