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Links 1/11/2020

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Man working from home forced to hot desk with cat Daily Mash Of ants and men: Ant behavior might mirror political polarization PhysOrg (Ian P) Aeolus: Weather forecasts start using space laser data BBC (David L) Australia Burning Australia’s fires have pumped out more emissions than 100 nations combined MIT Technology Review An ‘absolutely seminal moment’: climate change opinion shifting in face of fires Sydney Morning Herald. Kevin W: “You only needed half the country to burn down to get people to think about changing their minds.” ‘At Davos we will tell world leaders to abandon the fossil fuel economy’ World Economic Forum (David L) Fitbit and Garmin Are Under Federal Investigation For Alleged Patent Violations Reuters What Went Wrong With Virtual Reality? BBC The FDA Announces Two More

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Man working from home forced to hot desk with cat Daily Mash

Of ants and men: Ant behavior might mirror political polarization PhysOrg (Ian P)

Aeolus: Weather forecasts start using space laser data BBC (David L)

Australia Burning

Australia’s fires have pumped out more emissions than 100 nations combined MIT Technology Review

An ‘absolutely seminal moment’: climate change opinion shifting in face of fires Sydney Morning Herald. Kevin W: “You only needed half the country to burn down to get people to think about changing their minds.”

‘At Davos we will tell world leaders to abandon the fossil fuel economy’ World Economic Forum (David L)

Fitbit and Garmin Are Under Federal Investigation For Alleged Patent Violations Reuters

What Went Wrong With Virtual Reality? BBC

The FDA Announces Two More Antacid Recalls Due to Cancer Risk Wired

Some Aspects of Memory Get Better As We Age New York Times. Also a lot of what looks like memory loss in old people is poor hearing. Hearing aids, even really good ones, have limitations, and many old people are reluctant to keep asking for things they didn’t hear well to be repeated. They nod as if they got it when they didn’t.

Depressive realism Aeon. Of course, this fits my priors…..

India

In What May be the Largest Strike in World History, Millions in India Protest PM Modi’s Policies Mint Press

Harry Dunn: UK makes extradition request to US BBC (Kevin W)

Fury over Meghan and Harry’s ‘shoddy’ treatment of the Queen: Poll shows Britons want royal pair stripped of titles and public money as their popularity plunges Daily Mail. I barely have any idea of who is who in the Royal Family, but the cheek of Harry and Meghan planning to monetize their status via not just registering the Sussex Royal URL but a ton of tradermarks too and then thumbing their noses at doing royal duties like opening hospitals in the boonies should not be on.

New Cold War

Russian Ship ‘Aggressively’ Approached Navy Destroyer in Arabian Sea, Officials Say Military.com

Syraqistan

Iran ‘deeply regrets’ accidental shooting down of Ukrainian airliner: Iran president Reuters

Trump administration offers shifting messages to justify strikes on Iran’s Soleimani CNN (furzy)

Iraqi prime minister tells Pompeo to ‘prepare a mechanism’ for troop withdrawal The Hill. Hoo boy.

On the day U.S. forces killed Soleimani, they launched another secret operation targeting a senior Iranian official in Yemen Washington Post (Kevin W)

Report: Trump Cited Impeachment Pressure to Kill Soleimani New York Magazine. UserFriendly: “Way to go Democrats, of course Chait is too stupid to see they bear the blame too.”

Fascist vs Fascist in Israel Yasha Levine

The Secret Israel-Soviet Union War Nobody Knew About Haaretz (JTM)

Big Brother is Watching You Watch

Hundreds of Millions of Cable Modems Are Vulnerable To New Cable Haunt Vulnerability ZDNet

Imperial Collapse Watch

Noam Chomsky: America Has Built a Global Dystopia TruthDig (David L)

Trump Transition

Feces from a giant kettle of vultures is disrupting CBP communications on the US-Mexico border Quartz (Dan K)

Texas is rejecting new refugees under Trump executive order Washington Post

Trump says most asylum seekers don’t show up for their court hearings. A new study shows 99% do. Vox

Trump Complains About Not Winning the Nobel Peace Prize Days After Threatening to Commit War Crimes New York Magazine

The Most Popular Crook in America New Republic

Deadbeat’ AOC rakes in a bundle but doesn’t share with House Democrats New York Post (UserFriendly). OMG these people are shameless. When Alan Grayson ran for re-election in Florida the first time, the DCCC refused to give him a dime. The Dems want AOC dead and then have the nerve to act as if she owes them? Oh, and more important it is false to say AOC has not given funding to other reps. She’s just not doing it through that coin operated stalemate machine.

Impeachment

READ: Pelosi’s letter saying she is preparing for a vote next week to send articles of impeachment to Senate CNN

How’s This Working, Nancy? James Howard Kunstler (Kevin W). Important. Had no idea re the Supreme Court angle.

2020

Sanders takes lead in Iowa poll less than a month before vote The Hill

Donald Trump Is Starting To Fixate On Bernie Sanders BuzzFeed (UserFriendly)

The Americans Joe Biden Left Behind on the Bankruptcy Bill Adam Levitin, American Prospect

Bloomberg, Steyer ad spending dwarfs rest of 2020 field -by a lot MSNBC (furzy)

Bloomberg and Steyer’s spending binges start to pay off Politico. Bloomberg is running ads all the time in Alabama. I can’t fathom why. Did he not get the memo that 1. Doug Jones was a fluke and 2. New York City has a particularly bad name in this state?

Buckle Up for Another Facebook Election New York Times (Kevin W)

New warnings of hacking risks for voting systems connected to the internet NBC

Boeing’s fired CEO Muilenburg walks away with more than $60 million CNBC

Boeing faces another million-dollar FAA fine over faulty 737 Max parts MarketWatch

GM to Revive Hummer Name on New All-Electric Pickup Model Wall Street Journal. An interesting response to the Tesla muscle car.

Class Warfare

Saving Democracy From the Managerial Elite Michael Lind, Wall Street Journal. Today’s must read. Essay featured on the first page, well beyond normal op-ed length. Representative sentence: “And as MIT economist David Autor and his colleagues have shown, voters in the U.S. regions hit hardest by Chinese import competition were the most likely to favor Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders in 2016.”

The IRS Tried to Crack Down on Rich People Using an “Abusive” Tax Deduction. It Hasn’t Gone So Well. ProPublica (UserFriendly)

AI-Written Articles Are Copyright-Protected, Rules Chinese Court World Preview

CNN To Pay Largest Labor Fine In History For Firing Technicians NLRB. Wowsers, long time to get restitution.

Antidote du jour. PlutoniumKun:

My friend’s 4 month old Corgi puppy, Oskar. Corgis are cow herding dogs, so we took him on his first visit to the countryside (Glendalough, Wicklow) on Sunday. We didn’t find any cows to herd, but he did successfully round up lots of girls.

Links 1/11/2020

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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