Jho Low’s Price For Selling Malaysia Out To China Via The East Coast Rail Project Sarawak Report (RS).
Why aam aadmi is not mad at NaMo despite DeMo Times of India. “[T]he average Indian often appears to wait for the urban sophisticate to reveal his learned opinion so that he can feel the exact opposite emotion.” Seems a little binary. And the writer is, himself, an urban sophisticate. So…
A Socialist Market Economy With Chinese Contradictions Adair Turner, Project Syndicate
Brexit transition deal may avert UK economic ‘catastrophe’ FT. Editors write the headlines…
Our Famously Free Press
Is it just me, or are Pravda on the Potomac and Izvestia on the Hudson being unusually sloppy in their War Scare/Red Scare
reportingnarrative? Here are some recent stories, with subsequent corrections:
Two Russian Compounds, Caught Up in History’s Echoes NYT. But they got the wrong house:
The correction shows that material from “the White House and FBI officials” went directly to page A1, without being checked for accuracy. So I guess we have state media after all?
Russian operation hacked a Vermont utility, showing risk to U.S. electrical grid security, officials say WaPo. But the utility wasn’t hacked, and the laptop in question wasn’t connected to the grid:
The correction shows that WaPo never bothered to contact Burlington Electric; their statement.
And of course there’s WaPo’s (defamatory) PropOrNot piece, which set the bar for correction about as low is it can be set:
Recent Polls Say Nobody Else Trusts the Media, Either The Writings of John Laurits (MR).
Economic Efficiency versus Democracy: On the Potential Role of Competition Policy in Regulating Digital Markets in Times of Post-Truth Politics Josef Drexl and Ludwig Maximilian, SSRN “The efficiency approach, as advocated by the Chicago School in particular, only provides a very narrow approach to competition law analysis that relies on the preferences of consumers. This approach remains especially insufficient for the regulation of firms that provide citizens with politically relevant news and information. “
New Cold War
Senator McCain says U.S. stands with Ukraine against Russia Reuters. While visiting Kiev.
Putin’s Masterstroke of Nonretaliation Foreign Policy
On Trump’s Reaction to Putin Not Expelling American Diplomats Ian Welsh. The hysteria knobs are already at 11. Where do we go from here?
Grizzly Steppe IP and Hash Analysis JGamblin.com
Critiques of the DHS/FBI’s GRIZZLY STEPPE Report Robert M. Lee
Donald Trump Is Unpopular, and So Is the GOP’s Agenda Jamelle Bouie, Slate
If Donald Trump Targets Journalists, Thank Obama James Risen, NYT
2016 Post Mortem
Identity Issues Don’t Distract From Economic Issues — They Are Economic Issues New York Magazine. If all identity issues are economic issues, does that mean that all economic issues are identity issues?
Nice Things Eschaton
Happy New Year
2017 is not just another prime number 松鼠博士的魔法眼鏡. Math-minded readers?
The Pessimist’s Guide to 2017 Bloomberg. NC ran this when it appeared, but for those who missed it…
A Leap in the Dark The Archdruid Report
Demand curve The Economist
A Change Is in the Air James Kwak, The Baseline Scenario
The Econocracy: a review Stumbling and Mumbling
Dares, Costly Signals, and Psychopaths Ribbon Farm
How to Convince Someone When Facts Fail Scientific American
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