Cassini Seeks Insights to Life in Plumes of Enceladus, Saturn’s Icy Moon NYT. Spectacular video.
The military lost control of a giant, unmanned surveillance blimp WaPo. And NORAD-tracked rogue blimp down after causing blackouts The Gazette. @BaltimoreBlimp: “They will never catch me! I am free! I am free! I am free at last!”
And Now Trucking Is Suddenly Slowing Down Wolf Street. Before the holidays?!
Inside the Secretive World of Tax-Avoidance Experts The Atlantic (RS)
Home is where the tax haven is… Private Eye
The Military Escalation in Iraq and Syria Editorial, NYT. “Frustrated by the resilience of the Islamic State terrorist organization, the Obama administration is taking steps to expand a military campaign that remains untethered to any coherent strategy.”
New U.S. Combat Mission in Iraq Is Not New Bloomberg. Film at 11.
Some more talks about talks on Syria Asia Times
Too Weak, Too Strong LRB. On the state of the Syrian war.
The flawed prescription for peace in Syria: More war Middle East Eye
The U.S. Is Still Stonewalling an Independent Review of Why It Bombed a Hospital Foreign Policy in Focus
Has China Discovered a Better Political System Than Democracy? The Atlantic (Re Silc).
US plans further patrols near islands built by China Nikkei Asian Review
Indonesians take fight against haze into their own hands Channel News Asia (Furzy Mouse)
Bernie Sanders is in big trouble: You don’t have to be a neoliberal shill to see the cold, hard facts Salon (OregonCharles). If the game is rigged, change the rules.
Unelectable and Unafraid Jacobin
House GOP nominates Ryan for speaker Politico
Boehner’s Budget Deal Caps Extraordinary Execution Of An Exit Strategy NPR. When you read a sentence that includes the words “the sacred entitlement programs such as Medicare and Social Security,” you know that there’s nothing left or even liberal about NPR at all.
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
FBI Agents Accused Of Torturing U.S. Citizen Abroad Can’t Be Sued HuffPo. Well, it’s not like there are any more black sites, right?
Asterix to team up with Assange-like character in new comic France 24. The character “Confoundtheirpolitix” was almost called “Wikilix.”
Why the economic recovery doesn’t feel like one Business Insider
Gates Undercover Save Maine Schools. Astroturf operation by the Gates Foundation.
SXSW turns tail and runs… [Rejoice SXSW Organizers Weren’t Civil Rights Organizers] Another Word For It. A call for the Troll Police.
Indifference is a power Aeon. On Stoicism.
Antidote du jour:
A gecko (camouflaged).