The Terrible Destruction of Pinyon-Juniper Forests Counterpunch
The Malaysia Scandal Is Starting to Look Dire for Goldman Sachs Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone
Eddie Lampert launches last-minute $4.4bn bid for Sears FT. Not from his cell, sadly.
Why Whistleblowers Come Forward, And What Happens Next AMFA National. Short Southwest?
The Year in Review
The 2018 Trends and Developments: Valdai Club’s Top Five Valdai Discussion Club
The Ten Category 5 Storms of 2018: 2nd Most on Record Weather Underground. Maybe “Noah” as 2018’s #3 baby name for boys is telling us something…
From Meghan Markle to Mega Millions, These Were 2018’s Top Google Searches Fortune. Before or after censorship?
Port Tunnel closed off on both ends as protestors block entrance Buzz.ie. Hmm. A supply chain chokepoint.
Critics of Syria Withdrawal Fueled Rise of ISIS Consortium News
The perils of trusting America: A reminder for Asian allies Straits Times (Furzy Mouse). “We have no eternal allies, and we have no perpetual enemies. Our interests are eternal and perpetual, and those interests it is our duty to follow.” —Lord Palmerston. As any student of statecraft would know in their bones.
China’s private economy set for winter ‘colder and longer than expected’, warns billionaire tycoon South China Morning Post
China’s middle class hit by shadow banking defaults FT. “Investors interviewed,” the best that can be done.
What China’s Online Shopping Craze Says About Its Bubble Economy Michael Pettis, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. From November, still very interesting.
University authorities suppress student protest in China WSWS. Slogan: “Give us back our Marxist student society!”
Chinese students miss out on early places at MIT but what’s to blame for the change in fortune? South China Morning Post
China and US play the Great Game in South Asia Nikkei Asian Review
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To Win The 2020 Race Trump Will Need To Fire More Of His Staff Moon of Alabama
Democrats in Disarray
New Chair of Climate Crisis Committee Owns Shares in Fossil Fuel Fund ReadSludge. Shocker.
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LinkedIn Co-Founder Apologizes for Deception in Alabama Senate Race NYT. Mark Ames: “Now we know why @nytimes weirdly tried minimizing the importance of this stunning story about Dem Party spy contractors planting fake ‘Russian bots’ in Alabama election—the Times journalist who wrote it signed an undisclosed NDA with [New Knowledge].” I don’t think we need to worry about whatever it was the NDA said. This episode is obviously an “isolated incident,” caused by a few “bad apples.”
A NY Times Reporter Spoke At An Event Organized By Alabama Dirty Tricksters Buzzfeed. New Knowledge again. Move along, people, move along. There’s no story here.
New Studies Show Pundits Are Wrong About Russian Social-Media Involvement in US Politics Aaron Maté, The Nation. “The Alabama Senate race cost $51 million. If it was impossible for a $100,000 New Knowledge operation to affect a 2017 state election, then how could a comparable—perhaps even less expensive—Russian operation possibly impact a $2.4 billion US presidential election in 2016?”
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No Democrat Deserves a Free Pass Just Because They’re Not Trump GQ (MR). I dunno. Did this guy check with Neera first?
Our Famously Free Press
Banishing Truth Truthdig (SimonGirty). On Seymour Hersh, exiled from the Acela Corridor (along with Thomas Frank).
Political Apology of a Lingerie Model Politics Slash Letters (witters). Worth a read; the headline speaks to the fact of precarity, not as clickbait.
If You’re Over 50, Chances Are the Decision to Leave a Job Won’t be Yours Pro Publica. And only 15 short years until Medicare!
A $21,000 Cosmetology School Debt, and a $9-an-Hour Job NYT. From The Department of People Who Do Everything Right and Are Terribly Punished….
The Prophet of Envy NYRB. Slow going at first, but gets rolling at “mimetic crises.”
Commentary: How to get over your fear and learn to speak up Channel News Asia. If you make New Year’s resolutions, this one might be worth considering.
Antidote du jour (via):
And a bonus antidote:
A story in four acts. pic.twitter.com/d7EFAyKvhq
— Paul Bronks (@SlenderSherbet) December 22, 2018
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.