Slideshow: Sperm Whales Adopt Deformed Dolphin Science (Aquifer). Aaaw.
New PIOMAS vid Arctic Sea Ice Blog (Chuck L)
Andean glaciers melting at ‘unprecedented’ rates Guardian (Aquifer)
Great Lakes Map Shows Greatest Ecosystem Stress in Lakes Erie and Ontario Circle of Blue (Aquifer). Lake Michigan stressed near Escanaba ….and Escanaba has only 12,000 people
Note: Informed publics are defined as people age 25 to 64, college-educated and in the top quartile of incomes for their age group in each country, who say they regularly follow the news. Figures are based on online responses from 500 people in China and the United States and 200 in other countries. Surveys were conducted in October and November of the preceding year.
So if are working age and unemployed, for instance, you can’t be informed, unless you are a trust fund baby.
Lagarde: Women promoted to ‘basket case’ jobs Telegraph. OK, I take it back, not everything said at Davos is useless, just pretty much everything. But what about Carly Fiorina? She destroyed Lucent (she was responsible for selling equipment and getting paid in dot coms’ stock) and she somehow got the nod at HP. (In fairness, Lagarde said “often” not “always”)
Cyprus’s now-certain default Felix Salmon (Scott)
Britain is experiencing “worse slump than during Great Depression” Telegraph (George Washington). Some caveats in order. Britain didn’t do too badly in the Depression because 1. it was a debtor and 2. it left the gold standard early
Sarah Palin Parts Ways With FOX News Real Clear Politics (Scott via Clusterstock)
Assault Weapons Ban Lacks Democratic Votes to Pass Senate Bloomberg. Obama didn’t have the votes in the Senate to get Bernanke confirmed either, until he whipped for him personally. We said his speech on gun control (by its noteworthy absence of his typical Orwellianisms) indicated he was going through the motions on this fight (with a Republican majority in the House, this was theater from the get go). Expect him to get at most something token passed (the article suggests a ban on high capacity magazines as a fallback) and move on.
Stuff about the inaugural speech riverdaughter (Lambert). Nails it.
Colley Cibber redivivus Stop Me Before I Vote Again (Lambert)
Everything is awful Grist (Aquifer). Um, he noticed only now? :-) Although the particulars, like filibuster non-reform, are interesting.
White House condemns court ruling on ‘unconstitutional’ Obama appointments Guardian. So much for his 11th dimensional chess move of not putting his weight behind filibuster reform.
More Than 300 Labor Board Decisions Could Be Nullified New York Times
Catholic Hospital Argues Fetuses Are Not People In Malpractice Suit Huffington Post. See, not everything is awful.
Can Silicon Valley Save Grover Norquist? Atlantic (Paul Tioxon). Hoping Grover Norquist will randomly not be awful will not make him not awful.
Grover Norquist to push for statehood for Puerto Rico Daily Caller (Paul Tioxon). Ooh, the Republicans are trying to make friends in the Latino community.
Geithner ruling out a move into top Fed job Independent
Timothy Geithner On ‘Justice’ After Financial Crisis: ‘I Never Felt That Was My Thing’ Huffington Post (Aquifer)
Dispatches XXIV: Please Proceed Governor Menzie Chinn, Econbrowser. Nicely done.
Cloudy future for REO-to-rental asset class Housing Wire. Analysts take “show me” stance on promoter claims that they can achieve operating efficiencies.
Longform meltdown (cont.) Columbia Journalism Review
Restoring the Commons Archdruid
The Red and the Black Jacobin (Avedon)
Antidote du jour (Brindle):