Links 12/25/17

Merry Christmas! And for those of you who don’t do the Christmas routine, happy winter solstice holiday!

Daily News. If you are the praying sort, pray for her.

Associated Press (guurst)

AAAS (Chuck L). Correlation is not causation. My observation is that how good people are at conflict avoidance/management is heavily influenced, if not largely determined, by modeling from their immediate family members. And this article has an unduly simplistic model of “class”. One of the markers of old money is their manners, their relaxed stance in social gatherings, their attention to making sure other people feel comfortable. The implicit message is: “I am secure in my position and it’s therefore easy for me to be gracious.” And while the plural of anecdote is not data, arguably the greatest diplomat of all time, Talleyrand, came from an ancient and very aristocratic family and remained a powerful figure after the French Revolution.

PBS. The problem IMHO is the proposed replacement is soy protein. I’d be much happier if it were any other sort of plant protein (I often have a plant protein power which provides the proper mix of amino acids and it does not use soy). Asian cultures do not use much soy in their diets and the way they prepare most of it (fermenting, sprouting) in ways that reduce their lectin and phytate concentration. Soy also contains a lot of goitrogens, which is not so hot given that a lot of women already have a hypothyroid condition.

Guardian. JTM: “Offered without comment.”

Stanford Medicine (David L)

New York Times

New Yorker. Robert M: “These Heroic Happy Dead by Luke Mogelson’s is a collection of loosely related short stories about veterans after they have come back from foreign wars. All of them vivid without being melodramatic.”


Center for European Reform. Missed this link from vlade earlier this month. His comment:

Basically saying “UK’s loss, Germany’s gain”. Of course, the question will be how will Germany react to it, and also the fact that for skilled jobs, you need to have a reasonable command of the language, and fewer people have that for German than for English (although I believe that for a number of multinationals – or even not so multinationals, like Raifeissen bank – English is the official internal language).


Associated Press

New Cold War

RealClearDefense. Resilc: “How did our non-NATO ‘deal’ on Ukraine work out for the Russians?”

Financial Times. Note the prominence of the defense of “oligarch Suleiman Kerimov, who is facing charges of tax evasion and money laundering in France.” See John Helmer for a different take:



Mondoweiss (Chuck L)

Big Brother is Watching You Watch

International Business Times

Trump Transition

The Hill

New York Magazine (resilc). Tacky but tacky is in character.

Common Dreams

Vanity Fair. Also savages Kushner and Ivanka.

Common Dreams

The Hill (furzy)

Patheos (furzy)

Tax “Reform”


The Hill (resilc)

Matt Taibbi (resilc)

Washington Monthly (resilc)

Matt Bruenig


Daily Flash 24 (martha r)

Only in America



New York Times (David L)

RT (Kevin W)

The Bezzle

Bloomberg. An amazing story. Charles M: “A fine example of the “con” that lies in the “economics” of international finance, you will appreciate the reference to altruistic punishment at the end of the article.”


Guillotine Watch

New York Times (Robert M)

Cosmological Magazine (guurst). On the logic of the guillotine.


BBC (Carolyn F)

Class Warfare

MIT Technology Review (martha r). From August, still germane.

FastCoDesign. Martha r: “February 6, but still germane. Has anyone brought pillows or mattresses in the USA?” Moi: Don’t get me started on the crapification of mattresses in the US, brought to you by private equity.”

USNewToday. Martha r: “Ssome important history I did not know. I’m not familiar with this site, but it seems harmless.”

Automatic Earth

KHON2 (martha r)

NPR (resilc)

Antidote du jour. From the Guardian series , of zoo animals getting their Christmas goodies.

This one is from the the Hagenbeck Zoo in Hamburg, Germany. Part of the treat for the mama and baby tiger was that getting their gift took a bit of problem-solving:

And this one, from Toronga Zoo, because Sydney:

Grandmother Misao and her beloved cat Fukumaru, by photographer and granddaughter Miyoko Ihara

— #WOMENSART (@womensart1)

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here

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