Scientists Design Bacteria-Based Living Concrete Smithsonian
EU’s funding for UK’s poorest areas ‘must be matched after Brexit’ Guardian. Lol no.
Shares in French retailers sink following wave of strikes FT Finally some coverage.
Crisis & Critique: The Return of Guaido? Venezuelanalysis. Last year, two Presidents. This year, two Parliaments?
Colombia’s anti-government protests to resume on January 21 Colombia Reports
More military and police presence on Bolivian streets Prensa Latina. Cuba, but U.S. coverage is so miserable, what can I do?
Amazon not doing a favour by investing $1 billion: Piyush Goyal The Economic Tiimes
‘Post’ nudged to fall in line The Telegraph
Beijing sets sights on mighty Mekong as passage to South China Sea Agence France Presse
New Cold War
Putin’s new PM promises ‘real changes’ for Russians Agence France Presse
Vladimir Putin Prepares His Succession Gilbert Doctorow
Russian Federation Sitrep 16 January 2020 by Patrick Armstrong Sic Semper Tyrannis. Good round-up.
‘Impartial justice’: Can partisan senators serve as unbiased jurors in the Trump impeachment trial? USA Today. Federalist #65, worth reading in full:
A well-constituted court for the trial of impeachments is an object not more to be desired than difficult to be obtained in a government wholly elective. The subjects of its jurisdiction are those offenses which proceed from the misconduct of public men, or, in other words, from the abuse or violation of some public trust. They are of a nature which may with peculiar propriety be denominated POLITICAL, as they relate chiefly to injuries done immediately to the society itself….
Where else than in the Senate could have been found a tribunal sufficiently dignified, or sufficiently independent? What other body would be likely to feel CONFIDENCE ENOUGH IN ITS OWN SITUATION, to preserve, unawed and uninfluenced, the necessary impartiality between an INDIVIDUAL accused, and the REPRESENTATIVES OF THE PEOPLE, HIS ACCUSERS?
Caps in original.
* * *Impeachment of the President Normally Requires a Crime Law.com
McConnell Should Toss Out This Malicious Impeachment Patrick Buchanan, The American Conservative
* * *Pompeo stonewalls as evidence emerges of possible surveillance of ex-Ukraine ambassador CNN
Trump again denied knowing Lev Parnas. So Parnas’ lawyer posted more robust proof. The Week. My priors are that Parnas is just another Curveball; he certainly did come onstage at an convenient time. It was a sign that Benghazi had passed The Hairball Horizon™ when names that only somebody obsessing over the detail would know started appearing in headlines.
* * *Collins says she’s ‘likely’ to support calling witnesses for impeachment trial The Hill
Bad Timing for Jury Duty NYT. Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Amy Klobuchar and Michael Bennet. Regardless of whether the trial is short or long, it’s hard for me to see how Pelosi handing controll of the election calendar over to Mitch McConnell was an act of strategic genius.
Establishment Pundits Go Nuts Over New Russian Hacking Conspiracy Caitlin Johnstone, Consortium News. This isn’t Parnas, it’s some other hairball.
Smart shopper (dk):
Them: Your copay for the CT scan will be $500
Me: Whaaaat? No way. Who’d you talk to at my insurance?
Me: What’s the cash self-pay rate, if I don’t use insurance?
Them: Uh, $300
— Adam Weinstein (@AdamWeinstein) January 15, 2020
Read all the way to the end.
Decreasing human body temperature in the United States since the Industrial Revolution eLife. “[M]ean body temperature in men and women, after adjusting for age, height, weight and, in some models date and time of day, has decreased monotonically by 0.03°C per birth decade.”LL
Change Agent: Gene Sharp’s Neoliberal Nonviolence, Part Two Nonsite.org (JS). Part one.
Certain Unflattering Truths The Baffler
Antidote du jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.