Horse racing anti-doping bill attains majority support in U.S. House of Representatives Louisville Courier-Journal
Global Warming Is Already Destroying New England’s Fisheries New Republic. Gulf of Maine :-(
Australia Experiences Hottest Day on Record: Meteorologists Daily Beast (resilc)
‘The monster’: a short history of Australia’s biggest forest fire Sydney Morning Herald (Chuck L)
Sydney smoke chokes tourism MacroBusiness
IBM announces battery technology breakthrough TechRepublic (Chuck L)
Biosphere Collapse? Counterpunch. Bill B:
Hunziker throws a bucket of cold water on the conceited belief that everything hinges on the 2020 Presidential election. China (and India) will be the game changers, not the United States. And, as Hunziker shows, those countries have already set things in motion on behalf of economic growth.
While one might hope that somehow the human race miraculously stays below a 2 degree Paris Accord limit, as Violet Crawley observed: “Hope is a tease, designed to prevent us accepting reality.” The window for staving off what’s coming down the pike closed years ago. The sooner we grow up and accept this the better.
The author neglected to include sources, so I hunted them down. Vital and illuminating.
Point #1-The Banks Have Already Decided) “33 global banks have provided $1.9 trillion to fossil fuel companies since the adoption of the Paris climate accord at the end of 2015”
Point #2-China) “The researchers say that through 2018 and up to June 2019… China added 43GW, enough to power around 31 million homes. The authors say that right now the amount of coal power under construction or under suspension and likely to be revived is about 147.7GW, an amount that is almost the same as the entire coal generating capacity of the European Union (150GW). ”
Point #3-India)”India’s coal-fired power generation capacity is expected to rise by 22.4% in three years… Electricity demand in the country rose 36% in the seven years to April 2019 while coal-fired generation capacity during the period grew by 74% to 194.44 GW”
Point #4)”Governments are planning to produce about 50% more fossil fuels IN 2030 than would be consistent with limiting warming to 2°C”
AI Is Biased. Here’s How Scientists Are Trying to Fix It Wired (David L)
Soil From a Northern Ireland Graveyard May Lead Scientists to a Powerful New Antibiotic Smithsonian (David L)
Gandhi Biographer Arrested as Protests Over Citizenship Law Sweep India New York Times (John C)
Britain’s Labour Party Faces an Existential Crisis Bloomberg (furzy)
Freedom Rider: Propaganda and the Defeat of Jeremy Corbyn Black Agenda Report (resilc)
Reuters Shields OAS Over False Claims That Sparked Bolivia Coup FAIR (UserFriendly)
New Cold War
Vladimir Putin’s annual news conference President of Russia. JTM:
Maybe not supposed to link in anything from kremlin.ru, but read through this press conference by that Putin guy and ask whether any, and I mean any, of the people who rule us via the still slightly velvet glove have a snippet of the gravitas and understanding of this guy. Or Lavrov. “Our” rulers are taking us down with their sinking capital ship…”
Israeli spyware allegedly used to target Pakistani officials’ phones Guardian (Bill B)
Talk With Iran Now. Time Is Fleeting. New York Times (David L)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Apple, Amazon, and Google just announced a major partnership Business Insider (Kevin W). Why isn’t this an antitrust violation?
In case you missed this New York Times series: Your Apps Know Where You Were Last Night, and They’re Not Keeping It Secret. The latest installment opens up a new big chapter with a whistleblower-provided (and large) dataset: Twelve Million Phones, One Dataset, Zero Privacy. Importantly, it shows that if you have a smartphone, your location data is not and can never be anonymized. It’s easy to figure out who you are and where you’ve been. (This also reveals how pretty much no one with a smartphone takes protective measures like using a Faraday bag a lot of the time, havig a burner smart phone and using it a lot to confuse things, or other “mess with them” strategies). However, I don’t know why this comes as a surprise.
Under Trump, the US Has Become a Leading Source of Global Instability Defense One (resilc)
The Horowitz Report: Five Questions We Still Need Answered Rolling Stone (UserFriendly)
Trump Is Forever Atlantic (resilc)
SALT tax repealed by House Democrats Washington Post. UserFriendly: “Compare this to the min wage fight.”
Iowa man sentenced to 16 years for after setting Pride flag on fire The Hill. UserFriendly: “Well, as a gay man, I personally feel much less safe knowing I live in a country where lighting a flag on fire gets you 16 years.”
Surveillance footage outside of Jeffrey Epstein’s cell during suicide attempt is missing New York Post. Chuck L: “I’m shocked. Shocked!”
Trump Should Be Removed from Office Christianity Today. RR reminds us that Christianity Today was founded by Billy Graham.
Don’t Withhold the Articles of Impeachment New Republic. Similar to out hot take, with more detail.
Trump’s impeachment may be just another battle in the US’s civil war Guardian (resilc)
Trump Suggests Adam Schiff Be Subject to Guatemalan Justice New York Magazine (resilc)
2020. Admittedly, at a odd hour, but #StandWithTulsi is top trending on Twitter now. #winecave also trending.
From new @EmersonPolling national poll:
The landline primary:
(61% of those polled)
The "WTF is a landline?" primary:
(the other 39%)
— Eldon Katz (@eldon_katz) December 19, 2019
Pete Buttigieg Is No Foreign-Policy Maverick New Republic (resilc). As confirmed by the debate.
PG&E, SoCal Edison and SDG&E can’t raise profit margins Los Angeles Times (JTM)
Photo of 100 partially built Boeing 737 Max shows why production halted Business Insider (resilc)
Airplanes and Accounting Games: The Coming Boeing Collapse? Matt Stoller (JTM)
Travis Kalanick on course to sell out of Uber Financial Times
Cool It, Krugman: The self-sabotaging rage of the New York Times columnist Atlantic (David L)
Climate change threatens billions in CalPERS pension fund Los Angeles Times (David L)
The field was rigid and closed until Mark Thoma’s Economist’s View opened the debate to all comers Angry Bear. I owe a debt to Mark Thoma. When I started blogging and was getting 150 page views a day, I e-mailed Thoma with some of my posts. Not only did he link to them, but he was encouraging, saying when he started out, he got as many page view in a day that he later got in an hour.
Citing Trump Administration Inaction, Sanders and Omar Pursue Oversight Effort on Amazon Workplace Abuse Sanders.senate.gov. Text of letter.
AI Will Transform The Field Of Law Forbes (David L)
Delta flight attendants say uniforms are making them sick Business Insider. I noticed the new uniforms over a year ago. Very purple.
Still missing in the debate on Medicare for All:
The basic fact that it would lead to the biggest take-home pay increase in a generation for working Americans
Why? Because it would replace insurance premiums (hugely regressive) by progressive taxeshttps://t.co/Y4tYJc6a1u
— Gabriel Zucman (@gabriel_zucman) December 20, 2019
Antidote du jour (Tracie H):
And a bonus (guurst):
Rare piebald Bactrian camel living in Gov'-Altai province, Mongolia (H/T Baatarjav Erdene Tsogt). pic.twitter.com/hwsw7yR1vJ
— CSEN (@csen_nomads) December 12, 2019
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.