White House Whitewash: Can the Agribusiness Lobby Kill Small, Organic Dairy Farmers? Politics of the Plate (hat tip reader Kendall)
“The NFL doesn’t care” StillerNation. From late December, but ever relevant if you are a football fan. Free registration required.
Defense Analysts Blast Military Exemption to Spending Freeze Washington Post (hat tip reader John D)
At Amazon, Giving In to Demands New York Times
Why do people often vote against their own interests? BBC. An interesting but flawed analysis. Correct re role of storytelling (that’s been found to be crucial in jury decision-making) but misses the elephant in the room: the concerted efforts to demonize “socialized” health care systems abroad, aka propaganda.
Good and Boring Paul Krugman
Australia Pensions Facing ‘Disaster’ on Shortfall, Study Says Bloomberg (hat tip DoctoRx). One big reason is that Australians are as bad at saving as Americans are.
Front-Running the Markets And the Sickness Unto Death Jesse (hat tip reader Scott)
The Perils of Prosperity Robert Samuelson, Newsweek (hat tip reader Skippy). Um, is this just me, or isn’t this just recycled Hyman Minsky?
The Chess Master and the Computer Gary Kasparov, New York Review of Books (hat tip reader Kendall)
Antidote du jour (hat tip reader stylrface):
Hello little antelope, would you like to play with us?
Coming from three deadly cheetahs, it’s the kind of invitation that’s best refused – but amazingly, this impala escaped unscathed from its encounter.
Luckily for the youngster, it seems these three male cheetahs simply weren’t hungry.
That’s because unlike other big cats, the cheetah hunts in the daytime, either in the early morning or late afternoon. The bursts of speed needed to catch their prey tire them out – meaning they need to rest after a kill.
And that seems to be the secret to the antelope’s survival, as it’s likely it fell into the cheetahs’ clutches when they were already full – and tired out – from an earlier hunt.
Photographer Michel Denis-Huot, who captured these amazing pictures on safari in Kenya’s Masai Mara in October last year, said he was astounded by what he saw.
‘These three brothers have been living together since they left their mother at about 18 months old,’ he said. ‘On the morning we saw them, they seemed not to be hungry, walking quickly but stopping sometimes to play together.
‘They knocked it down, but then they lost interest,’ said Michel. ‘For more than 15 minutes, they remained with the young antelope without doing anything other than licking it or putting their paws on the impala’s head.’
Even more extraordinarily, this story has a happy ending – after one tense moment when it looked as though one cheetah would bite the impala on the neck, the youngster ran away.