Warming warning over turtle feminization PhysOrg (Chuck L)
Which Birth Dates Are Most Common Buzzfeed (Bob H)
Suunto settles scary scuba screwup for $50m: ‘Faulty’ dive computer hardware and software put explorers in peril The Register. Chuck L: “Holy sh*t!”
Milestone Experiment Proves Quantum Communication Really Is Faster Quanta (David L)
Boys can have periods too, primary pupils are taught The Times (Dr. Kevin)
US and UK accuse China of cyber espionage campaign Financial Times (David L)
How Huawei Could Divide the World Bloomberg (JTM)
North Korea sounds the death knell for denuclearization Asia Times (resilc)
France Protests: Police Threaten to Join Protesters, Demand Better Pay and Conditions Newsweek (UserFriendly)
US Syria pullout draws Kurdish condemnation and Putin’s praise Guardian. Resilc: “If you read the NYTimes, Wapo or listen to MSNBC, this is the end of the world for the neoconjob warmongers…the sun won’t come up in USA USA the days ahead….”
Why Trump Decided To Remove U.S. Troops From Syria Moon of Alabama
Trump, Syria and the Derangement of the Establishment Ghion Journal (UserFriendly)
Imperial Collapse Watch
The new Great Game on the Roof of the World Asia Times (resilc)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Amazon accidentally sent 1,700 Alexa recordings to the wrong person, including audio from in the shower Business Insider (Kevin W). “The episode underscores that Amazon stores audio files when you speak to Alexa.”
Cost to walk away from Facebook for a year? More than $1,000, new study finds PhysOrg (Robert M). *Sigh*. How people say they value things in response to surveys is a poor indicator of how they behave around money. Plus this looks like a case study of the cognitive bias, endowment effect.
House passes stopgap bill with $5B in funding for Trump’s wall The Hill. You may not like his aims, and with good reason, but Trump doesn’t look anywhere near as silly at Team Dem tried to make him out to be after his little chat with Pelosi and Schumer about the wall.
But then there is this: Mattis Eviscerates Trump Worldview in Blunt Resignation Letter Bloomberg
Interior Dept. Moves Toward Selling Oil Leases in Arctic Refuge New York Times (Kevin W)
Yes, Bernie Should Run Rolling Stone
Robert O’Rourk is how the Dems are going to get the Social Security cuts they want pic.twitter.com/fcbEsOXmao
— Fill Oaks 🌹 (@FillOaks) December 20, 2018
Selling The Miracle Machine Current Affairs (UserFriendly)
NC absentee ballot election investigation includes Columbus Charlotte Observer (martha r)
SECURITISATION SWAPS: A Practitioner´s Handbook. Mark Aarons | Vlad Ender | Andrew Wilkinson. Congratulate our vlade!
Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn rearrested in Japan Financial Times
Prime and Punishment The Verge (David L). This is crazy. As we have said, “If your business depends on a platform, you don’t have a business.”
Wells Fargo sends jobs overseas after layoffs in America Charlotte Observer (martha r)
Did unicorns like Lyft and Uber wait too long? TechCrunch (Kevin W)
Wall Street’s CLO Machine Fuels Fortunes from Toolmaker to Banks Bloomberg (JTM)
Uber’s entire business model is in jeopardy after losing its latest legal battle over the rights of UK drivers Reuters (David L). The appeal was expected to fail.
Amazon’s Grocery Push Keeps Stumbling After Whole Foods Purchase Bloomberg. We predicted this from the get go. Stores too small to push much more in the way of sales through them, locations generally not amenable to increasing store size, Amazon demonstrated to be dreadful at fresh food delivery.
Michelle Obama makes a splash with $4,000 designer boots The Hill (resilc)
— jenbo🌹 (@irockgnomes) December 20, 2018
Do America’s Socialists Have a Race Problem? New Republic Martha r: “Is this piece “really” about planting the idea that DSA is basically racist? I can’t tell what’s real any more.”
With his new article on race in DSA, Miguel Salazar joins the long tradition of anti-socialist hit pieces.
— Jeremy Gong (@jergong) December 21, 2018
— Helen Gym (@HelenGymAtLarge) December 20, 2018
Antidote du jour. BlueMoose: “Since we are on insects, I thought I would contribute this one. From Poland, some beetle on my Aronia (Chokeberry in USA). Appropriate name as it is extremely astringent.”
And a bonus video:
And another bonus, since some of you already saw the video above due to a premature post launch (martha r):
— Indigenous (@AmericanIndian8) December 15, 2018
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.