Scientists race to identify goop on birds along San Francisco Bay shorelines Christian Science Monitor :-(
Major breakthrough in reading ancient scrolls ScienceDaily. Chuck L: “This is so cool on several levels. I’d like to know more about how the process is able to discern different layers in the scroll, which must have seemed an insurmountable problem at the outset. Then there’s the anticipation of what long-lost texts will be discovered.”
Oz father and son team plan suborbital spaceplane The Register. Chuck L: “Cutting edge aviation development being done by a father and his 12 year old son. You’d think it’s a story from a century ago.”
Thailand’s Yingluck charged and impeached Financial Times
Sumatra Burning: The heart of palm oil (PART 2) YouTube, Furzy mouse: ”Heavy ash floating over my area in Thailand…
Draghi’s QE outstrips expectations Financial Times
European sovereign debt hypocrisy FT Alphaville
7 Keys to Understanding the Greek Elections Pavlos Tsimas. HuffingtonPost
Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah dies BBC. This is a huge deal, one the CIA and State Department have long dreaded. The old king was loved and the Crown Price is despised.
Oil drop ‘disastrous’ for anti-Isis fight Financial Times
U.S. Fears Chaos as Government of Yemen Falls New York Times
An Old Hand Is At Work in Yemen’s Bloody Civil War Robert Fisk (Margarita)
Who suffers if Obamacare subsidies go away? Surprise CNBC (furzy mouse)
The Golden Age of Black Ops, Special Ops Missions Already in 105 Countries in 2015 TomDispatch. From yesterday, still very much germane.
When Liberals Were Organized American Prospect
JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon Accepts Obama Capital Gains Tax Hike International Business Times. Obama’s favorite banker curries favor.
Paper files public records request–and city’s response is a lawsuit Columbia Journalism Review
New Hampshire Lottery releases bacon-scented ticket Associated Press (furzy mouse)
This Chart Shows Why the Oil Bust Will Last Wolf Richter
US producers feel oil price pinch sharpest Financial Times
rental income from oil and gas Warren Mosler
Larry Summers warns of epochal deflationary crisis if Fed tightens too soon Ambrose Evans Pritchard, Telegraph. Um, super low interest rates suck interest income out of the economy….and the only borrowing they encourage is for speculation. Too much of a monetarist view of the world is a big part of our problem. And see Warren Mosler above. He deems America’s “better” economic performance to be due to the oil/gas boom rather than to Fed intervention. when he points out that QE drained the interest on the securities the Fed bought from the economy.
Art world’s shady dealings under scrutiny at Davos Financial Times (Li). Nouriel Roubini calls out money laundering.
Bill Gates Says Cellphones Are The Key To Solving Poor People’s Banking Problems Business Insider. A 21st century “Let them eat cake” moment. No, the problem is the US payments system, not devices. South Africa has this problem solved in 1997 with affordable stored value chip cards.
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