The importance of life’s simple pleasures Al Jazeera (JTM)
Prescott Valley man registers beehive as therapy animal ABC15. So I can take it on an airplane?
Changing Seas Bring ‘Turtle Stranding Season’ to Cape Cod New York Times (resilc)
The Story of the World’s Loneliest Tree National Geographic
Warm ‘Blob’ of Hot Water Bigger Than Texas Heading Towards South America Newsweek (resilc)
Incredible moment thirsty Koala stops South Australian cyclist to drink water news.com.au(Kevin W)
Stanford Researchers Have an Exciting Plan to Tackle The Climate Emergency Worldwide Science Alert (furzy)
China electricity crackdown sparks concerns Asia Times (BC). A different aspect of “Bitcoin = prosecution futures”:
Pierse said the the recent raids do not indicate that Beijing is shutting down crypto mining operations per se, but merely going after illegal electricity users, AMBCrypto reported.
However, he pointed out that just four regions in China account for 65% of the world’s hash rate and Siachen alone is responsible for 50%. Therefore, if China decides to shut down network access, it could be very problematic.
Revealed: microplastic pollution is raining down on city dwellers Guardian (Kevin W)
Another year of turmoil for US-China relations Asia Times (Kevin W)
Bills Come Due for China’s Local Governments Wall Street Journal
Tell me again that we’re not in a New Cold War. And tell me again that US political culture is capable of dealing with this rationally https://t.co/EHFxC7E7O1
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) December 27, 2019
Internet cut off in parts of India as protests continue Financial Times
Italy Follows France in Levying a Digital Tax Wall Street Journal
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
The Rise of Biometric Authentication – The Rewards and Risks Data Science Central (PJH). Oddly ignores the way just about every financial institution I speak to asks me to authorize taking a voice print….and readers have said JP Morgan takes one whether you agree or not.
Uninstall This Alleged Emirati Spy App From Your Phone Now Wired. Since I don’t do apps, I can afford to be blase…but explain to me why the UAE spying on me is more worrisome that Uber stealing my contacts as well as recording my rides (including taking a video in the car) or fitness apps sharing my data with Lord only knows who?
Why an internet that never forgets is especially bad for young people MIT Technology Review (David L)
Imperial Collapse Watch
Trump remade Republican economic policy, lifting the stock market and planning for 2020 campaign Washington Post. UserFriendly: “If only…..”
Native leaders determined to avoid repeat of last census undercount Newsmaven (resilc)
Biden Says He Won’t Testify at Trump Trial: Campaign Update Bloomberg. Throwing Pelosi under the bus.
Where’s Rudy? The Bulwark (furzy). Way out over its skis: “The House managers should call him to testify, no matter what.”. The time for the House to call anyone was when the process was in the House. The idea that the House can dictate process to the Senate in order to make up for cutting corners on fact-gathering is lunacy.
In the U.S., an Angioplasty Costs $32,000. Elsewhere? Maybe $6,400. New York Times. Bob K: “Going according to plan….”
The Hell That Was Health Care Reform New Republic (UserFriendly)
Michael Moore Predicts 2020 Trump Victory: Trump’s Level Of Support “Has Not Gone Down One Inch” RealClearPolitics. Resilc flags this part:
They voted for the Democrats all down ballot and left the top box blank. She only lost Michigan by 10,000, 11,000 votes. Ninety thousand wanted to send a message to the Democratic Party: “You forgot us a long time ago out here, and we will not put up with this anymore. We’re not going to vote for Trump, but we’re not going to tolerate you sending us another Republican-lite Democrat.”
Who is ahead in the Democratic primary race? Economist. Dan K: “This is a good writeup, unfortunately the underlying dataset is sparse (as far as scraping goes).”
Iowa polls listed on RCP from Nov./Dec. of this year: 6
—Iowa polls listed on RCP for equivalent 2016 period: 14
—Iowa polls (GOP) on RCP for equivalent 2012 period: 21
(There’s a whole apparatus of poll-based models that has now emerged, but no polls feeding into them.)
— Taniel (@Taniel) December 27, 2019
BREAKING: Elizabeth Warren’s campaign sounds the alarm as fundraising pace slows about 30% in fourth quarter. The campaign told supporters in an email that, so far, they’ve only raised just over $17 million in Q4. https://t.co/X7OKbKQx9k
— Brian Schwartz (@schwartzbCNBC) December 27, 2019
AOC says ‘it would be an honour’ to be vice president for Bernie Sanders Independent (resilc). She’d be wasted as VP even if she were old enough. Better as head of HHS or whatever the Green New Deal boss is called.
Buttigieg health plan hinges on ‘supercharged’ version of unpopular Obamacare mandate Washington Post (UserFriendly)
Our Fabulously Free Press
A Newsweek Reporter Resigns, a Counter-Narrative Won’t Die American Conservative (resilc)
The Media Is Broken New York Times. Warning: David Brooks.
Ten years of social media have left us all worse off Financial Times (David L). “He would say that, now wouldn’t he?”
Still censored by Twitter Yasha Levine
How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation BuzzFeed (UserFriendly)
America’s marijuana growers are the best in the world, but federal laws are keeping them out of global markets Washington Post (Kevin W). Really? Not my category but wouldn’t most things being equal, locally grown weed be better?
Wired to Fail: What Went Wrong With PG&E Wall Street Journal
New Law Finally Bans Bullshit Cable TV Fees TechDirt. The bill proper: H.R.5035 – Television Viewer Protection Act of 2019
Imagining a World Without Capitalism Yanis Varoufakis Project Syndicate (David L)
Owner-Occupancy Fraud and Mortgage Performance Philadelphia Fed. UserFriendly: “It was those no good lying borrowers that forced the banks to make bad mortgages!”
From the Pleasant Lake Protective Association newsletter, via Lawrence R:
Forktail damselfly laying eggs in water a lily stem. Aquatic insects and other invertebrates spend their lives, from egg through adult stages, in or near the water. This damselfly’s eggs hatched in August and the larva will overwinter in the mud.
And a bonus (guurst):
A Hairy Situation… pic.twitter.com/Zq2VP4IiRz
— Welcome To Nature (@welcomet0nature) December 26, 2019
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.