Belated Happy Australia Day! Because Lambert was doing Links yesterday, I’m late in giving our Down Under readers my customary annual good wishes.
San Francisco Zoo offers spurned lovers cockroach, scorpion adoptions Raw Story (furzy mouse)
First Videos Created of Whole Brain Neural Activity in an Unrestrained Animal MIT Technology Review (David L)
Facebook is down worldwide Thai Tech
Why the UFC is treating its female fighters better than (almost) any other sport New Statesman. Chuck L: “I’m personally not a fan or any fight sport in which brain damage is an intended outcome, but this does speak well of the UFC.”
Record fall in China industry profits Financial Times
Regime strives to keep trump election hand Bangkok Post (furzy mouse)
Greece’s Crazy Leftists Have a Good Idea Bloomberg. An editorial.
Europe cannot agree to write off Greece’s debt Gideon Rachman, Financial Times. The supposed grownups tell Syriza it cannot have a pony. Subhead: “The prospect of defaults would frighten the markets and increase the risk of another crisis.” In other words, Greece must submit to the will of the Market Gods even though it clearly cannot pay down its debt unless it gets a massive, sustained stimulus shot in the arm, which is also not in the cards.
Syriza wins in Greece: what it must do Ian Welsh (Margarita)
Greek coalition braces for debt showdown as Germany rattles sabre Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Telegraph
How Greece’s Exit Might Stabilize the Eurozone WSJ Washington Wire
Finance Ministry slows blogging down but ends it not Yanis Varoufakis
Europe’s addiction to Russian gas: How long before withdrawal symptoms set in? Vineyard of the Saker. A must read.
Russians accused of spying in New York Financial Times
What Does Russia’s Junk Rating Mean? Mohamed El-Erian, Bloomberg
EU threatens Russia with more sanctions Financial Times
Lies And Deception In Ukraine’s Energy Sector OilPrice. So there is gambling in Casablanca…
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Crash could set back media’s drone hopes Financial Times. Haha, the White House not being able to catch one fast enough may put this little initiative on hold.
WikiLeaks demands answers after Google hands staff emails to US government Guardian (EM, furzy mouse). See the letter here (Harry Shearer)
How A Box Could Solve The Personal Data Conundrum MIT Technology Review (David L). I don’t see how this solves the “man in the middle” problem.
EFF’s Game Plan for Ending Global Mass Surveillance Electronic Frontier Foundation
CBO projects deficit to fall to $468B in 2015 The Hill (furzy mouse). Remember, a smaller deficit means less demand…
Obama to propose protecting U.S. Arctic wildlife refuge from drilling Reuters. EM: “Another cynical “bold initiative with 0 chance of passage” here, or merely political us-vs-them-PR opportunism enabled by the plunge in oil prices?”
The Lemmings of QE Stephen Roach, Project Syndicate (David L). A great piece.
Fortescue shares dive by 10 per cent as iron ore price plunges to five-year low Sydney Morning Herald (EM)
Why Saudis Are Holding Strong on Oil Bloomberg
Oil dips despite OPEC talk Business Spectator
How Elliott Gained an Edge on Caesars Swaps Wall Street Journal
Geography of Jobs TIP Strategies (furzy mouse)
Death-Dealing Politics in the Age of Extreme Violence Truthout (RR)
Investment Riches Built on Auto Loans to Poor New York Times (furzy mouse)
The TPP Will Sink the Middle Class Thom Hartmann (RR)
Building a Caring Economy Project Syndicate (David L)
‘It’s like a ghost town’: lights go out as foreign owners desert London homes Observer (furzy mouse). Last time I was in London, Chelsea near Sloane Square was like that.
U.S. firms raising wages; skills gap in goods producing sector: survey Reuters (EM). Not confirmed as happening on anywhere near a large-scale enough basis to increase average wages. Also note high-pay, high skill jobs are being cut in the energy sector thanks to the oil price plunge.
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