How a firefly lights up: Researchers reveal the secrets of the incredible ‘lantern’ structure the insects use to glow Daily Mail
Gunmaker staring down $1B in debt as gun sales slump New York Post. Cerberus.
Leon Black Takes On Paul Singer in Showdown Over $25 Billion Caesars Debt Bloomberg
How a Top Obama Crony Moved From Idaho To a $2 Million Washington Estate The Intercept
Mortgage Servicer Privity with Borrowers Credit Slips
Big food Vox. Ezra Klein interviews Michael Pollan
Enrollment for Obamacare jumps with 2 million new sign-ups McClatchy
N.C. watchdog wants regulators to investigate power market manipulation Star-News
Texas drilling permits dropped 50 percent, Railroad Commission reports Dallas Morning News
Natural gas flaring in Eagle Ford Shale already surpasses 2012 levels of waste and pollution AP. One lease flares one-quarter of its production (!).
Boom Bust Boom: Minsky at the Movies New Economics Perspectives
Black Injustice Tipping Point
Crowd Protesting Antonio Martin’s Death Shut Down Highway NBC. New shooting next town over from Ferguson.
Berkeley suspect’s grandmother: ‘I want to see the gun in his hand’ Los Angeles Times. The word we’re look for here is “drop gun.” I mean, I’d just hate to think that the lesson the police in the greater St Louis area took from the Michael Brown killing was to make sure that “armed” got into the headlines in the initial coverage. Not that I’m foily.
UPDATED: Chief Belmar: Berkeley Officer Did Not Have Body Camera On CBS Local. Couldn’t we have a hiatus on shooting young black men, exercising their Fourth Amendment rights or no?
The Spy Who Came in from the Confederacy The Junto
Ground Truth: In Dozier’s neglected cemetery, a search for lost boys and the reasons why they died Tampa Bay Times. Superb long-form reporting.
There is rationality at work in the season of forced goodwill FT
U.S. retailers likely to just meet holiday sales forecasts: experts Reuters
Why Christmas Is Huge in China The Atlantic
Sony Hack – Likely Inside Attacker Found – Obama Claim Discredited Moon of Alabama.
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Privacy analyst: ‘Santa is the ultimate role model for the NSA’ WaPo. Ho ho ho….
Crimea hit by blackout amid mounting Ukraine electricity crisis FT
Ukraine votes to drop non-aligned status BBC. NATO, here we come!
As U.S. troops return to Iraq, more private contractors follow Reuters
ISIL downs warplane over Syria, claims capture of Jordanian pilot Hurriyet Daily News
For Syria’s President, The Year Ends Better Than It Began NPR
The left’s unsung success story Le Monde Diplomatique. Bolivia.
Love Activists turn former RBS office in London into housing protest squat Guardian (MR). Hilariously, the RBS office appears to have chain of title issues.
Thousands in Spain protest ban on demonstrations, burning national flag TribLive
The End of Tolerance? Anti-Muslim Movement Rattles Germany Der Spiegel
Greece – two alternative views Bill Mitchell
Time for gaijin to take a second look at Abe’s Womenomics Noahpinion
Risk in Fukushima No. 4 reactor mitigated as last of nuclear fuel removed Asahi Shimbun. One down…
Fukushima butterflies highlight heavy cost of nuclear disaster Deutsche Welle
GDP Grows, Dow Soars While US Workers Still Chase Household Income, Wage Growth And Real Recovery International Business Times
How to Close the Racial Wealth Gap HuffPo. ” [T]he residual effects of wealth remain for 10-to-15 generations.”
Exclusive: U.S. minimum wage hikes to affect 1,400-plus Walmart stores Reuters. Because the minimum wage went up, not out of the goodness of Walmart’s corporate heart, as the headline does not make clear.
Behind the Daily Paywall: The Site that Pays You to Read Pirated Articles Vice
Justine Sacco Is Good at Her Job, and How I Came To Peace With Her Gawker
I’m meeting a potential client about a website for his hotel Clients from Hell
Let us enjoy the greatest human escape of all Martin Wolf, FT
Pain Really Does Make Us Gain The New Yorker. What’s the best kind of pain?
