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Terrifying Sea Monster Found in New Jersey River Gawker. Lambert provides a Richard-Smith level anti-antidote.
Leatherback Sea Turtle Could Be Extinct Within 20 Years at Last Stronghold in the Pacific Ocean Science Daily (furzy mouse) :-(
Oceana Study Reveals Seafood Fraud Nationwide Oceana. Only buy fish you can look in the eye!
Document shows how much data cops suck up from suspects’ cell phones ars technica (Chuck L)
Justices Turn Back Challenge to Broader U.S. Eavesdropping New York Times. Assange’s call for people to start encrypting their communications looks more and more like the only way to go. The problem is a really large number of diverse people have to start doing it simultaneously. Isolated people using encryption is waving a red flag at the authorities.
CASH GRAB: Inactive bank accounts to be seized News.com.au (1 SK)
Whoa! Did the mining boom just peak? MacroBusiness. Unexpected 4Q fall, just like US GDP. Hhhm.
China to tighten shadow banking rules Financial Times (Scott)
Bank chief raises the prospect of a base rate BELOW zero in bid to kickstart spending Daily Mail. Lambert: “In fact, no, you couldn’t pay me enough to borrow.”
Mexico arrests powerful teachers’ union boss Financial Times
Revealed: Iran’s ‘Plan B’ for a nuclear bomb Telegraph. Oh boy, these news barrages are never a good sign.
The false-alarmists behind this shrinking population panic Dean Baker, Telegraph. Everyone needs to memorize his core argument and repeat regularly to intergenerational hatred stokers.
Everybody Listen Up! The Deficit Is Actually Shrinking, Despite Beltway Propaganda Alternet (furzy mouse)
The sad record of fiscal austerity Martin Wolf, Financial Times. I wish someone would make everyone involved with Fix the Debt try to explain why Wolf is wrong. I guarantee the noise to signal ratio will be huge.
Another Attack of the 90 Percent Zombie Paul Krugman. I wish he’d gone after this a LOT sooner, but better now than never. You can read all sort of CBO analyses going back to at least 2011 which clearly make out the 90% level to be like going off the edge of the map.
The real problem with the sequester is that it unfairly targets the poor Guardian. Which is exactly the card Obame will use to get the Vichy Left to push for Social Security and Medicare cuts
The Sequester Is Awful And Obama Didn’t Even Try To Stop It New Economic Perspectives
Nominee for S.E.C. Tries to Allay Skepticism New York Times
Illinois special election 2013: Kelly wins special Ill. House race Politico (furzy mouse)
Medicaid game-changer: feds approve putting entire expansion population on exchange Ark Times (Lambert)
Conservatives Drink Bud, Liberals Drink Heineken? Alternet. This is based on how stores are stocked??? They find less brand variety in areas that are conservative? Did anyone look at a friggin map? Most rural areas are conservative. You are gonna have fewer brands there due to small average store size. This is retarded.
Wall Street bonuses rise 8% for 2012 Guardian
THE NEXT STOCK MARKET CRASH: Why Many Pros Think It Has Already Begun Clusterstock. Two weeks ago, nothing could stop the markets or the economy. If you take the headlines too seriously, you will get whiplash.
Judge tosses mortgage ‘robosigning’ case in Vegas Associated Press (Deontos). This is pretty astonishing, given that a former executive (the person ultimately supervising the two indicted) did a plea deal in which she admitted to one criminal count related to at least 1 million document forgeries. May post on this along with other stuff later today. This could just be an inexperienced deadbeat-hating judge (she’s been on the bench only since 2011) and/or a botched handoff in Masto’s office (she lost some important staffers after she signed on to the Federal/state mortgage settlement, some look to have quit in disgust, others may have been pushed out).
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