Dear readers, enjoy your New Year’s Eve! –lambert
It’s Not Just You—Wild Swings in Extreme Weather Are Rising Wired (Re Silc).
Brexit: the end of the beginning EU Referendum
Strike action, from 5 to 31 December in Paris Paris Official website of the Convention and Visitors Bureau
Board game exposing French wealth gap is an unexpected Christmas hit RFI (Furzy Mouse).
U.S. Intelligence Agencies Prepare to Pull Back Officers From Africa NYT. “The Trump administration, hoping to prevent the United States from becoming entangled in more long wars, wants the military and intelligence forces to scale down their ambitions” (!). Or they’re needed in Latin America?
Pulling out threads for 500 minutes every day People’s Archive of Rural India
Hong Kong protests fracture families on generational lines Nikkei Asian Review
China’s new economy loses sparkle, as hi-tech and modern industries fail to deliver South China Morning Post
Why Asia weaponized rare earths, soybeans and palm oil in 2019 Nikkei Asian Review
New Cold War
Obama, Trump Tie as Most Admired Man in 2019 Gallup (Re Silc).
Joe Biden Says He Would Comply With a Senate Subpoena, Reversing Course MSN (Furzy Mouse).
Hunter Biden fires back after PI claims secret bank records ‘verify’ $156M counterfeiting scheme FOX. A private investigation team attempting to intervene in his child custody case. From Arkansas….
Exclusive: Critical U.S. Election Systems Have Been Left Exposed Online Despite Official Denials Vice. It’s not the Russians we need to worry about. It’s our own political class.
Abandoned By Coal, Swallowed By Opioids? NBER. “We find a positive relationship between the share of coal miners among total local labor force and county-level opioid mortality rates…. The decline in coal mining in the United States may have a positive spillover in the form of reduced mortality from opioid use.” Not if they go to work in an Amazon warehouse.
The Brain Senses Touch beyond the Body Scientific American
A health care system worse than our own?
A young doctor was brutally murdered by a patient’s family in #Beijing. Both suffered fr the system that created such tragedies, but we cannot discuss the system, so the public is asking to increase policing at hospitals against “unreasonable” patients & their families…
— Ting Microway (@tingguowrites) December 29, 2019
Our Famously Free Press
Bret Stephens and the Perils of the Tapped-Out Column Politico. Tapped out columnists, and fired copy editors.
THREAD: Today I talked to Willie Simmons, who has spent the last 38 years in prison for stealing $9. He was convicted of 1st degree robbery & sentenced to life without parole in 1982, prosecuted under Alabama's habitual offender law because he had 3 prior convictions. 1/12 pic.twitter.com/s5BNK2Ejyd
— Beth Shelburne (@bshelburne) December 22, 2019
William Greider – in memoriam – (1936 – 2019) Tony Wikrent, Real Economics
Antidote du Jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.