A Richard Smith anti-antidote (actually by his standards, an antidote)
Infusions of young blood may reverse effects of ageing, studies suggest Guardian. Alarmed reader reactions yesterday in Links and via e-mail. Both Vatch and I thought of Elizabeth Bathory, arguably the world’s most prolific serial killer.
Gary Becker, economics Nobel Laureate, dies at 83 Japan Times. I know it is not polite to be disrespectful of the recently deceased, but when I saw Becker speak at the Milken conference in 2008, it was the first time I saw toads hop out of someone’s mouth.
How is China’s jobs market? MacroBusiness
Ital-Thai drops its revenue forecast The Nation. Lambert: “This is a big deal; Ital-Thai is a humongous conglomerate that does a lot of construction and you see their hoardings all over Bangkok on big infrastructural projects, so it’s dependent on a government that functions, which Thailand does not now have.”
Brussels cuts eurozone inflation forecast Financial Times
We must not hide Max Clifford’s crimes behind a veil of euphemisms New Statesman. Chuck l: “NS criticizes the kid gloves with which most media continue to treat sexual assault by the rich and/or famous.”
Afghanistan—A Nightmare of Failure Counterpunch (Carol B)
Uncertainty, not China, is replacing US power Edward Luce, Financial Times
Comparative Military Dominance and the End of American Hegemony Ian Welsh (Carol B)
Kiev Struggles to Break Russia’s Grip on Gas Flow New York Times
America Backed Fascists In Ukraine 70 Years Ago George Washington
CIA power play ousts DIA Chief Sic Semper Tyrannis (Chuck L)
Get Away with Theft and Terrorism: Be a White Male Conservative! Phoenix Woman, Firedoglake (Chuck L)
Jury Seated, Trial Starting for Former Beaumont Cop Accused of Blinding Woman in DUI Stop Banning-Beaumont Patch (Carol B). Holy moley.
Voting Rights, Corporate Personhood and Power Abigail Field
Keen: We need bubbles or bastards to grow MacroBusiness
Pentagon PR Hit Man At The Small Business Administration? Lloyd Chapman, Firedoglake (Chuck L)
The basic flaw in all economic modelling MacroBusiness
LEAKED: Docs obtained by Pando show how a Wall Street giant is guaranteed huge fees from taxpayers on risky pension investments David Sirota, Pando. Another “public pension fund as chump” story, this with Blackstone as the victimizer on a hedge fund of funds.
New Careers for the New America David Cox, Firedoglake. Carol B: “And comment #1.”
America’s Emerging Housing Crisis New Geography
In addition to circulating the Bill Moyers video on net neutrality to friends and relatives, Jeff W provided an excellent list of links on how to write the FCC and tell them “hell no!” on their plan to give into the local broadband duopolies. Please act on it and sent along to others. Vatch flagged the relevant White House petitions to sign. Thanks for your efforts! NC is in jeopardy if the communication giants get their way.
Antidote du jour. Squirrel in snow, Grand Canyon (David L). The critter is an uncharacteristically small feature in this antidote, but I liked the shot and hope you do too.