RSPCA has become ‘sinister and nasty’, warns countryside chief Telegraph. Culture wars, UK edition.
The 39 Worst Words, Phrases, and Parts of Speech of 2013 Mother Jones. Um, most of these are established usage, but point taken.
How do opinions and convictions propagate? Cathy O’Neil
Gratuitous Pictures of Your Grief Pitchfork (Lambert). From early 2013 but still worthy…
Hospital Chain Accused of Manipulating Data to Boost Rating Patient Safety Blog
Markets on Edge as China Moves to Curb Risky Lending New York Times
French unemployment rises to 3.29m Guardian
Turkey becomes the first victim of the Fed Taper
Ambrose Evans-Prtichard, Telegraph
All in play in the New Great Game Asia Times
The Hellfires of Christmas emptywheel
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Phone Surveillance Is Legal, Judge Says Surveillance Is Legal, Judge Says Wall Street Journal
That health care law, by the numbers Associated Press
After NSA Whitewash Story 60 Minutes’ John Miller to Join NYPD DSWright, Firedoglake
Academics Who Defend Wall St. Reap Reward New York Times
U.S. bank watchdogs to consider Volcker rule tweak Reuters. I thought this was settled. Now it’s being retraded?
Zero rate zone powers US stocks rally Financial Times
Santa leaves, smart phone steps in: Mobile sales soar on Christmas Day Christian Science Monitor. But how much is people spending their Christmas gift coupons?
Key Jobless Benefit Lapses Wall Street Journal
Public Policy’s Senior Moment Project Syndicate. A very useful piece.
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