Xbox, Sony hackers hit by hack attack BBC (furzy mouse)
As U.S. Bids to Renew Relations With Havana, Heralded Cuban Diabetes Drug Remains Off-Limits FairWarning (martha r)
Asian Banks in Trouble Frontline
Countdown to ECB QE
Tensions simmer over eurozone QE Financial Times
QE and central bank solvency Bruegel
Central bank prophet fears QE warfare pushing world financial system out of control Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Telegraph
France begins jailing people for ironic comments Electronic Intifada (YY)
Olympic host Brazil dominates list of world’s 50 most dangerous cities McClatchy (furzy mouse)
Citgo Said to Plan $2.5 Billion Debt for Venezuela Dividend Bloomberg. Optimader: “Ouch this will be a bond equivalent of a garage sale.”
Distortions, lies and omissions: The New York Times won’t tell you the real story behind Ukraine, Russian economic collapse Salon. An important, blistering piece. Circulate widely.
Ukraine Goes to War – and Always Will as Long as Maidan Holds Power Russia Insider (via Vineyard of the Saker, courtesy YY)
ISIS Pisses Off Pacifist Japan by Taking Hostages Daily Beast (furzy mouse)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
How to Catch a Terrorist New Yorker (furzy mouse)
Europe Considers Surveillance Expansion After Deadly Attacks Intercept. Quelle surprise!
Seriously? NSA Knew North Korea Hacked Sony Because It Hacked North Korea First Peter Van Buren, Firedoglake
SOTU. You will find more respectful commentary from Lambert in today’s Water Cooler (as in merely giving it more coverage is more respect than it deserves)
Retro SOTU Speech Shows Populism Has Gone Mainstream in U.S. Politics Bloomberg. Featured for the layers of spin. Note that I gave you the subject line of the media e-mail from Bloomberg.
Bold Call to Action in Obama’s State of the Union, Even if No Action Is Likely New York Times. Obama in a nutshell.
GOVERNMENT HEALTH CARE WEBSITE QUIETLY SHARING PERSONAL DATA Associated Press (martha r). Complain to your Congressperson about this.
‘Koch Primary’ Tests Hopefuls In the G.O.P. New York Times
Only Sarah Palin has worse numbers than Christie in new CBS presidential poll Asbury Park Press (furzy mouse)
Missouri 9-month-old fatally shot in his crib by 5-year-old brother, police say Washington Post (martha r). I grew up in a family that owned guns. Keeping one near the bed was not even remotely on the radar of what was considered sensible
NEW YORKERS TURN THEIR BACKS ON POLICE PROTESTS, QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY POLL FINDS; LYNCH, SHARPTON BOTH GET NEGATIVE SCORES Quinnipiac University (martha r)
Ex-S&P Exec Joins Battle Against SEC Administrative Actions Litigation Daily
BHP cuts shale production amid oil drop Financial Times
Not your usual oil-price decline effect FT Alphaville
Fed’s Powell Says Rate-Rigging Undermines Trust in Banking WSJ Economics. They are figuring that out only now?
S&P faces rating suspension in SEC deal Financial Times
The office cubicle: Inside the box Economist
People are very strange: murder edition Ian Welsh. Not class in the classic sense but gets at the issue of tribalism.
If we liberate men’s sexuality, the war against women can end New Statesman (martha r). Provocative and more insightful than you’d think given the headline.