The 25 Worst Headlines of 2018 Current Affairs (UserFriendly). Most were not just “worst headlines” but “worst stories”.
Satellite images show collapse of Indonesian island volcano Associated Press (Kevin W)
Explosion at a Con Edison plant turns the NYC night sky bright blue, bringing a stunned Big Apple to a halt as parts of Queens lose power and all flights are grounded at La Guardia airport Daily Mail. American infrastructure.
Green Fashion? When Clothing Industry Decides Ecology Is In Le Monde (Leslie T). The most sustainable thing is….drumroll…buy second hand, or vintage, if you prefer.
Seaweed-munching microbes produce sustainable bioplastic New Atlas (David L)
Plastic Water Bottles, Which Enabled a Drinks Boom, Now Threaten a Crisis Wall Street Journal
One Giant Step for a Chess-Playing Machine New York Times
Simple Sugars Wipe Out Beneficial Gut Bugs Scientific American (David L)
China is finding new ways to hurt U.S. businesses Politico (Kevin W)
How a no-deal Brexit could affect your Christmas dinner Independent. A bit late but still germane.
A Reuters Report on Iran That Fueled US Diatribes Consortium News
France emerges as latest source of Turkey’s ire in Syria Financial Times
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Inside Facebook’s Secret Rulebook for Global Political Speech New York Times (David L). Notice all the supposed problem calls are outside the US.
This sketchy story should ring alarm bells for anyone familiar w/ pre-Iraq war "reporting." Unidentified, unspecified sources cite "foreign intelligence connections" to claim that Cohen's cell phone puts him "in the vicinity of Prague" in summer 2016. All the hallmarks of B.S.: https://t.co/zZMz1YHZ5n
— Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate) December 27, 2018
Hospital Prices Are About To Go Public in the US Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Of course, hospitals have found a way to make this largely meaningless.
A Worrying Rise in Gun Suicides Bloomberg :-(
Elon Musk Says Pedophile Accusation Against British Man Was Protected Speech Wall Street Journal. Help me. But it is very hard to win defamation suits in the US
Those numbers are very strong – clearly most voters are viewing all the hue and cry over the trade war with China and the government shutdown as a ‘so what?’ Without a major recession between now and then, Trump’s re-election odds seem pretty good. OTOH bubble watchers like myself think the odds of a bubble-burst recession in that time span are pretty good. OTOOH bubble watchers like myself are known to nearly always underestimate the length of time such bubbles can last before reality sets in.
Mr. Market Has a Nervous Breakdown
Biggest Stock Reversal Since 2010 Rings of Bear Market Bounce Bloomberg. Lead story.
Putting sticky-price DSGE lipstick on the RBC pig Lars Syll (UserFriendly)
In Some Bay Area Counties, College Grads Have Higher Unemployment Mercury News. This was broadly true right after the crisis.
Rio Tinto hits $1.3b driverless Pilbara trains target West Australian (Kevin W)
Antidote du jour (MGL):
From radionz.co.nz. “The ‘cutest sheep in the world‘ became the stars of the New Zealand Agricultural Show in Christchurch in November. Swiss Valais Blacknose sheep have a black head, black knees and fluffy white fleece.”
And a bonus from guust. The mother looks tired!
Het blijft een bijzonder en mooi gezicht, de geboorte van een eekhoorn.
De dracht duurt een dag of 38. Meestal zijn er 3 jongen per worp, na een week of 8 komen ze uit het nest. B: Z. Sauvage pic.twitter.com/9dskbWzOsu
— Natura Notitia (@Naturanotitia) December 26, 2018