Birds Attack Quad-Copter Drone Birds Attack Quad-Copter Drone Vancouver Sun (Stephen L). OK, so who is going to train people to train local crow militias?
Odd Migration Patterns Trouble Zoologists NBC10 (Carol B)
ICELAND’S HIDDEN ELVES DELAY ROAD PROJECTS Associated Press
Despair over ‘bug that ate Christmas’ Washington Post
Unwanted Memories Erased in Experiment Wall Street Journal. Aieee!
Almost Human: The Surreal, Cyborg Future of Telemarketing Atlantic (Chuck L). HAL is not here…yet….
The Tesla battery swap is the hoax of the year Watts Up With That (Ted L). Paging Richard Smith: a US carbon credits scam!
Into the Bitcoin Mines New York Times
Banks Avoid Providing Bitcoin Services Wall Street Journal
Fukushima and the future of nuclear power VoxEU. Whats troubling about most approaches to the environment is they look at one factor in isolation. So most analyses of energy sources focus on carbon emissions and fail to consider particulate matter, much the less other environmental costs (as in water for fracking, the cost of plant construction and waste disposal for nuclear). Now admittedly coming up with how to analyze tradeoffs among various types of costs isn’t an easy exercise, but I see very little of that sort of thinking (and of course, the more you look at total impact, the more it forces the conclusion that the first line of defense needs to be conservation and more efficiency, not “green energy”).
TTG’s Analysis of the Syrian Civil War Sic Semper Tyrannis (Chuck L)
Case Agasint Syria’s Assad Falls Apart George Washington
No Blowback For Saudi Arabia? Moon of Alabama (Chuck L)
S Sudan rebels blamed for US attack Guardian
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
White House Tries to Prevent Judge From Ruling on Surveillance Efforts New York Times. Deontos also sent a link to Jewel v. NSA Electronic Frontier Foundation by way of background.
Data brokers outpace regulators as they mine new technologies Financial Times
Insurance Deadline Rattles Industry Wall Street Journal
Obamacare outreach hits the clubs Politico
HealthCare.gov bidders’ past jobs not scrutinized Washington Post
The opposite of what they do in America Hullabaloo (Doug S)
Off Limits, but Blessed by the Fed Gretchen Morgenson, New York Times
Legal teams grapple with banks’ Volcker rule compliance Financial Times
Why they mattered: 17 who died in 2013 Politco. Prime spot given to photo of Aaron Swartz.
Antidote du jour (Lambert):