Dear patient readers,
Again, abject apologies, 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. However, Some readers said they will still go to the venue, Slainte, at 304 Bowery, informally, starting at 5:00 PM. Normally I would come out, but I am still feeling very crappy, so I hope you all have a splendid time! Wish I were up to being there.
Buddhist poker player donates $600,000 win to charity BBC (David L)
The Government’s Secret UFO Program Funded Research on Wormholes and Extra Dimensions Motherboard (David L)
Davos climate obsessions contain clues for policymaking Financial Times (David L)
The marvel of the human dad aeon (David L). This is dreadfully romanticized. The father has the option as to how involved he is. In the 1950s, it was generally not much. Historically, aristocrats had their kids brought up by wet nurses and governesses. Talleyrand, for instance, never once spent a night under the same roof as his parents.
Tech war rumors cloud sound Chinese fundamentals Asia Times (Kevin W)
This is a good and overlooked point about extending Article 50 until the end of the year.
Applies also to those such as the Government who think we're going to agree a future relationship by the end of next year. https://t.co/KGRLJFSEQR
— David Henig (@DavidHenigUK) January 17, 2019
Recall that minimum time for a referendum is 147 days and the LibDems published an ambitious schedule of eight months. But the Brexit referendum took 56 weeks and didn’t provide good enough guidance, which could be served up as a reason for wanting to go back to the drawing board. But May being May, there’s no perceived need to persuade:
NEW: Government guidance on timeline for second referendum given to selection of MPs involved in the Brexit talks today. pic.twitter.com/IwP0Tg4wVk
— Dominique Heckels (@Dominique_ITV) January 17, 2019
Labour in crisis as MPs defy Jeremy Corbyn to attend Brexit talks The Times. Ouch.
UK could delay Brexit without holding European elections, suggest lawyers Financial Times. Are these the same lawyers who blessed Lehman’s Repo 105 scheme? This isn’t just a matter of the European Parliament being “validly constituted”. EU citizens have rights. Representation in the European Parliament is part of the deal. Any UK citizen could sue in the ECJ over this denial of rights and have good odds of winning.
Will Brexit break up Labour or Tories first? Robert Peston, ITV
The Fortunes of War – four killed in Manbij Sic Semper Tyrannis (resilc)
War Whores Scramble To Say Syria Attack Means Troops Must Remain Caitlin Johnstone (Kevin W)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Judge unseals trove of internal Facebook documents following our legal action Reveal.org (martha r). “How Facebook made money off children>.”
Imperial Collapse Watch
Trump announces huge expansion of US missile defense system Guardian. Resilc flagged this section: “Seven months after Trump declared that the North Korean threat had been eliminated, the new missile review states that Pyongyang ‘continues to pose an extraordinary threat and the US must remain vigilant'”
— holly (@girlziplocked) January 18, 2019
Trump takes swipe at Pelosi by postponing her trip abroad CBS (furzy). See detail re the timing.
Hours after Idiot Trump grounded Nancy Pelosi’s trip to visit the troops in Afghanistan Melania Trump was on her way to Mar-a-Lago on a government jet.
Jake Sherman made the discovery while listening to air traffic control & noted that EXEC1F was headed to Palm Beach airport. pic.twitter.com/slkGeqKVJr
— Stone Cold (@stonecold2050) January 17, 2019
Pornhub views spike in DC as lawmakers keep busy during shutdown RT. Chuck L: “Gotte keep those hands busy somehow!”
Impeach Trump Now Atlantic
Fairfax County Offers Resources for Those Impacted by Federal Shutdown Fairfax Country (martha r)
Bernie Sanders: Democrats need to rein in our out-of-control military spending In These Times (Kevin C)
Fantastic Lies: Ratf*cking Ed Pt2 Nina Illingworth Dot Com (UserFriendly)
Curious: How big was the sample size when @NateSilver538 gave Bernie a >99% chance of losing Michigan, a 90% chance of losing IN & a 51% chance of losing OK – all states that he won – while failing to predict over a dozen other contests Bernie won in '16? https://t.co/VUCwZ6qE8H https://t.co/tucbPT7reZ
— Warren Gunnels (@GunnelsWarren) January 18, 2019
Kamala Harris Was Not a ‘Progressive Prosecutor’ New York Times (martha r)
Preseason is over for Beto O’Rourke Connecticut Post. Resilc: “Will fall back on his billionaire father in law.”
Group aligned with Ocasio-Cortez prepares to take out Democrats Politico. UserFriendly: “Good.”
The Vice President’s Men London Review of Books. Chuck L: “Hersh at his best. A long, weekend read about VP Poppy Bush’s secret covert action group during the first 2/3 of the Reagan administration. Frightening how out of touch the Gipper was from the get go, plus surprising revelations about Iran-Contra.”
The Green New Deal: How We Will Pay For It Isn’t ‘A Thing’ – And Inflation Isn’t Either Forbes (UserFriendly)
Disruption, Concentration, and the New Economy Project Syndicate (David L)
Real estate: the brawl over the way New York is built Financial Times
In New Jersey, the Minimum Wage Is Set to Rise to $15 an Hour New York Times (martha r)
— Nina Barber (@Barberlandia) January 16, 2019
Microsoft Will Spend $500M To Address Affordable Housing and Homelessness in the Seattle Region GeekWire. Loans for developers. This is not “spending.”
What is the greatest act of Civil Disobedience or Direct Action in US history?
— redacted tonight (@RedactedTonight) January 17, 2019
Antidote du jour (Tracie H):
And a bonus:
Mirror vs Kitten pic.twitter.com/mHgrZ8Es6O
— cats (@catsfolder) January 16, 2019
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.