Things I’ve found interesting January 4th 2020

MY Tesla Model 3 crash on auto pilot

Amtrak set to begin latest renewal work at New York Penn Station

Ghosn walked out of his home alone, security camera footage shows

A few items I found worth a read today.

38% More People Sober This Year Fewer people report starting a Dry January, probably because fewer people are drinking at all.

Why Microsoft is getting behind a revolutionary plan for high-speed rail in the Pacific Northwest

Willie Nelson 15-foot-tall hay sculpture “Will-Hay Nelson” Hay bale creation an annual tradition in Huddleston

‘On the Farm Again’ Woman makes hay replica of Willie Nelson

Public transit ridership up for third quarter of 2019

The R. Josh Quarles Daily Friday, Jan. 03, 2020

Indonesia capital floods leave 43 dead, 397,000 displaced

How Iran’s Hackers Might Strike Back After Soleimani’s Assassination

Millions of Australians Are Choking on Smoke From Wildfires

‘Millions of sparks’: Weather raises Australia’s fire danger

Trump repeatedly claimed in 2011 and 2012 that Obama would start a war with Iran to win re-election

Rivian takes over Uptown Normal Illinois

Rivian’s color-coded battery charge indicator patent makes charging extra-convenient

Electric Bike Bicycles Electric Foldable Recumbent Tricycle Motocross Bikes Scooters

Make room for the e-bikes, the top selling electric vehicles for the next decade

‘Don’t be evil’: Has Google forgotten its original motto?

Science Confirms That the Vagus Nerve Is Key to Well-being

Indicted Giuliani associate close to sharing evidence with Intel Committee

Shanghai New Year drone display was pre-recorded

Are health care claims overblown about artificial intelligence?

How to throw a marijuana dinner party with tips on dosing, ambiance and avoiding a buzz kill

Will there be a draft? After United States drone strike killed Iran’s top general, fears of World War III

‘You’re gonna die if you don’t spit it out’: Bodycam footage shows Waukegan cops pleading with suspect who died after swallowing drugs during foot chase

United Methodist churches that oppose gay marriage and clergy will break away, form new religion: ‘We came to an impasse that can’t be bridged’

Millions of plastic £5 and £10 banknotes replaced due to damage

Democrat-led states appeal Obamacare ruling to Supreme Court

Iran has online disinformation operations, too

SF police boost patrols in response to U.S.-Iran tensions, but no credible threat

Quadrantids Meteor Shower 2020: Watch It Peak in Night Skies

Decatur City Council to consider increasing building fees, seeking U.S. 51 improvement plan

GirlsDoPorn case: California company ordered to pay $13 million to women who say they were tricked into pornography

Judge awards women $13 million in massive lawsuit against GirlsDoPorn

Victims Win Nearly $13 Million in Lawsuit Against GirlsDoPorn

22 women win $13 million in suit against GirlsDoPorn videos

GOP enemies wanted to beat Katie Hill. Then they got her nude photos

Scientists just found one of the world’s largest flowers blooming in an Indonesian jungle

Alex Trebek has rehearsed his final ‘Jeopardy’ show

China’s TikTok banned by US Army amid security concerns

Australia fires: The public ire falling on Australia’s ‘absent’ PM

Shaheen Bagh: The women occupying Delhi street against citizenship law

Australia fires: How do we know how many animals have died?

Fired Dallas Stars coach Jim Montgomery in rehab for alcohol abuse

St. Louis County opposition trips up Maryland Heights TIF plan

Regarding Ford Mustang Mach-E: Porsche & BMW Also Got Shit For Producing Crossovers

Instagram vertoramas show world in a ‘different way’

How Do You Make Weed-Infused Coconut Oil?

On Decatur Civic Center rink, students end winter break on ice

Stuck at a train in Decatur? You can now report blocked crossings.

Photos: Illinois Terminal Railroad

Sake brewer overcomes disaster

Once-deemed ‘Tesla killer’ Mercedes EQC flops with 55 units sold in Germany to date

Iran’s retaliation could be hacking, not bombs

Chevy Bolt sales decline for second straight year, a warning for Tesla competitors

‘A Different Era’: Anti-Semitic Crimes, and Efforts to Track Them, Climb

Defense stocks jump after U.S. kills Iranian general

What will happen to oil if there is another war?

The Age of Coal is over: It’s time to deal with it

N64 games you can play on Switch, 3DS, PC, PS4, and Xbox One

Local newsrooms across the country are closing. Here’s why that matters

Where Canadian military and police missions are in the Middle East right now

Art From 1924 Is About to Enter the Public Domain. According to Critics From 1924, Here’s the Worst of It.

Take 2 Sues Fan Over Project To Finally Bring ‘Red Dead 1’ To The PC

Tesla crushes Q4 results with 110k cars delivered, exceeds 2019 guidance with 365k total deliveries

Brooklyn subway maniac stabs straphanger, then asks about Jesus

Canada’s top 100 CEOs have already earned more than average Canadian will all year

The low-down on parents’ WhatsApp group chats: Are they becoming toxic

There Is No Military Draft at This Time

1987 Maryland train collision

A decade ago, the US was promised high-speed rail—so where is it?

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