Via Naked Capitalism

Triple play: Two Harbors man fills three community needs in one long day MPR News. Chuck L: “A snapshot small town life for some.”

Octopus and eagle square off at Canadian farm BBC

Tony Brooker, Pioneer of Computer Programming, Dies at 94 New York Times (David L)

Heat your House with a Mechanical Windmill Low Tech (Robert H)

Humans Accidentally Made a Space Cocoon For Ourselves Out of Radio Waves Vice. Dan K:

Video seems a little too “feel good”-y to me. What happens if we suddenly turn off the VLF tracking? Technologically created conditions are inherently unstable in the long term… we could be pushing away and eventually thinning our Van Allen shield.

Miniature Brains Recently Sent Out Brain Waves for the First Time Smithsonian (David L)

Here’s why many CRISPR/Cas9 experiments could be wrong – and how to fix them Massive Science (David L)

Can a New Diagnosis Help Prevent Suicide? Undark (UserFriendly). Important.


Doubts Surface on $50 Billion in China Farm Buys Touted by Trump Bloomberg

Stock Markets Failed To Rally On China Trade Deal, Here’s Why Forbes

Brexit (and Election Post Mortem)

Resolution Craig Murray

Election result: Boris Johnson won because Remainers ‘f***** it up, Dominic Cummings says Independent

Anti-politics & the last gasp of British Labourism Left Flank (SOMK)

EU leaders acknowledge Brexit now inevitable Politico. Note EU again plans to control the shape of the table:

“We have to discuss the precise approach to these negotiations,” Rutte said, while refusing to comment on whether the Netherlands would back a German proposal for a less ambitious “Step 1” trade agreement that could be upgraded at a later stage.


In Wag the Dog Move, Indicted Israeli PM Netanyahu Moves to Annex 25% of Palestinian West Bank Juan Cole (resilc)

Saudi Arabia ends gender segregation in restaurants BBC (furzy)

Big Brother is Watching You Watch

Ring says it will introduce new security features after hackers broke into a camera in an 8-year-old’s bedroom, where they could watch and talk to the child Business Insider (Kevin W). How reassuring.

A.I. Is Making it Easier to Kill (You). Here’s How. New York Times, YouTube (David L)

Behind the One-Way Mirror: A Deep Dive Into the Technology of Corporate Surveillance Electronic Frontier Foundation (David L)

Trump Transition

Supreme Court to Decide Cases on Access to Trump’s Financial Records Wall Street Journal (see Bloomberg version here). I would think there’d be an argument that the Congressional subpoenas were overly broad and extend into time frames that can’t/don’t have anything to do with his office. But that would be a fallback position.

Trump is the natural consequence of our anti-democracy decade Robert Reich, Guardian

Kansas Kills Kris Kobach’s National Voter Purge System Truthout (Dan K)

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When a Reform Prosecutor Stands Up to the Death Penalty Intercept. UserFriendly: “Zero guardrails for prosecutorial misconduct.”


The impeachment articles are a major retreat for Democrats Washington Post (furzy)

Vulnerable Democrats swing behind impeachment push The Hill

The Eight Counts of Impeachment That Trump Deserves New York Times (furzy)

Impeachment obliterates tinges of comity in House The Hill

2020. FWIW, #DropOutBloomberg now tops the “trending” list at Twitter in the US:

Trump shocks black voters — by trying to get their votes Politico (UserFriendly)

Democratic candidates threaten to boycott presidential debate over labor dispute NBC

Panel: New EXPLOSIVE Hunter report is bad news for Joe Biden Rising

The “Bernie Blackout” Could Help Sanders Win Intercept

New poll finds Sanders surging to within 7 points of Biden in South Carolina The Hill (resilc)

Bernie Sanders’s $150B plan to make the internet a utility: HOW IT WORKS Business Insider (furzy)

The Viral Mike Bloomberg Dance Video Is Actually Part Of A Comedy Bit BuzzFeed (UserFriendly)

Democrats in Disarray

Take Back Our Party: Restoring the Democratic Legacy American Prospect (resilc)

America’s Two-Headed One Party System Caitlin Johnstone. In this section because the Dems find it more difficult to ‘splain
their allegiance to big money/big corps than the GOP.

Our Famously Free Press

Vicious Cycles: Theses on a philosophy of news Harpers (JMM)

Forget The Hype, Aramco Shares May be Valued At Zero Next Year OilPrice (resilc)

PG&E’s future is in doubt after Newsom rejects bankruptcy plan Los Angeles Times

Charting the World’s Major Stock Markets on the Same Scale (1990-2019) Visual Capitalist (furzy)

Class Warfare

Student Loan Debt: Unsafe In Any Amount Popular Resistance (UserFriendly). Important.

Michelle Obama Defending George W. Bush Is a Lesson in Class Solidarity Teen Vogue (UserFriendly)

How Hollywood Subtly Reinforces Wage Slavery American Conservative (UserFriendly)

Bloomberg Just Bought CityLab—and Put Half Its Reporters Out of a Job Mother Jones (Dan K)

Antidote du jour (crittermom):

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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