The ‘New’ Old Age Is No Way to Live Wall Street Journal. Ahem, the ancients who gave the advice he relies on all had slaves.
Biofuels Benefit Billionaires Science Daily (Chuck L)
Scientists: New GMO wheat may ‘silence’ vital human genes Digital Journal
Drought is leading restaurants to raise prices, cut portions Los Angeles Times
New web-based model for sharing research datasets could have huge benefits Science Daily (Chuck L)
Is it real? Physicists propose method to determine if the universe is a simulation PhysOrg. You mean we might wake up from this? Don’t get me too hopeful.
China evictions increase, leading to more unrest USA Today (MBH)
Merkel Sees No Alternative to ‘Arduous’ Euro-Area Overhaul Bloomberg. Translation: the beatings will continue until morale improves. A dissenting view: Greece Will Probably Leave Euro Within Six Months, Borg Says Bloomberg
Troika Out of Control: Suggests Greeks Living on Small Islands Be …Relocated Keep Talking Greece
Abe Foxman Threatens to End Jewish-Christian Interfaith Dialogue Over Investigation Request EdwardTeller, Firedoglake (Carol B)
Romney surge in Ohio tests both campaigns’ strategies Los Angeles Times
Romney’s Dog-Whistle Campaign Bears Predictable Fruit Crooks and Liars (Chuck L)
Pinkwashing Fracking? Counterpunch (Aquifer)
Questions From a Bailout Eyewitness Gretchen Morgenson, New York Times
Foreclosures may ease shortage of homes for sale Sun Sentinel (Florida). Per Lisa Epstein: Propaganda – celebrate the increase in Florida foreclosures
First Major Exhibition Devoted to History of Manipulated Photography Before Digital Age Metropolitan Museum (Dr Kevin)
Manipulated America: One Theory of How They Control US Jonathan Turley (Chuck L). Not bad, but they are starting WAY WAY too late. Propaganda was already well established by the 1970s, see Alex Carey’s Taking the Risk out of Democracy (which goes back to 1907), the Century of the Self (to the 1920s) or the work of Walter Lippman and Eddie Bernays, who were apologists for propaganda after the American public learned it had been used on a massive scale to stoke hatred for Germany during World War I (see Creel Committee for details).
Social Policy and Poverty: Don’t Fear Europe! Dissent (Paul Tioxon)
The Self-Destruction of the 1 Percent Chrystia Freeland, New York Times
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