Waiting for the Sunrise The Archdruid Report
The Dark & Light of Francisco Goya New York Review of Books. Exhibition at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. I wish I could go!
Antidote du jour:
 Sham pain.
This goes out to those NakCap commenters who can get a bit … “windy” at times. Merry Winter Solstice Celebration Day! The Sun will soon be back!
And the Archdruid’s latest.
Marc Rogers, the director of security operations for DEF CON (one of the largest hacker conferences) and the principal security researcher for Cloudflare, writes:
No, North Korea Didn’t Hack Sony
Jesselyn Radack linked to his article, adding the comment: “Yes, Virginia, the President lied.”
Hmm… First MH-17 and then this. This Obama lying thing is starting to appear a tad bit habitual. If I didn’t know better, I might conclude that there was an actual agenda afoot. And since only his inner circle appears to be in on it, one might easily label it a… what’s that word? It eludes me right now.
Alcohol and drug-driven clusterfuck?
Damned if I can figure out what, if anything, Obama has on his agenda. With W, you knew good old predictable Cheney was in charge, at least. With adequate body guards, one could sleep at night.
I like Pollan but this whole thing about meat and eggs being bad is so misguided. livestock provides the most and best nutrition possible for human consumption. I agree with todays population who live in a cube sitting or laying watching a cube, drive a cube to work in a cube sitting staring at a cube all day require very little livestock elements in their diet but still will be better nourished to include some.
Production of vegetable, legumes, grains, and fruits for human consumption is where most of the FF use is in Ag. Add grain production for livestock and you double FF use. Have the livestock do the harvesting of the fields directly and you cut FF use in half and increase the nutritional value enormously.
As he says himself the problem is primarily with highly concentrated “industrial production” of food to continuously feed the capitalist machine. He just doesn’t apply his own understanding to livestock production.
In fact you can not separate sustainable food production and healthy soil from livestock production they must co-exist to function as nature intended.
By the way peas are hugely energy and water intensive crops.
livestock provides the most and best nutrition possible for human consumption
Production of vegetable, legumes, grains, and fruits for human consumption is where most of the FF use is in Ag. Add grain production for livestock and you double FF use.
most? double? huh?
Thanks, Frosty. I was confused by what Jef said, too. Clarification and citation is definitely needed.
What the hell!!!!! what do you not understand?
Poullan is saying that raising beef and chicken in massive centralized locations requires massive grain operations else wear to produce feed for them and this creates large corbon foot print.
I say let the livestock out onto the fields to do the harvesting themselves, no combine also healthy livestock, also fertile fields.
Poullan would close high concentrations of livestock which require large grain and legume production for feeding for high concentrations of human populations requiring even greater grain and legume production to feed. Net loss. hello!!!
so if an animal eats the grain first and then a human eats the animal, it’s more efficient?
how is that possible?
It’s not possible. An “inter tubes” search for
provides plenty of evidence. Vegetarianism is far more efficient that meat eating. I confess, I’m not a vegetarian, but I don’t each much meat. And frequently, I’ll spend a week or two as a lacto-ovo vegetarian.
The only advantage to what Jef suggests is the use of the cattle waste to fertilize the fields. But the same goal can be accomplished by crop rotation and by allowing fields to be fallow periodically.
If something, say beef, is very nutritious, it goes by definition that you do not need to eat very much of it. Animal protein goes a long way. But it was recently proven that munching (even all day long) on veggies cannot fully nourish us. We need an occasional cheese burger. “Occasional” is the key word here. And further research (Denmark on diabetes in the 1800s) has shown that an abundance of wheat lead to diabetes that skipped a generation and showed up in grandchildren. So temperance is good. No matter what you are eating.
Frosty – there is this new fangled thingy called the inter tubes or something. look it up you might just learn something. although there will most likely be just as much misinformation so I guess “YOU CAN’T KNOW”, SO…………..NEVER MIND.
