This observation may seem to make no sense, but both Lambert and I noticed that there was too much news between Christmas and New Year, as in an unnaturally high level (and no, we most assuredly do not mean the Cosby suit).
Why Life Goes Faster as You Grow Older Alternet (furzy)
91% of patients who survive opioid overdose are prescribed more opioids ars technica (PlutoniuKun)
Ending of China’s super-boom spells pain with no end seen yet Reuters (resilc)
Obama will travel to Germany this spring McClatchy (furzy)
The Christmas gift from the Irish taxpayers to the super wealthy and vulture funds Progressive Economy (PlutoniumKun)
Gallup: Ukrainians Loathe the Kiev Government Imposed by Obama GlobalResearch (GlennF). Focus on the Gallup results and read past the rant.
Corruption in Ukraine is so bad, a Nigerian prince would be embarrassed Reuters. Translation: the people the US bribed are not staying bribed.
UK Iraq veterans ‘may face prosecution’ BBC. For war crimes.
Saudis spend 25% of budget on military Business Insider (resilc)
Russia Vindicated by Terrorist Surrenders in Syria Strategic Culture Foundation (PlutoniumKun)
Syria Analysis: Obama — We Just Need Better Packaging of Our Strategy EA WorldView (resilc). As we said in 2010, Obama thinks the answer to every problem is better propaganda.
Imperial Collapse Watch
Daniel Larison American Conservative (resilc). From article:
U.S. foreign policy is to reconsider why the U.S. needs to have authoritarian client regimes at all. It was arguably useful in some cases to support anticommunist authoritarian rulers during the Cold War when the U.S. was engaged in a rivalry with the Soviet Union, but once the USSR was gone the value of these clients was greatly diminished. Like many Cold War-era relics, these relationships continued over the last twenty-five years despite growing evidence that they were useless or even a liability for U.S. security.
The Misinformation Mess Robert Parry, Consortium News (furzy)
Countries Scaled to the Economic Aid Received From the US Barry Ritholtz (resilc)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Open to Inspection Lapham’s Quarterly
U.S. Doesn’t Know How Many Foreign Visitors Overstay Visas New YorkTimes (resilc)
Might a Money-Sucking Family Political Dynasty Be Problematic? Gawker (resilc)
Fascinating analysis of the way Trump uses words Boing Boing (resilc)
Jeb Bush says Donald Trump a ‘creature’ of Barack Obama McClatchy (furzy)
Health Care’s Price Conundrum New Yorker (Kevin C). Important.
Obama to impose new gun control curbs next week Washington Post
Women Over 50 Are Plagued by Persistent Unemployment New York Times
Controlling rents, ensuring supply Dublin Review of Books. PlutoniumKun: “Brief overview of German housing rent controls.”
60,000 New Yorkers sign up for micro-apartments Undernews (furzy)
Privilege, Pathology and Power Paul Krugman, New York Times. Bill B:
Sigh, of course, Krugman neglects to cite to original sources, so I took an hour and hunted down a few:
The Railroad Tycoon Who Manufactured Terrorism Scare To Break Labor Mark Ames, Pando. Unlocked for the nonce, so read it sooner rather than later.
A generation of failed politicians has trapped the west in a tawdry nightmare Guardian (PlutoniumKun)
Antidote du jour (Rajesh):