Watch: Incredible dashboard footage of the Russian meteor strike Next Web (Richard Smith)
Red Brain, Blue Brain: Evaluative Processes Differ in Democrats and Republicans PLOS One. Any study in its abstract that says that Democrats are liberals and Republicans are conservatives is already dubious. Plus only 82 subjects. Oh, and if party affiliation is so hard wired, then tell me how, for instance, Churchill switched parties twice.
Health Officials Urge F.D.A. to Limit Sweeteners in Sodas New York Times (furzy mouse)
Insight: Cambodia’s $11 billion mystery Reuters (Lambert)
Thailand’s Prostitution Image Is Embarrassing ThaiVisa (furzy mouse). A diplomatic protest over SNL.
Vows of Change in China Belie Private Warning New York Times (furzy mouse)
Breaking China’s Investment Addiction Zhang Monan, Project Syndicate
Oligarchy at the core of Spain’s scandals Financial Times (Richard Smith)
Let’s just end this whole thing Attaturk Firedoglake (Carol B)
EU, U.S. agree to fast-track bank rules: Barnier Reuters. Richard Smith: “Corpses on parade”
Found in Timbuktu: al-Qaida memo on conquering northern Mali Daily Breeze (Lambert)
Prolonged and stormy applause Stop Me Before I Vote Again
Bush Was a Total Disaster … Obama Is WORSE George Washington
Obama’s State of the Corporate Union Glen Ford (Carol B)
OVERNIGHT MONEY: Sequester busting The Hill
Democrats pitch $110bn deal to avoid cuts Financial Times. Wonder if this is just an effort at blame shifting. I get no sense of urgency.
Remember Growth? Counterpunch
Rubio and the Zombies Paul Krugman, New York Times
The Fire This Time cocktailhag, Firedoglake (Carol B)
Gangster Bankers: Too Big to Jail Matt Taibbi
American Airlines, US Airways Merge To Form World’s Largest Inconvenience Onion (Lambert). :-(. I liked American. By contrast, United Air is awful and dishonest.
Antidote du jour (Harry Shearer):