How the Ginkgo biloba achieves near-immortality Science Magazine
Top-Secret UFO Files Could ‘Gravely Damage’ US National Security if Released, Navy Says Live Science (Kevin W)
Border Collie Leads 900 Sheep to Safety During Australian Bushfires MyModernMet (David L)
Thai elephants march in silence for Australian bushfires Reuters (furzy)
More than 23,000 people have been evacuated and clouds of ash have turned entire towns grey as Taal volcano continues to rumble. pic.twitter.com/SskK8qbCpt
— SCMP News (@SCMPNews) January 14, 2020
New Lithium-Oxygen Battery Could One Day Power Electric Cars NBC (UserFriendly)
Living robots created as scientists turn frog cells into ‘entirely new life-forms’ Telegraph (David L) and Team builds the first living robots Techxplore (Robert M)
GM in India: Faking it on the Astroturf OffGuardian
Government will struggle to ‘Get Brexit Done’ by December 2020 Institute for Government
Assessing the UK Electoral Avalanche of December 2019 John Weeks, Triple Crisis
Inside the Megxit summit: Harry talked to the Queen alone before crunch Sandringham talks, Meghan’s conference call was BARRED over eavesdropping fears – and Charles made clear his son won’t have ‘unlimited resources’ Daily Mail. I have to admit to paying more attention to this than I ought to (honestly, any is too much) because this negotiation has become way too public….and Meghan and Harry appeared to think they had a trump card in their threat to do a tell-all, royal-trashing interview. Brandishing that weapon does not look to have helped them.
New Cold War
How fragile is Iran’s regime? Asia Times. Article: “That short-term decline in absolute numbers of births is unprecedented outside of wartime.” Scott: “Isn’t the inference to be drawn that this moment is not outside of wartime?”
Denmark had six hours’ warning of Iranian attack on Iraqi bases: TV Reuters (Chuck L)
Trump attacks Pelosi over her ‘This Week’ comments about Iran protests Washington Post (furzy). I doubt Trump is doing his own Photoshopping. So another presumed adult went along with this….gah….
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Inside Google’s Quest for Millions of Medical Records Wall Street Journal. Abbreviated non-paywalled: Google can view millions of patient health records in most states Axios. Thank God I am not in an HMO or PPO…..
Trump Administration Makes Supreme Court Appeal on Immigration Plan Wall Street Journal
AT&T et al. fight against higher upload speeds in $20-billion FCC program ars technica (Dr. Kevin)
2020. #RefundWarren is trending on Twitter now…and ActBlue is apparently reporting higher than usual refund activity.
— Amy the Suffragette 🌹 (@amyverlaine) January 14, 2020
Why did Warren wait two years to deploy this desperate attack, until the night before a debate, and with her campaign struggling to keep up with Bernie’s in Iowa?
The question answers itself. https://t.co/cZXMpJb4KW
— Max Blumenthal (@MaxBlumenthal) January 13, 2020
"So, Bernie and I had a private dinner, and my view is that dinner stays private." pic.twitter.com/OadAP2k9tf
— wideofthepost (@wideofthepost) January 13, 2020
Young Voters Still Love Bernie Sanders New York Magazine
Seattle city council bans most political spending by ‘foreign-influenced corporations’ The Hill (UserFriendly)
Our Famously Free Press
Lawrence Lessig Sues New York Times For Defamation Over Jeffrey Epstein Donation Story The Wrap. Hoo boy, the Times wouldn’t correct…but it also sounds like the Lessig essay was muddied.
Vet’s prosthetic legs repossessed in dispute between VA and Medicare Clarion Ledger (Dr. Kevin). As UserFriendly would say, I hate this country.
The @NYDailyNews edit board and @MaraGay agree: what this discussion over bail reform is hammering home is just how broken and insufficient our mental health care system is. Jail shouldn't be our hospitals or a housing solution. https://t.co/LL8ml4cAbChttps://t.co/d3QYiWmA5x
— Laura Nahmias (@nahmias) January 13, 2020
Antidote du jour. Scott D sent a series of four pix YEARS ago….I hope he and Arnold are doing well:
Arnold is a 22 lb cat we rescued 7 years ago from the city pound on the day he was to be put down. Best dog I ever owned.
And a departure from our usual sort of bonus video from cwavec:
Here is a possible contribution. I found it delightful and heartening. Maybe a good “Antidote” only no animals.
It’s from Line Press and a direct link is:
A video about 33 min. in front of l’Opera. The opera is on strike but instead of marching, the orchestra came out onto the front steps and gave an impromptu “concert en colère” to the assembled crowd (probably bigger than could fit inside). Of course including La Marseillaise. There is some crowd action afterwards and a spokeswoman stating their position.
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.