How Much Snow Has Fallen New York Times. I spent a few years in my childhood in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where blizzards of over 20 inches of snow were common. What I find bizarre is what wimps Manhattanites are about snow. They stock up for days before. The lines in grocery stores are insanely long. Now this behavior makes sense if you live in a house and have to drive to provision. It’s logical to prepare so you are comfortable until things are reasonably plowed out. But NYC? The reason rents are so high is we have a high level of services. I heard the plows grinding away as I am typing. Doormen of big buildings shovel the sidewalks, and owner/managers of townhouses are supposed to. Most people who live in Manhattan are only a few blocks from a grocery store, and they keep regular hours in weather events save when the mayor orders store closures (which IMHO is really inconsiderate to the workers, since some come in on busses, and those are guaranteed to be erratic and late until the plowing is complete). So the point is that NYC is one of the best places to be in a big snowstorm and the natives still panic. And personally, I like putting on my boots and trudging around in the snow when it is fresh and there are pretty much no cars out and about.
Man comes back to life after freezing for one night ZME Science (Chuck L). A more extreme version of the case of a doctor, Beck Weathers, in the disastrous Everest climb documented in Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air. except Beck suffered much more long-term damage. IIRC, Krakauer was one of the ones who’d seen him outside the camp, apparently frozen to death, and was stunned when Beck managed to stagger in hours later,
True Scandal of Deflategate Lies in the N.F.L.’s Behavior New York Times. EM: “A little jock-y by the usual Links standard, but some interesting science, money, power & politics in there, in advance of Sunday’s semifinal games.”
Google paid Apple to maintain search on iPhone, court documents say Christian Science Monitor
6 Prescription Drugs That Aren’t as Safe as the Government Claims Alternet. Note these are mainly categories of drugs.
Fears About China’s Economy Fester at Davos New York Times
China’s banking crisis looms like Banquo’s Ghost in Davos Ambrose Evans-Pricthard, Telegraph
Interview with Chinese Billionaire Zhang Xin Der Speigel (resilc)
This Month Marks 25 Years the U.S. Has Been at War in Iraq Foreign Policy (resilc)
Imperial Collapse Watch
The Pentagon Has No Clue How Many Weapons It Has Lost to ISIS Mother Jones (reslc). That’s a feature if true. It would never want to admit to how bad it is.
American Gripen: The Solution To The F-35 Nightmare Daily Caller (Swedish Lex)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Pentagon to take over control of background investigation information Washington Post (margarita)
The US Will Cede Control of the Internet for the First Time Motherboard (resilc)
Why Evangelicals Heart Donald Trump American Prospect (resilc)
Trump & The Dreamliner American Conservative (resilc)
Half the Foreign Policy Experts Signing Clinton’s Anti-Sanders Letter Have Ties to Military Contractors Intercept. And that’s the half we know about.
Paul Krugman: Why Obama (and Clinton) Are Like F.D.R. Alternet. RR: “Don’t miss the below extract of random comments from savvy AlterNet readers in re article recounting Paul Krugman’s latest dissing Bernie Sanders by equating Obama and Hillary– with FDR! eg: “Turns out the Paul Krugman of today puts his mouth where the money is.'” Moi: “What is worse its that Krugman isn’t being paid to write this.”
Doctors group welcomes national debate on ‘Medicare for All’ and Is a Single-Payer Health Insurance Program Feasible? PNHP (martha r). PNHP begs to differ with the Grey Lady’s Nobelist.
Bernie Sanders “America” Ad Might Be the Best Political Commercial I’ve Seen Charles Pierce, Esquire (resilc). Simon & Garfunkel is almost guaranteed to produce a Pavlovian reaction in those of us old enough to have grown up with their music and remember the 1960s as a time of optimism as well as turmoil. How do those of you under 40 react to the Sanders ad?
What the Liberal Attacks on Bernie Sanders Are Really About Dave Dayen, Fiscal Times. Lambert already featured this in Water Cooler but I urge to read it if you haven’t yet.It describes how critics of Sanders on his bank reform proposals have been straw-manning him. Sanders’ plan, which he makes clear is Warren’s plan, not only constrains major banks, but does more to rein in shadow banking than Clinton’s vague proposals would.
Bile, Bullshit, and Bernie: 17 Notes on a Dismal Campaign Crooked Timber (Phil D)
David Brooks Proposes a Kinder, Gentler Republican Party Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone (EM). Brooks: “”What’s needed is a grass-roots movement that stands for governing conservatism…” You have them already. They are called astroturf.
First They Came For… Corey Robin (martha r)
The grand illusion of empowerment Gillian Tett, Financial Times (David L). She seems to think people have not figured it out. Low voter turnout in the US suggests citizens here have. As I’ve said, the fact that you’d never here the word “elite” used outside Marxist or equivalent or further leftist discourse and now it’s used routinely says that the public is aware of who is in charge.
Exclusive: California gas leak spotlights shoddy regulation of aging storage wells Reuters. EM: “You know you got a major regulatory problem when PG&E ends up looking like a paragon of virtue.”
Chicago Public Schools Bankruptcy? Credit Slips. ” CPS isn’t quite “bankrupt” in the sense that Chapter 9 might help. Not yet, and maybe not ever.”
Who Poisoned Flint, Michigan? Rolling Stone
The EPA’s Silent, Guilty Role in the Flint Water Crisis New Republic (resilc)
Antidote du jour (Rajesh):