Why Scrooge is an anti-capitalist hero, bravely resisting the commercialisation of Christmas New Statesman (Chuck L)
Argentine court grants ‘non-human rights’ to orangutan Digital Journal
A Complete Primer for All the Species of Cats io9 (Lance N)
IS MORAL OFFSETTING™ RIGHT FOR YOU? 3Quarks Daily (martha r)
Do Not Listen to the Crazy Man Telling You to Quit Your Job Gawker (JTFaraday)
Amazon ‘suppresses’ book with too many hyphens Guardian (martha r)
Beer For Creativity: ‘The Problem Solver’ Comes With Scale To Measure When You’re At Your ‘Creative Peak’ Medical Daily. Chuck L: “So you’re at your most creative just before you’re too drunk to legally drive (0.08 in most states).”
New non-invasive method can detect Alzheimer’s disease early PsyPost (martha r)
Children are cleaning up a devastating oil spill in Bangladesh—with their bare hands Quartz. Martha r: “Horrific – hard to read.”
Nicaragua’s canal: Digging for truth Economist
These experts still don’t buy the FBI claim that North Korea hacked Sony Los Angeles Times (martha r)
Social Services scraps funding for homeless and housing groups Sydney Morning Herald (martha r)
Greek parliament fails to elect president Financial Times. This is major.
Berlin hails Russia security talks move Financial Times
Did Manning Help Avert War in Iran? Consortiumnews (Chuck L)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Why cellular tracking device is so secret UTSanDiego. Good work by California’s First Amendment Coalition.
CIA unlikely to punish staff over Senate computer search: NYT Reuters. EM: “The word “missteps” is the tell that the fix was in on this one.”
CIA Torture Report
Outsourced Terror Slate
CIA Gets Away with Torture Under the Rubric of the War on Terror Real News. Patrick Cockburn speaks.
Obama Administration to Investigate Insurers for Bias Against Costly Conditions New York Times. Notice the discussion at the end about insurers posting inaccurate information about who is in their network. Pray tell, why is that not advertising fraud?
Republicans weigh big changes at U.S. budget referee agency Reuters (EM). Ugh.
Anti-intellectualism is taking over the US Guardian (Chuck L)
Campaigns Are Expensive & They’re Using Their Money Wrong Stamp Stampede (martha r)
NYPD Soft Coup
A Weimar-y Vibe Corey Robin. Martha r: “Points out how truly scary is the De Blasio, Bratton, etc. submitting to political bullying by the police establishment. OK, Bratton IS the police establishment.”
De Blasio’s nightmare Politico
Fired cop says she tried to stop another from choking suspect IndyChannel (martha r)
NYC asks federal court to approve mass arrests of protesters Masoninblue, Firedoglake
The upcoming petrodollar bifurcation risk? FTAlphaville
Coordination, Efficiency, and the Coase Theorem Rajiv Sethi
Do safer banks mean less economic growth? Mark Thoma
Mortgage Servicer Privity with Borrowers Adam Levitin, Credit Slips. Important for those on the mortgage/foreclosure fraud beat.
The Greater Abomination: Washington’s Lies About TARP’s “Success” Are Worse Than The Original Bailouts David Stockman, Wolf Street
Mortgage tax deductions and gentrification Cathy O’Neil
Antidote du jour. Divad says: “Here attached are two nefarious catalysts, ‘social climber’ and ‘gray day’ who transformed from feral kittens to managing domestic affairs for a lurking Naked Capitalism fan.”