Observation of tool use in striped skunks: how community science and social media help document rare natural phenomena Ecospjere. Note that community science is an obvious use case for a Jobs Guarantee, with data to drive a Green New Deal.
As Winters Warm, Blood-Sucking Ticks Drain Moose Dry Scientific American
Politicizing the Portfolio Governing
NASA Finds Asian Glaciers Slowed by Ice Loss California Institute of Technology Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Court Tosses Permit for Atlantic Coast Pipeline to Cross Appalachian Trail NBC (MR). Good. Leave it in the ground.
Northern member states unite on euro-zone reform The Economist. “The group, dubbed the New Hanseatic League, abhors fiscal transfers.”
Can’t Afford to Tell the Truth LRB. On the BBC.
British Politics in Chaos: Brexit and the Crisis of Representative Democracy Lee Jones, The Full Brexit
Theresa May’s pyrrhic victory puts Britain on the course for political catastrophe Daily Telegraph. “UK politics will remain in a nosedive, with the flight controls now firmly jammed and no functioning ejector seat. Barring a miracle, it is hard to see how Britain can avoid a full-on catastrophe: either no Brexit or another ultra-divisive referendum, the break-up of the Conservative Party, and a Corbyn government, or most likely a combination thereof.”
Yellow Vest protesters erect a GUILLOTINE in Paris bearing French President’s political party name amid revolt that has forced Macron to address the furious nation Monday evening Daily Mail. Obey tradition!
The anger of the ‘gilets jaunes’ Le Monde Diplomatique.
The Global Economics of European Populism: Growth Regimes and Party System Change in Europe Mark Blyth and Jonathan Hopkin, Government and Opposition
The French Protests Do Not Fit a Tidy Narrative Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone
The Yellow Jackets Versus the European Empire The American Conservative
Macron Should Take a Page From Obama to Deal With Protests Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg (CO). Macron (and Bershidsky) should look into the Domestic Security Alliance Council, which is how Obama “dealt with” Occupy.
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
British Security Service Infiltration, the Integrity Initiative and the Institute for Statecraft Craig Murray and British Spies Infiltrated Bernie Sanders’ Campaign? Moon of Alabama (pjay).
Taylor Swift secretly used facial recognition technology at concert to find stalkers Kansas City Star. As long as she doesn’t sell the data…
Xi, Huawei and China’s powerful military-industrial complex Nikkei Asian Review
35 years after The Day After Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
* * *A look at where the investigations related to Trump stand Associated Press
A ‘loud gong’: National Enquirer’s surprise deal could imperil Trump Politico. Full of “might” and “could,” though.
‘They don’t care’: Facebook factchecking in disarray as journalists push to cut ties Guardian. Film at 11.
We read Democrats’ 8 plans for universal health care. Here’s how they work. Vox. Let the bait-and-switch begin! And for those who remember the 2009 health care battle, Jacob Hacker’s forthcoming proposal for Medicare Part E — [scratches head] “Wait, I know! More complexity!” — will induce hysterical (or hollow) laughter. Can’t these people find honest work?
Democrats in Disarray
The People, No Thomas Frank, The Baffler
Hundreds of sex abuse allegations found in fundamental Baptist churches across U.S. McClatchy. Not new for anybody who followed the Religious Right during the Bush the Younger’s administration.
‘Transmissible’ Alzheimer’s theory gains traction Nature. “That the transmissibility of the amyloid-beta could be preserved after so many decades underlines the need for caution, says [Mathias Jucker at the Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research]. The sticky amyloid clings tightly to materials used in surgical instruments, resisting standard decontamination methods.” Yikes.
Antidote du jour (via):
A hawk stealing a honeycomb.
Bonus antidote (BB):
BB writes: “This massive hornets’ nest, suspended from a cable wire on the side of the road, was swarming with activity in early September! It’s the biggest one I’ve ever seen around here in upstate NY!”
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.