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Saving snow leopards in Russia BBC (furzy). What a clever approach. And the snow leopards are so handsome!
66-million-year-old deathbed linked to dinosaur-killing meteor ScienceDaily. Kevin W: “Ugh! Another way to die horribly – by tiny glass beads coming in at 100-200 miles per hour.”
Climate Change and the Death of the Small Farm New Republic
BofA, Wells Fargo sour on blockchain American Banker. Quelle surprise!
Arizona cops release bodycam footage of lead-up to storming home over child with high fever NBC. Kevin W sent an earlier reports of this story. This version omits a key fact: the kid hadn’t been vaccinated and the doctor was worried that he might have meningitis, which is why the doctor wanted him to go straight to the ER. Plus social workers and police are now in a no-win situation. There have been enough cases of failure to intervene in abuse and neglect cases generating bad outcomes and a public/press outcry that many feel pressured to intervene in borderline cases. This part is based on court documents:
Later that day, the child’s fever reportedly broke, and the parents decided not to take him to the ER. After the mother phoned the doctor, the doctor phoned the police.
So the doctor didn’t trust the mother’s account and called the cops and said the child had a “life threatening” condition. The police were put in a position where they had to Do Something. And given that the father had refused the let the cops see the child as requested on two visits and had not opened the door (he could have brought the kid outside if he didn’t want to let the police inside on the second police attempt to assess the child, since by then the father should have worked out the cops were not going to let this go), the police had reason to be concerned about the degree of resistance from the father.
Could the Ancient Jewish Practice of Shmita Be a New Tool for Sustainable Ag? CivilEats (Glenn F)
White Americans’ Food Choices Are Contributing Disproportionately to Climate Change PSMagazine. What white people are you talking about? I don’t eat this stuff and I don’t know anyone who does (well save a 90+ year old couple). This includes many years of observation of grocery carts in Manhattan :-). The problem with talking about large sets (like men versus women) is that the differences within a set are greater than the ones between sets.
EAT-Lancet’s Plant-Based Planet: 10 Things You Need to Know Psychology Today. This illustrates why I am skeptical of “nutrition science”. I could go on for pages as to how astrology is more scientific. You cannot track accurately what people eat over long enough periods of time to conclude anything. However, we do need to be eating further down the food chain.
China’s media companies are failing at home, failing abroad and failing Xi Jinping South China Morning Post (furzy)
US becoming ‘lone ranger’ containing China Asia Times (resilc)
MPs deliver ‘Brexit Day’ blow to May Financial Times
UK faces new Brexit crisis after lawmakers reject May’s deal Associated Press (Bill B). A workman-like overview.
Brexit: Theresa May ponders fourth bid to pass deal BBC. Help me. A 58 vote margin is way bigger than the magnitude of loss of several of the “indicative vote” options.
As lawyers here like to say, “For the avoidance of doubt” (guurst):
“No-deal” scenario on 12 April is now a likely scenario. The EU has been preparing for this since 12/2017. Now fully prepared. We will remain united. Benefits of WA, including transition period, will not be replicated in “no-deal” scenario. Sectoral mini-deals are not an option. pic.twitter.com/JJndIjMtTy
— European Commission 🇪🇺 (@EU_Commission) March 29, 2019
Theresa May: An Obituary Jonathan Pie, YouTube (Kevin W)
— Bryan Druzin (@BryanDruzin) March 30, 2019
Frexit? Italeave? After watching Brexit, other European countries say no thanks. https://t.co/M3qvk4dR4T
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) March 30, 2019
Ecuador legalized gangs. Murder rates plummeted. Vox (Kevin W)
ISIS prepped Baghdadi escape years before defeat Asia Times (resilc)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Lawmakers Call for Termination of NSA Domestic Surveillance Program Wall Street Journal
Trump renews threat to shut down US-Mexico border Financial Times
Trump’s Financial Statements Are So Full Of Lies That His Accountants Put a Warning Label on Them Vanity Fair (resilc). Well, all those lenders and insurers relied on them, so shame on them!
Secretary Pompeo Has No Credibility American Conservative
McConnell to Trump: Health care’s all yours Politico (resilc)
Will the Supreme Court Finally End Gerrymandering? Rolling Stone (resilc)
Cheese wall on U.S.-Mexico border Reuters (resilc)
The doctor’s strike that nearly killed Canada’s Medicare-for-all plan, explained Vox. Bob B: “I remember the doctor’s strike well. I was a pre-teen and my mother had been sick with jaundice. I was terrified that the doctors would not help her.” Moi: A difference now is a lot of doctors are not happy with the current US system, particularly the rise of corporatized medicine.
US Prosecutors, Defense Request Maria Butina Be Deported Upon Sentencing Sputnik (Kevin W)
Interview transcripts from Congress on Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, G. Papadopoulos, and B. and N. Ohr Sic Semper Tyrannis (Kevin W)
An Awkward Kiss Changed How I Saw Joe Biden New York Magazine (Chuck L)
All About Pete Current Affairs (UserFriendly)
Is DONE Competent Enough to Conduct Neighborhood Council Elections? If Not, Why Not? Tony Butka, LA Citywatch (Kevin W). A vignette on (mis)managing local elections, with a shout out to NC.
Norway: Low Oil Pressure Caused Viking Sky’s Engine Blackout Reuters. Guurst: “For want of a brain a ship was lost.”
Facebook finally responds to New Zealand on Christchurch attack Guardian (David L)
Vermont governor’s office promotes remote Amazon jobs in Vermont VTDigger (martha r)
UserFriendly: “ROFL Amazon is crapifying.”
OxyContin-Maker Owner Maligned Opioid Addicts, Suit Says Wall Street Journal
HUD Sues Facebook for Fair Housing Act Violations HSH. Why am I not surprised?
An AI startup has found a new source of cheap labor for training algorithms: prisoners MIT Technology Review
This Company Will Pay You to Learn to Code, and Take 15 Percent of Your Income Later Motherboard. Resilc” “And then be out of date with skills by the 25th month.”
Taken for a Ride: How Ambulance Debt Afflicts the Extreme Poor American Prospect (resilc)
The good old days? In many ways, yes Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis (Kevin W). The people who worked in the paper mills in the towns in which I lived growing up (skilled blue collar jobs) had small but nice houses with yards, a car or truck they bought with cash, decent vacations, often had kids who went to college (usually state schools, and had job stability.
Antidote du jour:
And a bonus (guurst):
Mirror vs Kitten pic.twitter.com/mHgrZ8Es6O
— cats (@catsfolder) January 16, 2019
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.