North Korea Successfully Harvests Wheat In Show Of Growing Strength Onion. Two Onion links in one day is another sign of “too much news flow.”
The Anthropocene: Hard evidence for a human-driven Earth PhysOrg (Chuck L)
I Went Back to a Dumbphone Atlantic. See? It is now becoming cool to be a stupid phone person.
How Mickey Mouse Evades the Public Domain Prime Economics
Human-Animal Chimeras Are Gestating on U.S. Research Farms MIT Technology Review (Titus Pullo)
UN Urges Thailand to Make ‘Forced Disappearance’ a Crime Khaosod English (furzy)
Mr. Market Has a Nervous Breakdown
Dow Tumbles Nearly 400 Points on China Worries Wall Street Journal
China markets motor higher in choppy trading Financial Times. As a result of intervention.
China’s Insolvable Problems; Watched Pot Thesis; Roll the Dice Michael Shedlock
Cologne sex assaults test the limits of German tolerance Financial Times
‘Frau Merkel invited me’ Politico
Turkey not challenging traffickers, says minister ekathimerini
In the bleak midwinter Frances Coppola
Saudi Arabia considers Aramco share sale Financial Times (furzy). Wow.
Execution of Nimr al-Nimr, Saudi Arabia and Iran: religious or political conflicts? Salah Lamrani, Sayed Hasan. Important.
How the Saudi king benefits from a cleric’s execution Reuters (resilc)
Saudi Arabia and Iran are playing a winner-take-all game Reuters. Resilc: “Saudis are punks and have USA USA backing. Iranians are tough and have Russians. I bet on Iran.”
Original Sin: the sexual motivation of religious extremists Quilette (Chuck L)
Coalition Airstrikes Killed 2,500 ISIS Fighters in December: Pentagon Military.com. Why does this remind me of the Vietnam War body counts, which we’d seen IIRC weekly on Walter Cronkite?
Imperial Collapse Watch
US Hellfire missile mistakenly shipped to Cuba Guardian (PlutoniumKun)
Empires (Like the U.S.) Fall When Corruption Becomes Rampant George Washington. Not news, but a useful list.
Why Bernie Sanders Doesn’t Want Your Vote Bloomberg (Left in Wisconsin). Wow, this is a very flattering piece.
Donald Trump grew increasingly frustrated as hecklers repeatedly interrupted his Vermont rally Business Insider. And he thinks he can handle Putin? Plus his speech was lousy.
Poor People Really Get Screwed By Ben Carson’s Tax Plan Mother Jones (furzy)
The Clintons’ Paid-Speech Bonanza Consortium News (RR)
LA methane leak firm denies catastrophe BBC. Quelle surprise!
Angry White Men
The Dumb and the Restless Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone
Hey Oregon “Militia”: Here’s the History Lesson You Missed Robert Bateman, Esquire
How the West Wasn’t Won Bloomberg (resilc)
Calm yourself, boys. Obama ain’t coming for your guns Jay Bookman (furzy)
Bill O’Reilly and GOP Candidates Out of Step on Guns Washington Monthly
Obama Faces Questions on Gun Policy at Town Hall Wall Street Journal (furzy)
Software putting lawyers’ jobs at risk New York Times
In east Buffalo, drug addiction’s grip is tightened by decades-long cycle Guardian. Arresting opening sentence: “Dropped in any new town in the US, I know where to buy heroin, crack or marijuana in a few minutes: near the McDonald’s in the poorest section of town.”
Making the World Safe for Predatory Capitalism Dean Baker, Counterpunch
The “white-slaver” awakens: It’s not Disney to whom George Lucas should be apologizing Mark Ames, Pando. Unlocked for now, so read pronto. More on George Lucas’ hypocrisy…
Antidote du jour. “Starlings make a sky whale picture” @FacesPics: