Woman rescued after being stuck inside clothing donation bin for 3 days Good Morning America
The Year and the Decade in Weather and Climate: A Meta-Lookback Weather Underground
Bible Lobbyist: We Can’t Print Bibles in America Anymore Matt Stoller, BIG
Rediscovering the Neighborhood of Saturdays Belt Magazine
Again, Iraq and Iran dominate the news flow.
The political class:
To my Democratic colleagues: 40 years of Iranian aggression needs to be dealt with forcefully.
▶️ The largest state sponsor of terrorism.
▶️ Threatening the existence of Israel by arming Hezbollah to the teeth.
▶️ Providing arms to kill Americans in Iraq.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) January 6, 2020
Closely monitoring the situation following bombings targeting U.S. troops in Iraq. We must ensure the safety of our servicemembers, including ending needless provocations from the Administration and demanding that Iran cease its violence. America & world cannot afford war.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) January 8, 2020
All is well! Missiles launched from Iran at two military bases located in Iraq. Assessment of casualties & damages taking place now. So far, so good! We have the most powerful and well equipped military anywhere in the world, by far! I will be making a statement tomorrow morning.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 8, 2020
“Powerful.” No speech tonight.
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Contractor whose death Trump cited was a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Iraq WaPo. A translator.
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Iran’s Retaliation Offers Room for Trump to Calm Tensions Bloomberg. KW: “My own guess for these attacks is that Iran is giving the leadership of Iraq (and the Kurds) a message that if they do not go ahead and get rid of foreign forces, then Iraq will become the battlefield for a proxy war between the US and Iran.”
Revenge is a dish best served cold. Thread:
1. I want to express this carefully cause I don't want to minimize anything that results in loss of life. But missiles flying back/forth in Mid East is all too common (something US can handle) & not what makes me nervous about the Soleimani situation
Here's what makes me nervous https://t.co/F2LYk09m5w
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) January 8, 2020
Trump moves to unite the Middle East! (irony) Sic Semper Tyrannnis (Carey). Colonel Lang focuses on logistics, as a professional should do.
Should banks expect cyberattacks from Iran? American Banker
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Other analysis and prediction:
The real target of the US assassination of Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani – China South China Morning Post
US troops out of Iraq? What that would mean for both countries. Christian Science Monitor
The World Paid Attention to the Wrong Iraqi Protests The Atlantic
The War Nerd: Iran’s Qassam Soleimani Was a Great General, One of the Very Few Our Era Will See Gary Brecher, Anti-Empire
Marg bar ___ Language Log. Generally translated as “Death to _____.”
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A series of unfortunate events:
Plane crash near Tehran killed Iranians, Canadians, others AP. The crash of Ukrainian International Airlines flight PS752 (a Boeing 737-800). Read all the way to the end.
Magnitude 4.9 earthquake strikes 30 miles from Iran’s sole nuclear power plant just two weeks after a similar quake in the region Daily Mail (data). Note the non-inflammatory headline. This is actually a roundup of the earthquake and the #PS752 crash.
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Our famously free press:
Pundits Praising Suleimani Killing Fail to Disclose Arms Ties The Intercept. Busy, busy, busy:
My Amtrak train towards DC is fucking filled with fucking defense contractors taking up the entire dining car going over their fucking presentations. #IranWar
— Matt Gabriele (@prof_gabriele) January 5, 2020
People Are Spreading False And Unverified Information About Iran’s Missile Attack On US Bases In Iraq. Don’t Be Fooled. Buzzfeed. Continuously updated.
Kuwait to become 51st State Duffel Blog
Mike Pompeo stresses Hong Kong autonomy, urges global censure of China over ‘brutal treatment of Uygurs’ South China Morning Post. The small faction of US flag-waving Hong Kong protesters will, I think, regret seeking any US involvement. Not only do those of good faith among them have far too rosy a view of the United States as the sort of liberal democracy so many of the protesters seek, the US is not agreement-capable.
Cause of Wuhan’s Mysterious Pneumonia Cases Still Unknown, Chinese Officials Say Scientific American. No human-to-human transmission.
La france profonde?
— Eric Blanc (@_ericblanc) January 7, 2020
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
that’s fucked up pic.twitter.com/2zMVGrfFDK
— porg (@EFFLORESCENE) January 7, 2020
What suit-wearing drone thought that “seamlessly navigate the airport” was anything other than scarily zombified language?
Portland officials highlight potential uses of face-scanning technology Portland Press-Herald
Our Famously Free Press
CNN confirms a settlement has been reached with Covington Catholic student Nick Sandmann CNN. Just so we’re clear on the reliability of digital evidence fueling moral panics in near-real time.
“Streets of Gold” map wins two British Cartographic Society Awards Europa. “Streets of Gold is a 1.13m square map of greater London created on a base of 24 carat gold leaf.”
‘The People With the Least Resources Are Now Shouldering the Greatest Burden’ FAIR. Specifically, on student debt. That’s not a bug. It’s a feature.
Making Stakeholder Capitalism a Reality Laura Tyson, Lenny Mendonca Project Syndicate (DL).
The End of Economic Growth? Unintended Consequences of a Declining Population (PDF) Charles I. Jones, Empty Planet
SpaceX sends 60 more Starlink satellites into orbit BBC. Waiting for the first “sponsored constellation.” You know it’s coming.
Antidote du Jour (via):
— 🖕 (@kaitlynsshit) December 31, 2019
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.