After Warmest Christmas Day on Record, Freakish Warmth Continues in East, South Weather Underground
‘Is this Planet Earth?’ Astronaut dials wrong number Des Moines Register
What Was Volkswagen Thinking? The Atlantic
‘All of a sudden being a CTO at a bank is sexy’: This technology could revolutionize finance Business Insider. Banks “going bananas” for blockchain. So I wonder what the phishing equilibrium will be?
Lower Jobless Claims Don’t Point to Robust Labor Market WSJ. So, the labor market is terrible, and there’s no inflation on the horizon. Remind me again why the Fed raised rates?
DNA Manufacturing Enters the Age of Mass Production IEEE Spectrum
As marijuana industry expands, power demand taxes U.S. grids St Louis Tribune. Since, as a controlled substance, marijuana had to be grown indoors, under lights. So, having legalized it, we retain those cultivation techniques (and cultivars).
Justin Trudeau and the cannabis factory The Economist
Heavily redacted Benghazi emails released on Christmas Eve The Hill. I actually admire Clinton for this; she gives zero f*cks. Privatize your email server while on government service, dole out the mail you want, redacted, then ask “What are you going to do about it?” Like Trump (and Sanders), Clinton is being wholly herself.
What Really Happened With the DNC’s “Datagate”? Jacobin (LifelongLib).
The Sanders campaign is taking its fight with the DNC to the next level Yahoo. Wasserman Schultz shouldn’t have rigged the debate schedule. Now the perception of favoritism colors everything the DNC does.
Clinton casts wider net for cash The Hill. Hmm.
Hillary Clinton’s ‘Secret Weapon’ Could Escalate Campaign Rhetoric WSJ. That would be Bill.
Trump Insults Hillary, Everybody Wins? New York Magazine. Well, not everybody…
How Trump Has Neutralized Super-PAC Cash Bloomberg
Top Republicans don’t rule out backing Trump Boston Globe
Ben Carson’s brand benefits from campaign Politico. “He has folded into Carson Enterprises his presidential campaign, which has excelled at fundraising.” Sounds like he’s been taking lessons from Clinton.
The Federal Election Commission has quietly given the green light to federal candidates who want to solicit contributions for super PACs by meeting in small groups — so small that there can be just two other people in the room.
Big Christmas Gifts For Syria – Alloush Killed, Yarmouk Cleared Moon of Alabama
A Skeptic’s Take on Solving Syria Foreign Policy
Guns top Christmas wish lists and the industry seems to be booming Guardian. Holiday gifts combine with holiday depression to create a Darwinian two-fer!
Our Annual Year 2015 The Onion
2015: The Year in Guns Gawker
2015: The Year in Mass Shootings Rolling Stone
Hutong Neighbours The Anthill
Heard in the Hutong: What Do Beijingers Think about Christmas? WSJ. I don’t think these interviews took place in a hutong…
India’s prime minister makes surprise stop over in Pakistan Asian Correspondent
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
If a Close US Ally Backdoored Juniper, Would NSA Tell Congress? Emptywheel. Betteridge’s Law…
Persistence of social signatures in human communication PNAS. Very interesting from a surveillance and an intersectional perspective (which is what you would expect, when you think about it).
The Koch-Like Family You’ve Never Heard Of Influencing State Legislatures Political Research Associates
Charles Dickens on Management vs. Labor Conversable Economist
Britain for sale: £8 trillion, or nearest offer The Telegraph. So it looks like the 1% are getting a pretty good deal, working through the Tories.
How to generate a Golden Age: TV Edition Digitopoly
George Prochnik interviews Eyal Weizman LA Review of Books. Full of intriguing formulations: “Even the most militant environmentalists still regard climate change as the ‘collateral of history’ — the unintended byproduct of industrial development, trade, and transport; whereas I see it as the intention, the very telos, of the colonial project.”
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