Belated Happy New Year!
Putting up “2020” is so weird!
Interactive robotic cat hits Kickstarter New Atlas (furzy). Gross. One of the points of cats is how graceful they are, that they never get over their predatory nature, even if they are indoor-only cats, and that they are independent and often quirky. Plus soft to pet and nice bed warmers!
— Martin (@marty386) December 30, 2019
We cannot look away from this. https://t.co/R5wVi5xxgu
— Faiza Shaheen (@faizashaheen) January 2, 2020
Just 2 per cent of Britain’s power now comes from coal. In Australia, it’s more like 75 per cent Sydney Morning Herald
How the Smartphone Became Boring Vice (resilc)
Mysterious oil washes up on Brazilian shores Reuters. UserFriendly: Downwind effects of our war on Venezuela.”
The Missing 99%: Why Can’t We Find the Vast Majority of Ocean Plastic? Guardian. It’s in the food chain and you are eating it? Oh, and the Kuta beach (in Bali) was totally disgusting in the early 1990s. Tons of plastic crap in every wave to the shore. I shudder to think what is is like now.
In Pictures: India’s homeless bear brunt of record cold Al Jazeera (resilc) :-(
I Spent a Full Week Wearing a CBD-Infused Bodysuit Mother Jones (resilc). Read the URL!
Against cheerfulness Aeon. From the subhead: “But being cheerful the American way borders on psychosis.”
President Trump says China trade deal will be signed Jan. 15 Washington Post
75% of young want to escape South Korean ‘Hell’ Asia Times (Kevin W)
We Must Call a Coup a Coup Jacobin. Shame this point has to be argued.
New Cold War
Russia-Ukraine Finalize Key Gas Deal OilPrice (resilc)
Shock Waves From American Airstrikes in Iraq May Have Just Begun New York Times (Kevin W). Editorial.
Netanyahu to seek immunity from criminal charges Washington Post
The Backfiring Iran Obsession and the Baghdad Embassy Protests American Conservative (resilc)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
What U.S. Intelligence Thought 2020 Would Look Like Atlantic (resilc)
‘It’s Creepy’: Unexplained Drones Are Swarming by Night Over Colorado New York Times (David L)
‘Nothing Less Than a Civil War’: These White Voters on the Far Right See Doom Without Trump New York Times. UserFriendly: “An interview with the the insane right wing.”
Trump signs bill to eliminate rape kit testing backlog The Hill. UserFriendly: “Sigh contrast the headline with the story.”
Trump Winery Fires Undocumented Employees After Harvest: Report Daily Beast (resilc)
Trump, Democrats and the Lumpenproletariat Problem CounterPunch (resilc)
Getting Past Reagan by Simon Johnson Project Syndicate (UserFriendly)
Joe Biden Bundler Is a Major Player in Prison Health Care Intercept (resilc)
Pete Buttigieg once boasted he helped McKinsey ‘turn around’ Fortune 500 companies. Not anymore. Washington Post (UserFriendly)
Our Fabulously Free Press
Chief Justice John Roberts warns about dangers of fake news Politico (UserFriendly)
L’affaire Epstein. Running this only because a slow news day
India’s Richest Man is Ready To Take on Amazon and Walmart TechCrunch. Moar Mothra v. Godzilla.
Google veterans: The company has become ‘unrecognizable’ CNBC (Kevin W)
Amazon is Opening the Largest Family Shelter in Washington State Right Inside Its Headquarters Input Magazine. 275 people. Virtue signaling.
Football Coaches Highest Paid People ESPN. Jeff B:
Who’s the most powerful person in your state? Well, based on public employee salaries, it’s likely a college coach (sorry, governors). A whopping 28 college football coaches are the best-paid employees in their states, along with 12 college hoops coaches who top the state payrolls
‘He Was Going to Change the World’ Wall Street Journal. So sad.
Antidote du jour. Tracie H: “A Douglas squirrel.”
And a bonus antidote (Chuck L):
How to keep 8 penguins occupied? pic.twitter.com/3v7Wkm51JO
— RT (@RT_com) January 2, 2020
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.