Rare Individuals Are Amazing at Reading Cats’ Expressions. Are You One of Them? Vice. Hahaha, I was really bad at the test! My rationalization is that I’ve had three Abys and they are half way to being dogs, as in care about their humans making nice to them, and therefore generally make happier faces to their humans than most cats.
The U.S. Army Is Making Ear Protection for Its Military Dogs Popular Mechanics (resilc)
Redemption for NASA scientist who made bold global-warming call 30 years ago MarketWatch (David L)
Global emissions to hit 36.8 billion tonnes, beating last year’s record high The Conversation (Kevin W)
Russian Scientists Reveal Photos of Arctic Methane Fountain InfoRussie (UserFriendly)
Pablo Escobar’s Brother Made a Folding Phone for Some Reason Popular Mechanics (resilc)
Life Under the Algorithm New Republic. Resilc: “Why your doctor is always typing too during a visit.”
5 ways to eat acorns for survival Outdoor Life (resilc). Seems some have never heard of acorn flour.
Samoa shuts down in unprecedented battle against measles crisis Agence France Presse. UserFriendly: “Way to go anti vaxxers!!”
China gene-edited baby experiment ‘may have created unintended mutations’ Agence France-Presse (David L). Gah.
Mid-sized American Companies are Already Moving Away from China” and You Should Too China Law Blog (Troy P)
Former US envoy says Chinese officials anticipate ‘partial decoupling’ of the nations’ economies South China Morning Post (Troy P)
Dear World, India has choked off Internet services to Kashmir for 4 months now. Four long months – quarter of a year. A hundred days and twenty, and counting!#KashmirGagged
— Shehla Rashid (@Shehla_Rashid) December 4, 2019
EU to spell out plans for potentially years more Brexit talks on day after general election, leak shows Independent (Kevin W). Barnier will be back! He did a terrific job but if I were him, I’d want to tell the UK to sod off. But his continuity of knowledge (as well as his ability to keep cool despite The Stoopid) will be a considerable advantage…as if the EU didn’t already have the upper hand.
A theory, but tweets are cheap:
The youth vote will defy all expectations and will kick Boris Johnson out of office. Doesn't matter if he goes on Neal, Marr, breakfast TV, LBC Radio, they have seen more than enough. They won't let him get away with what adults have let him get away with. #GeneralElection2019
— Daniela Nadj (@Nadjdaniela) December 3, 2019
Third general strike keeps pressure on Colombia’s Duque Agence France-Presse
These photos show what it’s really like in Iran, where — despite its antagonistic relationship with the US— life is surprisingly normal Business Insider (resilc). About 1500-2000 Americans go to Iran a year, mainly academics. We’ve heard a similar account.
Iran Says U.S. Must Pay $130 Billion in Damages After World Court Rules Against Trump Administration Newsweek. Kevin W: “And in a complete coincidence – ‘US judge orders Iran pay $180 mn to reporter over detention’ at https://news.yahoo.com/us-judge-orders-iran-pay-180-mn-reporter-222236257.html
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
An Oregon town couldn’t afford to hire cops for the night shift, so it proposed installing security cameras manned by volunteers who can identify ‘hardcore criminals’ just by looking at them Business Insider (Kevin W)
Amazon unveils voice transcription tool for doctor-patient interactions Business Insider. Dr. Kevin: “What could possibly go wrong with transcribing BOTH sides of the conversation?” Moi: And having Amazon have a record?
Imperial Collapse Watch
Obsolete or A Real Killer: Can We Save the Aircraft Carrier? National Interest (resilc)
Nancy Pelosi Pushes to Remove Legal Protections for Online Content in Trade Pact Wall Street Journal
Impeachment. The lawyers for both the Dems and the GOP didn’t cover themselves with glory, but feel free to discuss the hearings among yourselves.
Giuliani, Facing Scrutiny, Travels to Europe to Interview Ukrainians New York Times (furzy). Not a good look.
Thanks to Pamela Karlan for so aptly capturing Democratic elites' delusional, Reaganite, jingoistic Cold Warrior mindset in your claim that we need to arm Ukraine "so they fight the Russians there and we don't have to fight them here" & we remain "that shining city on the hill." pic.twitter.com/C78aNThnUk
— Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate) December 4, 2019
An Effort to Improve Scientific Integrity in the Federal Government | RealClearScience (UserFriendly). Remarkably, article points out an example of data fudging under Obama Administration pressure, but it’s undeniable that Trump has been way worse on this front.
“Financial Times” Editor: “Can’t Find” What Article GOP Sen. John Kennedy Is Citing About Ukraine Election Interference RealClearPolitics. UserFriendly: “MSNBC all lies all the time. This is so hilariously awful, he starts going off on the 17 intel agencies bit too.” Moi: It took me all of one minute to find this FT story from 2016. I am sure there are others: Ukraine’s leaders campaign against ‘pro-Putin’ Trump.
Freedom Rider: Liberals Love the Military Black Agenda Report
Georgia governor picks political newcomer for U.S. Senate Herald Mail (resilc)
UserFriendly: “Imagine if this nutjob had won!”
She literally rigged the election against him and has the audacity to say *he* hurt her? That's like a thief calling you up to complain about the poor resolution on the TV he just stole from you.
— Haden Ware (@HadenWare) December 4, 2019
Democratic Candidates, Weary of Endless War, Propose Greater Restraint on America’s Military Role Foreign Policy. UserFriendly: “ROFLMAO, the blob has a sad.”
How Klobuchar would expand national service Politico. Resilc: “But she loves the military.”
He’s a Liar, a Con Artist and a Snitch. His Testimony Could Soon Send a Man to His Death. ProPublica. UserFriendly: “Why are there literally no guard rails against prosecutorial misconduct?”
Our Fabulously Free Press
Boeing will pay for its previously cosy relations with regulators Financial Times. In case you missed it:
But the US Federal Aviation Administration said that it plans to inspect and sign off on every single 737 Max before delivery, once the watchdog agrees to let the grounded model back into the air. This effectively revokes the company’s longstanding ability to perform routine safety checks on its own. Then the European Aviation Safety Agency weighed in, saying that it would independently assess the safety of Boeing’s next new model, the 777X, rather than relying on the FAA to lead the process.
Calpers Drops Most ‘Emerging’ Equity Managers as Returns Lag Bloomberg. Annoyingly, even though no media outlet in the rash of coverage today acknowledged that we broke this story a full month ago (and one had the temerity to claim its account yesterday was an exclusive), CalPERS did indirectly in the way it blew reporters off:
Calpers spokeswoman Megan White, responding Wednesday to a request for comment, said the reduction “isn’t new news.”
What’s behind the spike in death rates among young adults in Minnesota? MinnPost (Chuck L)
Antidote du jour. Paul H, with a shot from southern British Columbia:
And a bonus video (Chuck L). Wild in both senses of the word:
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.