Pearl Harbor Day anniversary…
US chimpanzee Tommy ‘has no human rights’ – court BBC (furzy mouse)
Only developed societies prefer highly masculine men and feminine women Brunel University London (martha r). Wow, they ignored highly sexualized marketing as a possible culprit.
Top 10 Crazy Christmas Trees Made from Bottles, Bikes, Shopping Carts and More! Inhabitat (furzy mouse)
Fall snow cover in Northern Hemisphere was most extensive on record, even with temperatures at high mark Washington Post (martha r)
Why Are 100,000 People On A Waiting List To Buy Duck Boots From L.L. Bean? Consumerist. Personally, I prefer Swat Boots. Great in the snow and surprisingly comfortable. But L.L. Bean hunting and fishing gear has been a staple in my family long before the yuppies discovered it.
Governments Shouldn’t Auction More 4G Spectrum SaaS in the Enterprise
Wasting away again in our Dementiavilles Kronstantinople (Sylvia)
Sierra Leone to jail ‘entire families’ in Ebola crackdown African Spotlight (martha r)
Phasing out safe economic bets is no easy task for Beijing South China Morning Post
Europeans can’t swallow U.S. pact ‘Frankenfood‘ UPI (martha r). TTIP pushback.
Troubled ruble hits former Soviet states Taipei Times
‘Morale poor’ among UK crews at RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus BBC (martha r)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Judge: Give NSA unlimited access to digital data PCWorld. OMG, you have to read this. Richard Posner sides with the Stasi.
Little Change in Public Satisfaction with their Personal Healthcare Costs Jon Walker, Firedoglake. Um, notice the change is going in the wrong direction.
Energy Firms in Secret Alliances With G.O.P. State Officials New York Times
Dems’ final insult: Landrieu crushed Politico
Looking for the Effects of the Black Friday Boycott New York Times
In Light of Eric Garner Ian Welsh
There simply are No “Good” Cops Anymore Daily Kos (chinabeach)
Linda Tirado on the realities of living in bootstrap America: daily annoyances for most people are catastrophic for poor people Slate. A must read. If you read A Man in Full, a character winds up in prison because money and time mishaps cascaded over a day. And it was only a few dollars at issue. So Tom Wolfe recognized this issue decades ago. As more people become downwardly mobile, it’s starting to impinge on mainstream consciousness.
Poor behaviour Economist. Contrast with the piece above. Attempting to be sympathetic, but still plenty patronizing. Cathy O’Neil has a much better take, that the poor are rational, but pampered middle class people have no clue as to what their lives are like.
As college costs rise, more food pantries sprout on campus Kentucky (furzy mouse)
The Worst Industrial Disaster in the History of the World Baffler (martha r). Today’s must read.
Antidote du jour. Timotheus: “Stanley has a sharp fashion sense and prefers a dark background that favors his coloring.”