The Most Magical ‘Little Free Library’ Is Built Right Into a Tree Stump Atlas Obscura (martha r)
13 vintage photos of major US snowstorms that will make you want to hibernate Business Insider (Kevin W). Of course, Buffalo, New York gets way worse every winter.
Big storm sets sights on California, evacuations ordered Associated Press (David L)
From autism risks to mercury poisoning, here are 10 lies anti-vaxxers are spreading about the measles vaccine in the Pacific Northwest Business Insider. Surprised it doesn’t contain what I think is the strongest argument for the measles vaccination: babies can’t be vaccinated (too young) and they can die of measles. So you are getting your kid vaccinated to save babies.
Brexit & The Spayed Parliament Jonathan Pie, YouTube (Kevin W). Warning: Pie is potty-mouthed!
EU gives airlines deadline for no-deal Brexit Financial Times
Factcheck: Are there really only 100 lorries crossing the border every day? The Journal (PlutoniumKun)
Venezuela: No to Intervention, No to Maduro Foreign Policy in Focus. Lotta straw-manning (we’ve seen some here) that opposing intervention = supporting Maduro. Please show me the GoFundMe pages for Maduro by the people writing against US intervention.
Venezuela – Coup Propaganda Claims Gang Violence Is Coup Supporting Protest Moon of Alabama (Kevin W)
ISIS could reclaim territory in months without military pressure, warns Pentagon in draft report NBC. Resilc: “What bullshit.”
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Newsguard Turns to EU to Push Controversial Ratings System on Tech Companies, Smears MintPress as “Secretly Supported” by Russia MintPress. Kevin W: “That Newsguard plug-in is also apparently spyware by design.”
Apple Is Fighting a Good Fight Against Facebook and Google Medium (martha r)
Major DNA Testing Company Sharing Genetic Data With the FBI Bloomberg (Kevin W). Original story: One Of The Biggest At-Home DNA Testing Companies Is Working With The FBI BuzzFeed. Brian C: “Anyone surprised?”
Imperial Collapse Watch
Why America can’t win wars Asia Times
If America Stopped Destroying The World, The Bad Guys Might Win Caitlin Johnstone
Let’s Start At The Beginning Medium. Martha r: “On DSA organizing/planning, by a DSA member.”
U.S. applies visa sanctions on Ghana JoyOnline (resilc). HHm.
Mueller Accuses Roger Stone of Lying and Bullying—but Not Collusion Nation (UserFriendly)
Trump Should Call Congress’s Bluff on Our Endless Wars American Conservative (resilc)
Khanna’s Case for Restraint and Peace American Conservative (resilc)
Elizabeth Warren wasn’t the first candidate to propose a wealth tax. Trump was. Washington Post (resilc)
Feds secretly ship plutonium to Nevada to meet South Carolina court order ars technica (Chuck L). Some Nevada readers have e-mailed expressing their outrage.
I watched @CoryBooker’s “we will rise” video & then remembered that Cory Booker defended Mitt Romney’s Wall St firm, attacked the Obama campaign & voted with the GOP to help the pharmaceutical industry kill legislation to reduce the price of medicine. pic.twitter.com/7ImsELJ4Hy
— David Sirota (@davidsirota) February 1, 2019
Ralph Northam in “clearly racist” photo with blackface, KKK robe; vows to serve out term Virginian Pilot (martha r). Has the photo.
I am outside of the Metropolitan Detention Center where prisoners are without heat. The banging noise is them protesting for all of us to hear. They are without heat for days. This is in BROOKLYN. pic.twitter.com/h3UiVcR6VF
— Shahana Hanif (@HShahana) February 1, 2019
After visiting MDC it appears there is some restored heat, hot water & hot meals being served.
Still not at full capacity.
Still cold & dark. As we weren’t allowed to speak with inmates, unclear if blankets are being distributed.
Continuing to monitor this closely.
— Rep. Nydia Velazquez (@NydiaVelazquez) February 2, 2019
Tech giants are the new gatekeepers Axioss (martha r). They act like this is news?
Facebook Censors School Students’ Right to Strike about Climate Change school strike 4 climate action. Martha r:
From the website of the Australia ”school strike 4 climate action’’ organization, which has been very active. They say here that last november 15,000 students struck after being ordered not to by the Prime Minister. Facebook has not explained why they have deleted all the students’ posts about the major global strike action planned for March 15.
Note: FB claimed it was a mistake and has now restored the info.
1MDB Scandal Could Hit Pay for Goldman Execs, Including Lloyd Blankfein Wall Street Journal
United Natural Foods sues Goldman Sachs over its help in Supervalu deal Minneapolis Star Tribune (William B)
America Is Producing the Wrong Kind of Oil Bloomberg (Kevin W)
A chemistry is performed London Review of Books. On Bad Blood.
‘We’re all passengers in a billionaire hijacking’ says the critic who has the world’s richest people buzzing Business Insider (David L)
Howard Schultz May Be Even More Disingenuous Than Trump New York Magazine (resilc)
‘Corporate arts patrons deserve praise not blame’ Thread Reader (martha r). Critique of Financial Times op-ed. Doesn’t mention the appalling development that institutions that used to have fee or very low entry charges are now too expensive for low income people to visit, and it’s a special event even for middle class families.
Good Samaritans who moved more than 100 people from tents to a hotel are ‘just regular people trying to help’ Chicago Tribune (martha r). Notice all but one hotel refused when they were initially seeking 20 rooms.
Football and the NFL Are Facing White Flight Atlantic (resilc)
Antidote du jour (diptherio):
And a bonus video (Wat). Seen near Sydney, natch:
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.