Historian and broadcaster John Julius Norwich dies at 88 The Guardian. His many histories– of Venice, Norman Sicily, Byzantium– have given me much pleasure. RIP.
Peter Frankopan on Kazakhstan and the new Silk Road FT. A welcome break from all Trump, all the time. Read Frankopan’s amazing book, The Silk Roads: A New History of the World– which hauls the Silk Roads back to a front and centre position.
Niall Ferguson quits Stanford free speech role over leaked emails Guardian. Follow up from yesterday’s link.
SEYMOUR HERSH’S NEW MEMOIR IS A FASCINATING, FLABBERGASTING MASTERPIECE Intercept. Although I’ve linked to both a review of and an excerpt from Hersh’s new memoir before, I include another review especially for readers who missed those earlier links.
Brexit: notices to stakeholders EUReferendum.com
It’s OK to leave Facebook Tech Crunch (The Rev Kev)
New Cold War
The non-murder of Babchenko shares striking parallels with the murder of a Ukrainian journalist that I covered 18 years ago Independent. Patrick Cockburn.
Congresswoman says pornography is a root cause of school shootings USA Today. UserFriendly: ”Because you know porn didn’t exist in the 70’s.”
Big Brother IS Watching You Watch
Bye, Chrome: Why I’m switching to Firefox and you should too Co.Design (Chuck L)
CSS Is So Overpowered It Can Deanonymize Facebook Users Bleeping Computer (Chuck L)
German spy agency can keep tabs on internet hubs: court Phys.org (Chuck L)
The effect of partisanship and political advertising on close family ties Science (Dr. Kevin)
Trump’s Lawyers, in Confidential Memo, Argue to Head Off a Historic Subpoena NYT. The Grey Lady: “In a brash assertion of presidential power, the 20-page letter — sent to the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, and obtained by The New York Times — contends that the president cannot illegally obstruct any aspect of the investigation into Russia’s election meddling because the Constitution empowers him to, ‘if he wished, terminate the inquiry, or even exercise his power to pardon.’” Moi: Well, I guess that’s one view of the scope of presidential power… Pass the popcorn.
Obama – Just Too Good for Us NYT. Nice hagiography take-down by MoDo– she’s clearly not drinking the Kool-Aid Ben Rhodes is pouring.
Trump Is Probing the Constitution for Weaknesses, and Finding Them New York magazine
Prosecutors hid mountains of evidence in trial of Trump inauguration protesters Think Progress (UserFriendly)
Kushner, unfiltered The Real Deal
‘He Pretty Much Gave In to Whatever They Asked For’ Politico (UserFriendly)
Is the World Done With Liberal Democracy? New York magazine. Andrew Sullivan. Don’t agree with all he’s written but material to ponder here.
Why America is the World’s First Poor Rich Country Eudaimonia (UserFriendly)
Behind the Consulting Firm Raking In Millions From D.C. Charter Schools Washington City Paper (Paul R)
Trailer parks may be the Twin Cities’ most endangered form of affordable housing MinnPost (UserFriendly)
Sacrificing at the Altar of the Euro Jacobin (UserFriendly)
Power of the Prosecutor New Republic
Digital Capitalism’s War on Leisure Democracy (UserFriendly)
LEAKED EMAILS SHOW GOOGLE EXPECTED LUCRATIVE MILITARY DRONE AI WORK TO GROW EXPONENTIALLY Intercept (UserFriendly)
The $580 Co-pay Marshall Project
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See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.