Lambert Strether is an old-school blogger at Corrente.
NASA Visualization Explorer. Free app, if an iPad was one of your stocking stuffers.
Why tornadoes take the weekend off National Geographic.
Should auld due process be forgot Pravda. Obama signs NDAA on New Year’s Eve, promises to use “broad discretion” (says Pravda) when military detains US citizens indefinitely. “Broad discretion.” Just what we want. Bloomberg on Obama’s signing statement. If (and I say if) the rule of law still exists, NDAA might not be as bad as some think. Then again, depending on how the signing statements are parsed, and depending on whatever secret interpretations of the law are controlling, NDAA might be a good deal worse.
Mercenaries play big role in Afghan drone strikes McClatchy. 168 people are needed to keep a single Predator aloft for 24 hours, vs. 100 for an F-16 mission.
Iraq casualty figures seriously understated Dan Froomkin. Honestly, are there any numbers our elites won’t jigger?
Ron Paul holds a mirror to the face of Ds and “progressives,” and they don’t want to see the ugly, war-mongering image Glenn Greenwald. Too right. And speaking of racism, if Ron Paul blew any [brown-skinned] wedding parties to red mist recently, I didn’t get the memo. Just saying.
“I don’t think I should have to justify myself to anyone” Guardian. But we knew that.
2011’s unwritten story: Where did the permanently DISemployed go and how are they living? NPR has a few anecdotes.
Portugal’s PM to DISemployed: “Just emigrate!” Al Jazeera.
System D: The $10 trillion global black market is the world’s fastest growing economy Foreign Policy.
ECB’s Noyer: “In 10 years, maybe the euro will be the world’s number one currency.” Meanwhile, baguettes are up 30% since the Euro was launched.
You say “churn” like that’s a bad thing. Stocks end the year where they started.
Occupy Portland establishes important tactical principle. Occupy Ouroboros.
Occupy technology for federated General Assemblies. They’re betting on RDF. Good luck with that.
Indiana limits right to peaceably assemble in Statehouse to under 1500 Indianapolis Star (danps).
Well, at least they documented their code: “super-secret bypass of crypto-key enabled“ Boing Boing. Sounds like the MERS guys went on to write printer drivers for HP.
How to make coffee when your second world-style power grid goes down. Hint: Plug the coffee grinder into the UPS!
“Supervenience” and the ontological status of social entities. Maggie Thatcher was wrong about that, too.
Chart pr0n 1: United Bases of America National Post (Big Picture).
Chart pr0n 2: Crony Capitalism. I knew you Venn…
Todmorden, UK to growing its own vegetables — and giving them away! “[W]e are gentle revolutionaries. Everything we do is underpinned by kindness.’”
Antidote du jour: Maru thinks inside the box.