A life on the tracks New Statesman (Chuck L)
There’s no easy fix for our nuclear past High Country News (diptherio)
Two years later, I still miss the headphone port TechCrunch (M). What is wrong with people? I have antique equipment (pre GPS iPods) so this has not caught up with me yet.
How Much of the Internet Is Fake? Turns Out, a Lot of It, Actually. New York Magazine (resilc)
We finally started taking screen time seriously in 2018 TechCrunch (EM)
Now We Can 3D Print Homes for Next to Nothing, Using Mud Futurism (David L)
Turkey’s magical hangover cure BBC (furzy)
China’s advances in Arctic may pose security threat to Canada Asia Times (resilc)
It’s in Washington’s best interests to engage China as a partner, not an adversary Seattle Times (furzy)
UN Members Thwart China’s Bid to Gut Funds for Myanmar Probe Human Rights Watch (furzy)
Ill-considered act behind the Brexit paralysis Financial Times
ALEX BRUMMER: The Corbyn exodus: How fears of a Labour government have ALREADY got investors pulling their money out of Britain Daily Mail. Wellie, that’s a pretty clear point of view, now isn’t it?
New Cold War
From Politoco’s European newsletter:
INCOMING: Russian President Vladimir Putin had quite the holiday gift for his people: A successfully tested hypersonic missile system that will enter into service next year. Putin called it his “New Year’s gift to the nation.” Lili Bayer reports the new system “can carry nuclear and conventional warheads.” The test comes amid growing tensions between Russia and Ukraine, as well as NATO concerns over Russia’s lack of compliance with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.
Russia Warns U.S. Against Interfering in Saudi Royal Succession Bloomberg. Resilc: ” If Putin can get a moron to run China, he’d then have his hat trick of USA USA, Saudi and China run by dummies….”
Israeli airstrikes threatened 2 civilian flights in Beirut and Damascus: Russia almasdarnews (guurst)
US troop withdrawal heralds the New Syria Asia Times (Kevin W)
Christmas makes a comeback in Damascus Asia Times (Kevin W)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
A Woman on Twitter is Abused Every 30 Seconds Fast Company
In Latest Shutdown, Some Lawmakers See a Diminished Congress New York Times (Kevin W). From earlier this week, still germane.
From now on, Trump will try to use foreign policy to distract us. It won’t be pretty. Washington Post (furzy)
Trump makes first visit to US troops in harm’s way Seattle Times (furzy)
President and First Lady make SECOND stop to visit U.S. troops in Germany on way back from surprise trip to Iraq where Trump told cheering soldiers: ‘We’re no longer the world’s suckers’ and ‘The U.S. cannot continue to be the policeman of the world’ Daily Mail
Three oddities in FBI handling of Flynn interview The Hill (UserFriendly)
2020 Dems go on offense over drug prices The Hill (UserFriendly)
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) December 23, 2018
McCaskill on Ocasio-Cortez: ‘I’m a little confused why she’s the thing’ The Hill. UserFriendly: “Easy, she isn’t a sell out to big $$$ like you.”
Honest question… Why does Beto get so much umph when Stacey Abrams got a higher share of the vote and seemed to run a much more unapologetically liberal campaign?
— (((Harry Enten))) (@ForecasterEnten) December 26, 2018
Dow Industrials Leap More Than 1,000 Points Wall Street Journal. Blame it on Hair Furore being away from Twitter for over 24 hours.
Behind the Market Swoon: The Herdlike Behavior of Computerized Trading Wall Street Journal (David L)
Markets In Crisis: Trump Has Damaged the Fed Bloomberg (furzy). Help me.
Guess Which Country’s Companies Profit Most From War? Fast Company (JTM). Sadly still germane.
Big Tech in hiring spree for looming antitrust battles Financial Times
Tech is Killing Street Food The Atlantic
Notes on the Latest Crusade Paganarch. UserFriendy:
Antidote du jour (dipehtrio):
And a bonus (Chuck L). Hopefully you can get past the stop-action overproduction:
— RT (@RT_com) December 23, 2018
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.