Australia’s Oldest Man Knits Tiny Sweaters For Penguins Injured In Oil Spills Huffington Post (YY). Cute overdose!
Three ways cats can control our minds BBC (furzy mouse)
Brains Make Decisions the Way Alan Turing Cracked Codes Smithsonian
Apple CEO Tim Cook said something that would make statisticians cringe Business Insider
Study ties more deaths, types of disease, to smoking Associated Press
Measles is Just the Beginning Medium (bob)
Google and other tech day cares have low vaccination rates Business Insider
The U.S. government is poised to withdraw longstanding warnings about cholesterol Washington Post (furzy mouse)
China Will Pay Most for Qualcomm Fine Bloomberg (furzy mouse)
Life after Anwar New Mandala
The (almost) agreed eurogroup statement on Greece Financial Times. Note that Varoufakis tartly disputed the FT account on Twitter
Germany faces impossible choice as Greek austerity revolt spreads Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Telegraph (Chuck L)
Pablo Iglesias: If the Greek olive branch is rejected, Europe may fall Guardian
Greece, euro zone fail to agree on debt, to try again on Monday Reuters
The historical and cultural differences that divide Europe’s union Financial Times. Swedish Lex: “Regurgitating the same empty phrases like your average religious fanatic and never, ever, learning anything. Stark’s views echo those of Schäuble & pals, which shows what common sense is up against in Europe. Overwhelming national pomposity and self-aggradizement. Note how he underlines the superb qualities of anything “German” (forget Europe). Rings bells?”
German trade unions: SYRIZA win ‘a chance for change’ Green Left Weekly (martha r)
Greece Fails to Rattle Currency Traders Bloomberg
Asylum Seekers Flood Into Hungary Atlantic (furzy mouse)
Sweden Cuts Main Rate Into Negative Territory Wall Street Journal
Miami mechanic is Mr Fix-it for Russian cars in Cuba Reuters. EM: “Fascinating glimpse into “the ultimate recycling economy”
In Ukraine, It’s Putin’s Game New York Times. Notice the deliberate ignoring of the fact that this is a civil war?
Checkpoint Charlie is back: Ukraine starts building a new Berlin Wall Sovereign Man
NYT Whites Out Ukraine’s Brown Shirts Consortiumnews
Checkpoint Charlie is back: Ukraine starts building a new Berlin Wall Sovereign Man (Chuck L)
‘No good news’ as Ukraine peace talks drag on Agence France-Presse. Poroshenko calls proposed terms “unacceptable”. But at 4:45 AM EST We get: Leaders Agree on Ukraine Cease-Fire Deal Wall Street Journal and BBC has a breaking news tweet (I have yet to see the related story): “IMF to extend $17.5bn loan to #Ukraine – to reach $40bn with other pledges, #IMF chief Christine Lagarde says.”
The west needs to rescue the Ukrainian economy Financial Times. Hun? America never fixes anything it breaks, although Ukraine was a mess before we made it worse.
ISIS: A Black Hole in the Heart of the Middle-East – Genesis of a Western Intelligence Failure Sic Semper Tyrannis
Al Qaeda’s Bookkeeper Spills the Beans RINF. Chuck L: “This piece contains extensive excerpts from the deposition of Zacarias Moussaoui for the civil trial underway relating to 9/11. He implicates several high-ranking members of the Saudi royal family and provides what seems to me as a plausible explanation of why they financially supported al Qaeda in the late ’90s.”
Saudis Fret Over Iranian Front Emerging From Yemen Chaos Bloomberg
Saudi Arabia Is Building a 600-Mile Wall Along the Iraq Border Gizmodo (Stephen M). Previously reported, but so ludicrous as to be worth mentioning again.
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
With the help of Pinterest, Twitter, and others, a new Facebook platform wants to keep the web secure PandoDaily (furzy mouse). Given the “man in the middle” problem, I don’t see how this can be done.
ACLU sues Border Patrol for records on ‘roving patrols’ Reuters (EM)
Congress, Don’t Be Fooled; Obama Still Believes in Unlimited War New York Times
New Book Showcases FBI Efforts to Sabotage the US Left TruthOut (RR)
Austerity Is ‘Complete Horsesh*t’: Ivy League Prof Dismantles the Conservative Lie Alternet
Obama Administration Plans to Aggressively Target Wildlife Trafficking New York Times
Has Detroit Found An Answer To The Publicly Financed Stadium Scam? Deadspin (Stephen M)
Montana Taliban: Republican lawmaker wants to arrest and jail women for wearing yoga pants Raw Story (furzy mouse)
Chapel Hill killings reverberate around the world Charlotte Observer
Markets chart of the day, February 11 Business Insider. Furzy mouse: “US crude oil inventories are at their highest level in at least 80 years.”
Methane emissions from natural gas industry higher than previously thought PhysOrg (Robert M). You heard it here months ago!
Bank of America’s U.S. Deposit-Taking Unit Financed Tax Trades Wall Street Journal
Congress and President Obama Cannot Sit Idly By While Companies Use H-1B Guestworkers to Replace American Workers Economic Policy Institute (Bob H)
At the Time Warner Center, an Enclave of Powerful Russians New York Times
US west coast ports face 4-day shutdown Financial Times
Antidote du jour:
And a bonus video (Chuck L). Wow, is that bear a handsome specimen: