Links 1/12/19

New orca calf spotted among Puget Sound’s critically endangered killer whales Seattle Times (furzy)

Former Senator wants Congress to listen to UFO reports Futurism (David L)

Researchers may have witnessed the birth of a black hole Endgadget (Kevin W)

There’s a Tiny Plastic Enemy Threatening the Planet’s Oceans Bloomberg (David L)

The Era Of Easy Recycling May Be Coming To An End FiveThirtyEight (resilc)

The “Right to Repair” Movement Fights Planned Obsolescence (furzy). Wake me up when they stop 5G.

Does Your Box of “Ugly” Produce Really Help the Planet? Or Hurt it? New Republic

Leading cancer expert, 67, described by the Duke of Cambridge as an ‘inspiration’ dies suddenly after a routine yellow fever jab Daily Mail (furzy). Confirms my instincts never to go anywhere where you need vaccines.

Blow to low carb diet as landmark study finds high fibre cuts heart disease risk Guardian. I am showing my priors, but I find it hard to see how this makes sense unless it is about people who are overeating or exercising a lot and so they can have a high food intake. One “large” slice of whole grain bread = 3 grams of fiber. You have to eat 10 of those to get to 30 grams. That’s 1000 calories a day. For oatmeal, one cup = 150 calories with 4 grams of fiber. So to get to 30 grams, you’d need 7.5 cups of oatmeal, which gets you to 1125. And most people will put butter or oil on some of those pieces of bread or milk and sugar on their oatmeal. If you are eating a calorie restricted diet (the CDC should be paying me as a study object), you can’t eat that much without making yourself fat (trust me, I’ve run this exact experiment using oatmmeal when I was younger and exercising hard daily and the results were unhappy). How is that healthy? Even in a normal diet (1700-2000/day calories for women, 2300-2500/day for men) this is a lot of carbs to be eating before you factor in needing to eat fruit and veg too. Plus the implausibility of eating this much fiber without overeating makes me plenty skeptical of the accuracy of reporting about what the study subjects ate, which is a big problem with virtually all diet studies.

Rosa Luxemburg and the struggle for health The Lancet (martha r)


Juncker makes late bid to avert no-deal Brexit Financial Times. Help me. The EU offered help with optics, and that only, a month ago. So May finally takes that up and its treated as a Big Deal by the pink paper, which should know better?

Confirming what amounts to mis-reporting by the FT:

U.K. Businesses Sound the Alarms While Planning for a No-Deal Brexit New York Times

Hitachi set to cancel plans for £16bn nuclear power station in Wales Guardian. PlutoniumKun: “Britain’s nuclear ambitions are falling apart. So are Japan’s… “

French police brace for ninth ‘yellow vest’ weekend protests DW


A Clinton Memo That Killed Half a Million People Consortiumnews (UserFriendly)

Media Worried US Won’t Occupy Syria Forever FAIR (UserFriendly)

U.S. starts withdrawing from Syria amid policy confusion USAToday. Lambert: “It’s not policy ‘confusion,’ it’s a self-licking ice cream cone in the process of melting.

Exclusive: Angela Davis Speaks Out on Palestine, BDS & More After Civil Rights Award Is Revoked DemocracyNow (Kevin C)

In Speech, Pompeo Makes Case for Continued US Intervention in Middle East (resilc)

Pompeo Blasts Obama In Cairo. But in Mideast, Is Trump Obama 2.0? – The Atlantic. Resilc: “All the same empire/war machine R US.”

Long term trajectory of Iran’s economy: All to play for VerityIran. Don’t know the authors and don’t know Iran well enough to assess. Reader views?

Big Brother is Watching You Watch

I Sold My Data for Crypto. Here’s How Much I Made Wired (Glenn F)

Imperial Collapse Watch

Guarded warehouse near airport and mysterious cargos from Baghdad; what is the US embassy in Helsinki up to? Helsinki Times (furzy)

Trump Transition

Democrats call for contractors to get paid after shutdown WTOP (martha r)

Never miss a profit opportunity (resilc):

Trump & GOP Are Wall Hypocrites American Conservative

Compelling Mexico to Pay for the Wall Trump (resilc). From the campaign.

Test of steel prototype for border wall showed it could be sawed through NBC

Brought to Jesus’: the evangelical grip on the Trump administration Guardian (resilc)

FBI agents warn about impact of shutdown investigations, national security WTOP (martha r)

The International Crisis of Donald Trump New Yorker. Resilc: “This started with secstte dulles, or the 1893 overthrow of Hawaii.”

Breaking: Canada Announces That Its Border Wall Is Already Finished The Inertia (David L)

Tulsi Gabbard says she’s running for president The Hill

US BLM delays ANWR lease hearings, comment deadline remains in place S&P Global (Glenn F)

Important thread (Chuck L):

It’s smelly business as usual in LA County CALmatters (jpr)

Seeing pension costs should be easy Top1000Funds (j3). Funny how unions in the UK are pro transparency and ones in the US aren’t.

Fake News

Read the Scientific American article the government deemed too dangerous to publish Muck Rock. Bill B: “This is by one of the scientific giants of the era. I recall watching him stroll out of the Newman Nuclear Research Lab every evening at the same time.”:

What would an all-out war fought with hydrogen bombs mean? It would mean the obliteration of all large cities and probably of many smaller ones, and the killing of most of their inhabitants. After such a war, nothing that resembled present civilization would remain. The fight for mere survival would dominate everything. The destruction of the cities might set technology back a hundred years or more.

In a generation even the knowledge of technology and science might disappear, because there would be no opportunity to practice them. Indeed it is likely that technology and science, having brought such utter misery upon man, would be suspected as works of the devil, and that a new Dark Age would begin on earth. We know what physical destruction does to the moral values of a people. We have seen how many Germans, already demoralized by the Nazis, lost all sense of morality when during and after the war the bare necessities of life, food, clothing and shelter were lacking. Democracy and human decency were empty words; there was no reserve strength left for such luxuries. If we have learned any lesson from the aftermath of World War II, it is that physical destruction brings moral destruction.

People older than 65 share the most fake news, a new study finds The Verge

Commercialization effects in universities Stumbling and Mumbling (UserFriendly)

Slack is reportedly following Spotify in going public through a direct listing. Here’s how a direct listing works. Business Insider (Kevin W)

Oil Fall Gumroad. Matsens: “On the inevitability of renewables. 105 pages behind a paywall, but Gregor Macdonald has his finger on the pulse of energy. Twitter @GregorMacdonald.”

Drugs and syringes have become such a problem in Starbucks bathrooms that the company is installing needle-disposal boxes in certain locations Business Insider (resilc)

Meet The Woman Turning The Payday Loan Industry On Its Head Forbes (David L)

Man Says CES Lidar’s Laser Was So Powerful It Wrecked His Camera ars technica. Important self-drivig car problem.

Carlos Ghosn Faces New Charges in Japan as Pressure Mounts New York Times (Kevin W)

Guillotine Watch

Kohler.Konnect Kohler (Kevin B)

Class Warfare. Hhhm. I always get suspicious when other news overwhelms class warfare stories.

Antidote du jour. Timotheus: “Eagles at Shipman Pond, Mentor Marsh, Ohio (near Mentor Headlands east of Cleveland). Taken yesterday by Jiries Issa Atrash.”

And a bonus video (martha r):

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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