Leopards neglected due to focus on more ‘iconic’ animals Daily Telegraph
Pliocene and Eocene provide best analogs for near-future climates PNAS (abstract only). “Geologically novel climates.”
Three benefits of electric vehicles, and how to unlock them World Economic Forum
An Engineering Wunderkind’s Ocean Plastics Cleanup Device Hits A Setback NPR (Furzy Mouse).
Where ignorant armies clash by night:
Released from Dover council : once opp stack / Brock is FULL trucks sent to manston to sit and rot for days . And redwood claims there will be no delays ? pic.twitter.com/VCUnjSCkOM
— ciaran the Euro courier 🇪🇺🇪🇺#peoplesvote (@donnyc1975) January 5, 2019
And see the same source for some capacity arithmetic. Readers, plausible?
John LeCarré was an optimist:
So, the Institute for Statecraft's Integrity Initiative wants to ramp up the Russia threat to get the UK military removed from democratic oversight? Leaked minutes of private discussion between II's Chris Donnelly & Gen. Sir Richard Barrons https://t.co/U0VhI4GCKD pic.twitter.com/biDyjglfCd
— Ian Fraser (@Ian_Fraser) January 4, 2019
Deal with Syria regime ‘inevitable’: Kurdish commander Agence France Presse
Why the United States Won’t Be Able to Quit Syria The American Conservative
Chinese President Xi Jinping gives army its first order of 2019: be ready for battle South China Morning Post. Not an order one should have to give, no?
New Cold War
What happens if Mueller comes up empty CNN. I don’t see how that can be allowed to happen.
Exculpatory Russia evidence about Mike Flynn that US intel kept secret The Hill. To the extent that anybody in the U.S. national security apparatus can be exculpated from anything, of course.
After the Crimean Consensus The American Interest
The shutdown and IT (DK). Thread:
I figured it was worth a little explainer for the Anti-Deficiency Act and relation to IT operations and shutdown activities. I write as somebody who's been through a few in various roles… (1/12)
— Amélie E. Koran (@webjedi) December 28, 2018
Sisterhood of spies: Women now hold the top positions at the CIA NBC. Shattering the glass ceiling by leaning in with the electrodes, eh Gina?
Congressional Staffing for Dummies: The Pay Go Dispute Matt Stoller, Medium. Today’s must-read.
Now If Pay-Go Isn’t Repealed It Will Be All Yertle’s Fault Down with Tyranny (MR).
Democrats in Disarray
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Should we think of Big Tech as Big Brother? FT (DL). Throwing a flag on the Betteridge’s Law violation, here. “Surveillance capitalists are not only able to monetise our data but can also use it to predict our behaviour and thereby modify it. In mechanical terms, they are no longer just sensors but actuators.”
Curbs on A.I. Exports? Silicon Valley Fears Losing Its Edge NYT. You say “stunt the [AI] industry in the U.S.” like that’s a bad thing.
Why Gout Is Making a Comeback New York Magazine
Driving the news cycle:
The GOP can attack @AOC all it wants but she just danced her way to the wood of the @NYDailyNews with a proposal the newspaper wouldn’t have even covered before. So troll her at your own risk. She’s a leader who just jumpstarted the conversation on a major issue. pic.twitter.com/lSHC6xhGgP
— Gersh Kuntzman (@GershKuntzman) January 5, 2019
Note, however, how “pay for” gets smuggled in. That needs to be dealt with.
Staffing counts (Riffle being an AOC staffer):
Sorry everyone, my bad. I'll talk her up to 90. https://t.co/gl3VuiGISE
— Every Billionaire Is A Policy Failure (@DanRiffle) January 4, 2019
Sweden Has a 70 Percent Tax Rate and It Is Fine People’s Policy Project (MR).
Antidote du jour (MR):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.