If I were to offer the assertion that eco-balanced livestock, managed and deployed the right way within a perennial polyculture system (such as rangeland or multi-year pasture-plantings) could lead to net-carbon-suckdown over and above any carbon the animals themselves emit from their physical bodies in the course of their lives, I would try to offer links to buttress plausibly my claim. I would view it as an info-spreading opportunity.
I suspect some preliminary info is out there, badly scattered and hard to find and pull together.
Also, no picky-poo data-dense measurement-science has yet been conducted on range under livestock or pasture under livestock to be able to measure exactly how much carbon does or doesn’t build up in the post-grazing above-surface plant parts, the undersurface plant parts , and the carbon in the rhizospheric soil material beTWEEN the actual roots. Or if it has, I haven’t heard of it reaching the semi-MSM sources I graze for information.
You don’t even know it but you just argued for the killing off of humanity as they out number livestock. Do you even think before you type?
I didn’t know you were so hard of thinking. I will say it again and this time I will use small words. And I will type real slow . . . so you can keep up.
If you are going to say something in a discussion thread, and someone asks you to show some evidence for what you said, the polite thing to do is to offer some links to sources showing what you said. It shows you know the subject you are discussing.
When someone asks you for links or evidence and you tell them to go find their own links, that is an obvious tell that you don’t have any links and that you don’t have any information. You have revealed yourself to be too frivolous a contributor for the serious commenters here to take seriously. (Sorry for using some big words after all. I couldn’t dumb myself down to your level. I really tried.)
It’s 25 years since President Nicolae Ceausescu (‘Nick,’ to his grateful people) and First Lady Elena were deposed by firing squad on Christmas Day, 1989.
Ceausescu’s Securitate secret police were a kind of combination of the NSA, CIA interrogators and a Drug War SWAT team. ‘We disappeared some folks,’ President Nick used to joke in light-hearted moments.
Now Romania’s nascent democracy is overseen by America, via its NATO military occupation. Doubtless today the Romanian people are showering our troops with roses and chocolates.
Merry Romanian Christmas to our comrades in Peoples States everywhere!
Christmas in China….that’s just sad. Perhaps it’s time for astronomers to rename the third planet from the sun “America” and be done with it. All the peoples of the world will get a vote in case President Yellen turns out to be an unjust ruler.
We will still have wars of course but they will be civil wars. That is unless some Martians turn up and then the neocons can spiel on tv about the Martian menace.
Peace on Earth this day.
don’t forget those “separatist plutonian rebels” backed by the “terrorist regime” on ganymede.
“Thousands in Spain protest ban on demonstrations, burning national flag”
Look out for this one! Yes, it’s from Associated Press but try to remember
that Richard Mellon Scaife did not die without legacy.
He left TribLive behind and that’s what this link is.
Yes, scary to read, but not entirely surprising: 40 years, more or less, after Franco Spain is still sharply divided between reactionary Francoists (on all important levers of the state, the military, the jurisprudence, and the economic life), and largely powerless moderate or progressive Spaniards. Btw, Greece suffers from the same paralyzing societal divide …
Here is a link to a New York Times article about successes in forest restoration, especially in Costa Rica:
It has to do with the role healthy forests play in sequestering carbon from the atmosphere, versus the release of sequestered carbon when forests are cleared, and the effect that has on climate. Particularly, the restoration of natural forest, to agricultural lands that have proven to be of marginal economic value, is an environmental success in an increasing number of places around the world, and the article contains many maps showing areas of deforestation as well as where some reforestation is occurring.
it’s cool to go into a “reforested” area planted in the 50s or 60s — coniferous trees planted real close together in corn-like rows. totally surreal.
This is definitely a good thing but it can be misleading.
“In the battle to limit the risks of climate change, it has been clear for decades that focusing on the world’s immense tropical forests — saving the ones that are left, and perhaps letting new ones grow — is the single most promising near-term strategy.”
