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Links 12/5/19

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Rare Individuals Are Amazing at Reading Cats’ Expressions. Are You One of Them? Vice. Hahaha, I was really bad at the test! My rationalization is that I’ve had three Abys and they are half way to being dogs, as in care about their humans making nice to them, and therefore generally make happier faces to their humans than most cats. The U.S. Army Is Making Ear Protection for Its Military Dogs Popular Mechanics (resilc) Here’s what happened when a charity gave ,000 each to poor households in Kenya WeForum (David L) Redemption for NASA scientist who made bold global-warming call 30 years ago MarketWatch (David L) Global emissions to hit 36.8 billion tonnes, beating last year’s record high The Conversation (Kevin W) Russian Scientists Reveal Photos of Arctic Methane Fountain InfoRussie

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Rare Individuals Are Amazing at Reading Cats’ Expressions. Are You One of Them? Vice. Hahaha, I was really bad at the test! My rationalization is that I’ve had three Abys and they are half way to being dogs, as in care about their humans making nice to them, and therefore generally make happier faces to their humans than most cats.

The U.S. Army Is Making Ear Protection for Its Military Dogs Popular Mechanics (resilc)

Here’s what happened when a charity gave $1,000 each to poor households in Kenya WeForum (David L)

Redemption for NASA scientist who made bold global-warming call 30 years ago MarketWatch (David L)

Global emissions to hit 36.8 billion tonnes, beating last year’s record high The Conversation (Kevin W)

Russian Scientists Reveal Photos of Arctic Methane Fountain InfoRussie (UserFriendly)

‘The Best Thing You Can Do Is Not Buy More Stuff,’ Says ‘Secondhand’ Expert NPR (David L)

Pablo Escobar’s Brother Made a Folding Phone for Some Reason Popular Mechanics (resilc)

Life Under the Algorithm New Republic. Resilc: “Why your doctor is always typing too during a visit.”

5 ways to eat acorns for survival Outdoor Life (resilc). Seems some have never heard of acorn flour.

Samoa shuts down in unprecedented battle against measles crisis Agence France Presse. UserFriendly: “Way to go anti vaxxers!!”

China gene-edited baby experiment ‘may have created unintended mutations’ Agence France-Presse (David L). Gah.

China?

Here’s what happens to markets if U.S. tariffs on China kick in on Dec. 15 Bloomberg

Mid-sized American Companies are Already Moving Away from China” and You Should Too China Law Blog (Troy P)

Former US envoy says Chinese officials anticipate ‘partial decoupling’ of the nations’ economies South China Morning Post (Troy P)

France braced for biggest national strike in years BBC

Brexit

EU to spell out plans for potentially years more Brexit talks on day after general election, leak shows Independent (Kevin W). Barnier will be back! He did a terrific job but if I were him, I’d want to tell the UK to sod off. But his continuity of knowledge (as well as his ability to keep cool despite The Stoopid) will be a considerable advantage…as if the EU didn’t already have the upper hand.

Luxembourg’s PM says the UK must play by EU rules or accept No Deal Politico

The UK election viewed from continental Europe: Meh Bruegel

A theory, but tweets are cheap:

Third general strike keeps pressure on Colombia’s Duque Agence France-Presse

Syraqistan

These photos show what it’s really like in Iran, where — despite its antagonistic relationship with the US— life is surprisingly normal Business Insider (resilc). About 1500-2000 Americans go to Iran a year, mainly academics. We’ve heard a similar account.

Iran Says U.S. Must Pay $130 Billion in Damages After World Court Rules Against Trump Administration Newsweek. Kevin W: “And in a complete coincidence – ‘US judge orders Iran pay $180 mn to reporter over detention’ at https://news.yahoo.com/us-judge-orders-iran-pay-180-mn-reporter-222236257.html

Big Brother is Watching You Watch

An Oregon town couldn’t afford to hire cops for the night shift, so it proposed installing security cameras manned by volunteers who can identify ‘hardcore criminals’ just by looking at them Business Insider (Kevin W)

Amazon unveils voice transcription tool for doctor-patient interactions Business Insider. Dr. Kevin: “What could possibly go wrong with transcribing BOTH sides of the conversation?” Moi: And having Amazon have a record?

