Links, Notes, Bookmarks & Briefs For December 7, 2015

An open thread and (almost) daily notes to myself; feel free to eavesdrop, join in or drop a relevant link in the comments. Updated several times throughout the day.

Busy day in these parts – limited time for reading but never too busy to enjoy some fantastique music. How was your Monday?


Yoko Ono, Willie Nelson, Tom Morello Star in Moving Lennon Birthday TributeRolling Stone. Airing on AMC Saturday, 19 December at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

San Bernardino Shootings

F.B.I. Says San Bernardino Assailants Were ‘Radicalized’New York Times

San Bernardino Shooters May Have Been Self-RadicalizedNew York. An earlier summary of ‘what we know so far’ about Tashfeen Malik and Syed Farook.


Far-right claims to be France’s first party after electionsEU Observer

2016 US Presidential Election

Trump: Ban all Muslim travel to U.S.CNN. He’s just called for exactly what the headline says prompting Republicans to join Democrats to publicly condemn his remarks. So I guess he can unite people after all.

And earlier:

Trump’s false claim that the 9/11 hijackers’ wives ‘knew exactly what was going to happen’Washington Post. On the short list of the World’s Most Thankless Jobs: Fact-checking Donald Trump.


The Narco-terror Trap. ProPublica and The New Yorker. The DEA warns that drugs are funding terror. An examination of cases raises questions about whether the agency is stopping threats or staging them.

Refugee Crisis

12 Million Homeless, Displaced Syrians Facing Disaster as Winter ApproachesMa’an News Agency.


Venezuelan Opposition Claims a Rare Victory: A Legislative MajorityNew York Times
Triumphant Venezuelan opposition looks to free prisonersReuters

I’ll catch up with comments tomorrow, apologies for the delay. Wishing you an enjoyable, creative and productive week. –BR


    1. These are mostly bookmarks when I remember to note things I come across over the course of the day, put here for future reference. The search function on the right works pretty well — it’s nice to think that others use it too but it’s mostly there for me. 🙂

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