William Greider, Journalist Who Focused on Economy, Dies at 83 New York Times. Depicting him as a journalist diminishes his importance. Let us not forget that Marx was a journalist too. I cited a key Greider observation often, that the US operates in a system not of free trade but of managed trade, and other countries have mercantilist objectives, namely seeking to run trade surpluses or at least not deficits so as o boost domestic employment and savings.
See the Sketches J.R.R. Tolkien Used to Build Middle-Earth Wired (David L)
Scientists Have Officially Found a Mineral Never Before Seen in Nature Science Alert (Kevin W)
Winemakers are Using Cutting-Edge Data and Centuries-Old Wisdom to Combat Climate Change Wine Enthusiast (resilc)
Our pathetically slow shift to clean energy, in five charts MIT Technology Review (David L)
#travelgram: live tourist snaps have turned solo adventures into social occasions The Conversation (Kevin W)
What the World’s Most Controversial Herbicide Is Doing to Rural Argentina Longreads (resilc)
Johnson’s ‘no deal 2.0’ virtue signalling Chris Grey
Terrifying video of India's fascist Hindutva paramilitary group the RSS holding a massive march in the southern state of Telangana.
The world's largest fascist movement is in India. It is ideologically very extreme; RSS founders were influenced by Nazismpic.twitter.com/LnOJmZb839
— Ben Norton (@BenjaminNorton) December 26, 2019
New Cold War
Cybercom mulls aggressive tactics if Russia interferes in next election: report The Hill (UserFriendly)
Important Statement by Putin on Russia’s Super Weapons Vineyard of the Saker (resilc)
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Pilotless drones to be tested in step towards air parcel deliveries Sky News (resilc). If you think they will be used only for deliveries, you are smoking something strong.
Imperial Collapse Watch
WaPo’s Afghan Papers Propagate Colonial Narrative of Noble Intentions Gone Awry FAIR (UserFriendly)
Trump’s holiday menu: handouts for billionaires, hunger for the poor Bernie Sanders and Rashida Tlaib, Guardian
Rachel Maddow rooted for the Steele dossier to be true. Then it fell apart. Washington Post (UserFriendly)
Yesterday I broke the story, for @theintercept, about Bloomberg exploiting prison labor to make campaign calls. https://t.co/1rR7jH8yQA
Today I'm offering a little more context on the use of prison labor.
— John Washington (@jbwashing) December 25, 2019
Q&A: Bernie Sanders says Trump will be hard to beat, but he knows how to do it Los Angeles Times. Lambert thinks Sanders did not do so well, in particular in addressing the concerns of the owner of the LA Times. Thoughts?
Chinese Restaurants Are Closing. That’s a Good Thing, the Owners Say. New York Times (David L)
How power shutoffs are changing California’s way of life Politico (Kevin W)
Americans are retiring to Vietnam. Here’s why Los Angeles Times (fk)
Electric Bikes and Scooters Will Stay Illegal In New York Thanks To Governor Cuomo The Verge. As if that were a bad thing. As a pedestrian, these devices (and Segueys) are a threat to life and limb. Drivers way too often zip up on sidewalks or disregard traffic lights and cut through crosswalks, and graze or even hit people on foot. I’ve seen it first hand.
“OxySacklers” angry that Tufts removed family name from campus ars technica (resilc)
World’s First 3D Printed Community Minimises Homelessness in Mexico ArchDaily (David L)
Driver training was reportedly too much of “a bottleneck” for Amazon ars technica (Dan K)
How Some Sheriffs Force Their Inmates Into Medical Debt ProPublica (resilc)
Escaping the Inequality-Data Dark Ages Project Syndicate (David L)
Antidote du jour:
And a bonus (Chuck L):
— RT (@RT_com) December 26, 2019
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.