The secret lives of fish-eating, beaver-ambushing wolves of Minnesota National Geographic
How a mid-20th-century hunting guide may fill the gaps on climate change in Maine WaPo. Citizen science!
‘The Fed Is a Political Institution That Pretends Not to Be Political’ (interview) William Greider, FAIR. From Counterspin in 2007; still germane.
William Greider memorial service: January 12, 2020 2 pm at Friends Meeting of Washington (RJ). Map.
Trump says he’ll sanction Iraq if US troops forced to leave The Hill. Trump: “We will charge them sanctions like they’ve never seen before ever.” So now we’re just talking price?
Netanyahu, in apparent stumble, calls Israel ‘nuclear power’ Middle East Monitor
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Iran vows to enrich uranium “without restrictions” Axios. A more measured response than much of the reporting would imply.
Iran crisis: Germany, France, UK urge de-escalation Deutsche Welle
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How Qassim Suleimani Wielded His Enormous Power in Iraq The Intercept. From their Iran trove.
Tracked, targeted, killed: Qassem Soleimani’s final hours Middle East Eye. Wait ’til they commercialize this technology!
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Analysis and prediction:
The Suleimani Assassination and US Strategic Incoherence Richard N. Haas, Project Syndicate. President of the CFR.
Harper: Iraq Parliament Action Starts a Longer Uncertain Process Sic Semper Tyrannis
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Democrats in disarray:
Pelosi says House will introduce ‘War Power Resolution’ aimed to limit Trump’s Iran military action CNN. “Pelosi said the resolution would be led by Rep. Elissa Slotkin of Michigan, who previously worked for the CIA and was an analyst for the Defense Department specializing in Shia militias.” I don’t know whether this is the War Powers Resolution introduced by Rep. Omar and Rep. Barbara Lee, or a second one.
Former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson appeared on Meet The Press and asserted Trump had "ample domestic legal authority to take [Soleimani] out without an additional congressional authorization"
NOT DISCLOSED: Johnson is currently on the board of defense contractor Lockheed Martin pic.twitter.com/cimTpyolTf
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) January 5, 2020
How To Avoid Swallowing War Propaganda Current Affairs
Venezuela: Guaido Replaced as Parliament Head in Disputed Vote Venezuelanalysis
Beijing’s new top man in Hong Kong says he hopes city will return to the right track Hong Kong Free Press. In Mandarin, since Luo Huining doesn’t speak Cantonese.
Vietnam in deals to buy Laos electricity from 2021 Reuters. They’ll need the power to run desalination plants if the Mekong River delta keeps sinking.
Ultranationalist Prelude The Baffler
In a historic vote, the House authorizes a path to legal status for undocumented farm workers New Food Economy. But read the fine print.
Drugmakers Hike 2020 Medicine Prices Despite Lawmakers’ Ire Bloomberg (dk).
State of Health in the EU Companion Report 2019 (PDF) European Commission. “In Germany self-employed individuals on a low-income risk to be uninsured due to unaffordability of State Health Insurance contributions or Private Health Insurance premiums. Some self-employed who could opt out from the statutory health insurance in Austria are uninsured. In Poland, people on some types of civil law contracts remain uninsured.” For use next time somebody tells you Germany has universal coverage despite not having single payer.
Cost of tooth removal with anesthesia in SF: $1k (w/ no insurance)
Cost in Paris: $80 (in certain hospitals)
Round trip SF <> Paris: $300 (Norwegian Air)
Average cost / night in Paris: $100
So, spend $1k in SF, or $580 in France, including a weekend in Paris :)
— Florent Crivello ? (@Altimor) January 5, 2020
The MMT backlash takes a new form FT Alphaville (Furzy Mouse). A pricey, self-published book. Smiley interrogating Toby in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: “‘Ever bought a fake picture?’ ‘I sold a couple once,’ said Toby with a flashy, nervous smile, but no one laughed.’ ‘The more you pay for it, the less inclined you are to doubt it. Silly, but there we are.'”
Injecting the flu vaccine into a tumor gets the immune system to attack it Ars Technica (dk).
Antidote du jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.