Imperial Collapse Watch

Obsolete or A Real Killer: Can We Save the Aircraft Carrier? National Interest (resilc)

French President Macron Is Right, NATO Is Brain Dead Without U.S. Leadership LobeLog (resilc)

Trump Transition

Trump calls Canada’s Trudeau ‘two-faced’ over jaw-dropping video remarks Reuters

Nancy Pelosi Pushes to Remove Legal Protections for Online Content in Trade Pact Wall Street Journal

Impeachment. The lawyers for both the Dems and the GOP didn’t cover themselves with glory, but feel free to discuss the hearings among yourselves.

Giuliani, Facing Scrutiny, Travels to Europe to Interview Ukrainians New York Times (furzy). Not a good look.

An Effort to Improve Scientific Integrity in the Federal Government | RealClearScience (UserFriendly). Remarkably, article points out an example of data fudging under Obama Administration pressure, but it’s undeniable that Trump has been way worse on this front.

“Financial Times” Editor: “Can’t Find” What Article GOP Sen. John Kennedy Is Citing About Ukraine Election Interference RealClearPolitics. UserFriendly: “MSNBC all lies all the time. This is so hilariously awful, he starts going off on the 17 intel agencies bit too.” Moi: It took me all of one minute to find this FT story from 2016. I am sure there are others: Ukraine’s leaders campaign against ‘pro-Putin’ Trump.

Freedom Rider: Liberals Love the Military Black Agenda Report

Georgia governor picks political newcomer for U.S. Senate Herald Mail (resilc)

US sailor kills two employees on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam before fatally shooting self CNN

2020

UserFriendly: “Imagine if this nutjob had won!”

Democratic Candidates, Weary of Endless War, Propose Greater Restraint on America’s Military Role Foreign Policy. UserFriendly: “ROFLMAO, the blob has a sad.”

Bernie Sanders isn’t polling in first place. His caucus organization may mean that doesn’t matter Des Moines Register

How Klobuchar would expand national service Politico. Resilc: “But she loves the military.”

Carceral State

He’s a Liar, a Con Artist and a Snitch. His Testimony Could Soon Send a Man to His Death. ProPublica. UserFriendly: “Why are there literally no guard rails against prosecutorial misconduct?”

Our Fabulously Free Press

A Facebook rumor about white vans is spreading fear across America CNN

Boeing will pay for its previously cosy relations with regulators Financial Times. In case you missed it:

But the US Federal Aviation Administration said that it plans to inspect and sign off on every single 737 Max before delivery, once the watchdog agrees to let the grounded model back into the air. This effectively revokes the company’s longstanding ability to perform routine safety checks on its own. Then the European Aviation Safety Agency weighed in, saying that it would independently assess the safety of Boeing’s next new model, the 777X, rather than relying on the FAA to lead the process.

Calpers Drops Most ‘Emerging’ Equity Managers as Returns Lag Bloomberg. Annoyingly, even though no media outlet in the rash of coverage today acknowledged that we broke this story a full month ago (and one had the temerity to claim its account yesterday was an exclusive), CalPERS did indirectly in the way it blew reporters off:

Calpers spokeswoman Megan White, responding Wednesday to a request for comment, said the reduction “isn’t new news.”

Videos of long lines at Tesla Supercharger stations in the US reveal a big hurdle that companies like Tesla and Volkswagen need to clear before more people will buy EVs Business Insider (Kevin W)

Class Warfare

Uber Office Had Separate Bathrooms for Drivers and ‘Employees’ VICE

San Francisco has nearly five empty homes per homeless resident Curbed

What’s behind the spike in death rates among young adults in Minnesota? MinnPost (Chuck L)

Antidote du jour. Paul H, with a shot from southern British Columbia:

Links 12/5/19

And a bonus video (Chuck L). Wild in both senses of the word:

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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