This can take the eye off the ball. The single most promising thing is more difficult and is cutting fossil fuel emissions. This can too easily drift into the financial carbon market letting emitters make money and continue to emit by saving forests often to the extent that they prohibit native populations from sustainably using the forests.
““For thousands of years, the march of civilization has been associated with converting natural ecosystems to crops that serve only man,” said Glenn Hurowitz, a managing director at Climate Advisers, a consultancy in Washington.”
Climate Advisers is heavily into the carbon trading strategy.
But it’s good to have Greenpeace on board. They seem to be one of the least compromised environmental groups and one that is keeping it’s eye on the ball.
““The public should take heart,” said Rolf Skar, who helps lead forest conservation work for the environmental group Greenpeace. “We are at a potentially historic moment where the world is starting to wake up to this issue, and to apply real solutions.”
Still, Greenpeace and other groups expect years of hard work as they try to hold business leaders and politicians accountable for the torrent of promises they have made lately.”
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone at NC.
Peace and good will and continued sharp wits among NC community and long life & vigorous health to Yves & NC!
Very very nice festivus news. To hear about it you have to pull it out of the memory hole but its Big.
Cerberus Capital Management’s bet on America’s biggest gunmaker has backfired.
Remington, . . . is struggling with more than $1 billion of debt as sales slump.
Remington is also facing an expensive recall that could cost more than $25 million, said a source. This month the company said it would replace millions of triggers after reports that guns would fire without being triggered.
In late 2012, Cerberus tried unsuccessfully to sell Remington, formerly known as the Freedom Group, for $1.3 billion, a source said. A group of well-off Midwestern families expressed interest at a lower price of between $800 million and $900 million.
. . .
Remington passed and ended up borrowing more money to pay investors a dividend, raising its debt load to more than $1 billion.
Potential buyers will just wait for the company to sink further into trouble and try to pick up the pieces on the cheap, a source predicted. That’s especially true now that the demand for long guns, like the ones Remington makes, has faded.
“A sporting rifle is nice to have, unlike a handgun, which is perceived as a necessity,” James said.
How is “borrowing more money to pay investors” NOT a Ponzi scheme?
North Korea responsible for the Sony hack? My first reaction on hearing the statement from the FBI and the regime was that it must be a lie, you know, because the regime and its lackeys are well known for being both duplicitous and incompetent. Good to see my gut feelings are calibrated correctly on that.
Conversely, if they had said that they were sure North Korea had not done it, then I naturally may have assumed that North Korea must have done it. I’m happy to know that the political hacks in the Obama regime have not yet reached that level of mendaciousness, as then I would be seriously confused whenever they said something.
the ULTIMATE christmas ruiner. click with care!
p.s. they call this “music” “country”. nope. let’s call this genre “patriot”. you know, trucks, budwiper, flags, “warriors” — the stuff they use for commercials during football games.
When you have to recommend blake shelton as better country music ….
here’s a little antidote:
This is “Wag The Dog” in real life.
Some real country: This Bottle (In My Hand)
Hurry up and take this as an antidote. Guaranteed to knock out any latent American Exceptionalism you might have in your system:
And for a stiff, guitar-shredded but curiously enjoyable digestif, may I recommend “Every Time I Shake My Head (It’s Like Christmas)”, from Bumblefoot’s pre-GnR days…
Eew, eww, eww, eww, eww, eww, eww– I’m going to have to go completely against the grain here.
The “Daily Paywall” is already shut down…..
Too much attention?
I see the internet going the way of cable, basic cable is just garbage.
People will have a form of the internet, but not all the info.
Happiest of Holidays to all at NC – posters and commenters alike!
This would be funny, except the consequences could be very bad for the women in custody, who’ve already been incarcerated for nearly a month:
PM Abe`s efforts to have more women join the workforce is not motivated by any sense of equality. He simply sees a neoliberal exploitation opportunity.
Leon Black vs. Paul Singer: Now if they could only do their fight like MTV’s Celebrity Deathmatch…..