How to Make a Tree With Fractals Wired (David L)
A new mathematical model predicts a knot’s stability PhysOrg (Kevin W)
On-chip integrated laser-driven particle accelerator Science (Chuck L)
Terrorists could make a ‘dirty bomb’ from this common medical device; why regulators won’t act PhysOrg (Robert M). Not to sound Pollyannish, but the hype over “dirty bombs” is way way way overdone. A dirty bomb is just a regular bomb with nasty radioactive material thrown in. The bigger the blast area, the less the severity of contamination. The problem is it does contaminate an area which then has to be cleaned up, which could be super inconvenient if it were, say, Grand Central. And the sort of people who are more worried about terrorism than vastly greater real world risks, like riding in a car, are particularly likely to get freaked out.
This is not a Natural Disaster. It is Man Made Steve Keen, Brave New Europe (Chuck L)
China’s academics tackle the ‘Big Brother’ state Asia Times (Gordon W). Awfully late for that.
U.S. farmers see another bleak year despite Phase 1 trade deal Reuters (resilc)
A Quarter of the World’s Pigs Died Last Year in China New York Times
India close to concluding a trade package with U.S.: Shringla The Hindu (J-LS)
Right. As we slough off the excesses of the holiday season, here are my five ‘known unknowns’ about the coming #Brexit negotiation….
First up: Will Boris listen to business? 1/threadhttps://t.co/xYQs0OQuTA
— Peter Foster (@pmdfoster) January 2, 2020
U.S. reportedly strikes pro-Iran convoy in Iraq ahead of funeral for Soleimani Agence France-Presse. We really want that war, don’t we?
A New Year and a New Trump Foreign Policy Blunder in Iraq Antiwar.com (resilc). Important.
A Shocked Iraq Reconsiders Its Relationship With the U.S. New York Times (Kevin W)
The Pinnacle of Trump’s Foreign Policy Stupidity New Republic
Trump launches evangelical coalition after strike on Iranian military leader CBS News (Kevin W)
Reprisals against US to come at time and place of Iran’s choosing Guardian (resilc)
Been hearing for awhile that Trump Admin seriously believes the DC think-tank brainslop that Iran is on the verge of a youth-led color revolution, just needs one last push to bring about a pro-NATO Maidan revolution in Tehran. We’re ruled by dumb psychos. https://t.co/l3wIfnX0qK
— Mark Ames (@MarkAmesExiled) January 3, 2020
Senator Sanders Warns of Dangerous Escalation After Top Iranian Commander is Killed in Airstrike C-SPAN (Kevin C). Interesting C-SPAN picked this up.
Qassem Suleimani Iran’s Shadowy Commander Who Has No Shadow
http://t.co/rt87egFryb my incredible scoop about the legendary commander
— Karl Sharro (@KarlreMarks) October 8, 2014
The Killing of Osama bin Laden Seymour M. Hersh, London Review of Books (2015)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Y2K20 Parking Meter Software Glitch Causes Citywide SNAFU Gothamist. Chuck L: “The Internet of Shit.”
Under Trump, the U.S. Has Become a “Known Unknown” Atlantic (resilc)
Trump’s ‘West Point Mafia’ Faces a Loyalty Test Politico. Chuck L: “About six weeks old but as of last evening VERY pertinent.”
Trump asks New York judge to dismiss rape allegation case The Hill. The claim is actually defamation and it’s unfortunate that it is the NY Post that makes that clear: Trump files to dismiss columnist E. Jean Carroll’s defamation suit
Russian pranksters strike again: Fake Greta Thunberg convinces eager US politician that she has dirt on Trump RT. Kevin W: “It’s Congresswoman Maxine Waters.”
McConnell digs in on impeachment: ‘Non-starter’ for Pelosi to influence trial The Hill. Predictable, but now official.
Malibu wants to ban all pesticides. The state of California says that’s against the law Los Angeles Times (J-LS)
2019: A Year the News Media Would Rather Forget Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone (UserFriendly)
First Nation looks ahead after court sides with natural gas company CTV News (David L)
Manhattan property decline worsened as Wall Street boomed New York Times
Amazon employees who spoke out about climate change could be fired The Verge (Kevin W)
Ciities Struggle To Boost Ridership With ‘Uber for Transit’ Schemes Wired. Of course, zero mention of the fact that the availability of Uber vehicles is achieved only through billions a year in investor subsidies.
Car Sales Boom Hit the Brakes in 2019 Wall Street Journal. Catching up with Wolf Richter.
“Shit-Life Syndrome,” Trump Voters, and Clueless Dems Counterpunch (resilc)
Antidote du jour. From Heresy 101:
Last New Years Day, the coyotes got our dear little Rocky. He was more like a teenager than a cat: he would boss you, argue with you, tease you, and comfort you. At night, those big eyes were like headlights!
We miss him so.
An anti-antidote from guurst, which strikes me as fitting in light of our Middle East misguided macho:
When natural selection trumps sexual selection… pic.twitter.com/E4ne4izquL
— Steve Stewart-Williams (@SteveStuWill) July 26, 2019
And a bonus, moar cats:
retweet to bless someone’s timeline ? pic.twitter.com/sQ6eaBQgny
— Emergency Kittens (@EmrgencyKittens) January 4, 2020
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.