Fat Cats on a Diet: Will They Still Love You? New York Times (David L)
German Shorthaired Pointer Is Best in Show New York Times. My brother and sister-in-law have German shorthair pointers. Very handsome dogs.
Living Near A Lottery Winner Has A Surprising Downside Huffington Post. FYI lottery winners also have very high suicide rates.
Being Bilingual Changes the Architecture of Your Brain Wired (resilc)
Health chief slams statins: Millions face terrible side effects as prescription escalates Daily Express (Keith F). “Leading doctors are demanding an end to the widespread prescription of statins, warning that one in four Britons will soon be at risk of terrible side effects from the controversial heart drugs.”
A New Culprit in Lyme Disease New York Times (David L)
Japan’s Household Spending Falls 2.7% in 2015 MarketPulse
Hong Kong’s popular, lucrative horror movie about Beijing has disappeared from theaters Quartz (Jeff W). The trailer is striking.
China deploys missiles on disputed island Financial Times
China’s Subprime Crisis Is Here Bloomberg (resilc)
Why China’s Credit Boom Might Not Pack a Punch Wall Street Journal
David Cameron can’t win on Brexit Politico
Italy’s Banking Crisis Spirals Elegantly out of Control Wolf Richter. Details on how the ECB will buy bad Italian loans.
As Syrian Kurds gaining ground, Turkey seeks a pretext for invasion failed evolution
Syria Op-Ed: The US Has No Plan B to Deal with Russia and Iran’s Plan A EA WorldView (resilc)
The War on Yemen Has Nothing to Do With Self-Defense American Conservative (resilc)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Judge Orders Apple to Help Unlock Gunman’s Phone New York Times
Imperial Collapse Watch
The ‘Downton Abbey’ Generals Consortium News
The Hawkish Cult of “Leadership” American Conservative (resilc)
Supreme Court Trench Warfare
‘Constitution Is Pretty Clear’ on Naming Justice, Obama Says New York Times
Supreme Court Nomination Hearings Made More Sense During the Red Scare Than Now Charles Pierce, Esquire
Ted Cruz’s Hugely Expensive Plan for a Huge Military Atlantic (resilc)
The Whistleblowers’ Weekly Lemons Award Goes to Dr. Ben Carson Bill Black, New Economic Perspectives
The Foreign Policy Case for Bernie Sanders War on the Rocks (resilc)
Your theory of politics is wrong Steve Waldman (Scott)
The Democrats Are Republicans American Conservative (resilc)
What Saudi Arabia’s Freeze Means for Oil Prices Wall Street Journal
Banks are still the weak links in the economic chain Martin Wolf, Financial Times
US money market funds reinstate fees Financial Times. Paul Volcker would not be happy. He would love to see money market funds suffer.
Nickel and Dimed in 2016 Bill Moyers
Antidote du jour. From Chet G, who reprots he’s seen the doves bathing regularly in the bowl, but never drinking before: