Happy Australia Day! Kiss a ‘roo, or if you can’t do that, toast with some Shiraz or antipodean sparking! I really miss Sydney.
This Valentine’s Day, give the gift that lasts: A hissing cockroach Grist. The video reminds me why I had as much enthusiasm for dating as for getting a root canal.
Why paper maps still matter in the digital age The Conversation (martha r)
DARPA outlines adversarial AI defense GCN (David L)
BIS trolls bitcoin
BIS proves scientifically that Bitcoin is a pyramid Ponzi scheme that is worth zero! https://t.co/oir5WF67jb
— Nouriel Roubini (@Nouriel) January 26, 2019
Rocking improves sleep and memory, studies in mice and people show MedicalXpress (Dr. Kevin)
Muscles may preserve a shortcut to restore lost strength MPR (Chuck L). This cheered me up, having been off my regular regime this month.
Alibaba slams U.S. treatment of Huawei, efforts to curb China’s rise Reuters. Um, as if American citizens should care what Alibaba thinks? The fact that Huawei can’t get closer-to-US proxies to pump for them is telling.
Brexit might have to be delayed even if MPs approve Theresa May’s deal, Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom warns The Sun. This really is the gang that can’t shoot straight.
EU could move on ‘red lines’, says UK chancellor BBC. A unicorn that refuse to die.
Oh the unbelievable hypocrisy.
Macron, whose own approval rating in France has sunk to 21%, hails the “courage” of Venezuela’s protesters while beating, arresting, tear gassing and brutally cracking down on thousands of #YellowVests protesters at home for weeks. #GiletsJaunes https://t.co/MZ3ztPuLJk
— Sarah Abdallah (@sahouraxo) January 24, 2019
Venezuela – Trump’s Coup Attempt Is Based On A Seriously Flawed Plan Moon of Alabama (Kevin W)
Venezuela Is Not Trump’s ‘First’ Intervention American Conservative (resilc)
New Cold War
Adversary Russia Counterpunch
Women detainees ‘being sexually assaulted and flogged’ in secret Saudi prisons Independent (Kevin W)
Congress Is Pushing Sanctions Against Supporters of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad Intercept. Blobs gotta blob.
Airstrikes in Taliban Area Kill 29 Afghans Despite Peace Talks New York Times. Resilc: “We are so evil in so many ways. a non-stop hate generation machine.”
Make Congress Vote on Syria and Afghanistan American Conservative (resilc)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Zuckerberg is breaking promises to Instagram and WhatsApp. Be concerned. Mashable (David L)
Undercover Agents Target Cybersecurity Watchdog Haaretz (David L)
Trump announces deal to temporarily reopen government, ending shutdown Washington Post (furzy)
Remarks: Donald Trump Announces Deal to End Government Shutdown From Rose Garden – January 25, 2019 Factbase. Resilc: “NOT The Onion!!!!”:
You are fantastic people. You are incredible patriots. Many of you have suffered far greater than anyone, but your families would know or understand. And not only did you not complain, but in many cases you encouraged me to keep going because you care so much about our country and about its border security. https://factba.se/transcript/donald-trump-remarks-government-shutdown-january-25-2019″ rel=”nofollow”>You are fantastic people. You are incredible patriots. Many of you have suffered far greater than anyone, but your families would know or understand. And not only did you not complain, but in many cases you encouraged me to keep going because you care so much about our country and about its border security.
Airport Delays Ripple Across Northeast Due to Air Traffic Controller Shortage New York Times. Wonder if this is what drove the timing of Trump’s climbdown, and not Federal worker missing another paycheck. Oh, or getting his SOTU next week?
— David Sirota (@davidsirota) January 26, 2019
Why Trump Will Lose in 2020 New York Times. Resile: “We will see.” Moi: Only Trump can beat Trump, but he is very capable of doing that.
Bernie Sanders set to announce 2020 presidential run Yahoo (martha r)
Machine Politics Fred Turner, Harper’s (martha r)
Global shipping rates slump in latest sign of economic slowdown Reuters (resilc)
The Hidden Automation Agenda of the Davos Elite New York Times (resilc)
Davos Erupts in Laughter at the Notion of Tech Billionaire Paying More Taxes Motherboard. Paging Madame DeFarge…
A new message from Democrats: it’s time to empower workers in America Guardian (resilc) If you believe that, I have a bridge I’d like to sell you. Recall that Lambert’s analysis of 2017 Elizabeth Warren speech had her celebrating Uber as a boon for workers.
California Sues City Over Lack of Affordable Housing Wall Street Journal
Poor southerners are joining the globe’s climate migrants Scalawag (martha r)
Antidote du jour. Bob: “The picture doesn’t really show it, but the white horse is huge.”
And a bonus (martha r):
Dogs leading the cows after a hurricane. The real guardians. pic.twitter.com/pmDr95OJCd
— Welcome To Nature (@welcomet0nature) January 17, 2019
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.