Firehouse Loses a Spotted Symbol of Healing New York Times
I Bet You’ve Never Seen This Many Goddamn Bats Motherboard. Way more exciting to see them up close, as I did in a bat cave in Bali. But more risk of getting bat poo on you.
Oregon Patriots Occupied My Butt The Worst Things for Sale
‘Plot to kidnap one of Obama’s dogs’ stopped by police BBC. Calling this a “plot” greatly overstates the caliber of the effort.
What are your greatest regrets? Survey unearths heartbreaking answers Independent (Chuck L). Weirdly, I can’t relate to this. That may be because, due to my inability to get along to get along, I’ve wound up doing the “to thine own self be true” thing to a fault. Independence does not come cheap. I have many many ways in which I am not satisfied with myself. But I don’t frame them as regrets.
Largest ever ‘age map’ traces galactic history BBC (David L)
Defense Lawyers Claim FBI Peddled Child Porn in Dark Web Sting Motherboard (guurst) Suit alleges that the FBI’s sting made it the biggest distributor of child porn, and there’s no law enforcement or statutory exemption for distributing child porn. Oops.
New Health Advice for Britons: No More Than Six Pints a Week New York Times
Nation’s first vegan butcher shop to open in Minneapolis StarTribune (Chuck L)
Mr. Market is Stil Having a Nervous Breakdown
Dow Drops, Sliding at Close to Cap Worst-Ever Start to Year Wall Street Journal
A frail global economy caught in China’s tumble Financial Times
The control quagmire Economist
29 minutes that shook the world Financial Times
China’s Obsolete Economic Strategy New York Times. The editorial board is chewing out China! But complaining about their 2008 stimulus is wrongheaded. It was widely cited at the time as a far better response to the crisis than the US made…and that’s before you get to the fact that we caused it.
Guest post: Peter Doyle on China FT Alphaville. Important. Saw this after NYT op-ed. Great discussion of policy constraints. And consider this:
The true global impact of the post Lehmans and Euro Crises on the world has been masked by the Chinese credit boom post 2009. Though China may intone that in various spheres (environment, financial, etc), its not ready for full global leadership, just imagine what the post Lehmans world and the Euro Crisis would have looked like to date, absent the Chinese credit boom. China’s role has been pivotal
China Heightens the Contradictions Bloomberg
China’s consumer inflation up just 1.6% Financial Times. The subhead tells the real story: “Producer price inflation falls 5.9% year on year in December.”
France’s FN election success Le Monde Diplomatique (Sid S)
Merkel’s refugee plan in danger: Erdogan does not know what the EU wants Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachtrichten (guurst). See German original here.
Shitstorm on Facebook: “This belongs also to the pubic” WDR (guurst). See German original here.
The Bizarre Need to Take Sides and Our Foreign Policy Debates American Conservative (resilc)
Clausewitz Would Not Like America’s Islamic State Strategy War on the Rocks (resilc)
ISIS Militant Kills Mother on Group’s Orders, Activists Say New York Times
Trump Rally in Vermont Disrupted Repeatedly by Protesters Voice of America
Jeb Bush wants to end food stamps. Slate (furzy)
Will the GOP Strip & Flip the 2016 Election? Reader Supported News. Note that Obama in 2008 had a massive poll-watching operation to impede election fraud. I recall it being described at the time as “the biggest one-day law firm in history.”
Clinton Email Hints that Oil an Gold Were Behind Regime Change In Libya George Washington
Arrest Governor Snyder Michael Moore (furzy). A great if sad letter, and I urge you to sign the petition.
1 killed, 2 hurt in shooting blocks from mayor’s home Chicago Tribune. A shootout.
The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare New York Times
Muslim students take on Islamophobia: Next protest movement in the making? Christian Science Monitor (furzy mouse)
Is $20 Oil A Possibility? OilPrice
Multiple Jobholders Artificially Boost “Full-Time” Employment: Does the Sum of the Parts Equal the Whole? Michael Shedlock (EM) versus…
The Most Important Message in the December Job Figures New Yorker (furzy)
Martin Shkreli Is Worth At Least $45 Million Gawker. Chuck L: “In terms of character, like many of his peers, Shkreli isn’t worth shit.”
Ratings Agencies Still Coming Up Short, Years After Crisis Gretchen Morgenson, New York Times. Important. The SEC issued a damning report…on December 28.
Uber to Drop Prices in 80 Cities in the U.S. and Canada Bloomberg. As some pointed out, the plan for Uber was clearly to establish a strong enough position to become dominant, and then squeeze drivers.
Airbnb lets you vacation in illegal West Bank settlements 972Mag (Alan C)
Antidote du jour (Rajesh):
And a bonus video antidote from Phil P: