Occupy Wall Street Plans Global Protests in Resurgence Bloomberg. This is the lead story as of this hour. If you can’t make it to a protest, and can’t skip work, at least don’t shop. Do as much on the general strike checklist as you can.
Big Purses, Sore Horses, and Death New York Times :-(
Big Changes in Ocean Salinity Intensifying Water Cycle Mother Jones (Aquifer). We linked to a lay version of this paper, and this explanation is better.
You Are Not Your Brain Big Think (Aquifer)
News Corporation has sought to undermine elected governments Guardian (May S)
Iran Nuclear Power Plant Works at Near Full Capacity, IRNA Says Bloomberg (George Washington)
Al-Qaida’s wretched utopia and the battle for hearts and minds Guardian (May S)
Hugh Hendry remains bearish on China MacroBusiness
No alternative to austerity Gideon Rachman, Financial Times
Euro zone policy may turn to relax 3/60 hurdle and to EuroTARP Edward Harrison
Quebec students ignite the popular imagination Rabble (Lambert). This is amazing.
Paul Krugman and Ron Paul discuss economics – as it happened Guardian (F. Beard)
Tea Party Congressmen Accept Cash From Bailed-Out Bankers Bloomberg. Quelle surprise!
Dog-training the press corps Glenn Greenwald
Do the 1% Work Harder Than the 99%? Rdan, Angry Bear (Aquifer). Be sure to read the comments.
Hybrid debt: a new old way to lose money? Satyajit Das, Financial Times
New York Pension Funds to Challenge Wal-Mart New York Times
Banks Ease Rules on Lending Wall Street Journal
Bank of America directors fight back over $20 million settlement Reuters (Lisa E)
Bad Neighbor Banks Sun Sentinel (Lisa E)
Where have all the oil hedgers gone? FT Alphaville (Jonathan)
Defaulting to Conservatism Big Think (Aquifer). No wonder the conservatives are winning! You have to be sober to be liberal! Who wants to be sober in times like these?
D – 130 and counting*
I’m going to try covering the horse race in short form so I don’t claw out my eyeballs or have a stroke. —lambert
Robama: “I said that I’d go after bin Laden if we had a clear shot at him, and I did”. Obomney: “Even Jimmy Carter” would have ordered Bin Laden killed. Pravda: Whacking OBL and then turning it into a campaign talking point is wrong, because it’s partisan. The President as first person shooter.
Philadelphia Greens endorse Roseanne for President. Roseanne, who never blew any Afghan wedding parties to red mist, or whacked a US citizen with no due process and a drone strike. So there’s that.
May 12: Is Obomney going to make peace with evangelicals in Liberty University commencement speech? (cf. on question marks. At least they’re trying.) June 8: Obomney to skip Texas GOP convention. Robama’s not the only one that can throw the base under the bus, is he?
— Tips, links, hate mail to lambert
* 130 days ’til the Democratic National Convention ends with nomination festivities in Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC. I’m sure the time will fly.
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