Oh-ho! Elephant tusk trinkets in Cambodia are actually woolly mammoth! PhysOrg (Lance N)
Data mining adds evidence that war is baked into the structure of society MIT Technology Review (Dr. Kevin, David L)
PepsiCo is rolling out a fleet of robots to bring snacks to college students The Verge. Resilc: “Just what we all need, junk on demand.”
The Best Skin-Care Trick Is Being Rich The Atlantic (Dr. Kevin)
Will China’s moon landing launch a new space race? The Conversation (Kevin W)
Chinese scholar offers insight into Beijing’s strategic mindset Pepe Escobar, Asia Times (J-LS)
The US and China are in a quantum arms race that will transform warfare MIT Technology Review
Asia stumbles into year of the currency war Asia Times (resilc)
Ministers plan for a ‘practice traffic jam’ to prepare for no deal Brexit: Up to 150 lorries will be sent from Manston Airport to Dover during Monday’s rush hour in last minute test Daily Mail (Kevin W). I am waiting for Richard North to laugh at this.
Brexit: changing the business model Richard North. A must read.
Britain is on the brink of an historic strategic decision Chris Grey. Another important post, but disconcerting to see how someone who nailed the big picture believes in the referendum unicorn
Bolsonaro and the Rainforest LobeLog (resilc)
New Cold War
EXPLOSIVE: @DanKaszeta of @Strongpoint_UK invoiced @InitIntegrity #IntegrityInitiative £2,276.80 in July 2018 during the #Skripal #Novichok affair for writing articles on the subjects of poison gas; nerve agents; treatment; nerve agent persistency & #PortonDown @RTUKproducer pic.twitter.com/V35PemrN9E
— Fvnk (@WhatTheFvnk) January 4, 2019
Integrity Initiative’ – New Documents From Shady NGO Released Moon of Alabama (Kevin W)
Has Trump Been Outmaneuvered on Syria Troop Withdrawal? Consortiumnews (furzy)
The Saudi Lobby Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative (resilc)
Trump Just Endorsed the USSR’s Invasion of Afghanistan The Atlantic (furzy)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Amazon Says 100 Million Alexa Devices Have Been Sold The Verge. 100 million places yours truly will not go.
The Weather Channel app sued over claims it sold location data NBC. Haha, this is a lovely source of revenue for budget-starved governments. High time someone go after these data-whores in serious way.
Trump threatens to wield executive power on border wall Financial Times
Trump Just Killed His Own Defense Strategy – Defense One. Resilc: “The military industrial cpomp]lex is just pissed that they will have to do new marketing plans for new products. The horror of new Powerpoint sales presentations…..”
ICE Now Locks Up Everyone American Prospect
The $9 Billion Upcharge: How Insurers Kept Extra Cash From Medicare Wall Street Journal. Important original reporting.
Six-Year-Old Moira Is One of the Sickest People in America. So Why Is North Carolina Trying to Gut Her Health Care? – Mother Jones. Resilc: “The GOP stopped caring when she stopped being a fetus.”
Clinton Crony Says Bernie Supporters Must Be Silenced For 2020 Primaries Caitlin Johnstone (furzy)
Don’t Underestimate Elizabeth Warren and Her Populist Message New Yorker (resilc)
Pelosi Burns Republicans To The Ground By Invoking Reagan During Speech Marking New Session Of Congress The United States Blues (resilc)
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Attempt to smear congresswoman with clip of her dancing backfires Sky News (Kevin W). Following up on Lambert’s coverage: Right. It’s OK for Theresa May to embarrass herself by dancing horribly in South Africa and then unironically doing a cringe-making mini-reprise at a Tory party conference but not for a young woman to have some really good dance clips from college…..long before she was in public life (if think that dancing is Too Unserious to be caught doing it, or even worse, to do it well).
Powell stokes market rally with promise of ‘patience’ Financial Times
Robinhood Checking Moved Fast and Broke Bloomberg (UserFriendly)
Apple has way bigger problems than China, analysts say Business Insider
Robots Are Taking Some Jobs, But Not All: World Bank Mercury News. Yet more “Let them eat training.” Will someone please inform the people in power that it isn’t too smart to have the only jobs left in advanced economies for unskilled men to involve carrying a gun?
This Is Everything That Is Wrong With Mainstream Feminism Caitlin Johnstone (furzy). Oh, sorry, because feminism, women will have equal opportunity to have otherwise unskilled gun-carrying jobs.
Rep. Liz Cheney, daughter of Dick Cheney, yesterday attacked "the fraud of socialism." Really? I wasn't aware that it was "socialism" that lied about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, and got us into a horrific war that we should never have started.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) January 4, 2019
The trouble with WOKE comedy Jonathan Pie
Antidote du jour (Tracie H):
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Mother quokka and her baby pic.twitter.com/sdYcVKQBzd
— Welcome To Nature (@welcomet0nature) January 3, 2019
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.