Honda, CalTech and NASA’s JPL might have a real alternative to Li-ion batteries Road Show (David L)
How Alaska fixed its earthquake-shattered roads in just days The Verge (JT McPhee)
Researchers Found a Way to Shrink a Supercomputer to the Size of a Laptop Futurism (David L)
‘It’s a sad reality’: a troubling trend sees a 97% decline in monarch butterflies The Guardian. ChiGal: “I knew the numbers were dropping but 97% is shocking and so sad.”
Preparations Begin for the Climate Change Deluge Der Spiegel
How GM invented planned obsolescence TreeHugger
Saudi Arabia Sets Up a Scrappy New Year With Trump Bloomberg (The Rev Kev)
Meet the Senators Who Took Saudi Money American Conservative
New Cold War
In His Own Words: James Comey’s Testimony on Clinton, FBI Probe Bloomberg (furzy)
BUSH 41: THE TRIUMPH OF MANNERS OVER TRUTH Who What Why
After Luxembourg made all public transport free, could the UK do the same? Perhaps – but only on certain days Independent. I leave it to you, dear readers, to shred the logical flaws in this short piece.
Les Déplorables Demand The Fall Of The Regime Moon of Alabama (The Rev Kev)
The Yellow Vest Rebellion Peter Turchin. UserFriendly: “love the max boot quote.”
Can the Yellow Vests Speak? Jacobin (AL)
Splits, handbags and a Remain poll: what the Sunday papers said about Brexit Guardian. Summary of the latest ‘exclusives’. High noise to signal ratio.
Big Brother IS Watching You Watch
Apple releases its first Beddit sleep monitoring device Endgadget. EM: “We’re from Big Data and we’re here to help. You can trust us inside your bedroom.”
Australia passes new law to thwart strong encryption Ars Technica
Democrats in Disarray
Desperate measures! Bill and Hillary Clinton resort to using Groupon to sell half-price tickets after their 13-stop paid speaking tour fails to draw the crowds Daily Mail. Cancel the tour– this is beyond embarrassing.
Elizabeth Warren Is Tested and Found Wanting National Review. Yes, I know the National Review isn’t a Warren-friendly forum. But still…
Dying in Mine Dust: In Rajasthan, Miners Battle TB and Silicosis The Wire. Another hidden cost of that granite countertop.
Gandhi and the End of Empire Project Syndicate. Shashi Tharoor.
Realignment and Legitimacy
For first time, prosecutors connect Trump to a federal crime ABC News Channel 9. And so? People violate campaign finance laws all the time. The typical penalty is a fine.
The Phony US-China Truce Project Syndicate
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