So Bernie Sanders threw his hat in the ring, to no one’s surprise, and, I mean… Okay, let’s be honest here. I’m voting the Whomever Isn’t Trump 2020 ticket almost irregardless of who the Democrats run. They could run a literal turnip, and that’s probably who I’m voting for.
I mean, at least a literal turnip is not in a criminal conspiracy with Russia, right? That seems highly unlikely.
But am I excited for another Bernie Sanders run? Not really. I was done with Sanders when I realized what a pile of rabidly awful fanatics his fanboys were. No one who inspires that kind of behavior is going to be at the top of my Happy Favorites List.
- Politico: Emails reveal coordination between Chao, McConnell offices
- NBC News: Bernie Sanders enters 2020 presidential race: ‘Complete the revolution’
- NPR: Poll: 6-In-10 Disapprove Of Trump’s Declaration Of A National Emergency
- National Centers for Environmental Information: January 2019 was third warmest on record for the globe
- AV Club: The Newsroom might come back to finally fix journalism once and for all
Of particular interest today is item number 3, from the News & Observer, which is live-blogging the investigation into the absentee ballot tampering scandal in North Carolina. Also worth a look is #5, where an engineer on Twitter tackles the Monsters, Inc. “scare floor” and redesigns it for better safety and efficiency.
- CNN: California AG Becerra says states to sue over Trump’s national emergency declaration
- Politico: McCabe: ‘I was fired because I opened a case against the president’
- News & Observer: Bladen County operative ‘told us what we were to say’ at hearing, worker testifies
- LA Times: Rare L.A. mega-storm could overwhelm dam and flood dozens of cities, experts say
- Twitter: Engineer takes on Monsters, Inc. “scare floor”
Read this: Inside the UAE’s Secret Hacking Team of American Mercenaries.
[Lori Stroud] had joined Project Raven, a clandestine team that included more than a dozen former U.S. intelligence operatives recruited to help the United Arab Emirates engage in surveillance of other governments, militants and human rights activists critical of the monarchy.Reuters
This one’s a long read detailing how the United Arab Emirates launched a cyber intelligence team made up of American contractors. It’s a fascinating read.
I’m on vacation for two weeks, and I’m having a nice, quiet day after Christmas. We’re gonna go see the new Spider-Man movie this afternoon and then I’m gonna spend the rest of the day being lazy and not looking at the trashfire of news. I may just go ahead and play Minecraft all day. If I get motivated, I might clean a thing, but I wouldn’t get your hopes up if I were you.
Here’s some stuff to read.
5 Things to Read Today
- Bloomberg: Democratic Left Playing a Long Game to Get ‘Medicare for All’ – Play faster, Democratic Left.
- BuzzFeed News: Literally Just A Big List Of Facebook’s 2018 Scandals – As someone who works in social media, yes, please, everyone ignore this and stay on Facebook. As a normal human person, everyone needs to GTFO of Facebook.
- FiveThirtyEight: How We View Our Reality Shapes Our Politics. But Facts Still Matter. – “Perception is reality”? I mean, yes, sort of, but also no, because facts can be known and your perception can be wrong.
- Wired: Dr. Elon & Mr. Musk: Life Inside Tesla’s Production Hell – Well, Tesla sounds like a horrifying place to work.
- Vox: Advertisers can easily track you, your kid, your doctor, and the president – Seriously, people, we need some regulation, here.
Good reading here today. In particular, “Blood Cries Out” was a fascinating and well-reported story, but it’s pretty long, just so you’re forewarned. The BuzzFeed article is pretty interesting, too.