How cattle can help save the birds of the Great Plains National Geographic
Wettest-Year Records for 2018, Take Two Weather Underground
‘Increasing Number’ Of Tory MPs Are Considering No-Deal Brexit As A ‘Viable’ Plan B HuffPo. A Leave-backing former cabinet minister: “We won’t be able to get certain foods like bananas or tomatoes but it’s not like we won’t be able to eat. And we’ll be leaving at a time when British produce is beginning to come into season so it’s the best possible time to leave with no deal.”
How groupthink polarized Brexit Politico. The article doesn’t match the headline. Or if it does, not in the way the author means.
No Syria withdrawal without Turkish pledge not to attack Kurds, Bolton says NBC. Since the Kurds have been maneuvered into putting themselves under Syrian protection, this isn’t especially relevant, but can’t we get Bolton fired?
How China’s worsening economic woes are shattering the dreams of its top graduate students South China Morning Post
In China, cash is no longer king Nikkei Asian Review
China, Europe, and the Great Divergence: A Study in Historical National Accounting, 980–1850 The Journal of Economic History
New Cold War
Someone Finally Connected the Dots: Russiagate is Helping Trump (interview) Aaron Maté, The Mind Unleashed. Pretty obscure venue; I hope Maté won’t end up being ostracized, like Thomas Frank.
Democrats in Disarray
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s $21 trillion mistake WaPo. Four Pinocchios. As I’ve said, AOC can be weak on detail, which bugs me. But that’s a staffing and ramping-up issue, and she’s evidently a quick study. So all this Bourbon-esque pearl-clutching and wig-straightening from WaPo et al. won’t count for a lot. Taking a longer view, there are two politicians I can think of who (a) give zero f*cks and (b) have cut through the political establishment like a knife through butter. One is Donald Trump. The other is AOC. Make of that what you will.
Dems livid after Tlaib vows to ‘impeach the motherf—er’ Politico. Like a flock of chickens clucking and flapping their wings…
KARE 11 Investigates: A pattern of denial KARE11 (MR).
Denied: How some Tennessee doctors earn big money denying disability claims The Tennessean (MR).
Our Famously Free Press
This “Integrity Initiative”/Institute of Statecraft* story seems to be playing out on Twitter, mostly. I haven’t seen what I would consider a ranking venue take it on; not even (say) HuffPo or TRNN. Odd. Clusters indeed:
If you're concerned about the rise of disinformation, you should read this from the current issue of @PrivateEyeNews. The Integrity initiative's "cluster" approach was developed by the man who brought you the Iraq war pic.twitter.com/2rBzWNaRQ0
— Ian Fraser (@Ian_Fraser) January 6, 2019
NOTE * “Never eat at a place called ‘Mom’s.” And everything is like CalPERS:
This is a High Court judge describing the business dealings of Mr. Daniel Lafayeedney, Director of the Institute for Statecraft. You are in good company indeed among Russians sucking off public funds and your buddies right at home. https://t.co/ef1mIvM3tn pic.twitter.com/mdUr6QONh9
— Jodocus Quak (@JodocusQuak) January 6, 2019
How to Think About Empire (interview) Arundhati Roy, Boston Review
Imperial Collapse Watch
This Map Shows Where in the World the U.S. Military Is Combatting Terrorism Smithsonian (Furzy Mouse). The map is more useful than the headline.
How to Get Venezuela’s Economy Going Again: A Conversation with Luis Enrique Gavazut Venezuelanalysis.com
8 Predictions for What the World Will Look Like in 20 Years New York Magazine
Why 2018 Was the Best Year in Human History! Nicholas Kristof, NYT. “But a failure to acknowledge global progress can leave people feeling hopeless and ready to give up. In fact, the gains should show us what is possible and spur greater efforts to improve opportunity worldwide.” JFC. How about my home-town?
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See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.