Scientists Are Totally Rethinking Animal Cognition Atlantic (J-LS). Ahem, see video at the end of the post.
Artificial intelligence used to decode rodent chitchat Science Focus (David L)
Archive shows medieval nun faked her own death to escape convent Guardian (J-LS)
This Inflatable Jacket Vacuum Dries Your Dog When They’re Wet, and OMG — This Is Coming Home With Me Now PopSugar (David L). There’s a doggie store nearby, and its big source of income is clearly grooming. The dogs all look to behave well when being primped. So I take it that the issue with drying dogs is that it’s a time consuming nuisance for its human, not that the dog won’t stand there to be dried.
What It’s Like to Work Inside Apple’s ‘Black Site’ Bloomberg (David L)
Decade-long study reveals key “master switch” regulating immune system activity New Atals (David L)
Beltway Warriors Target China as the Next Global Threat American Conservative (resilc)
How Bad Is the China Slowdown? U.S. Companies Offer Some Answers Wall Street Journal
Sex doll firms cash in on China’s gender imbalance Asia Times (resilc)
The barefoot engineers of Malawi – in pictures Guardian. Resilc: “Doing more of this and no drone bases would be a smart step for USA USA.”
Most MPs tell me they believe a no-deal Brexit is a remote prospect. They are wrong. Robert Peston, Facebook (guurst)
Nigel Farage: “I feel like a Europhile compared to Corbyn. I mean wow, this is full on. Corbyn may be doing badly in the polls in terms of his own popularity, but in terms of preventing a 2nd referendum I have to say I think he is doing a rather good job.”https://t.co/tNcrYPRI0i
— Liz Webster?????????? #FBPE (@abcpoppins) February 11, 2019
Remainers to demand May hands Parliament power to delay Brexit as their price to support her The Sun. May could stare them down. Some of them have to know a GE would risk a crash out, as well as Corbyn.
No-deal Brexit could sink much of Asia Asia Times (Kevin W)
Who Shall Rouse Him Up? Brexit: The World Turned Upside Down The Full Brexit
The EU proposal only covers EU-UK, UK-EU and hopefully transit through the EU to go from GB to NI via RoI/ to Gibraltar via Spain & FR. It does not provide much intra-EU access at present (only 2 trips max) & no transit through the EU to reach non-EU countries like Switzerland
— Pauline Bastidon (@BastidonPauline) February 11, 2019
February 2019 Gilets jaunes SITREP The Saker (Kevin W)
10 reasons the Gilets Jaunes are the real deal Off-Guardian (Chuck L)
Venezuelan bondholders face an uphill battle for repayment FT Alphaville (Kevin W)
As US laments human rights in Venezuela, US-allied Colombia descends into drug-fueled humanitarian crisis Intrepid Report (Anthony L)
New Cold War
Russia considers ‘unplugging’ from internet BBC (David L)
Europe Is Determined to Save the Iran Deal LobeLog (resilc)
Washington Eyes Crackdown On OPEC OilPrice (resilc)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
How the U.S. Weaponized the Border Wall Intercept (resilc)
A Former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Thinks Trump’s Exit Strategy Is a Huge Mistake New York Magazine. Resilc: “And you wonder why the foreign policy of USA USA is so f’d up? He is among the “elite” class guiding us since the 1950s….”
Ocasio-Cortez retracts erroneous information about Green New Deal backed by 2020 Democratic candidates – The Washington Post. UserFriendly: “This was bad. It’s sheds support. If it’s anti nuke it’s anti science and anti reality.”
Making Globalism Great Again Consent Factory, Inc. (UserFriendly)
Why The Entire Political-Media Class Just Tried To End Ilhan Omar’s Career Caitlin Johnstone (Randy K)
We need a capital bill Capitol Fax (Jerry B). On Chicago’s crumbling infrastructure.
Was Bezos Blackmailed? John Coffee (Adrien F). FYI Coffee is a Columbia law prof and one of the most esteemed securities law experts.
Amazon Is Buying Mesh Router Company Eero The Verge. The better to monopolize the IoT market. Eeek.
Video shows Elon Musk’s staggering year of private jet flights News.com.au (Kevin W)
Revolt of the gig workers: How delivery rage reached a tipping point SF Chronicle (Marshall)
Instead of following the district’s bogus lesson plans, students at East High in Denver organized a dance party in solidarity with their striking teachers pic.twitter.com/Szz4o2j3jg
— Eric Blanc (@_ericblanc) February 11, 2019
‘The Distribution of Income Depends on How We Structure the Economy’ FAIR (UserFriendly)
Consent and refusal are not the only talking points in sex Aeon (Chuck L). Today’s must read. I’ve not been at all keen about the post #MeToo discussions of sex-related etiquette, and this is a very welcome exception. Also (finally) made me realize what bugged me about the “consent” framework: it treats sex like a contract (offer and acceptance).
Antidote du jour. Tracie H:
On a walk with our dog, I spotted this baby cottontail near a curb. I went back about 30 minutes later, sans dog and hubby, who were now in our van, and was thrilled to see she’d waited for me. She seemed to be feeling so lazy that I began to puzzle over whether she was injured, but no, she finally darted into the underbrush after allowing me to get much closer than I expected to be allowed.
And a bonus video:
See yesterdays Links and Antidote du Jour here.