Hello folks. What a game yesterday with those slam dunks and that one red card for that player after those three strikes. I mean, the World Series was just a game for the ages.

International Politics

Overall

- Pew has 10 projections for the global population by 2050. Interesting tidbits like Germany having its population decrease and the world will be much older

- Why did the EU send troops to the Central African Republic? French business and corruption is a good place to start.

- al-Qaeda is struggling to unite other extremist factions under one banner with some doing their own thing

- The IAEA may ask Iran about a rare isotope in their probe of Iranian nuclear policy

Middle East

- President Hamid Karzai: “I saw no good” with the presence of the U.S. in Afghanistan

- At least 14 people have died due to the car bombings in Baghdad, Iraq

- In the Anbar province, meanwhile, 57 militants have been killed by Iraqi forces 

- More than 1,000 Iraqis died last month due to violence. I just…

- Syria’s government continues its aerial assaults with bombs on the populace by killing at least 18 people

Asia and Oceania

- After yesterday’s election in Thailand, protesters have vowed to continue their efforts against the government

Africa

- Mali rebels have told the U.N. they want to resume talks with the government to settle dispute

- In one town in the Central African Republic, 75 people have died due to Muslim and Christian strife

Europe

- With all the praise by the progressives in the U.S. on the Scandinavian countries, there are still criticisms of the countries that must be brought to attention

- In Russia, a pest control firm was hired by the government to exterminate dogs during the Olympic Games. “Why not solve an issue with your monopoly on violence?!” said the capitalist to the capitalist.

- The European Commission has released a report on corruption in the EU and has said it is “breathe-taking” with 120 billion euros annually lost due to it

- Ukrainian President has returned to work after taking days off due to his sickness and is warning of “radicals” in the streets

Latin America, Carribean and Canada

- Argentina criticizes Shell for increase its price by 12 percent

Surveillance Planet

- More analysis over the significance of what Snowden released to the public

- All the major tech companies have released reports on U.S. surveillance requests

- Hackers have sued the German government for allegedly “breaking the law by aiding foreign spies.

- Chris Hedges: “The Menace of the Military Mind

Financial Matters

- Gallup: For Jan., the daily spending by Americans on goods and services fell to $78 from $96 in Dec., which is normal to occur

- Part two of three with Heiner Flassbeck and how the finance community only worries on a quick dollar, rather than everyone else

- Four instances where income inequality is out of control in the U.S.

- In Ireland, three executives of banks will be going to trial for the banking crisis.

- Dean Baker: “The Attack of the Robots: Economists’ Silly Fantasies

- Janet Yellen is now sworn in as the first ever woman as chair of the Federal Reserve

Labor’s a-Brewing

- In South Africa, 80,000 platinum workers went on strike to get a living wage, a significant development in one of the most unequal countries on the planet

- After the Port Authority of New York increased the minimum wage to $10.10 for NYC airport workers, Newark airport workers were excluded and the person to blame is New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. 

Politics US

Washington USA

- The DoJ released a report showing its potential efforts to stop the “school-to-prison” pipeline and zero-tolerance policies in schools

- The Farm Bill that some hope to pass will include a section allowing hemp farming in 10 states 

- Freeing a duck is terrorism according to our overlords. Now a lawsuit seeks to take down the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, which allows politicians and pundits to say that freeing a duck is terrorism.

- Treasury secretary Jack Lew: There must be action soon on increasing the debt ceiling

- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) wants to turn empty post offices into retail banks without bank accounts attached

- Juan Cole: “The Cheapening of American Politics: Why did Obama reward O’Reilly with an Interview?

Anytown USA

- Gallup: 61 percent of respondents in Mississippi call themselves “very religious,” the highest in the nation. In contrast, the least religious state is Vermont with 22 percent. More here.

- Natasha Lennard reports on how being silent with a grand jury can lead one to be jailed for utterly pointless reasons

- For those interested in OWS or animal rights, here’s an article describing the history of the animal issue group of OWS in 2011

- Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers: “They Can’t Tell the Truth

- The lives of trans people matter with a heart-breaking tale of Islan Nettles, who died by an individual who found out she was trans and is scot-free

- Jessica Valenti of The Nation further discusses the meaning of defending Woody Allen

- The military, corporations and over-zealous patriotism for troops was all apart of the Super Bowl yesterday

We Don’t Need no Education

- In what may be a well-known fact but merits repeating, cuts to public education have led to an increase of tuition.

- Now in New Jersey, a child had his lunch taken away by the school after his family didn’t pay his balance on time.

- Right on. “Why Common Core Isn’t the Answer

Top Gun (Stories)

- In Moscow, a gunman took a few 15-year-olds hostage but surrenders after killing a teacher and police officer

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

- In New York City, for those unaware, we have a letter rating system from A to C for restaurants to see if they up to standard. The program, made by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, has been controversial since its debut under his administration.

- Some in Congress have called on the USDA to stop allowing Chinese-produced chicken to enter the U.S. market for safety concerns

- There’s a major PTSD crisis occurring in the U.S. and most people aren’t even aware of it

- Cancer rates throughout the globe are expected to soar up to 70 percent by 2034

The Second Sex

- Here’s a feel-good story. Laverne Cox, a trans woman, has remarked trans women “supporting and loving each other is a revolutionary act.

- UConn denies a lawsuit suggesting that it doesn’t at all respond to sexual assault complaints on campus

- Interesting report out of Egypt of women learning martial arts to fight against sexual assault

Planet Earth

- A top aide for President Obama has said he is not ready to decide on Keystone XL yet and will need more input. The southern half is already being built, don’t fool us.

- Eastern U.S. hit again with another snowstorm leaving Americans will travel  problems.

Mixed Bag

- Pew: Around six-in-10 Americans are looking forward to the upcoming Sochi Olympics

- A digital archive of 14,000+ images from the French Revolution has been uploaded.

- Super Bowl sets a record for 111.5 million watching it, while other cities are chasing the host bid for the Super Bowl for 2019

- “Frantic Biden Searching Dog Shelter For Bo Look-Alike

Break Time

- Stompin’ At the Savoy