Being Stung by the Gympie Gympie Tree Is the Worst Kind of Pain You Can Imagine Oddity Central (CL).
Marijuana’s Surprising Effects On Athletic Performance Business Insider
Potentially Historic Blizzard Taking Aim on New England Weather Underground
How Bernie Sanders, In New Role, Could Make Wall Streeters Very, Very Unhappy The American Prospect. Will Sanders introduce his own budget?
Yamaguchi-gumi marks 100 years of crime Tokyo Reporter
Nominate A Qualified Undersecretary Of Domestic Finance Now Simon Johnson, Baseline Scenario. Weiss supporters have “hurt and angry feelings.”
We Were Arrogant’: Interview with New York Times Editor Baquet Der Speigel. Baquet emits a steaming load of self-exculpatory bullshit:
SPIEGEL: One of your best reporters, James Risen, said in a speech that the mainstream “failed after 9/11.” Do you agree?
Baquet: Yes, absolutely. The mainstream press was not aggressive enough after 9/11, was not aggressive enough in asking questions about a decision to go to war in Iraq, was not aggresive [sic] enough in asking the hard questions about the War on Terror.
No. This non-apology apology is farcical. Disgraced Times stenographer Judy Miller was an “aggressive” disseminator of warmongering disinformation from the White House Iraq Group. The Grey Lady’s corrupt newsroom was the problem, not Basquet’s thrice-repeated failure to be “aggressive.”
Greece must bow to austerity or go bust, says EU Daily Telegraph. That was fast!
Greek elections – a solution doesn’t appear to be forthcoming Bill Mitchell. Hope is not a plan.
Winning an Election Does Not Mean Winning Power Jacobin. Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias.
Will Syriza’s Tsipras turn out to be a Lula or a Chávez? FT. Or an Obama?
‘We are going to destroy the Greek oligarchy system’ Channel 4 (video). Paul Mason interviews Yanis Varoufakis. The oligarchs won’t like that.
Who are the Radicals in Europe? Sparse Thoughts of a Gloomy European Economist
Zoning out The Economist
5 highlights from World Economic Forum in Davos USA Today. More interesting for what is not said.
Davos’s Destructive Elites National Review
A Saudi Palace Coup HuffPo
Syria’s President Speaks Foreign Affairs. Interview with Bashar Assad. Nice get.
The Revolution that Wasn’t The New Enquiry
Former Mexican President Says Most Undocumented Immigrants Don’t Want To Become US Citizens International Business Times
Imperial Collapse Watch
US Special Forces in Mariupol? Global Economic Analysis
Kennedy: Why audiences are falling silent at the end of ‘American Sniper’ Times Free-Press. “[A] nation’s awkward, belated way of saying: ‘Thank you for your service.'” And be sure to tip your server generously?
Ex-spies infiltrate Hollywood as espionage TV shows and movies multiply WaPo. Spook pr0n. Tell me it’s not a great country.
Sheldon Silver to Temporarily Relinquish Speaker Duties New York Times
The Mariner’s Rule The Archdruid Report
Bad Captains LRB. Of, for example, the Costa Concordia.
it’s the economists, stupid orgtheory.net. Must read.
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