Rare Sierra Nevada Red Fox Spotted in Yosemite National Park National Park Service (max) A very handsome specimen!
The man who studies evil BBC. The BBC has also gone to an eye-candy over text design, but it’s less awful than Bloomberg. But I gather the assumption is that no one wants to read and everyone wants to see pretty pictures.
In Corn Country We Have Two Choices. Let’s Pick the More Logical, Beautiful One Big Picture Agriculture (km)
Can Students Have Too Much Tech? New York Times
Plastic surgery is a ‘burqa made of flesh’, says Vatican document Independent. Good phrase-making.
After Syriza’s Victory, Confrontation or Capitulation Jacobin (Nikki)
Greece hires Lazard to advise on debt Financial Times
Angela Merkel rejects debt relief for Greece Telegraph
It’s Greece vs Wall Street Ilargi (Chuck L)
European democracy enters dangerous times Financial Times
New Finance Minister Says Greece Is Insolvent Frances Coppola, Forbes
Europe’s creditors play with ‘political fire’ in pushing Greece to the brink Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Telegraph
Over 80 Cartoonists and Comics Workers Boycott Israeli Occupation Firms Juan Cole (Nikki)
Battle rages as Ukraine peace talks stall Financial Times
Imperial Collapse Watch
Delusional America Paul Craig Roberts (RR)
White House Seeks to Limit Health Law’s Tax Troubles New York Times. The huge policy blind spot continues. There is absolutely no thought given in this article as to how the law impacts self employed people (as in horribly). The people assumed to have erratic income are assumed to be low income laborers (note the self employed can have low incomes too, but there are also those who do moderately to very well in general but still have considerably variability in their incomes).
Gold standard sullied? USA Today (martha r). From earlier this month, still informative.
Medical Costs Rise as Retirees Winter in Florida New York Times. Notice the rash of stories on Medicare fraud? While I am sure this is a real problem, this is also an early sign that Medicare is next for “reform”. But Bill Moyers is on the case: Protect and Strengthen Medicare and Medicaid Programs for Another 50 Years
Mississippi – yes, Mississippi – has the nation’s best child vaccination rate. Here’s why. Washington Post (Jeff)
Police State Watch
Recall of recalled vehicles adds complexity Financial Times. Crapification reaches a new level.
Driest January in history: Bay Area swings from boom to bust after wettest December San Jose Mercury News (EM). So when are locusts and plagues due to arrive?
Congress Revives Gingrich-Era Law To Thwart Obama Huffington Post (Michael C)
Big banks want to merge into bigger bank, run astroturf to pressure Fed Daily Kos (Carol B)
Two Judges Who Get It About Banks Gretchen Morgenson, New York Times
Dying Shouldn’t Be So Brutal New York Times. Key statement: “I wonder when we became inured to bad care.” I don’t see myself as part of that “we,” BTW.
What is the Definition of a Market? Ed Walker, emptywheel
Antidote du jour (Kevin H):
And a bonus video from Lambert: