New Year’s Eve Partying Could Wreck Your Immune System Business Insider (David L)
Severe Flu Cases on the Rise in U.S. New York Times. I though last year was a bad flu year…
Best of 2014: Google’s Secretive DeepMind Startup Unveils a “Neural Turing Machine” MIT Technology Review (David L)
The “Netscape Moment” in IOT Daniel Obodovski (David L). Ugh.
Pope Francis Has Declared War on Climate Deniers New Republic
Rising sea to claim 7,000 properties BBC (David L)
Greece comes back to haunt eurozone as anti-Troika rebels scent power Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Telegraph
Rufo expiry will test Argentina’s willingness to settle debt Financial Times
Fragile calm restored to Russian banks Financial Times
Did Climate Change Cause Syria’s Civil War? Juan Cole (Nikki)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
CIA Torture Report
Our New Politics of Torture New York Review of Books
Exposing America Project Syndicate (David L)
Black Injustice Tipping Point
Our Three-Year Struggle to Get Chicago to Admit We Were Beaten by the Police VICE (martha r). White victims of police brutality and their efforts to obtain justice.
NYPD Soft Coup
Emails and Racist Chats Show How Cops and GOP Are Teaming Up to Undermine de Blasio Max Blumenthal, Alternet
‘No resolve’ after talks between New York mayor de Blasio and NYPD unions Guardian. That is actually positive. A “resolve” at this juncture could only be the mayor capitulating to the cops.
NYPD Work Slowdown Results in Massive Drop in Arrests Alternet (furzy mouse). I wonder what happens if the crime rate does not go up.
When New York City Police Walk Off the Job New York Times. Editorial. Two in two days. I can’t recall a parallel in recent years.
Nashville police chief shares message, responds to questions Tennessean (martha r). A sorely-needed contrast.
US approves more ultralight oil exports Financial Times. Not sure this is all that significant until transport facilities are built, and if the falloff of shale gas output is as fast as the better analyses suggest, the economic case for construction may not be there.
ICE bans ‘disruptive trading’ strategies Financial Times (David L)
The Cartel: How BP Got Insider Tips Through a Secret Chat Room Bloomberg. Surprised we have not heard about more of this sort of thing. Most major multinationals run their treasury operation as a profit center, meaning trading operation.
Oil workers to pay for near 50% price fall Financial Times
Banking Culture Encourages Dishonesty Scientific American (martha r)
This City Eliminated Poverty, And Nearly Everyone Forgot About It Huffington Post (martha r, margarita f). As we will discuss next week, a much larger scale, 40 year experiment produced the opposite result, allowing employers to keep wages low and producing pauperization of the poor and greater wage disparity. Note that is the conclusion of a prominent socialist.
The True Costs of Corporate Welfare Truthout
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