Jan. 5, 2018

Trump’s offshore drilling move may be all washed up Scientific American
> While the oil and gas industry cheered, analysts and even some industry representatives cautioned that the plan’s signal may not immediately boost offshore development.
> Low oil prices and plentiful supply from onshore plays in Texas’ Permian Basin and in North Dakota remain a quicker and cheaper bet for oil companies, experts said. While the new drilling plan provides a plethora of options for development, investing in regions like the Atlantic Ocean — where little drilling has occurred — could cost billions of dollars in new infrastructure. Additional costs could also come from litigation initiated by state attorneys general and environmental groups, which fiercly oppose the expansion.

But they’re filmmakers with a product to promote so …
Couple claims to have solved the mystery of D.B. Cooper Seattle Times
cooper-trickA team of investigators committed to solving a decades-old cold case think they have identified the infamous skyjacker known as D.B. Cooper.
The mysterious air bandit took over a Boeing passenger plane in 1971 and jumped out on a parachute in Southwest Washington, never to be seen again.
A 40-member cold-case team led by documentary filmmaker Tom Colbert and his wife, Dawna, believe they’ve cracked a code that reveals the bandit’s true identity.
The FBI abandoned the case last year, citing a lack of credible leads.

Embarrassing Trump book gets early release after “unprecedented demand.” The Independent

Trump has “declared war on California” The Guardian
… administration threatening California’s immigrants, world-famous coastal shores, taxpayers and weed smokers.
“These are bullying tactics of the Trump administration,” said Barbara Lee, a congresswoman in northern California. “We are not going to tolerate it. We are going to fight back.”
>>> “Reefer madness” once again LA Times
“Jeff Sessions is an old dinosaur with old ideas,” says one pot-shop customer of the U.S. attorney general. “We have a younger, newer, more educated population who will vote that out. It won’t last.”

Why the US can’t totally alienate Pakistan AFP
> Washington’s footprint in Afghanistan is much smaller than it was at the height of the war, and it needs access to Pakistan’s supply lines and airspace. 
> Pakistan is still believed to have the strongest influence over the Taliban, making its cooperation necessary for peace talks.
> Pakistan also holds the Muslim world’s only known nuclear arsenal and the US wants to prevent it from going to war with rival nuclear power India, or collapsing and allowing the weapons to fall into the hands of extremists.

Comcast, while claiming tax cuts would create jobs, fires 500 Ars Technica
>>> Jetblue, citing tax cuts, gives $1000 bonus to all 21,000 employees CNN

Cheaper to fly employees into Silicon Valley by private jet than pay housing costs Houston Chronicle
> In the early light of a Tuesday morning at Sugar Land Regional Airport, a group of lawyers in sports coats and button-down shirts with open collars climbed aboard the idling Gulfstream G200 jet, handed their bags to the pilots, and settled into the cabin with polished eye-of-maple paneling, plush leather seats and a well-stocked bar. A signal came from the top partner. Wheels up.
> But this was no junket to a private golf course or to a luxury resort, and the gleaming jet was no trophy from a blockbuster verdict that yielded millions of dollars in fees. Rather, the jet is part of a novel strategy by the intellectual property firm Patterson and Sheridan to expand in Silicon Valley by exporting the cost advantages of Houston to one of the most expensive places in the world to do business.

Chicago suburb threatens homeowner who sheltered homeless from cold Raw Story
Greg Schiller began hosting “slumber parties” for homeless people to stay warm during the region’s frigid cold in December, and would give them food and warm drinks in his unfinished basement — but would not allow drugs or alcohol.

French president: US, Saudis, Israel want war with Iran Newsweek

Newspaper exec resigns in reporter-spanking scandal The Anniston Star
Publisher “spanked” young female reporters with a steel ruler.  He cites it as a youthful indiscretion. He was 40.



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