Inside the mind of a bee is a hive of sensory activity Aeon (Robert M)
Swarms of Sensor-Wearing Bees Could Monitor Crops Better Than Drones Motherboard. Resilc: “If in North Carolina, buy a ‘save the honeybee’ license plate!”
A Storm and a Strike Hit Blueberry Giant’s Global Supply Plans Bloomberg (David L)
How long can an event hold humanity’s attention? There’s an equation for that. Popular Science (resilc)
Eye-Opening Photos and Video Taken Inside Illegal Click Farms Core77 (resilc)
J&J knew for decades that asbestos lurked in its Baby Powder Reuters (martha r)
KFC introduces a firelog that smells like greasy fried chicken Boing Boing. Resilc: “Nothing says USA USA like a lard log for the holiday shopping orgy season.”
How the ‘Five Eyes’ cooked up the campaign to kill Huawei Sydney Morning Herald
May threatens to crash Brexit deal after summit showdown Financial Times. May be over-egging the pudding, but depicts May as threatening to throw her toys out of the pram as a negotiating strategy. Gah.
Brexit: playing to the gallery? Richard North
British yellow vest protests spread as pro-Brexit campaigners block traffic by occupying Tower, Westminster and Waterloo bridges in central London Daily Mail. You don’t have to be violent to be disruptive. And look how few people this took (although any repeat will take at least an order of magnitude more now the the police have seen this stunt). Also highlights an issue the polls don’t capture: the intensity of the commitment of members of the Leave and Remain camps to their positions. Although the majority of each group is unlikely to have a deep attachment to their views (for instance, polite Blairites who are pro Remain), it’s not a stretch to conclude that there are more hard core Leavers than their are Remainers.
Brexit: the Conservatives and their thirty years’ war over Europe Financial Times.
Why the EU should fear a second UK referendum Politico. Some readers have made similar observations.
Full speech: Sir Ivan Rogers on Brexit University of Liverpool. Important.
New Cold War
New government in Iraq courts Russian embrace Asia Times. Resilc: “Our wise investment in Iraq 🇮🇶.”
Decorated Green Beret charged with murder of Afghan man The Hill. UserFriendly: “Shocked they even cared.”
What the Hell Is Wrong With Paul Ryan? The Nation. Resilc: “”The Saudi check is in the mail.”
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Police Drones Expand as Media Shrink FAIR (UserFriendly)
Imperial Collapse Watch
How the New Silk Roads are merging into Greater Eurasia Asia Times. Resilc:
Well look back years from now and see gwbush et al started this downfall and trumpisimo rolled it way ahead. Sitting here in Portugal, I see no upside for any playtime with USA USA.
‘The Pentagon Has Steadfastly Stonewalled Against Making Its Budget Auditable’ FAIR (UserFriendly)
Ivanka Trump was involved in negotiations between inaugural committee, Trump hotel: report The Hill. UserFriendly: “SO OBVIOUSLY CORRUPT.”
A federal judge just ruled that Obamacare is unconstitutional, threatening healthcare chaos Business Insider (David L)
DeVos cancels $150M in student loan debt after losing court battle Politico (UserFriendly)
No One Wants to Serve on House Financial Services? Adam Levitin, Credit Slips
This Year Had More School Shootings Than Ever Rolling Stone (resilc)
Boeing 737 Passenger Jet Damaged in Possible Midair Drone Strike Bloomberg (UserFriendly)
Sharp Decline Puts Dow in Correction Territory Wall Street Journal
Yucaipa pays $3 million to settle claims from SEC of violating Investment Advisers Act Pensions and Investments. Chris Tobe: “Big investment in CALPERS. Does this type of crime ever get discussed?”
America’s janky payment system, explained The Week (UserFriendly)
The Robots Have Descended on Trump Country New York Times. Resilc: “And coming for you professional classes….”
Single-Family Zoning Is an Urban Dinosaur Bloomberg (Chuck L)
Single With Cancer? You May Receive Less Aggressive Treatment Cancer Health (Oregoncharles)
In Booming Job Market, Workers Are ‘Ghosting’ Their Employers Washington Post
Antidote du jour. From crittermom: “For Ignacio, NC commenter who liked my Monarch photo & suggested a dragonfly would make a good subject.”
And a bonus (hat tip martha r):
My heart ❤️
Baby elephant fell in a water trough & got stuck. Lions were waiting nearby & his mom started to panic. When things seemed hopeless, another elephant family charged in to help.
Retweet if you believe TROPHY HUNTING of these animals should be illegal EVERYWHERE 😭 pic.twitter.com/pw7pGNvU7X
— StanceGrounded (@_SJPeace_) December 12, 2018
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.