Atlas Obscura (Carla)
Wolf Richter (David L)
The Verge. This study is complete crap. 17 subjects and 17 controls. Way way too few to conclude anything. Plus despite calling them “subjects” and “controls” it’s well known that study subjects tend to show results that please the researchers. The researchers must have somehow screened for people with suicidal ideation. Those people must have inferred they were hoped to produce some result when told depressing words. Think they might have been able to work themselves into some sort of upset state, particularly when the instructions were to concentrate for 30 minutes???? It really offends me when stuff like this gets picked up by the MSM as if the findings were reliable.
Benjamin Studebaker (UserFriendly)
European Commission. Sentiment indicators of all sort meeting or beating highest levels since 2001.
This could shake things up:
The Mark Garnier sex toy story is- erm- titillating. But these allegations in Sunday Times are more sinister still. Tip of the iceberg.
— Lewis Goodall (@lewis_goodall)
Politico. Reported in NC comments section already, IIRC, by Colonel Smithers, who said Barnier had offered the UK three additional meetings before the December session but the UK had not taken him up on it.
Another week, another round of negotiations. Here's a handy guide for EU officials struggling to understand their UK counterparts. 😉
— 🇪🇺Martin Mycielski (@mycielski)
Bloomberg. Resilc: “Vermont is on standby by for a possible invasion by France.”
Guardian. Resilc: “People flows just getting started with climate change and endless wars.”
New Cold War
Russian content on Facebook may have reached 126 million users — internal document says Washington Post. This is the same Facebook that greatly overstates its number of readers:
It is remarkable that advertisers and investors have not come down harder on Facebook for the grotesque overstatement of its audience. As the report shows, every way you cut the data, Facebook claims to have considerably more viewers in every age group than exists in the population. For instance, Facebook’s “potential reach” for the 18-34 year old cohort in the US is 97 million, versus an actual population of a mere 75.3 million. That means Facebook says it can get ads in front of 34.2% more people in that age group than actually exists. A
Imperial Collapse Watch
American Conservative (resilc)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
(THREAD) Paul Manafort and Rick Gates are now indicted. This thread analyzes legal and political aspects of their indictment and surrender.
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson)
Wall Street Journal
The Hill. FWIW, I happened to be up when the story broke and I clicked first on the WSJ news alerts. Comments were coming in fast and furious (I’d never seen anything like this) and they were overwhelmingly contemptuous, of the “So what does this have to do with Russia?” variety. Note that I have not seen anywhere near this level of Trump support at the WSJ recently. A lot of comments are regularly contemptuous of his antics, his relationship with Congress, his policy waffles. But my take is that the Rs increasingly see Russia scaremongering as Democrat conspiracy theory.
Politico. Lead story at this hour.
American Conservative. Resilc: “We have a junta running the executive branch, John Birchers in control of the judicial and Crips and Bloods the legislative side. What could go wrong?”
New Republic. That didn’t work out so well for Captain Ahab.
Wall Street Journal
Charles Pierce, Esquire (resilc).
The DNC shrugged off the qualms of independents & progressives in 2016. Unfortunately, it appears they haven’t learned from their mistakes.
— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard)
Real News Network. This is getting some traction.
US News (furzy)
Cleveland.com (Carla R)
Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report (resilc)
Paul McCulley, New York Times
People’s World (David D)
Fabius Maximus (furzy)
Antidote du jour. Further proving how Russians are ruining the body politic, Margarita sent us this subversive image from Sputnik:
And, horrors, a second!
But not to worry, Tracie H shows we can find perfectly fine Thanksgiving images from safe US sources: “Juvenile Jumping Spider with iridescent green chelicerae watching me water plants (and, inadvertently, weeds) in the front yard.”
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.