Meet The Man Who Lives With Hyenas National Geographic
How to re-establish trust in economics as a science Lars P. Syll (UserFriendly).
Wells Fargo agrees to $575 million settlement affecting all 50 states in wake of fake accounts USA Today. And no executives go to jail, despite outright theft from customers’ accounts.
Lord Abbett Affiliated v. Navient Corporation: “We cheat the other guy and pass the savings on to you!” Condemed to Debt (UserFriendly). “Forbearance” lets Navient keep non-performing loans on the books…
Regional US central bankers turn their focus to Main Street FT (SF). “…as it becomes clear that the gains of this recovery have not been evenly spread.”
Top architects are left stunned by giant cracks that appeared in Sydney’s Opal Tower just months after the $165million building opened – as it’s revealed the block was built on a reclaimed swamp Daily Mail. From last week; the start of a continuing story. And a metaphor for the Australian housing market?
Year in Review
A Look into Hindsight Capital’s Spectacular 2018 John Authers, Bloomberg
The Year in Math and Computer Science Quanta Magazine
Year In Review: 2018 The Onion
Saudi Arabia gets back to basics Asia Times
How the right’s Brexit dream died The Spectator
Brexit: a ship too far EU Referendum. A blow against optimism re: post-Brexit supply chain adjustments.
Dealing with the dead — the year disaster capitalism came home Bella Caledonia (DG).
Slow progress on EU army as states protect sovereignty, national industry Handelsblatt Today
New Cold War
Republicans quietly end probe into FBI ‘bias’ against Trump during Clinton and Russia investigations Independent (Furzy Mouse).
Judge clears the way for appeal of ruling against health law AP. But he stayed his ruling.
China’s economy slows further as manufacturing contracts for first time in two and a half years South China Morning Post
After Syria, Trump Should Clean Out His National Security Bureaucracy The American Conservative. Plus Jim Webb SecDef trial balloon.
Democrats in Disarray
Bernie alumni seek meeting to address ‘sexual violence’ on ‘16 campaign Politico. Paragraph eight: “Several people who signed the letter said that their effort is not just about Sanders’ 2016 or 2020 presidential campaigns, but rather about what they called a pervasive culture of toxic masculinity in the campaign world.” Let the ratf*cking begin!
Fake-porn videos are being weaponized to harass women: ‘Everybody is a potential target’ WaPo. Digital evidence is not evidence.
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Popular apps share data with Facebook without user consent FT (DL). “[T]he US company’s developer kit did not give the option of waiting for a user’s permission before transmitting some types of data.”
Didn’t Get the Job? The Robots May Not Have Liked Your Social Media Activity (video) WSJ (UserFriendly). Clever use of slider-bars to model personalities as bundles of entirely independent traits, driven by data mined from social media personae.
Incremental Despotism: Losing Our Freedoms Small Steps at a Time Ghion Journal (CL).
Imperial Collapse Watch
Rising Tides Will Sink Global Order Foreign Policy
A Critique of Liberal Imperialism Valdai Discussion Club
The coming reckoning for capitalism Axios (!).
Amazon’s Anti-Union Past Is Coming Back to Bite It Vice. A new partnership with SEIU…
Here’s how federal inmates made an Alabama sheriff $1.5 million Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Art-School Confidential Chronicle of Higher Education
Agentic appeals increase charitable giving in an affluent sample of donors PLOS One. n = 12,316.
Here’s how Paradise ignored warnings and became a deathtrap Los Angeles Times. Sounds to me like the street system was never going to support evacuating the whole town at once, no matter what.
A rogue bald eagle at the Cotton Bowl lands — on a Philadelphia Eagles fan, naturally. The Inquirer. The bird was lucky. In Philly they would have thrown snowballs at it. Kidding! There were two fans, actually:
— Kimberley A. Martin (@ByKimberleyA) December 29, 2018
Antidote du jour (via):
And a bonus antidote, or anti-antidote:
So, a shipment of crickets for the lizard arrived via FedEx today. It was my first time ordering bulk crickets off the internet, and I naively assumed that they would be in like, a bag or some other contraption to facilitate easy transfer to another container. They were not.
— Christopher Ingraham (@_cingraham) December 29, 2018
Ingraham had me at “a shipment of crickets for the lizard.” A master class on pacing, the thread is better than the author’s subsequent story in WaPo.
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.