Rescued Baby Orphans Keep Cozy With Stuffed Animals The Dodo (furzy)
The causes of selfie-related fatalities Boing Boing (resilc). Wow, this is a category?
Japan Goes Negative
Japan’s Negative Interest Rate Gamble Economonitor. A very good overview.
China’s Antigraft Campaign Isn’t ‘House of Cards,’ People’s Daily Says WSJ China Real Time Report
Thwarting the European hegemon as sterling wilts amid Brexit fears Telegraph. Here the famously Euroskeptic Torygraph is acting like the dog that is scared it will actually catch the car.
Satirical Video Urges Africans To Rescue Old People From Denmark Huffington Post
The Final Breakup of Iraq? Barzani calls for Kurdistan Referendum Juan Cole (resilc)
The West Must Stop Giving Turkey a Free Pass New York Times
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Safe harbor deal divides opinion Politico
Imperial Collapse Watch
The West Is Traveling The Road To Economic Ruin Paul Craig Roberts. Teejay: “Devastating commentary.”
The People’s Campaign: The Real Hastert Case- All in One Place Boiling Frogs Post. The text is a bit overwrought but the video is well presented. From Chuck L:
You may recall that in the wake of 9/11 Sibel Edmonds, a young Turkish American woman, responded to a public appeal from the FBI for people who were fluent in Middle Eastern languages. Very soon after she was hired she listened to tapes of wiretaps that indicated serious wrong-doing involving very high levels of the US government. When she sought to shine light on what she had learned she was silenced with some of the most draconian gag restrictions ever applied. For nearly fifteen years now she has kept digging and working to get the story out. She has now assembled connections to the story in one place at the link above. If nothing else, people should click on the first video, and overview that is 16 minute long.
Iowa nightmare revisited: Was correct winner called on caucus night? Des Moines Register. Note this was picked up by USA Today.
Coin toss broke 6 Clinton-Sanders deadlocks in Iowa — and Hillary won each time MarketWatch (resilc). Calling Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s Fat Tony.
Why I think Clinton did not win the Iowa caucuses: The spread between Clinton and Sanders remained at 49.8 to 49.6 percent for soooo long, increased a bit, a few times, but always returned to 49.8 to 49.6, never quite getting to 49.7 to 49.7. And Des Moines was at 83% percent for evvvvver. Until REALLY LATE. Angry Bear
Clinton’s Narrow Win Sparks Nervousness Among Supporters Associated Press via the New York Times. Jeff W:
There’s sort of a clueless denialism going on here.
Allies pinned at least some of her problems with young voters on a muddled message.
“I think there was something ….to Sanders’ message that inspires the base,” [Brad] Anderson [an Iowa political consultant who supports Clinton] said.
Maybe that “something” is that Bernie Sanders is analyzing problems and planning to address them while Hillary Clinton is viewed as a walking exemplar of what some of those problems are?
Bernie raises $3 MILLION in 24 HOURS! KABOOM! Daily Kos (furzy). But readers say Kos is still front-paging Clinton articles.
Bring our elites closer to the people Martin Wolf, Financial Times. This is plausible on the surface but if you read it with any discernment, you’ll see plenty of incoherence. This is pearl-clutching masquerading as analysis. I would have loved to have parsed it, but there are way too many things to write about right now.
Donald Trump, 2016’s first loser Politico
Marco Rubio isn’t the second coming of George W. Bush. He’s much worse. The Week (resilc)
Which States Cruz, Trump and Rubio Need to Win New York Times
Liz Cheney Announces She’s Running For Congress In Wyoming… From Virginia Huffington Post (furzy)
Pharma Executives Worry About Presidential Candidates Demanding Reform Intercept (resilc). They should have realized getting greedy could lead to blowback.
What Happens to Farmers’ Interests After Everyone Packs Up and Leaves Iowa? Charles Pierce, Esquire
Democrats Try To Corner Republicans On Flint Water Crisis Huffington Post
FBI joins Flint, Michigan, water contamination probe Reuters (EM)
Police State Watch
Chicago police officer will sue estate of teen he fatally shot WGN-TV (Chuck L)
Angry White Men
Watch: Oregon militant challenges Chris Christie to sumo wrestling to end standoff OregonLive. Chuck L: “The video is hilarious!”
Fed stress-tests negative interest rates idea Reuters
Fed vs. the Dollar: Why Yellen Can’t Win Wall Street Journal
Global gas market braced for price war Financial Times
Dimon-led governance project a tough sell Financial Times. Yet more proof of the diminished stature of CalPERS. Its experience with corporate activism is that it was profitable. And these players are all conflicted by wanting corporate 401 (k) business. No acknowledgment of that. But the piece does point out why Dimon is not a very credible salesman for this idea.
Antidote du jour. Chet G:
Attached is a photo of an eastern screech owl sitting in its tree hole (taken on Sunday). Whether you consider the tree or the owl, the camouflage is wonderful. (I’ve been occasionally photographing the owl in its home going back to February 2012, and it is always a pleasure to see it there: http://www.lookoutnow.com/feeder/owl02.htm