Controversially, Physicist Argues Time Is Real Live Science (Valissa)
Who Can Stop These Adorable Pigs? Modern Farmer (Lambert)
Federal officials leery of ‘increasingly warm’ coastal waters near Northeast U.S. Raw Story. Two years ago, my 70+ year old cousin, who swims daily in the Atlantic in Casco Bay (in Maine) when it is not intolerable (save the obligatory Polar Bear outing on January 1) was swimming into November. And it’s warmer this year???
Pluto’s Gate Has Been Found In Turkey Red Orbit (furzy mouse)
Margot Woelk, Hitler’s Food Taster, Recalls Life Of Terror In The ‘Wolf’s Lair Huffington Post (Carol B)
GE Trees May Be Even More Damaging to the Environment than GE Foods Mercola (furzy mouse). Yes, this is Dr. Mercola, but I didn’t know there were genetically engineered trees.
Why men don’t want it all Telegraph. Um, this is news?
Belief in God Can Improve Mental Health Outcomes PsychCentral. Aaargh! How about correlation is not causation? Maybe people who believe in God also trust authority figures more than agnostics and atheists and therefore trust their therapist more?
Hyundai suicide bid car advert pulled after complaints BBC (furzy mouse)
How Many People Have Really Been Killed by Chernobyl? Slate (furzy mouse)
Pain and Punishment – Doctors Who Torture Counterpunch (diane)
The Terror of Capitalism Counterpunch (diane)
Money Mountain: Swiss Banks ‘Plundering German Treasury’ Der Spiegel (ruben)
The great Spanish nation can end its crucifixion at will by leaving EMU Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Telegraph
France unemployment hits new high Aljazeera
White House: Syria Chemical Weapons Evidence Not ‘Airtight’ Reuters (Carol B). Translation: too many people are on to the shaving cream.
The Virtual Vietnam Wall (furzy mouse)
Austerity for STEM Jobs Firedoglake (Carol B)
The Email I Want to Send To Our Tech Guys But Keep Deleting… Health Care Blog (Lambert). Every doctor I saw in Sydney in 2002 used software, they had a screen open and would make notes during the exams. I have yet to see that at any of my doctors in the US 10+ years later.
Starbucks Aims For Grocery Store Supremacy With New Signature Aisle Huffington Post. Nothing was more amusing than watching Starbucks struggle in Oz when I was there. Australians drink Italian coffee, and Starbucks was inferior to what they were accustomed to. I’d see them handing out samples of their sugary drinks in Balmain, desperate to prove to the locals they had SOMETHING worth drinking. Having said that, I find Starbucks as a vendor of WiFi with incidental drinks and munchies to useful from time to time.
Virtual currencies threaten to go viral Financial Times. The article notes that banks have shut accounts of Bitcoin businesses. Should have occurred to me that they might move before the authorities do (and trust me, they will if this does not die of its own accord).
Median Pay in U.S. Is Stagnant, but Low-Paid Workers Lose Floyd Norris, New York Times
CBOE Staff Knew of Problems in Advance Wall Street Journal
Everything Is Rigged: The Biggest Price-Fixing Scandal Ever Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone
Return of risky lending practices Financial Times. Subtitle: “Situation is similar to pre-2007 housing market mania.”
Error Claims Cast Doubt on Bank of America Foreclosures in Bay Area NBC Bay Area (Lisa E). A media outlet talks about (among other things) document fabrication. This used to be verboten.
Lambert writes: “As a proxy for the National Pissed Off Index™, I propose the number of likes I, lambert, get on FaceBook. Seems to be increasing. And I’m way more pissed off in FB than I am at NC.”
Do readers have their own National Pissed Off Index proxies? If so, how are they trending?
Antidote du jour (Kevin G). For e-mail subscribers, this is a video, so you’ll have to visit the site to watch it. The sloth’s claws are a little nervous-making, but anyone who has cats knows they’d never go along unless they liked what was going on: