Traffic Comes to a Halt, and a Kitten Is Saved New York Times (David L)
Concepcion Picciotto, who held vigil outside the White House for decades, dies Washington Post (resilc)
How to View Five Planets Aligning in a Celestial Spectacle New York Times (Chuck L)
The Rise of the Artificially Intelligent Hedge Fund Wired (resilc)
California Fish Species Plummet To Record Lows NationofChange (furzy)
Uganda: When Democracy Doesn’t Count New York Review of Books
China accuses George Soros of ‘declaring war’ on yuan Guardian (margarita)
China GDP Growth Could Be As Low As 4.3%, Chinese Professor Says WSJ China Real Time Report
China struggles to tell world its thinking Financial Times
Greek leaders clash over pensions reform Financial Times
Top 5 Ways Putin has won big in Syria and why Europe is embracing him Juan Cole (resilc)
10 Months of the U.S.-Backed War on Yemen American Conservative (resilc)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
After Embarrassing Hacks, Feds Roll Out New Government Agency Mother Jones (resilc)
The Drone Racing League, A Professional Sports League Dedicated to First Person View Drone Races Laughing Squid (resilc)
Obamacare markets face fresh troubles Financial Times
The economic losers are in revolt against the elites Martin Wolf, Financial Times
Donald Trump Drops Out of Fox News Debate Because Megyn Kelly Is Moderating Vanity Fair (furzy), He can’t handle Kelly and he wants us to think he can stand up to Putin?
Donald Trump and Fox News are at war CNN. Furzy flags this section: “The poll suggested a real reluctance to attend, perhaps because Trump, as the frontrunner, arguably has the most to lose on Thursday night.”
Three More Reasons Trump Will Be The Nominee Talking Points Memo
Note to Hillary: Clintonomics Was a Disaster for Most Americans Nation (resilc)
Sanders Makes Headway in South Carolina US News (furzy)
Bernie Sanders new ad is optimistic and diverse. Slate (furzy). Notice it repeats the “firewall” notion when that is looking less solid (Hillary has had an over 25 point drop in approval ratings among SC black voters), Moreover, Sanders has the conundrum of trying to reach local voters while being scrutinized as a national candidate.
As Sanders Slams Wall Street Elite, Clinton Ditches Iowa To Fetch Their Checks Common Dream (furzy)
Bernie Sanders Blocks Obama’s FDA Nominee for Big Pharma Ties Alternet. This will really piss of the Administration. A hold is not insurmountable (Bernanke had a stunning five holds on his reappointment under Obama) but it’s a significant obstacle.
The Republican Party May Be Failing FiveThirtyEight (resilc). Awfully tortured.
The 2016 Election and the Failures of the “Governing Wing” American Conservative (resilc)
“You’ve Got to Cozy Up”: More Politicians Admitting That Money Controls Politics Intercept (Chuck L)
The Supreme Court Just Blocked The Harshest Abortion Ban In The Country NationofChange (furzy)
Super Bowl Spotlight on Santa Clara Reveals How It Has Changed New York Times (EM)
Angry White Men
Oregon Standoff Leader Ammon Bundy Arrested by FBI in Violent Confrontation Wall Street Journal. Note that one of the people in the car pulled a gun, making him a Darwin Award candidate. What I fail to understand is why the State and Federal officials didn’t cordon these guys in, and say, basically, “Nothing and nobody goes in or out until you are ready to leave permanently, as in we go in, make sure you’ve cleared all your crap out, and we escort you out.” No supplies and they would have gone with their tail between their legs in ten days max. If they had cut their power, it would have happened in two days unless there was a generator, then they’d need to wait until they exhausted the fuel supply. They might not have wanted to damage the pipes (I’d assume difficult to impossible to repair well in the winter) but the work-arounds would almost certainly have cost less than what it has been reported to cost to deal with these rebel wannabes.
State by state, more guns mean more killing of women. Slate (resilc)
The Fearful World of Network News in 2015 IPS (margarita)
Dollar’s Rise Poses Risk for Fed Plans Wall Street Journal
US shale groups slash capital spending Financial Times
J.P. Morgan paying $1.42B to settle much of Lehman suit Seeking Alpha
Hedge Funder John Paulson Puts Up His Own Fortune to Save His Firm Vanity Fair. I’ve said this before: Paulson despite his ginormous subprime short profits has never been a good money manager. If you are running money for third parties, you need to be particularly attentive to the first rule of investing, which is do not lose money. He had a not very good track record before that, and always was way too predisposed to take a a small number of highly risky bets. And it was one of his subordinates, not Paulson, who found the subprime short opportunity and persuaded him to invest in it.
Paulson Pledges Personal Holdings to Back Firm After Assets Fall Bloomberg. Resilc: “Except the ones in Caymans, Swiss, Singapore, Dubai and….”
Richest US universities reel in donors Financial Times
Antidote du jour. Kulantan: “Crow in the Gold Coast.”