Yves could use a referral to a CPA who handles small businesses. If you can help, please contact her at yves-at-nakedcapitalism-dot-com. –lambert
Arctic Soil Governs Whether Climate Change Drives Global Losses or Gains in Soil Carbon Geophysical Research Letters. Had to leave this one on the cutting room floor from yesterday’s post.
First case of measles since 1999 confirmed in Travis County KXAN. Austin, TX, new home of Andrew Wakefield. Good job, Andy!
An evolving 6-point plan for British Labour Bill Mitchell
French railway company SNCF backtracks on plan to cancel children’s Christmas train service ABC (KW). Amazing that there is such a thing; how civilized.
Bolivia announces entry into Lima Group to resolve Venezuelan crisis Reuters. “Resolve.”
Buzz over Venezuela’s Guaido fades as Maduro holds firm Associated Press
Redesigning the Venezuelan Judiciary / The Venezuelan Constitutional Crisis (807E) Stanford University Law and Policy Lab. Good to know our regime change team can hit the ground running.
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Rising copper prices reflect surging Chinese demand Nikkei Asian Review
He had won the victory over himself:
The subtitles are very slightly more readable in this version of the video (via reddit). pic.twitter.com/3YbR57DIiG
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) December 21, 2019
Just who are you calling a liar, PM? The Telegraph
New Cold War
You Say You Want a (Russian) Revolution? Pepe Escobar, Consortium News. “Martyanov gets straight to the point: ‘The introduction of hypersonic weapons surely pours some serious cold water on the American obsession with securing the North American continent from retaliatory strikes.'”
White House predicts Pelosi will yield on impeachment delay Associated Press. “‘The leverage is our hope that four Republican senators will stand up, as 20 years ago, we saw in the impeachment of Bill Clinton, and say, this is much bigger than our current political squabbles,’ [the Senate’s second-ranking Democrat, Dick Durbin of Illinois] said.” Oh.
Why Senate Democrats are the real challenge to full impeachment trial Jonathon Turley, The Hill. The headine is deceptive. This is a useful review of past impeachment practice.
Dems Fear Impeachment Could ‘Embolden’ Trump Daily Beast. A little late for that, surely?
“80% sure that Mifsud is dead”. What has become of the Russiagate professor? InsideOver (Furzy Mouse). This seems to be the online site of il Giornale, a large Italian daily newspaper. It certainly is odd that Mifsud has never been interviewed by a major news venue, hasn’t testified in any investigation, and hasn’t signed a book deal or gone on TV, given that his weird meeting with Trump campaign advisor Papadopolos is said to have sparked the FBI investigation into the Trump campaign.
Our Famously Free Press
Scoop: Buttigieg fundraiser dangles influence for cash Axios. Bundler: “If you want to get on the campaign’s radar now before he is flooded with donations after winning Iowa and New Hampshire, you can use the link below for donations.” Wonderfully clarifying. Suggested campaign theme song:
Lots of millenial nostalgia for this, I am sure. Come on down!
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Twitter censored my tweet, locked my account Yasha Levine. The violation notice:
Impeachment witness and Stanford law professor Pamela Karlan: “[I]t isn’t just our national interest to make sure that the Ukraine remains strong and on the front lines .” How is this different in substance from what Levine said? Does Twitter have some bizarre, West Wing-style delusion that “fighting the Russians” — on the “front lines” no less! — doesn’t involve any killing? @jack should restore Levine’s account forthwith.
Former IDF intelligence personnel likely tied to UAE spy app, report says Times of Israel. TikTok, not to be confused with the Chinese TikTol. Somebody should ask Neera Tanden about this.
Imperial Collapse Watch
What ‘The Afghanistan Papers’ Got Wrong United State Institure for Peaces. It’s not the lies, it’s the delusions.
6. Views of foreign policy Pew Research Center. “Roughly seven-in-ten Americans (73%) say that good diplomacy is the best way to ensure peace, while 26% say that military strength is the best way to do this.”
Number of older people diagnosed with malnutrition trebles in a decade Guardian (KW). Everything’s going according to plan!
Eating chilies cuts risk of death from heart attack and stroke, study says CNN. So make that egg-nog spicy!
Antidote du jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.