Triple play: Two Harbors man fills three community needs in one long day MPR News. Chuck L: “A snapshot small town life for some.”
Tony Brooker, Pioneer of Computer Programming, Dies at 94 New York Times (David L)
Heat your House with a Mechanical Windmill Low Tech (Robert H)
Video seems a little too “feel good”-y to me. What happens if we suddenly turn off the VLF tracking? Technologically created conditions are inherently unstable in the long term… we could be pushing away and eventually thinning our Van Allen shield.
Miniature Brains Recently Sent Out Brain Waves for the First Time Smithsonian (David L)
Here’s why many CRISPR/Cas9 experiments could be wrong – and how to fix them Massive Science (David L)
Can a New Diagnosis Help Prevent Suicide? Undark (UserFriendly). Important.
So the U.S. and China have both agreed to announce a "trade deal," which so far as I can tell consists entirely of both sides repeatedly saying the words "trade deal."
— Binyamin Appelbaum (@BCAppelbaum) December 13, 2019
The China trade deal appears to be a total capitulation, as predicted.
The trade war cost America 300,000 jobs, and in exchange, in this "deal" China made exactly ZERO hard commitments to structural reform.
What a disaster.
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) December 13, 2019
Brexit (and Election Post Mortem)
Resolution Craig Murray
Anti-politics & the last gasp of British Labourism Left Flank (SOMK)
If you found my earlier thread on the UK election too sunny, this is brutal and brilliant and jaw-droppingly grim. https://t.co/4BU4xbUPU4
— Nicholas Guyatt (@NicholasGuyatt) December 13, 2019
EU leaders acknowledge Brexit now inevitable Politico. Note EU again plans to control the shape of the table:
“We have to discuss the precise approach to these negotiations,” Rutte said, while refusing to comment on whether the Netherlands would back a German proposal for a less ambitious “Step 1” trade agreement that could be upgraded at a later stage.
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Ring says it will introduce new security features after hackers broke into a camera in an 8-year-old’s bedroom, where they could watch and talk to the child Business Insider (Kevin W). How reassuring.
A.I. Is Making it Easier to Kill (You). Here’s How. New York Times, YouTube (David L)
Behind the One-Way Mirror: A Deep Dive Into the Technology of Corporate Surveillance Electronic Frontier Foundation (David L)
Supreme Court to Decide Cases on Access to Trump’s Financial Records Wall Street Journal (see Bloomberg version here). I would think there’d be an argument that the Congressional subpoenas were overly broad and extend into time frames that can’t/don’t have anything to do with his office. But that would be a fallback position.
Trump is the natural consequence of our anti-democracy decade Robert Reich, Guardian
Kansas Kills Kris Kobach’s National Voter Purge System Truthout (Dan K)
When a Reform Prosecutor Stands Up to the Death Penalty Intercept. UserFriendly: “Zero guardrails for prosecutorial misconduct.”
The impeachment articles are a major retreat for Democrats Washington Post (furzy)
The Eight Counts of Impeachment That Trump Deserves New York Times (furzy)
2020. FWIW, #DropOutBloomberg now tops the “trending” list at Twitter in the US:
Mike Bloomberg's campaign fired an (unpaid?) intern via tweet for posting an enthusiastic dance video. Now the former NYC mayor has lost a social media coordinator. The hashtag for this saga is #DropOutBloomberg https://t.co/URVPVAUn3J
— Kelly Jane Torrance (@KJTorrance) December 13, 2019
Trump shocks black voters — by trying to get their votes Politico (UserFriendly)
Bernie Sanders’s $150B plan to make the internet a utility: HOW IT WORKS Business Insider (furzy)
The Viral Mike Bloomberg Dance Video Is Actually Part Of A Comedy Bit BuzzFeed (UserFriendly)
Democrats in Disarray
Take Back Our Party: Restoring the Democratic Legacy American Prospect (resilc)
America’s Two-Headed One Party System Caitlin Johnstone. In this section because the Dems find it more difficult to ‘splain
their allegiance to big money/big corps than the GOP.
Our Famously Free Press
Vicious Cycles: Theses on a philosophy of news Harpers (JMM)
Forget The Hype, Aramco Shares May be Valued At Zero Next Year OilPrice (resilc)
PG&E’s future is in doubt after Newsom rejects bankruptcy plan Los Angeles Times
Charting the World’s Major Stock Markets on the Same Scale (1990-2019) Visual Capitalist (furzy)
Student Loan Debt: Unsafe In Any Amount Popular Resistance (UserFriendly). Important.
Michelle Obama Defending George W. Bush Is a Lesson in Class Solidarity Teen Vogue (UserFriendly)
How Hollywood Subtly Reinforces Wage Slavery American Conservative (UserFriendly)
Bloomberg Just Bought CityLab—and Put Half Its Reporters Out of a Job Mother Jones (Dan K)
Antidote du jour (crittermom):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.