Tough Day at the Track? Blame the Robot New York Times (David L). On camel racing.
Manchester Police Help Santa on Christmas Day NBC Southern California
BOFH: A miracle on PFY Street The Register. EM: “One hell of a Christmas party at The Register offices!”
Braced for all-out cyber warfare in the year of the hack Financial Times. Notice how hackers, and thus potentially all IT personnel, are the new Public Enemies Number One? The media uptake on this story does not have an organic feel to it.
Corporate Disruption using Snowden Style Moral Warfare Global Guerrillas (martha r)
Flying high: Airstream can’t keep up with demand Associated Press
Foodini A 3D Food Printer (David L). I would assume this is a joke except the graphics are awfully good.
Nestlé scientists develop enzyme to ‘trick’ body into burning fat Financial Times (David L)
Nigel Farage Criticises Pupils For Parody Where “Nicolas Fromage” Kicks Immigrants Away From England BuzzFeed. Chuck L: “A few days old but it’s an awesome exercise in political satire.”
Ukraine Cuts Power, Transit to Crimea Wall Street Journal
Scaled-Up Banking Rescue to Push Russian Budget Into Deficit New York Times
Putin outlines dangers to Russia’s security Financial Times
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
NSA Drops Christmas Eve Surprise Intercept
WikiLeaks asks Twitter users for their Christmas wish list Al Arabiya News (martha r)
On Christmas visit with troops, Obama lauds end of Afghanistan mission Reuters. EM: “‘This year has been the deadliest in the war’ — does that connote “mission accomplished” to anyone? Anyone?”
CIA Torture Report
How The CIA’s Torture Program Is Destroying The Key Foreign Power The US Had: The Moral High Ground Techdirt (Chuck L). Honestly, the delusion among America’s policy crowd is remarkable. It should be obvious that we had lost even the appearance of having the moral high ground in the Iraq War. Look at the global protests and how few countries joined our “coalition of the willing.”
After Scrutiny, C.I.A. Mandate Is Untouched New York Times. Quelle surprise.
Oil Jobs Squeezed as Prices Plummet Wall Street Journal. As we predicted. The Journal still sees lower oil prices as a net plus for the US, but this view does not factor in credit market dislocation and whackage to pension funds and retirement accounts. We need to see how bad the downside is as what the second-order effects are to be sure this nets out as a plus.
Some States See Budgets at Risk as Oil Price Falls New York Times. An example of a second-order effect: state and local job cuts.
A day with modern Detroit pioneers in a squatter community Urbanite News. Martha r: “Third world america in its infancy–with all the resourcefullness that implies.”
The New World Order? – with Russel Brand & Bill de Berg Real News Network
Origins of the police Works in theory (martha r)
Antidote du jour (Kevin H):
And a bonus antidote (Michael F):