Happy Winter Solstice!
GEORGIA FAMILY ACCIDENTALLY BUYS CHRISTMAS TREE WITH OWL IN IT Country Rebel (furzy). Great pix.
Trail Cam Captures Opossum Pulling Ticks Off A Deer’s Face Sunny Skyz (Timotheus)
Contractor Admits Planting Logic Bombs In His Software To Ensure He’d Get New Work ars technica. Does that also explain the bad McKinsey studies that have come to light of late?
Confirming earlier rumors:
Isn’t this the most abject cowardice and/or craven sociopathy in a national leader @ScottMorrisonMP a climate denier as well? #auspol #AustraliaBurns How can this ever be justified or normalized? #ClimateEmergency @djspratt @ProfSteveKeen https://t.co/ajMGHJGKwP
— Michael Hoexter 🔥 (@mike_cal) December 21, 2019
The notoriously violent police in
Chile's brutal right-wing Pinochet-style regime (which is of course strongly backed by the US) just crushed a protester in between two armored vehicles.
Warning, this video is terrifying:pic.twitter.com/9fuU6Ikgq1
— Ben Norton (@BenjaminNorton) December 21, 2019
Johnson clears path for Brexit with draft bill victory Financial Times
Brexit withdrawal bill: what’s new and what’s different Guardian (Kevin W)
London Will Never Give Independence – We Must Take It Craig Murray (Chuck L)
Harry Dunn crash death: US woman to be charged BBC (Kevin W)
New Cold War
Ukraine and Russia sign deal to continue gas supply to Europe Financial Times
The Long, Dark History of Russia’s Murder, Inc. New York Review of Books (resilc)
Bellingcat's transparency model is similar to the Tor Project's. It lists a bunch of innocuous, little-known non-profits and human rights-type organizations. To understand who they and why they'd fund an outfit like Bellingcat takes a lot more digging.
— Yasha Levine (@yashalevine) December 20, 2019
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Brookline Votes To Ban Face Surveillance Electronic Frontier Foundation
Imperial Collapse Watch
The Navy installed touch-screen steering systems to save money. Ten sailors paid with their lives. ProPublica. Dan K: “Touchscreen holocaust. It would save money by requiring fewer sailors to safely steer the ship.”
A Unified Theory of the Trumps’ Creepy Aesthetic New Republic (Lance N). I don’t like defending Trump, but this article confirms a pet thesis: that what really offends many Goodthinking People about Trump is that he has no taste and doesn’t care either. Oh, and that he dated and married swimsuit models. Despite the handwringing otherwise, there are quite a few well-off people outside the coast who like decorating in gold and even being so tacky as to have cars that match.
Trump’s Food Stamp Cuts Will Be Devastating to Trump Country Mother Jones (resilc)
Kentucky’s ex-governor pardoned a child rapist because the 9-year-old victim’s hymen was intact Washington Post (Kevin W)
Trump Impeachment: Ukrainegate Hidden Evidence OffGuardian (JTM)
The Democratic Leadership Strategy on Impeachment Is Doomed and Dangerous Nation (UserFriendly). Aaron Mate.
Democrats hope to focus public’s attention on McConnell in impeachment battle The Hill. Good luck with that.
The Impending Ruling Class Mental Breakdown and Riot Black Agenda Report
Bernie Could Be America’s First Feminist President The Nation (furzy)
MSNBC’s Biggest Election Year Fight May Be With the Left Hollywood Reporter (furzy). “May be”?
Our Famously Free Press
U.S. Steel to Eliminate 1,545 Michigan Jobs Despite Trump Tariffs Bloomberg (furzy)
A Dramatic Error in American Spaceflight: Boeing was set to pass a meaningful milestone in spaceflight, but a glitch cut the mission short. Atlantic (David L)
SEC Probes Listings of Slack, Other Unicorns on NYSE Wall Street Journal
Losing Faith in the Humanities – The Chronicle of Higher Education (resilc)
After the Eviction Notice New York Times (resilc)
The World The Economist Made New Republic (Lance N)
A Decade of Liberal Delusion and Failure New Republic (resilc). Today’s must read.
Antidote du jour (CV):
And a bonus. Johan L: “At least this pooch gets good healthcare!”
Health Checkup pic.twitter.com/66jJkYmIMg
— Dogs are the best people (@_TheBestDogs) December 18, 2019
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.