Florida readers: We did get a few responses to my plea, yesterday, for which I thank you, so I will again refrain from using the phrase “chewing our hands,” but we’re still a bit concerned about attendance at the NC Fort Lauderdale Meetup this Thursday, February 7. Floridians, please step up, and confirm your attendance in comments! Unless you’re comfortable with the picture of Yves sitting alone at a bar for a couple of hours, trying to type on her laptop. She’ll have her shooting stick, but do you really want to make her use it? –lambert
‘A lot of people are going to get hurt’: Petrou on fintech risk The American Banker
Against U.S. Intervention In Venezuela NPR. Interview with NATO Supreme Allied Commander James Stavridis.
Venezuela press coverage has been horrible for years. Thread:
(Thread) If you're asking yourself "why is coverage of Venezuela so poor?" – I did a PhD and wrote a book on the topic.
What most people don't realise is this isn't a mistake. Journalists actively see themselves as the opposition to the government. pic.twitter.com/ZsQ52Fx5LN
— Alan MacLeod (@AlanRMacLeod) February 3, 2019
Amazon sacks staff ‘for supporting gilets jaunes’ The Connexion
Why 5G, a battleground for US and China, is also a fight for military supremacy South China Morning Post
In charts: Who funds India’s political parties? Scroll (J-LS).
Scoop: Insider leaks Trump’s “Executive Time”-filled private schedules Axios. Jacob Bacharach: “Everyone funning on the Executive Time stuff, but no one wants to talk about the fact that packed executive meeting schedules are largely make-work for what are often do-nothing jobs to begin with.”
Democrats in Disarray
Congress, Don’t Give DHS Unrestricted Authority to Build a ‘Smart Wall’ ACLU. Thomas Frank would have something to say about why a “Wall” is anathema to liberal Democrats, but a “Smart Wall” is A-OK.
Why are Democratic party thinktanks still not backing universal healthcare? Adam Gaffney, Guardian. Because they’re not paid to think that. And they don’t believe in it anyhow.
Schumer and Sanders: Limit Corporate Stock Buybacks (opinion) NYT
What to expect when you’re expecting to eliminate private insurance Sarah Kliff, Vox
Imperial Collapse Watch
Capitalism’s New Clothes Evgeny Morozov, The Baffler
LA Teachers Show the Way Forward Jacobin
Netflix Hiring ‘Binge-Watchers’ to Rate Shows and Movies College Trends Daily
Rachel Maddow’s U.S. Cold Weather Concern Over Russia and China Was Not Baseless Polygraph.info. Normally, I wouldn’t link to state-controlled media, but this venue sponsored by VoA and RFE is in the “Fact check” sidebar at Google News, so I guess it must be OK.
Polar express: magnetic north pole moving ‘pretty fast’ towards Russia Guardian. Maddow takes notes furiously….
Impose a Speed Limit on the Autobahn? Not So Fast, Many Germans Say NYT (PM). Maybe if the 1% were willing to lead by example and sacrifice their private jets, the lower orders would follow? Sacrifice for thee but not for me does not seem to be recipe for social cohesion, let alone compliance.
A chemistry is performed LRB. Elizabeth Holmes.
Antidote du jour (Furzy Mouse):
This is a superb owl, so I really should have published it yesterday.
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.