Dear patient readers,
In the spirit of our post today (on “Why Americans Don’t Take More Vacations”) yours truly is going on a weekend/holiday schedule through Monday, which is Links + 2 posts, which will both be cross posts or “Summer Reruns” unless I happen to see a particularly annoying news story that I can’t resist commenting on myself. I hope those of you in America get some R&R over the next few days!
PS. Even though I was very happy that Digg’s RSS reader worked at all (which put it way ahead of Feedly), they still haven’t provided some important features yet (like a search field). Since this is a beta and they look to want to emulate the old Google Reader pretty faithfully, I assume that’s coming…but it hasn’t arrived yet.
In the meantime, I am having my prototypical technology experience with another RSS reader, RSS Owl. It looks to have TONS of functionality, in some ways too much. It worked just dandy until today, when it quit updating about half my feeds (weirdly, it appears to have stopped updating them in the middle of the night on 7/1, which is when Google Reader died). I unsubscribed from GR, updated the software, rebooted, tried changing the update frequency and hitting the “update all” button (I even looked at the error log and didn’t see anything noteworthy). It went from no feeds having updated since 7/1 to updating some. And this does not have to do with some problem with the underlying feeds, since they are updating (with no heroics on my behalf) on Digg’s reader (where I also imported the feeds from Google Reader before its untimely death). Anyone who has any advice please ping me at yves-at-nakedcapitalism.com.
US mother wins lawsuit over bagel BBC (John L). Diabetics, people on the Atkins diet, or who use inhalers can similarly produce false positives on breathalyzer tests.
Florida Keys Prepare For Sea Level Rise Associated Press
Amazon warehouses: literally worse than coal mines Melville House (diane). The part that it would have helped to explain is how the Amazon jobs are physically taxing (which they are) but the “worse than coal mines” looks like a bit of literary overreach in trying to make a legitimate point (having an retailer abuse staff this way should be unacceptable).
Xi cuts CEO cloth for bruising battle Asia Times
Risks of a hard landing for China Martin Wolf, Financial Times
Portuguese foreign minister resigns Telegraph
Greece warned over bailout loans Guardian
Morsi on collision course with Egypt army Financial Times
LiveFeed of Tahrir Square (John, from Occupy’s FB)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch:
Clapper: I gave ‘erroneous’ answer because I forgot about Patriot Act Guardian. Well, “least untrue” was an admission of a lie but the lapdog US media refused to point that out. So Clapper firmly ‘fesses up right before the slowest news period of the year (Internet traffic is lower around the Fourth of July than any other time of year) and a Congressional recess.
Snowden’s Asylum Bid Spurned From Switzerland to India Bloomberg (martha r). Note that many of the “rejections” are for the same reason as Ecuador: he has to make the application in country or at an embassy.
On the Meanings of “Dishonor” and “Hack” Marcy Wheeler
Open letter from Lon Snowden and attorney Bruce Fein to Eric Snowden Associated Press (martha r). OMG this is embarrassing, histrionic and inept. Any theories?
Rethinking Surveillance New York Review of Books
The regressive domestic complexity tax Cathy O’Neil
White House delays a key part of Obamacare Washington Post
Trending on Twitter: #Obamacareinthreewords
Unemployment Rate Still Above 10% in 27 US Metro Areas WSJ Real Time Economics
Financial innovation of the day, Winklevii edition Felix Salmon
Investors pull $9.9bn from Pimco fund Financial Times
Deadline Splits an Agency on Trading Rules Abroad New York Times. A surprisingly Gensler-favorable article from Dealbook.
Big U.S. Banks Face Tougher Standards Wall Street Journal. The Fed (mirabile dictu) looks like it is hanging tough on implementing tougher capital requirements. Will we hear any Fed governors calling, say, Jamie Dimon a “feral hog” when he starts screeching?
The impact on the financial sector of long-term low nominal-interest rates VoxEU. What is noteworthy is how little they are able to conclude.
Bright Kids, Small City American Prospect (Carol B)
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