Military working dog fears immigrants are taking his job Duffle Blog (Kevin W)
Cat Won’t Destroy Christmas Tree Because Of Tangerine ‘Force Field’ The Dodo (David L)
Golden retriever joins Masonic Children’s Hospital staff Kare11 (Chuck L)
Scientists call for a complete ban on GLITTER because the particles are polluting oceans Daily Mail (David L). Drag queens all over the world will mourn.
Dinosaurs had feathers ruffled by parasites, study finds Guardian (Kevin W)
in a time of bird decline, counting and feeding them, with emma greig of feederwatch A Way to Garden (David L)
Greenland has lost 3.8 trillion tonnes of ice since 1992 The Conversation (Kevin W)
Is This the End of Recycling? Pocket (David L)
The dark side of plant-based food—it’s more about money than you may think The Conversation (Robert M)
Indian poor grow hungrier under Modi as economy slows Financial Times
Decision time Chris Grey. Fine if sobering big-picture take.
Boris Johnson’s Biggest Threat Isn’t Jeremy Corbyn. It’s Ali Milani. Foreign Policy (UserFriendly).
Fake News and the “Punch” that never happened Off Guardian (JTM)
The Brexit stockpilers: ‘I do still have enough for three months’ Guardian (resilc)
Brazil’s beef export hit record, prospects bright on China demand Reuters. Troy P: “This is why they are burning down the Amazon rainforest.”
New Cold War
Pompeo and Lavrov clash over Russian election interference in news conference at State Department Washington Post (Kevin W)
How Russian Agents Hunt Down Kremlin Opponents Der Spiegel. Bill B:
From a logistical standpoint, outsourcing to thugs like Krasikov is much cheaper than deploying a drone and is far less likely to result in bystander casualties. As opposed to what happens when the United States targets Pashtun wedding parties.
U.S. lacked a clear war strategy in Afghanistan, officials acknowledged in confidential documents Washington Post. Resilc: “The only conceivable reason WaPo publishes something anti war is that they are trying to clear the table before their next blood feast.”
Imperial Collapse Watch
Our Lying Military, Our Lying Government American Conservative (resilc)
Horowitz Report Reveals the Steele Dossier Was Always a Joke Rolling Stone (UserFriendly). OMG. Taibbi kills it:
If the report released Monday by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz constitutes a “clearing” of the FBI, never clear me of anything. Holy God, what a clown show the Trump-Russia investigation was.
The Inspector General’s ‘Witch Hunt’ Report: A Quick and Dirty Analysis LawFare. Awfully shrill….
Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, of high crimes and misdemeanors Judiciary Committee. Lambert linked to this yesterday but in case you missed it….
If Ukraine Is Impeachable, What’s Afghanistan? Atlantic (resilc)
He who shall not be named nabs second place. https://t.co/QgNelSpGjF
— Stephanie Kelton (@StephanieKelton) December 10, 2019
Don’t Think Sanders Can Win? You Don’t Understand His Campaign New York Times (Kevin C)
I’m sure it’s just a coincidence and not a sign of a bunch of smears incoming in the near future that all of the blue check marks have just discovered that Bernie is in the race within the last 48 hours. Let’s look at examples
— Greg C (Bernie 2020) (@greg06897) December 10, 2019
What Nevada could mean for Bernie Sanders Washington Post (UserFriendly)
Elizabeth Warren helped company to avoid clearing up toxic waste, document reveals Independent (resilc)
What Pete Buttigieg Really Did at McKinsey The Atlantic
States Looking at Ways to Promote FAFSA Completion National Conference of State Legislatures. UserFriendly: “http://www.ncsl.org/blog/2019/12/10/states-looking-at-ways-to-promote-fafsa-completion.aspx
Exxon Mobil Prevails In Climate Change Trial NPR (David L)
Chevron to take $10bn write down on shale gas glut Financial Times
Cuomo Says Amazon’s Manhattan Announcement is “Crumbs From the Table Compared to a feast” LIC Post Kevin W: “A feast for who exactly?”
New York City Paid McKinsey Millions to Stem Jail Violence. Instead, Violence Soared. ProPublica (Dan K). Grifters. Now I am going to have to use the line I have been using for my time at Goldman for McKinsey too: “I worked there before it became a criminal enterprise.”
The Economy of Evil Historicly (JTM). Today’s must read.
If Wealth Is Justified, so Is a Wealth Tax Katharina Pistor Project Syndicate (UserFriendly)
Antidote du jour (Ian P):
Octopus embryo. This microscope image of a California two-spot octopus (Octopus bimaculoides) embryo was one of the top 20 images in Nikon’s Small World photomicrography contest. It was entered by biologists Martyna Lukoseviciute of the University of Oxford, UK, and Carrie Albertin at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.
And a bonus:
Ninja cat pic.twitter.com/gUkVwen4lG
— Happy Cat (@HappyCatCentral) December 10, 2019
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.