Nation’s coal consumption in 2018 expected to be lowest since 1979 Casper Star-Tribune
Keeping watch, pipeline protesters brave cold nights on Burnaby Mountain Burnaby Now (MR).
Uber and Lyft’s valuations expose the gig economy to scrutiny FT. “Uber and Lyft customers are heavily subsidised by investors: both companies are still losing money. And while IPOs do not necessarily result in sober valuations based solely on the facts, the process will at least expose the sector to closer scrutiny.”
Say goodbye to the cold, hard cash in your pocket Australian Financial Review
Brexit: misdirection EU Referendum. Doing the arithmetic on route substitution for the Dover corridor in the case of a No Deal.
Post-Brexit Britain an ‘invisible chain’ between world democracies Sydney Morning Herald
A Eurocrat’s guide to Bucharest Politico. Romania takes over the EU’s rotating Presidency.
Opinion: We were winning when we left DuffelBlog
Time to Get Out of Afghanistan Robert Kaplan, NYT
Donald Trump considering delay to US withdrawal from Syria The National. From the UAE.
How the War Party Lost the Middle East Patrick Buchanan, The American Conservative. Premature triumphalism?
Russian Opposition Lacks an Agenda Beyond Getting Rid of Putin, ‘Nezavisimaya gazeta’ Says Paul Goble, Johnson’s Russia List
I keep seeing images and videos of glass-bottomed bridges from China:
— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) January 2, 2019
Training videos for precarity?
The future might not belong to China Martin Wolf, FT
In a post-James-Mattis South China Sea, can the next US defence chief do what needs to be done to prevent war? South China Morning Post (Furzy Mouse).
Deep underground, new NYC train hub slowly takes shape AP. Key word: “Slowly.” Next up, a new tunnel under the Hudson? To replace the one we know is going to fail?
Airport water fountains shut down after passengers become ill on Frontier Airlines flight CNN. Welcome to the Third World. And no jokes about Cleveland, please; this is systemic.
Trump formalizes federal pay freeze for 2019 Federal Times but Is there a way out of the 2019 federal pay freeze? Federal News Radio
The Secret Behind Growth in Trump’s America Is Deficit Spending Bloomberg. You say “deficit spending” like that’s a bad thing!
FBI investigating Trump golf club for hiring undocumented workers after tip to Mueller Salon. Trump is the only bad apple, fortunately for us all.
Top Pentagon spokeswoman resigns amid internal investigation WaPo. Right after Mattis resigns…
U.S. Navy pursuing block buy of two aircraft carriers: senator Reuters (EM). Block buys come in quantities of two?
An Agenda for 2019 Bernie Sanders, Reader Supported News (Furzy Mouse).
Democrats in Disarray
House Democrats to push for more diversity in top corporate ranks Politico. As opposed to, say, breaking up big banks or tech monopolies.
Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Season of Turmoil NYT. The front-page teaser is a little more direct: “Top Cancer Center in Turmoil Over Industry Ties.”
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
The Grand Illusion Lapham’s Quarterly
Antidote du jour (Furzy Mouse):
All cats love boxes. Further leveling up my cat game for 2019, a bonus antidote (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.