Why Asia Craves America’s Pig DNA Bloomberg
Trans-Pacific Partnership is a wonderful idea – for China Globe and Mail
New Brooms: Bank CEOs embark on clean up FT. In 2015? A litte late, no?
The Perils of Fed Gradualism Stephen Roach, Project Syndicate
Christmas 2015—–Why There Is No Peace On Earth David Stockman (Jim Haygood).
Boxing Day rail shutdown prompts Labour accusation of Tory hypocrisy Guardian. Correct me if I’m wrong, but, pre-Thatcher, weren’t we able to keep the railway system in good repair without shutting it down over the holidays?
This has been making the rounds:
A very mathematical Merry Christmas… pic.twitter.com/7G3pnHwOzD
— Moisés Naím (@MoisesNaim) December 25, 2015
The 2015 Economist Advent calendar: Christmas Day The Economist
COLUMN: The Search for True Leaders at Christmas ABC. A good distinction between “niceness” and “kindness,” but badly infected with airport bookstore business section-style Fuhrerprinzip. Jesus a “leader”? Like, you know, Tim Cook? Genghis Kahn? That guy in your Cub Scout troop?
The Worst People of 2015 Esquire. Rahm should be higher. And the URL is least-influential-people-2015. “Least”? Really?
Who Won 2015? Vulture
The most successful crowdfunding campaigns of 2015 Sidney Morning Herald
How crowdfunding became a lifeline for cancer patients struggling with debt Guardian. Haven’t these people heard about ObamaCare? What’s wrong with them?
Our caucus: Debaters agree on one thing — Sanders Des Moines Register. High school debaters, vulnerable to logical appeals. We’ll soon set them straight on that.
The real scandal in the Bernie/DNC feud is the one nobody is talking about David Dayen, Salon. “There’s a compelling theory that the DNC leaked the controversy about the Sanders campaign to distract from the data security failure of their sole-source vendor.”
Political Dark Money Just Got Darker Editorial Board, NYT. “For two years, President Obama has dithered and withheld the one blow he could easily strike for greater political transparency: the signing of an executive order requiring government contractors to disclose their campaign spending.” Wow. It’s almost like the Democrats aren’t fully committed to campaign finance reform.
Police State Watch
Why Does the FTC Keep Ignoring Endorsement Violations? The Fashion Law. Kendall Jenner “rakes in $300,000 for a single Instagram post.”
When Brooklyn juries gentrify, defendants lose New York Post
Pawnshops Emerge as Solid Lender in Post-Austerity Spain NYT. I hadn’t thought of pawnshops as harbingers of prosperity, but whatever.
The unsuccessful self-treatment of a case of “writer’s block” Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. Successfully replicated here.
Prayers for Richard Oxford American. Little Richard.
Antidote du jour:
The comtemplative pose reminds me of one of Thurber’s dogs. Apparently the dog sat like that, peacefully gazing out to sea, for some time.