Cold U.S. Temperatures Expected To Break Records As ‘Polar Vortex’ Blasts Midwest Associated Press
Smartphones set to become even smarter Financial Times. “Devices will play a greater role in people’s lives.” Not mine!
In India, a Spectre is Haunting Us All CounterPunch (Carol B)
Indian Police Hijack Hearse Of Gang Rape Victim To Take Body For Forced Cremation Jonathan Turley (Chuck L)
Al-Qaeda force captures Iraqi city of Fallujah Washington Post
NY legislator urges US to help flood-hit Caribbean islands Jamaica Observer
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
PDF of NSA surveillance symposium Cryptome. Lambert: “Section V under Newell (at the end) was interesting.”
Running tally of Snowden pages Cryptome (Lambert)
Skimpy health law plans leave some “underinsured” AP. Quelle surprise!
White House offers new regs on gun control, background checks The Hill (furzy mouse)
I Was An NFL Player Until I Was Fired By Two Cowards And A Bigot DeadSpin. Chuck L: “This could put the issue of homophobia in top-level pro sports front and center.”
Most Underreported Stories of 2013 Bill Moyers
Worrisome Spike in Student Loan Write-Offs American Banker
Pimco’s Gross suffers tough 2013 Financial Times
The perils of weak productivity growth MSNBC. Lambert: “This piece on Bernanke makes me want to throw up.”
Philly Fed’s Plosser warns of rapid rate rise MarketWatch
Star-spangled spenders Economist
Billionaire threatens charity donations if Pope continues support for the poor Las Vegas Democrat Examiner.
Antidote du jour. Murky: “My own photo of harbor seals at Moss Landing, Dec. 27th.”