Giant squid makes rare appearance in Japanese port PhysOrg (Chuck L)
Four elements earn permanent seats on the periodic table Science News (Chuck L)
Big Oil braced for global warming while it fought regulations Los Angeles Times. Important.
How the Internet changed the way we read DailyDot (Chuck L). For the worse, of course.
At C.D.C., a Debate Behind Recommendations on Cellphone Risk New York Times (Chuck L)
Amazon starts offering loans to customers with pay monthly option Guardian (resilc)
China manufacturing continues to shrink Financial Times
Crash Course: How China’s Turbulent Year Derailed Reform Wall Street Journal
INSIGHT: Communities displaced by 2011 disaster deprived of rights to vote, live Asahi Shimbun (furzy)
After Paris: Unify Fights Against Austerity/Climate Change Social Europe (Sid S)
Greece’s tax arrears amount €11.83 bn for Jan-Nov 2015 Keep Talking Greece. “According to Kathimerini,’“when this is added to debts from previous years the money the state is owed rises to 83.6 billion euros, of which the Finance Ministry says only 9 billion euros can be collected.’”
The greatest challenge for Putin failed evolution
Russia sues Ukraine over $3bn debt Financial Times
Iranian Protesters Ransack Saudi Embassy After Execution of Shiite Cleric New York Times (Scott) and the latest story: Iranians Burn Saudi Embassy After Execution of Shiite Cleric New York Times
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Looking Beyond the Internet of Things New York Times. Depressing.
Imperial Collapse Watch
Fantasies of a Liberal Interventionist National Interest Blog (resilc)
TTIP: the key to freer trade, or corporate greed? Guardian. Margarita: “‘Japanese trade unions supported the TPP deal, and unions in Europe are expected to follow suit with TTIP.’ Who knew…”
Somali extremists use Donald Trump clip to recruit followers Associated Press (furzy)
Skywriters over Rose Parade plead: ‘Anybody but Trump’ Reuters (furzy)
Abrasive Cruz tries to use personality to his advantage Associated Press
Insiders give their top predictions for 2016 Politico. Given that no one would have predicted Trump and Sanders would have gotten to their respective positions in the polls, I’m not sure how useful insider predictions are save re inside baseball.
Devils, Deals and the DEA ProPublica (resilc)
The Sudden but Well-Deserved Fall of Rahm Emanuel New Yorker (margarita). Remember how residency rules were bent to allow him to be a candidate? Par for the course.
A Militia Has Taken Over A Federal Building In Oregon Huffington Post
Value of gun manufacturers’ stocks almost doubled in 2015 Guardian (resilc)
Cities look at subsidized housing to stem teacher shortages Associated Press (furzy)
Antidote du jour. From Pamela A, who sent a raft of photos of her favorite animals, along with some nice comments about the blog and the commentariat. Re this handsome feline: “The cat is a full-figured gentlemen named Shaka, who, despite a low-carb diet, and multiple toys, resists slimming efforts.”