Never Saw It Coming Alan Greenspan, Foreign Affairs
No global recovery yet Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Telegraph. “For a Marxist column later” (!).
World War $ Douglas Coupland, FT
Portrait of a Kleptocrat Testosterone Pit
Jiangxi businessman pays model Mo Lulu 100,000 yuan to breastfeed him South China Morning Post
JPMorgan settlement move spurs rivals to act FT. Schneiderman to banksters: “Come on down!”
The Incredible Shrinking Plane Seat WSJ. A poor man’s Gini co-efficient (those seats don’t shrink for everyone).
HealthCare.gov supposedly getting fixed by Thanksgiving Consumer Reports
‘Glitches’ hit Obamacare paper, phone applications too Politico. Since all applications have to be processed by the same backend that the website uses. In other words, Obama’s recommendation to use the 800 number was at best useless and at worst deceptive. Film at 11.
Why Is Obamacare Complicated? Paul Krugman, Times. Shorter: We have achieved the Heritage Foundation’s goal: Heading off single payer permanently. Modified rapture! Lambert: Rarely is the social function of the “liberal” displayed so clearly.
Responsibility for Healthcare.gov’s IT problems lie with dot gov Clay Shirkey, Guardian. “Obama’s error was not to empower technologists to tell him the truth.”
Sell-Out Alert: 9 Democrats Already Caving to GOP On Social Security Cuts Alternet. “Why aren’t key Democrats defending needed retirement programs?” Because they don’t believe in them.
The Weight of Capital Punishment on Jurors, Justices, Governors, & Executioners Verdict (CL). One really good step toward restoring a functioning democracy would be recuperating trial by jury.
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Report: US spied on Merkel since 2002 Al Jazeera. “President Obama told the German leader he would have stopped the surveillance had he known about it.” I wonder if, all things considered, Merkel would prefer a back rub from Bush?
Report: “A Brave New Transatlantic Partnership” Eyes on Trade
Fukushima nuclear plant operators prepare for dangerous procedure South China Morning Post
The Decline of Wikipedia MIT Technology Review
The Ghosts of October Times (Susie Madrak)
Sox Top Sloppy Cards Roger Angell, The New Yorker
Pennies from heaven The Economist
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