Do you speak virus? Phages caught sending chemical messages Nature
Confirmed: 2016 the Warmest Year in History of Global Recordkeeping Weather Underground
Toxic chemicals found at Tokyo’s new fish market site South China Morning Post
The Global Risks Report 2017 World Economic Forum
How Deutsche Bank Made −€367 Million Disappear Bloomberg
Student Loan Collector Cheated Millions, Lawsuits Say NYT. Sounds just like mortage servicers in the foreclosure crisis.
Jet, mansions figure in $232 million foreign trust case to be heard in Auckland court New Zealand Herald (RS). This is about 1MDB and “controversial Malaysian financier Jho Low,” and the mansion is in Los Angeles. (The penthouses, however, are in Manhattan.)
Inside the luxury world’s commission culture FT. “Commissions.”
Banks face talent crisis amid mounting costs of employee turnover: report Reuters
The Need for Different Classes of Macroeconomic Models Olivier Blanchard, Petersen Institute for International Relations. Shorter: Theoretical DSGE models = string theory. Unfair?
No 10 defends Boris Johnson over ‘Brexit punishment beatings’ quip Guardian
Theresa May’s hard Brexit hinges on a dated vision of global trade The Conversation (J-LS).
Liam Fox launches Brexit trade crusade confirming informal talks already under way with 12 countries across the world Telegraph
Red lines, battle lines and the fights that will shape Brexit outcome FT
Emmanuel Macron’s rise electrifies French election race FT
China’s Xi Jinping Seizes Role as Leader on Globalization WSJ
Growing Up in Rising China The Diplomat
India Demonetization Trainwreck
You should not reply to that query, Manmohan Singh saves Urjit Patel from grilling by House panel Scroll (J-LS).
Death of a cashless woman in India Reuters
What Gives Money Its Distinctive Smell? One Chemist Tried to Find Out WSJ
New Cold War
A Grim Fairy Tale Walter Kirn, Harpers (DG).
Ukrainian president: US should ‘be great again’ by confronting the ‘global threat’ of Russia Reuters (Furzy Mouse).
Brennan Makes Even Crazier Plausible Deniability Claims about Trump Dossier EmptyWheel
Deciphering the scandalous rumors about Trump in Russia Fabius Maximus
Signals intelligence and the management of military competition Understanding Society
FBI, 5 other agencies probe possible covert Kremlin aid to Trump McClatchy. An “informal, inter-agency working group.” Alrighty, then.
‘I believe in the American people:’ Obama upbeat in last news conference USA Today
“It Can’t Happen Here” – Color Revolution By Force Moon of Alabama
Man Tries to Set Himself on Fire Outside Trump International Hotel in Protest NBC
Russell Brand: Reality under Barack Obama and Donald Trump will not be too different Irish Times (DJRichard).
Obama Administration Races to Finish Probes, Wring Payouts From Firms WSJ. More cost-of-doing-business fines. That’s their story, and they’re sticking to it.
Trump’s Treasury pick facing criticism over foreclosures WaPo. But since Obama did nothing at the time but slap a few wrists, this is a nothingburger. What goes around….
Ryan, Bannon strike surprising truce The Hill
Where Trump and Tech See Eye to Eye Truthout
Democrats need to stop throwing everything they can at Trump The Hill
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What time will Trump be president? A guide to the day BBC
Report: Trumps inaugural ball dance will be to Sinatra’s ‘My Way’ The Hill
A Trump Inauguration Casualty: The Silent, Smiling Rockettes NYT
2016 Post Mortem
Democratic Party rethink gets $20 million injection Politico. “Third Way is in conversations with the polling firm Global Strategy Group to conduct its first round of research, which will focus on the troubled state of the Democratic brand in large parts of the country.” More on Global Strategy Group. And Dems jockey for big money control Politico.
Billionaire Steyer Says There’s ‘No Limit’ on His Spending Against Trump Bloomberg. Looks like Dem grifters have found a mark. “No limit.” That’s good to know, since the Democrat establishment took a billion dollars and somehow managed to jam it down the toilet of the Clinton campaign…
Al Gore on His ‘Inconvenient Truth’ Sequel, Private Donald Trump Talks, “Consoling” Hillary Clinton Hollywood Reporter (J-LS).
How Barack Obama paved the way for Donald Trump Gary Younge, Guardian
Trump and the Revolt of the White Middle Class Washington Monthly
Cory Booker’s Conscience Jacobin. Assumes facts not in evidence.
Tired of “no-show” patients? Use predictive overbooking. Advisory Board (GP). GP: “New ways for your medical history to be used against you.”
How the American Postal Workers Union Scored One of its Biggest Wins Ever In These Times (DK).
The Hate that Dare Not Speak its Name The Archdruid Report
Davos Attendees Pause Poor People Simulations To Ponder How They Got It All So Wrong Vanity Fair
Oil, Snow and Saudi Billions: Secret Davos Gets Down to Business Bloomberg
Vatterott’s KC president says helping homeless student cost him his job Kansas City Star
Long live populism ! Le Blog de Thomas Piketty, Le Monde (in English).
Anthony Bourdain Has a Lot to Say About the Opioid Epidemic Destroying Small-Town America GQ
America’s Great Working-Class Colleges NYT. They do exist!
How to avert catastrophe FT. “Listen to older people who have experienced catastrophes.” Readers, Cfdtrade is here for you….
Antidote du jour (via):
Daily Mail: “Huge jumpers knitted by villagers in India to keep elephants warm.”