NASA Study Concludes When Civilization Will End, And It’s Not Looking Good For Us News.mic (Lawrence R)
Aleutian Quake Zone Could Shoot Big Tsunamis To Hawaii, California NPR (David L). We were just warned about the possibility of a really Big One in the Pacific Northwest. Now, this…..
How They Sorted Mail in 1903 Core77 (resilc)
College Sports and Deadweight Loss Rajiv Sethi
I run a Silicon Valley startup – but I refuse to own a cellphone Guardian (resilc)
IBM loses its mind I, Cringley (resilc)
How the blockchain will enable self-service government Wired. Not sure I buy this. Blockchain is a technology still looking for customers. Promoters of new technologies routinely greatly underestimate the degree of behavioral change needed to adopt their shiny new toy.
New development could lead to more effective lightbulbs BBC (David L). Even though the color-corrected florescent bulbs have gotten a lot better, I still prefer the light of incandescents (and halogens, which if anything are worse in terms of efficiency) and so hope they can be improved.
North Korea faked sub-launched missile test footage: analysis Reuters (furzy)
China currency: down a peg Financial Times. Its Lex column. Subhead: “The renminbi should keep falling.”
Three wise men Economist
Africa Hit by China’s Woes Wall Street Journal
Canada’s dollar dips below 70 cents U.S. for first time since spring of 2003 Macleans. That was when I enjoyed the weak Aussie $..
The Protocol of Frankfurt: a new treaty for the eurozone European Policy Center (guurst)
Taking Ukraine’s carrot IRRUSSIANALITY (furzy)
Germany Just Screwed Europe Global Guerrillas (Chuck L)
Swedish police investigating alleged officer-led coverup of sexual assaults by migrants Washington Post (furzy)
Iran detains 10 US sailors in Gulf BBC. You love the “dog ate my homework” excuse: we are to believe not one but two boats had mechanical problems and drifted into Iranian waters. But Iran is just giving the US a well-deserved wrist slap. It’s detained the sailors but assures the US it will return them soon.
What Hillary Knew about Libya Consortiumnews (Chuck L)
We are Terrorized: Why U.S. Counterterrorism Policy Is Failing, and Why It Can’t Be Easily Fixed War on the Rocks. Resilc: “My #1 danger is a moron driving and talking on a cell phone. #2: potholes on I states.”
The Top 5 Reasons MoveOn Members Voted to Endorse Bernie (with the Most Votes and Widest Margin in Our History) Ilya Shymam. Alread discussed in Water Cooler yesterday, but this has to drive the Clintonistas nuts. It exposes the lack of support among voters she thinks she owns: left leaning but not aggressively so middle to upper middle income voters. And notice point 2 on this missive: Sanders also seems to be turning around the perception that Clinton is the natural candidate for blacks and women. As the first woman partner in uber-macho M&A said to a horrified group of Radcliffe alumna many years ago on the subject of work-life balance: “Nothing is going to change until women own the means of production.” Economic justice is the fastest path to social justice. More people are starting to understand that.
Hillary Clinton Races to Close Enthusiasm Gap With Bernie Sanders in Iowa New York Times. The Grey Lady sort of acknowledges that Hillary is on the defensive!
Hillary Clinton Whiffs on Reforming Wall Street’s Ratings Agencies Intercept (resilc)
A brief history of attempts to audit the Fed. (Rand Paul is a latecomer.) Washington Post (MS). Note how the article promotes the idea that the 1980-2006 period of the “Great Moderation” was an actual success, as opposed to Potemikin prosperity as systemic problems were building up. But otherwise useful.
Sanders, Trump, and Economic Populism American Prospect
Iowa Will Not Be Donald Trump’s Waterloo New Republic. Not so sure, mainly because Trump is such a poor loser and very petty. His telling his security guards to keep the coats of hecklers that were ejected from his Vermont rally was childish and vindictive. Shows of piuqe like that play only to his base.
SOTU. They are overhyped but I suppose I must provide a link or two.
Obama’s Vision: Crush Republicans Bloomberg. So he talks bravely now, when he’s a lame duck, and after he’s been using those Republican meanies as his excuse for speechifying like a sorta liberal but governing like a neoliberal.
In State of the Union, Obama Confronts Americans’ Fears New York Times. Speak for yourself.
The State of the Union Was About Tech Because Everything Is About Tech Motherboard (resilc)
Obama: America Is Great Again Already New Republic. Resilc: “And i b smokin’ crack.”
Toxic “Reform” Law Will Gut State Rules on Dangerous Chemicals Intercept (resilc)
Supreme Court strikes down Florida death sentence process Reuters (furzy)
Bill Cosby and His Enablers Atlantic (furzy)
Barack Obama And Hillary Clinton Donors Profit From Gun Industry International Business Times
Police State Watch
Inside the Police-Industrial Complex Pacific Standard (Chuck L)
Oil dips below $30 a barrel, lowest level in 12 years Los Angeles Times
How low can it go? Oil price could crash to $10 a barrel, warn investment bank bears Telegraph. Remember how the consensus a year ago was that oil would be weak for only the first half of the year, and then would return to the $90-$100 a barrell level?
Calls for an emergency meeting of OPEC countries as oil prices slip euronews (furzy)
Fed Eyes Margin Rules to Bolster Oversight Wall Street Journal (Li)
LegalYou: The Ultimate Self-Help Legal Resource is Live! Foreclosure Fraud
How the Government Underestimated the Extent of Income Inequality Atlantic. “Social Security is underfunded today because policymakers didn’t foresee just how rich today’s rich would be.”
A primer on the damaging movement to privatize public schools Washington Post. From last week, still important.
Income Inequality Makes Whole Countries Less Happy Harvard Business Review. This isn’t news. And the bigger deal is that inequality shortens lifespans, even among the rich.
Antidote du jour (Pamela A). A mare and a stallion, from a Toronto public farm: