By Lambert Strether of Corrente
“Scorning today’s Republican Party is, by contrast, the core of Jeb’s political identity” [Buzzfeed]. Let’s be fair: Gaming the voter rolls in Florida 2000 was innovative and foundational, and Republicans everywhere owe Jebbie thanks for that.
Chris Rock: Bush operated like a cable guy (“only served the people who voted for him”) while Obama is “a network guy. He’s trying to get everybody” [New York Times].
Axelrod: Warren trying to muscle Hillary Clinton on policy [Politico]. Since Clinton hasn’t defined herself…
Weiss supporters circulate letters on his qualifications [Politico]. In response:
Wall St CEOs think Antonio Weiss would do a great job overseeing Wall St reform. Doesn't that make you feel better? http://t.co/AMnywIhMoc
— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) December 13, 2014
Police third-most trusted American instititution, after the military and small business [Gallup].
“[L]isten to the defenders of the police in these latest cases… do you really want to live in the world they are promoting?” [Talking Points Memo].
Ferguson Commission meets on the court system, which functions like a “debtor’s prison” (says one participant) in the St Louis area [St Louis Post-Dispatch]. Recommendations could come as soon as January. I could be foily, but I’d watch for something on charters.
Ferguson meeting broken up into small groups to avoid “outbursts” [KMOV]. In my experience, never a good sign.
Investigation still active for Ferguson arsonists [CBS].
Ferguson and Occupy compared and contrasted [In These Times].
The sort of headine you don’t like to see: ” Ferguson police officer settles teen’s hogtie lawsuit” [Kansas City Star]. In the teen’s own driveway, while he was collecting his mail.
Federal involvement in killing of 43 confirmed; Mexican Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam had specifically denied it [Latin Times]. Follow up to yesterday’s report from Berkeley’s Investigative Reporting Program. The official story begins to collapse [Telesur].
Ayotzinapa parents call for Guerrero government to be dissolved [Telesur].
German G36 assault rifles in the hands of police in Guerrero, violating stipulation by German regulatory agency [Yucata Times]. If gangs supplied the guns to the police via the black market, that “would indicate more than a ‘deep integration’ between the two: that the gang actually ran the police force.”
Austrian forensic experts need at least two months to identify the victims in the Ayotzinapa massacre of 43 students, but some of the remains will not be identifiable [Reuters].
Rove and Cheney throw Bush under the bus [Cenk Uigyur (YouTube)]. Just read his memoirs!
“51% of the public says they think the CIA methods were justified, compared with just 29% who say they were not justified” [Pew]. A remarkably low figure, considering the Goebbelsian pervasiveness and intensity of pro-torture propaganda post-9/11.
“The Humane Interrogation Technique That Actually Works” [The Atlantic], unlike torture. What the elite’s immediate embrace of torture shows is that “the American establishment is riddled with sadism and depravity” [Boing Boing]. But then you knew that. Torture at one end of the spectrum, austerity at the other.
The true heroes are those who said torture was wrong, refused to participate, and tried to stop it [The Nation]. And if Obama had a custodial relationship with his conscience, he’d be praising them, not ignoring them.
The torture report lets senior officials off the hook, increasing the likelihood future torture [Politico]. Elite impunity rules!
Air pollution increases as traffic returns to Occupied areas [Hong Wrong].
The winners: Hong Kong and mainland governments, which waited Occupy out and made no concessions [Asian Correspondent].
Mervyn King: “If households in China, Europe and Japan feel there are reasons to save any windfalls they receive, the global demand boost will be severely restricted” [FT, “Winners and losers of oil price plunge”]. Not the United States?
Housing starts, November 2014: “[A] flat trajectory,” down 7% year-on-year [Bloomberg].
Redbook, week of December 13, 2014: Hannakuh gives sales bump, but “Redbook’s month-to-month tally so far points to weakness for December, at minus 1.2 percent” [Bloomberg].
Cod are voting with their fins to leave the Gulf of Maine, which is warming faster than almost any ocean waters on earth [New York Times]. But bass are moving in!
Species are disappearing, but how quickly? A graphic status report of life on Earth; handy charts [Nature].’
News of the Wired
- Fred Hiatt’s editorial page: Always wrong about everything [The National Interest].
- Study: Feeling like a winner changes what you think is fair [HBR]. As opposed to being a winner.
- New study shows ebola worst case scenario avoided, if rapid, vigorous contact tracing and quarantines are employed [New York Times]. “[F]or every 100 known cases, there are 120 actual ones, rather than 350 as in the earlier estimates.
- “Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction” [Boing Boing].
- Six stages of a capital crisis: This winter Russia enters #4 [Medium]. #6 is IMF rescue. Er….
- The history of the Paris commune [The New Yorker].
- Michel Foucault, closet neo-liberal [Jacobin].
- Amazon’s war against hyphens [Graeme Reynolds].
Readers, feel free to contact me with (a) links, and even better (b) sources I should curate regularly, and (c) to find out how to send me images of plants. Vegetables are fine! Fungi are deemed to be honorary plants! See the previous Water Cooler (with plant) here. And here’s today’s plant (TC):
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