Bitcoin: a digital lottery ticket for a dystopian future? Kenneth Rogoff, Asia Times
Deutsche Bank cooperating in EU probe over bond price-fixing Handelsblatt Today
Notes On The Withdrawals Medium
President Ends the Mattis Era at the Pentagon Two Months Early Bloomberg (Re Silc).
Mattis Marks End of the Global War on Terror The American Conservative
Brexit: faith and confidence EU Referendum
Cui Bono? David Leask, Ben Nimmo and the Attack on Ordinary Scottish Nationalists Craig Murray. Huh? Bono’s Irish.
US, China cool trade tensions after phone call Asian Correspondent
In Latin America, Big Brother China is watching you South China Morning Post
The Late Cycle Lament: The Dual Economy, Minsky Moments, and Other Concerns (PDF) Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo & Co. LLC (UserFriendly).
Today I convened individual calls with the CEOs of the nation's six largest banks. See attached statement. pic.twitter.com/YzuSamMyeT
— Steven Mnuchin (@stevenmnuchin1) December 23, 2018
The US is on the edge of the economic precipice – Trump may push it over Robert Reich, Guardian
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Why is FEMA is wasting our money? Miami Herald
Imperial Collapse Watch
What Comes After US Hegemony? The Diplomat
Democrats in Disarray
Which Side Are You On? Adolph Reed, Common Dreams. “I do believe, though, that the race-reductionist perspective—even in its ‘both/and’ variant—is, as Naschek and others argue, vulnerable to, if not actively aligned with the decidedly anti-Left Democratic tendencies associated with Clintonism.” Ouch. A response to Salazar’s TNR article on DSA and, since it’s Reed, worth a cup of coffee (more here).
The Political Insiders’ Guide to 2019 Politico. First up: Eight-time loser Robert Shrum.
What’s ‘Immoral’ About Caring for America’s Poor First? RealClearPolitics (Re Silc).
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Seamus Heaney: Poet & Teacher (interview) IthacaLit (DG).
Structural Differential — A 32-Year-Old Man with Persistent Wrist Pain NEJM. It is true ergonomically-designed blueberry rakes reduce wrist pain in migrant workers. But as the author notes: “[M]any problems do not have as concrete a solution as a new rake.”
Brazil’s Amazon forest is in the crosshairs, as defenders step up National Geographic
For Climate Safety, Call in the Engineers Jeffrey Sachs, Project Syndicate
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