The periodic table is 150 – but it could have looked very different The Conversation
After the fires, solar power advocates seek greater role in California electric grid San Francisco Chronicle
Governor Hogan Rejects Fracked Gas Pipeline Permit, Changing His Tune Real News Network. Some good news from Maryland.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo axes plan to shut down the L Train, saves Brooklynites from commuting hell Business Insider. Likewise, for Brooklyn commuters — even if due to a decision by Ratface Andy.
Three Caribbean Countries Ban Single-Use Plastics teleSUR (martha r)
12 easy green resolutions for every month of the year TreeHugger. Many of these aren’t news to those who’ve been been following this area, and some don’t go far enough. Why limit oneself to curtailing use of plastic straws, and not reject single-use plastics – or even better, reduce or replace as far as possible all plastics, for that matter? But this list provides a place to start.
US updates warning over China travel, urging ‘increased caution’ CNBC. This is a level two warning, on a four-level scale. The article places this warning in context: “The State Department in recent weeks has issued a number of Level 2 travel warnings for countries, including the United Kingdom, Spain, Russia, France, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands, citing the risk of terrorism.”
On Trump’s Syrian Pullout Counterpunch
America’s Overdue Middle East Withdrawal Project Syndicate. The first book I’m reading in 2019 is Eugene Rogan’s excellent The Arabs: A History. The section on how Britain and France divvied up the Middle East and North Africa after WW1 explains how these decisions continue to haunt the region.
Our Famously Free Press
A House Divided Jacobin (martha r)
Realignment and Legitimacy
America’s New Democracy Movement Project Syndicate
War on Cash
Green, Union Jobs: Organizing at Buffalo’s Tesla Factory Strikewave (martha r)
Big Brother IS Watching You Watch
These Apps Send Data To Facebook Without You Knowing It International Business Times
New Cold War
Five Weeks After The Guardian’s Viral Blockbuster Assange-Manafort Scoop, No Evidence Has Emerged — Just Stonewalling. Intercept. Glenn Greenwald; from earlier in the week, still germane.
Mr. Market is Not Very Happy
Brexit: political variables EUReferendum.com
Democrats in Disarray
Status Quo Seekers Fear This Senator is Advising Trump American Conservative
Trump vs Mattis: Watch out when men of war come to the rescue Independent. Robert Fisk
Antidote du jour (MG). White winged dove at feeder at Bosque del Apache, NM. Jerri-Lynn here: A great birding spot, I spent a Christmas break during the ‘90s divided between skiing at Taos and birding NM. Love those green chili cheeseburgers, and the posole, too:
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.