Dear patient readers,
So so sorry, but as we explain in a post that is already up, we are cancelling our NYC meetup that had been set for this Friday, the 18th. I hate to belabor the issue, but I want to make sure that no one who saw the earlier notices winds up turning up. Apologies to those of you who were looking forward to this event, but it didn’t come together.
Solar Farms Shine a Ray of Hope on Bees and Butterflies Scientific American (Chuck L)
If You Can’t Deny It, Downplay It Current Affairs (UserFriendly). On global warming.
Chinese Investment in the United States and Europe Plummets Foreign Policy (Kevin W)
China offers NASA use of moon mission probe Sydney Morning Herald (Kevin W)
Millions in India gather for world’s largest religious event Agence France-Presse
EU offers Brexit reassurance but no changes to deal Politico. Quelle surprise.
The number of Tory MPs who oppose the deal stands at 72. Hayes will vote against. ConservativeHome. Interesting comments about gaming the publicizing of whip counts.
A Minute-by-Minute Guide to U.K. Parliament Votes Bloomberg (vlade)
A nation ‘bored of Brexit’ risks sleepwalking into disaster Guardian (PlutoniumKun)
French probe casts light on dark practices in Japan’s Olympics bid – Asia Times (Kevin W)
So many broken hearts. https://t.co/d5UPYxITko
— Lotte Leicht (@LotteLeicht1) January 14, 2019
Murderer of the leftist mayor of Gdańsk was a far-right extremist, so naturally police describe him as “mentally disturbed” and thus not a “terrorist” https://t.co/r848iM0tXX
— Borzou Daragahi ?? (@borzou) January 14, 2019
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Cops Can’t Force People to Unlock Their Phones With Biometrics, Court Rules -Gizmodo (Kevin W)
The U.S. Government Has Amassed Terabytes of Internal WikiLeaks Data Gizmodo (Bill B)
Imperial Collapse Watch
Worse than you thought: inside the secret Fitzgerald probe the Navy doesn’t want you to read Navy Times. Kevin W : “The article is much better than the title suggests. In short, imagine a guided-missile destroyer named the USS CalPERS.”
Apparently, the FBI, and not the CIA, are the real government. Sic Semper Tyrannis (Kevin W)
Ivanka Trump to Help Select Nominee for World Bank President Wall Street Journal
Unlike most federal agencies that use the general schedule (GS) grading system to determine salary ranges, the TSA uses an SV grading system, a discrete salary system with pay ranges that differ from the GS system. Airport security jobs typically begin at the D pay band, which is $25,518 to $38,277. The promotion potential is the E pay band, which is $29,302 to $44,007.
How AOC Is Changing The Game Current Affairs (UserFriendly)
Chicago Mayoral Candidates Pushed To Scrap Undemocratic TIF Process Shadowproof (UserFriendly)
The Bulwark Site From Weekly Standard Staffers Shows Neocons Are Back Rolling Stone (UserFriendly)
California lawmakers in no hurry to help out PG&E SF Chronicle. David S: “The last bankruptcy just got passed along to ratepayers. Chiron editorial says break it up.”
PG&E Was a Hedge-Fund Darling. That Bet Flopped. Wall Street Journal
The end of sedans as we know it? Not so much Chicago Tribune (martha r)
Toyota Is Thrilled Ford And GM Are Giving Up On Traditional Cars CarBuzz. Martha r: “From December. may be of interest.”
New CalPERS Board Member Has Serious Concerns About Private Equity Plan Chief Investment Officer
Tesla Proposes Microgrids With Solar and Batteries To Power Greek Islands electrek. Beware of non-Greeks bearing gifts.
Hack job: Gillette tries to teach men ‘social justice’, meets massive online backlash RT. Kevin W: “Coming on top of the American Psychological Association officially recognizing toxic masculinity.”
Antidote du jour. Diptherio: “The Maremma puppies are one moth old today…and they just keep getting cuter!”
And a bonus from martha r:
— Indigenous (@AmericanIndian8) January 10, 2019
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.