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Links 1/15/2020

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Yves here. I am sorry to be thin with my own material. Fortunately Lambert and Jerri have lots happening on their beats and have been providing meaty posts. We’ve had to change some of my mother’s staffing (she has part-time help). And I am quite bummed out by the need to Do Something about my joint injuries, since they are not getting better and my mobility is getting slowly worse over time. But I’ve been down this path with less severe problems, and even in New York (and other cities) spent a staggering amount of time and money on conventional and not conventional treatments which were unproductive or only produced very short term benefit. And I don’t know how to find the time or emotional energy to shop for possible solutions. My situation is made worse by the fact that it is pretty

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Yves here. I am sorry to be thin with my own material. Fortunately Lambert and Jerri have lots happening on their beats and have been providing meaty posts.

We’ve had to change some of my mother’s staffing (she has part-time help). And I am quite bummed out by the need to Do Something about my joint injuries, since they are not getting better and my mobility is getting slowly worse over time. But I’ve been down this path with less severe problems, and even in New York (and other cities) spent a staggering amount of time and money on conventional and not conventional treatments which were unproductive or only produced very short term benefit. And I don’t know how to find the time or emotional energy to shop for possible solutions. My situation is made worse by the fact that it is pretty clear to me that what I have going on can’t be adequately explained by the damage to a particular joint, and my decades of experience has shown that just about no one is even inclined, much the less any good at looking at more complex interactions or considering whether non-symptomatic structures could be part of the problem. And this is what ought to be simple mechanical systems!

Four actual Wonder Women discovered in ancient tombs in Russia Inverse (Chuck L)

You Can Now Download Images of 100,000 Artworks From Prominent Paris Museums’ Collections Smithsonian Magazine (David L)

Hidden Computational Power Found in the Arms of Neurons Quanta Magazine (David L)

‘Why the Foundations of Physics Have Not Progressed For 40 Years’ iai

Meet the Money Behind The Climate Denial Movement Smithsonian (Dr. Kevin)

James Murdoch Slams Fox News and News Corp Over Climate-Change Denial Daily Beast (Scott)

Also from Scott:

Climate Change Is Killing Alpine Skiing as We Know It Bloomberg

Fully Autonomous Weapons Pose Unique Dangers to Humankind Scientific American

THCP: A newly discovered, potentially more potent, cannabis compound New Atlas (David L)

A scalable pipeline for designing reconfigurable organisms PNAS (Dr. Kevin)

Machine Repairs Injured Human Livers and Keeps Them Alive Outside the Body For One Week Science Daily

China?

China aims to break US high-tech stranglehold Asia Times

Human Rights Watch launches damning report on China, urging action against oppression and abuses abc.net.au (Kevin W)

Trump’s Supporters See U.S. Victory in China Trade Deal New York Times (Kevin W)

Brexit

EU trade chief foresees ‘financial services for fishing’ Brexit bargain Guardian

Boris Johnson rejects Nicola Sturgeon’s call for Scotland to hold second independence referendum Independent (Kevin W)

Westminster Cannot Block Scottish Independence Craig Murray (Chuck L)

EXCLUSIVE: Smiling Meghan Markle visits women’s shelter to ‘boost spirits’ after boarding seaplane in Canada as she is seen for the first time since fleeing the UK – but there’s still no sign of Archie Daily Mail. Limiting myself to the Mail on this, but get a load of the story embedded late in this piece: Markle vs Markle: Meghan’s father is set to be star witness against her in High Court showdown as devastating texts expose their bitter war of words over her wedding. As Lambert said, Disney isn’t going to like this.

Syraqistan

Video Shows Two Iranian Missiles Hit Ukrainian Plane New York Times (furzy)

Iran plane downing: Person who filmed video arrested BBC

Iran and the US are now trading barbs on China’s Weibo amid censorship on other platforms abc.net.au

Iran warns against ‘destructive measures,’ promises firm response as EU trio starts nuclear deal ‘non-compliance’ investigation RT (Kevin W)

Cut Undersea Cable Plunges Yemen Into Days-Long Internet Outage Wired

Big Brother is Watching You Watch

Google to phase out most invasive internet tracking Financial Times

Cryptic Rumblings Ahead of First 2020 Patch Tuesday Krebs on Security (Robert M)

Imperial Collapse Watch

US Military Spending:Trillions of Dollars Unaccounted For Off-Guardian (JTM)

Trump Transition

Senate Has Votes to Pass Limits on Trump’s Iran War Power, Likely Drawing a Veto New York Times

William Barr, Trump’s Sword and Shield New Yorker (Scott)

Making America Dread Again! Trump Is an Unparalleled Threat to Safety and Security Ralph Nader, Common Dreams

Impeachment

Giuliani sought private meeting with Ukrainian president, documents show NBC (furzy)

Virginia governor to ban guns on grounds of state Capitol Washington Post

2020. #WomenforBernie trending big time, along with (much fewer #s) #CNNisTrash

The Democratic Presidential Candidates Need to Start Talking About the Supreme Court New Yorker (furzy)

Warren and Sanders fued over gender. Washington Post

Election Update: Two New Polls Show Biden’s Upside Scenario FiveThirtyEight

Poll: Half of voters have already decided against Trump in 2020 NBC

Bernie Sanders Wants to Change Your Mind New York Times (UserFriendly)

Kentucky teenager takes picture wearing rainbow shirt; school expels her for ‘lifestyle violations’ New York Daily News (furzy)

Our Famously Free Press

The spread of true and false news online Science (Dr. Kevin)

Shanghai-Bound Plane Dumps Fuel On School Playground During Emergency Landing At LAX LAist. Delta flight. A Boeing 777. Lead story on NBC Nightly News.

Amazon To Ask Court To Block Microsoft From Working On $10 Billion JEDI Contract The Register

Amazon Lifts Its Ban on FedEx Ground for Third-Party Prime Shipments Wall Street Journal

Class Warfare

What inequality?! Real-World Economics Review Blog (Thomas R). Important.

College Degrees Used to Make Families Wealthier. That’s No Longer True

Is a liberal arts education a practical investment or waste of money? You might be surprised. Washington Post

Antidote du jour. Reader Jim D wrote wondering if I had any idea about the disappearance of Dutchsinse from the Web, more fully described here. He also sent a photo of his Precious, who died over seven years ago:

You were kind enough years ago to publish a picture of my cat named Precious, the half Abyssinian, half Manx in NakedCapitalism.com. Precious is the one that knew to stay on the patio concrete and sit outside with me, or sometimes with little or no supervision; but once chased a desert fox away. Precious sat between me and the monitor if I was on the computer … he slept either in my left armpit, or under the covers if I faced the other way.

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