Homeless World Cup gives Ishikawa man a new start Asahi Shimbun (hat tip Lambert)
Alaska woman, 85, fends off moose attack on husband McClatchy (hat tip Lambert)
A Math Study Provides Hints About the Game’s Gender Gap New York Times (hat tip mathbabe)
Row as China professor calls Hong Kongers ‘dogs’ AFP (hat tip Lambert)
On the Collapse of the Shanghai Composite Credit Writedowns
Berlin ready to see stronger ‘firewall’ Financial Times
Mispricing of sovereign risk and multiple equilibria in the Eurozone Paul De Grauwe, Yuemei Ji, VoxEU
Davos by the Numbers Reuters (hat tip Lambert)
U.S. Bankers Gain Ascendancy at Davos Bloomberg
Citizen Philosophers Boston Review (hat tip reader David J)
Phone hacking: News of the World journalists lied to Milly Dowler police Guardian (hat tip Buzz Potamkin)
‘Licking Their Chops’ on K Street and Capitol Hill Bill Moyers (hat tip reader May S)
Consumer group accuses Hollywood of ‘threatening politicians’ The Hill (hat tip reader 1 SK)
Buffett: Romney Should Pay Higher Taxes ThinkProgress (hat tip reader Faiz)
Mitt Romney Talks With Florida Foreclosure Victims Huffington Post. OMG, a toad hopped out of Mitt’s mouth. He advocated strategic defaults.
The Caging of America New Yorker (hat tip reader May S)
Justices Say GPS Tracker Violated Privacy Rights New York Times
Hayward accused of ‘lying’ in deposition Financial Times. Ooh, BP blowback is getting interesting.
Settlement with mortgage lenders inadequate, activists say Washington Post (hat tip Lambert). So anyone who is unhappy with the banks getting a sweetheart deals is an “activist”? That’s one step removed from being a communist. The official spin is the states have to think about it. So if you haven’t called your AG, please do so!
Political Push Moves a Deal on Mortgages Inches Closer New York Times (hat tip readers Deontos and . You gotta love the attempt at cheerleading. Near doesn’t count. Getting over the goal line does. Not only did the $8 billion carveout for California apparently not impress AG Kamala Harris (she “expressed concern about protecting her ability to investigate wrongdoing in the mortgage arena”) but the magnitude of the bribe pissed off the other states.
Simon Johnson on the Proposed Foreclosure Fraud Settlement: “This is a law enforcement issue.” Dave Dayen, Firedoglake
What Do You Call a “Cornhusker Kickback” for California? Marcy Wheeler
Judicial Watch Sues Obama Admin for Secret Settlement Documents With Mortgage Lenders. From a right wing group, but this is the sort of thing you get with interminable negotiations. This could be highly entertaining.
A 375-Year-Old French Bank Forgives Debts of Paris’ Poorest Good Business (hat tip reader Barbara B)
Complexity Fetishism, the Euro Crisis and a worthy challenge for 2012: Part B Yanis Varofakis (hat tip Andrew). Today’s must read.
Antidote du jour (hat tip reader jsn and Mark Ames):