Is habitat restoration actually killing plants in the California wildlands? PhysOrg (Robert M)
One Species Loves Our Climate-Wrecking Ways: Fire Ants! Wired (David L)
Ancient Turing Pattern Builds Feathers, Hair — and Now, Shark Skin Quanta (David L)
What Is Emergence? Quanta Magazine (David L)
Driverless cars must navigate human foibles Financial Times
The periodic tables we almost had Quartz (Kevin W)
Bill Gates says the US has lost its global leadership in nuclear power, and needs to ‘get in the game’ Business Insider (Kevin W)
‘This disease is a monster’: Furious moms blast CDC for failing to act on mystery polio-like virus which has left hundreds of kids paralyzed since 2012, killed at least two and is now expected to hit unprecedented levels in 2020 Daily Mail
By preparing for no deal properly, we will get the good Brexit democracy demands of us Telegraph. David Davis op-ed.
“Anything less than a clean break from #EU will be a betrayal of the Referendum vote”
YouGov Dec 15 (DK Excl)
— Matthew Goodwin (@GoodwinMJ) January 2, 2019
New Cold War
U.S. Citizen Held in Moscow Not Likely a Spy – Foreign Policy. Resilc: “Of course not, it is a frequent occurrence that a dishonorably discharged marine because of larceny becomes head of a major us corporation’s security that does business in Russia…”
Trump’s Syria Withdrawal is a Chance for Peace Project Syndicate (David L)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Google sat on a Chromecast bug for years, now hackers could wreak havoc Techcrunch (Kevin W)
Newly declassified documents show how The Brave Men and Women of the CIA Who Keep Us Safe™ repeatedly lied to Congress about the crucial – and unauthorized – aid they provided in breaking into the psychiatrist’s office of Daniel Ellsberg to humiliate him https://t.co/f2ea4MqqwE
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) January 2, 2019
Imperial Collapse Watch
American Exceptionalism Is a Dangerous Myth New York Magazine. Resilc: “Just travel a bit and see how wrong this concept is.”
How women took over the military-industrial complex Politico (UserFriendly). Feminization of a field of work is almost without exception a sign of a decline in its status.
Reporter Quits NBC Citing Network’s Support For Endless War Caitlin Johnstone (chuck)
In shutdown, national parks transform into Wild West — heavily populated and barely supervised Washington Post (Kevin W)
Great moments in media: Trump’s team gives the Washington Examiner an “exclusive” list of 205 supposed “historic” accomplishments he will campaign on; the Examiner just publishes it in full; Trump tweets about it as if it came from the Examiner. pic.twitter.com/4xa1t9Gt6l
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) January 1, 2019
UserFriendly: “HA!!!! Even the right wing Dems figured out paygo is HORRIBLE politics and HORRIBLE policy.”
“Critical investments in education, infrastructure, and health care should not be held hostage to budgetary constraints that Republicans have never respected”
— Jeff Stein (@JStein_WaPo) January 2, 2019
Martha r points out it is not too late to call your Dem congresscritter (assuming you have one) and tell them “Hell no!” re Paygo, but you need to do it early today!
Tomorrow I will also vote No on the rules package, which is trying to slip in #PAYGO.
PAYGO isn’t only bad economics, as @RoKhanna explains; it’s also a dark political maneuver designed to hamstring progress on healthcare+other leg.
We shouldn’t hinder ourselves from the start. https://t.co/WW3UaBs7vh
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 2, 2019
Bernie Sanders Isn’t Just Another White Male Candidate. His Nomination Would Be Historic. The Forward (martha r)
Elizabeth Warren is all spectacle and no content. She made a name for herself with viral videos wagging her finger at bankers who remained rich and consequence-free while never actually taking a stand on controversial issues when it mattered. She puts on a show and plays it safe.
— Caitlin Johnstone ⏳ (@caitoz) January 2, 2019
Progressives To Put Up Last-Minute Fight To Stop ‘Pay-Go’ Budget Rules Huffington Post (Kevin W)
This is illustrative — we have Joe Biden’s defenders touting his support for means-test cuts to Social Security. Have at it, Biden folk — go ahead and defend the Heritage Foundation plan to slash the program. See how that works out in the primary… https://t.co/d3l9Cx5uK4
— David Sirota (@davidsirota) January 2, 2019
Mr. Market Is Not Very Happy
Apple just warned its holiday quarter was a huge miss, and the stock is getting crushed Business Insider. After hours announcement.
Apple Makes Rare Cut to Sales Guidance Wall Street Journal
Five Doom Loops Investors May Confront in 2019 Bloomberg (Dr. Kevin)
‘Flash-Crash’ Moves Hit Currency Markets Bloomberg/blockquote>
Tesla shares tumble as car deliveries disappoint Financial Times
Fracking’s Secret Problem—Oil Wells Aren’t Producing as Much as Forecast Wall Street Journal (Kevin W). Not a surprise if you’ve been paying attention. Brian C adds:
I am still of the opinion that fracking only exists as a going concern because of multiple stealth subsidies sourced from U.S. taxpayers. I also continue to believe that theses subsidies are are in place to enable execution of some national security strategy that relies on fracking as an alternate supply source. It may very well be that this strategy will prove to be both prudent and effective (only time will tell), but I am not buying that fracking was ever sensible from an unmanipulated economic basis. My theory is supported by the consistent ability of fracking to defy gravity of both finances and politics. No matter how many “fracking is viable because…” narratives are laid to waste by facts, the narratives continue to mutate and move on with help from the necessary investment fairy (i.e. other people’s money).
A More Diverse Oligarchy Sardonicky (UserFriendly)
Manhattan property prices retreat as glut persists Financial Times
Antidote du jour (Robert H):
And a bonus video (Robert M). This seems a bit mean except the turtle is very efficient at getting himself back to normal.
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.