Yves here. Abject apologies for the dearth of original posts. I am buried under year end stuff, which has blown up for reasons not under my control.
Scientists discover dogs can do math, too Inverse. My favorite cat Blake could clearly count to four. He very much liked the taste of his vitamins, and he got four every day. He would look around the floor if he didn’t get all four or one had been placed away from the others and he didn’t see it right away. He’d never go hunting for more if he had gotten all four.
Family Saves Squirrel, Lets Him Chill In Their Christmas Tree White Wolf (furzy)
‘Walking’ Bicycle Is a Genuine Engineering Delight Nerdist (David L)
There’s a 60,000-Year-Old Way to Help Stop Australia Burning Bloomberg (furzy)
Donald Trump’s ‘soybean solution’ to the US-China trade war is much ado about nothing South China Morning Post (furzy)
Unusual comments from an adviser to China’s central bank here. Ma Jun, external adviser to the PBOC,l’s monetary policy committee, warning that defaults by LGFVs could spark a “chain reaction.”https://t.co/fiszr13CvR
— Tracy Alloway (@tracyalloway) December 18, 2019
India Adopts the Tactic of Authoritarians: Shutting Down the Internet New York Times (J-LS)
Pervez Musharraf, Former Pakistani Leader, Sentenced to Death New York Times (Bill B)
Labour’s Defeat Is Being Overstated ConsortiumNews (Chuck L, Robert H)
Jeremy Corbyn will whip Labour MPs to oppose the Government’s Brexit deal on Friday The Times. Why is Corbyn still around?
One in 200 are homeless in England, charity reveals Financial Times (Kevin W)
The Global Judges: EU Prepares Global Sanctions Regime German Foreign Policy (Micael)
New Cold War
Big Brother Is Watching You
Imperial Collapse Watch
The US wants to expand foreign troop training Asia Times (Kevin W)
Judge blasts FBI over misleading info for surveillance of Trump campaign adviser The Hill. As BC said on a paywalled version of this story> “It’s behaviors like this in “Crossfire Hurricane” that boil my outrage when the impeachment cabal claims to be only motivated “to protect the Constitution”.”
1 Big Winner and 1 Big Loser From Congress’s Year-End Spending Deal The Fiscal Times (furzy)
Schumer indicates Democrats will force votes on impeachment trial witnesses The Hill (Kevin W)
Dan K: “Who writes the histories…”
Perfect portrait of your class bias: History won't remember his abuses [of the oppressed] but they'll remember his lack of decorum.
— Brian from Pennsylvania (@AmericasCousin) December 17, 2019
The TV Show ‘Survivor’ Can Help Us Understand Impeachment Wired (Dr. Kevin)
Democratic Debate to Go Forward Amid Labor Dispute Progress Rolling Stone (furzy). Showing their true colors….
Bernie Sanders: Deficit hawks once again show their hypocrisy on military spending Washington Post (furzy)
One of the bundlers omitted from Mayor Pete’s public disclosure is Wall Street superlawyer H. Rodgin Cohen.
— graham steele (@steelewheelz) December 18, 2019
1. I'm going to talk about why there's such desperate fear of Buttigieg and Biden, and it's not an 'online left' thing. It's a global autocracy rising thing. In Modi's India we're seeing the genuine fascist article. https://t.co/lwdSfz6Cu2
— Matt Stoller (@matthewstoller) December 17, 2019
You Might Be Buying Trash on Amazon—Literally Wall Street Journal. Kudos to the Journal for real investigative reporting. Recall that the Journal earlier did a very long Amazon expose on how they sold defective goods from China (a case study was a substandard helmet that failed to adequately protect the son who received it from his mother as a gift, resulting in his death. Experts said a helmet that had been up to normal standards would almost certainly enabled him to survive).
How globalization may explain consistently low inflation rates The Hill. Resilc: “Race to the bottom.”
CalPERS approves new alternatives investment policy Pensions & Investments (Kevin W)
Responsible business: is this time different? Financial Times (David L)
Self-Driving Mercedes Will Be Programmed To Sacrifice Pedestrians To Save the Driver Fast Company (Dr. Kevin)
BREAKING NEWS: Say goodbye to comfort breaks! New downward-tilting toilets are designed to become unbearable to sit on after five minutes. They say the main benefit is to employees in improved employee productivity. pic.twitter.com/lfDbeXJdCX
— Dave Vescio (@DaveVescio) December 17, 2019
Google Is Going To War Against Its Own Workers Gizmodo (Kevin W)
Among the World’s Most Dire Places: This California Homeless Camp New York Times (resilc)
Antidote du jour (Tracie H):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.