By Lambert Strether of Corrente
I am seriously under the weather, hacking up little bits of lung, and so this Water Cooler will be shorter than it should be. –lambert
Herd on the Street
Dow 18,000 triumph [Bloomberg].
S&P mulls junk rating for Russian sovereign credit outlook, as Central Bank to help leading exporteres refinance foreign debts [Reuters].
South Korea indicts Uber CEO Travis Kalanick [Fortune].
5 takeaways from Jeb Bush emails [CNN]. If the article is to be believed, there’s only one: There’s no story here.
Warren’s war against Wall Street [David Ignatius, WaPo]. The congealed conventional wisdom.
“[N]ot much about Clinton that is bold or transformative” [Times-Picayune].
What surprises about Warren is how conservative she is [Shreveport Times].
Black Injustice Tipping Point
Giuliani: “A short man in search of a balcony” [Will Bunch, Philadelphia Inquirer].
Fatal Cop Shooting of Teen in Berkeley, Missouri Sparks Clashes [NBC].
A grand jury has decided not to indict a Houston police officer in the January killing of an unarmed black man, according to a local ABC News affiliate [The Hill].
Ashley Yates, co-creator of Millennial Activists United: “So our level of commitment is what you would do to fight for your life” [Rolling Stone].
New York protesters reject DeBlasio’s plea for a hiatus [Reuters].
Jobless claims, week of December 20, 2014: Fell 9,000, down slightly month-on-month [Bloomberg]. “[H]ealthy conditions in the labor market.”
Consumer comfort index, week of December 21, 2014: Seven year high on gas, employment gains [Bloomberg].
Rapture Index: Down 1 on global turmoil [Rapture Ready].
Is wage stagnation the new normal? [Brookings]. Yeah, for a generation. Are these people from another planet?
Unemployment can be bad for your health [New York Times].
Comcast hands out “priority assistance” cards to Washington influencers who complain about service [Washingtonian].
News of the Wired
- My mother’s generation—the Gloria Steinem generation of equal opportunity feminists—had fought and failed to create a system for working mothers, i.e., affordable day care for infants and toddlers, preschool for kids, and aftercare for school-age children [CalAlumni]. And that’s what stalled the gender revolution.
- “Death Row Guard Has Always Had Soft Spot For The Innocent Ones” [The Onion].
- Seattle Police hackathon on “redacting” bodycam videos [Geekwire].
- The Idiot’s Guide to Cricket Writing [ESPN].
- Geographical distribution of “dude,” “bro,” etc., with handy map [Quartz]. Not in New England, pal!
- Plato, Sartre, Derrida and other philosphers explained through 8-bit video games [Open Culture].
- Impacts of the tsunami in Indonesia, ten years on [New Statesman].
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Wonderful article on cricket writing. Now, if someone would just explain the Sri Lankan dancers in the stands.
lambert– a couple fingers of brandy, level alarm high on fluids and go fetal under the goosedown for +12 hrs.
hope you are better soon –Merry Christmas..
How many people know that, to use her own words, Gloria Steinem was “a Central Intelligence Agent”? From Bloomberg:
This video appears to be an interview with Gloria Steinem, where she discusses receiving funds “for international programs from the C.I.A.”
Does anyone recognize who is interviewing her? Also, The Village Voice reported, in 1979, that Steinem was able to censor an article about her C.I.A. connections, having it successfully removed from an anthology that Random House published of the Redstockings’ journal, Feminist Revolution.
The televison staging and Steinem’s wardrobe makes me think the interviewer is Chet Huntley? (He was a well-known news presenter “Huntley-Brinkley Report”.) But it’s just a guess. Though the voice sounds like a reporter who was on TV then, but is now (or recently) the leader of prestigious School of Journalism (Howard something?).
…okay, I’ve replayed the video again. The opening shot is not of Chet Huntley. The interviewer was a well-known major network TV journalist: I believe it’s Marvin Kalb.
I wouldn’t have been able to guess Marvin Kalb. But it damn sure ain’t no Chet Huntley.
I’m not familiar with Marvin Kalb. A post on the website of Harvard’s Shorenstein Center, where he was the founding director, makes it clear that he shares Steinem’s anti-communist sentiment.
From his background, I would guess that he might be a bit friendly, himself, with Three Letter Agencies. From a New York Times article about Kalb’s appointment as the founding director of the Shorenstein Center.
I don’t know if the interviewer is Kalb, but if Steinem was looking for a friendly interlocutor for a discussion about her C.I.A. funding, he would have been a good choice.
Yep, Marvin Kalb, a longtime CBS News correspondent in the 60s and 70s. Not sure when this was shot, or whether he was functioning as a CBS News reporter at the time. He had been one of the last of the “Murrow’s Boys” generation at CBS News. Wikipedia also says he hosted Meet the Press (can you imagine, a real reporter, as opposed to a self-infatuated pundit, hosting Meet the Press? Sounds like an interesting program! Where can I watch?)
As police, their unions and politicians take the offensive against “anti-police” rhetoric, a line is clearly being drawn in the sand. The “us vs them” fever is rising rapidly. So much for a meaningful debate about the issue. Like virtually every other substantive issue, the ministry of propaganda, aka msm, only tolerates just a little before it goes about it’s real work.Sanitize, hypnotize and tranquilize.
Get well Lambert and holiday cheer to all the NC family.
Doubting the “dude” “bro” map. Somehow “buddy” beats out “dude” in my area…whatever, dude. I don’t know anybody who says “buddy” on a regular basis, while “dude”s are everywhere. “Bra” would probably be a close second, if I had to guess. Also popular (though not represented on the map): homie, holmes, dawg, home-skillet….
Hmmm, “comrade” is missing too. Strange.
home-skillet, now that’s a handle
get better, lambert. and a merry Christmass eve to you and Yves.
Take care of yourself and feel better soon. And Merry Christmas!
this site is now the best USA site in the country. I don’t know how you have the time to do it. Just amazing.
counterpunch is the best site for long in-depth articles. but NC, has such great links everyday. I gave scraps of my workers salary,and will give more. Thank you/
I told them awhile back that I liked the links. So encouraged, they went to work like elves.
I’m not sure exactly why but this weblog is loading incredibly slow for me.
Is anyone else having this problem or is it a issue on my end?
I’ll check back later and see if the problem still exists.