I hope readers are patient with the heavy dosage of Greece coverage. I’m a bit frustrated that doing a good job on that topic comes at the expense of other news. I have a more comprehensive post that I expect to go live by 8 AM.
American lobster: the new Chinese New Year delicacy Associated Press (Lambert)
When Time Flows Backwards MotherBoard (furzy mouse)
X-ray machine opens new frontier BBC (David L)
Are Submarines About to Become Obsolete? National Interest (Chuck L)
Mothers can pass traits to offspring through bacteria’s DNA MedicalXpress (Chuck L)
“For comparison, the median age in the U.S. is 37” @conradhackett (furzy mouse)
Obama just took a huge shot at Europe Business Insider
US accuses Europe of tech protectionism Financial Times
Greek crisis talks collapse in acrimony as Syriza defies EMU Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Telegraph
Leak and counter-leak: how not to achieve a Greek deal Paul Mason, BBC (Swedish Lex)
Greek crisis opens Portuguese faultlines over future of eurozone Financial Times (Swedish Lex). Political cracks are starting to develop….
Greece Does Battle With Creationist Economics: Can Germany Be Brought Into the 21st Century? Dean Baker, Truthout (Nikki)
Afternoon Must-Read: Raquel Fernández and Jonathan Portes: Argentina’s Lessons for Greece Brad DeLong. I’m linking to this ONLY because DeLong presumably knows Varoufakis explained long form in 2012 why Argentina was no model for Greece (as in Krugman took up the argument and DeLong follows Krugman closely).
Western sanctions and Russian perceptions Vineyard of the Saker (Chuck L). Important.
The men who smuggle the loot that funds IS BBC (furzy mouse)
Egypt Launches Airstrike in Libya Against ISIS Branch New York Times
Obama’s ISIS War Request Is an “Extraordinary Opportunity” for Congress Common Dreams (Chuck L)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
AT&T To Match Google Fiber In Kansas City, Charge More If You Want Privacy Slashdot. Bob: “29.99 a month is the cost of doing what most people expect is already done, nothing. Also, is that a guarantee? No cooperation with MPAA, RIAA, FBI, NSA? I have a feeling they are using this to bring Google in a bad light. Backfire.”
How “omnipotent” hackers tied to NSA hid for 14 years—and were found at last ars technica (Chuck L)
The Face Detection Algorithm Set To Revolutionise Image Search MIT Technology Review (David L). I find this depressing.
U.S. Judge Blocks Obama Deferred Deportation Policy for Immigrants NBC (furzy mouse)
Fox News Affiliate Airs Photo of President Obama as Rape Suspect The Root (Stephen M)
Labor secretary to help reach West Coast port deal Reuters (EM)
The rolling disaster of John Boehner’s speakership Washington Post
With These Hires, Congress Becomes Even More Like a Corporation Nation (furzy mouse)
Appetite for dining out shows US optimism Financial Times. Notice how the article actually spends most of its ink on the fact that a lot of consumer spending indicators don’t look so hot. but pumps restaurant spending as an intention indicator of sorts.
Junk the phrase ‘human capital’ Aljazeera (Gabriel)
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