A ‘smoking gun’ on Ice Age megafauna extinctions ScienceDaily (Chuck L)
Shivering could count as exercise, study finds BBC. Charles Poliquin says the best way to lose weight quickly was a weekend of cross country skiing, and it was clear he regarded the calories spent fighting the cold as a big part of the equation. This suggests that a hormonal response plays into that process. And see? This cold winter in the US is doing you a big favor!
Wellesley College buzzing over lifelike sculpture of man sleepwalking in underpants Associated Press. Bob: ” The “liberal arts” school PC stasi.”
The Kevin Pietersen debacle is a morality tale for our times Telegraph. Chuck L: “Cricket as a window into devolution.”
Six basic human emotions: What if we really have only four? Slate. Methodologically, this strikes me as bogus.
Target Hackers Broke in Via HVAC Company KrebsonSecurity (Chuck L)
Army Refuses Govt’s Request For Troops Khaosod English
Constitution Court asked to nullify Feb 2 election ThaiPBS (furzy mouse)
Suthep says plundering rice warehouse is next step ThaiVisa (furzy mouse)
Quantified negativity and the ECB FT Alphaville. In case the ECB inagurates negative interest rates…
Protecting farms or front rooms? The impossible dilemma that climate change forces upon us New Statesman (Chuck L)
Emerging Markets Meltdown Meets Taper Tantrum
Hedge Funds Rework Positions in Emerging-Market Drop Bloomberg. Translation: Traders scramble to get out of losing trades.
How China’s Slowdown Is Having Ripple Effects All Over the World Business Insider
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
New electronic ‘eyes’ can track your every move Washington Post
Cryptography Breakthrough Could Make Software Unhackable Wired (Chuck L)
DEA teaches agents to recreate evidence chains to hide methods MuckRock (Bob Swern)
Jesse Ventura hiding from drones Politico
Health Care Law Still Unpopular, But Slightly More Feel Helped by It Jon Walker, Firedoglake
Obamacare enrollees hit snags at doctor’s offices Los Angeles Times. As predicted.
House GOP stymied on debt limit Politico
A rare look inside the Koch brothers’ political empire Washington Post
Captain Boycott’s children StopMeBeforeIVoteAgain (Lambert)
Maine court: Public has no right to use Kennebunkport beach Portland Press Herald. Note the case was vacated (as opposed to overruled) because the back lot owners joined the suit, so the city can file again on its own. But this still reads like an indirect blow to the time-honored treatment of easements.
NY regulator opens currency probe Financial Times. Go Lawsky!
Maintaining Ethics in the Move From Regulator to Regulated New York Times. Notes that Shiela Bair hasn’t gotten the usual offers to sit on financial firm boards that usually inundate former top regulators. Neither, by the way, did Arthur Levitt, the longest-serving head of the SEC.
JPMorgan nears commodities sale Financial Times. A rare case where media and Congressional pressure made a difference. JPM was supposed to have unloaded this business years ago and the Fed let them pretend they were looking for buyers.
On Breaking One’s Neck New York Review of Books. Literally.
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