U.S. taxpayers set to shell out for growing peanut pile Reuters (E Mayer). Not the only pile.
Firm that teaches ‘life skills’ to suspected shoplifters extorts them, suit alleges Los Angeles Times (James St.Clair). Well, being extorted is a “life skill.”
For Addicts, Fantasy Sites Can Lead to Ruinous Path NYT. For example, Iraq.
ISIS Hate The Big Picture
Yemen and the War on ISIS American Conservative (Re Silc). “The U.S. should end its involvement in the war on Yemen, and it should also seriously reevaluate what benefit the U.S. derives from having clients that consistently work at cross-purposes with our policies.”
Inside the surreal world of the Islamic State’s propaganda machine WaPo. Seems like the ISIS media department is full of MBAs, talented graphic designers, and fluent, idiomatic English speakers. That doesn’t sound much like an operation run by Saddam’s ex-generals.
New U.S.-Turkish Bluster For Open War On Syria Moon of Alabama
Why the Paris terror attacks didn’t ‘change everything’ Pepe Escobar, RT. “The key node is the Turkish-Syria border. This is the privileged spot where ISIS/ISIL/Daesh goons cross back-and-forth at will.”
Chinese Ghost Cities Coming to Life What’s On Weibo (Re Selc).
Hong Kong political gulf not closing any time soon South China Morning Post
Japan is using South China Sea tensions to peddle military hardware in Asia Quartz. How do you say “self-licking ice cream cone” in Japanese?
Malaysia’s 1MDB Decoded WSJ. Massive corruption scandal.
She once was lost The Economist. Phillipines Presidential election.
Wall Street: Democrats Work To Block New Regulations After Flood Of Campaign Cash International Business Times
Bernie Sanders Talks Income Inequality at Black Churches in South Carolina ABC. “Sanders gained 16 percentage points among nonwhite voters since the last poll in October, whereas Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton lost 11 percentage points.” Hmm.
The Socialism of Bernie Sanders Jacobin. Symposium.
The Perfect Republican Stump Speech FiveThirtyEight. Very good.
Speaking Style Says Volumes About GOP Race Stuart Rothenberg, Roll Call
The Note: Trump on Terrorism ABC. “At this point, it’s not simply a matter of Donald Trump defying political gravity. Even his opponents have to marvel at how good a politician he is, in his ability to adapt to moments and channel the (often unspoken) passions of his supporters.”
GOP Candidates Have It All Wrong on Community Banks’ Demise American Banker
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
ShotSpotter recording of street argument raises potential privacy issues South Coast Today
Should The MTA Allow These Nazi Insignias On Subway Cars? Gothamist. Man in the High Castle publicity.
Meet Some of Our Top Commenters NYT. NC is not the only online site that values its commentariat!
The Realism of Audacity Socialist Project (Sid). Idea: “The molecular is the intersectional.” Well, it sounds profound….
Antidote du jour. When Belgian police requested social media silence during a series of anti-terrorism raids on Sunday, people complied but by tweeting pictures of their cats tagged #BrusselsLockdown. Here’s one: