Who’s Afraid of Peer Review? Science (furzy mouse)
Geeks can be girls Gillian Tett, Financial Times
Model S Fire Tesla Motors (Chuck L). Notice the bit that says the fire department made the problem worse. So how is a fireman supposed to know special lithium ion battery fire procedures?
As Good As It Gets In Latvia? Ed Hugh. Long but important. Latvia, astonishingly, is being touted as an austerity success story. Must be because the fabulists assume no one actually goes there.
Ireland ‘will need EU support’ Guardian
Egypt to Try Populist Tack to Address Discontent Wall Street Journal
How to win a lost war Asia Times
Impasse With Afghans Raises Prospect of Full U.S. Pullout New York Times
With No New Plan, Boehner Makes Angry Plea on Shutdown New York Times. This is seriously bad. Boehner was giving market friendly messages last night that he wouldn’t let a default happen. After markets close, the message is Obama has to give on the ACA, which is simply proof that as with the budget negotiations last year, Boehner is at best a figurehead. He can’t deliver his party.
Obama is not negotiable on the ACA. Now if I were an observant Tea Party type, I’d know that Obama will blink. He won’t default, he’ll invoke the 14th Amendment or use some other device. Then I as a crazy right winger will make even more noise about him and I am probably convinced I will get some less nutty right wingers to follow my lead.
Markets Mostly Shrug at Shutdown Wall Street Journal
The Loss of U.S. Pre-eminence Simon Johnson, New York Times
Shutdown puts trade talks on ice Financial Times. This is a huge silver lining. And if they don’t get done, it means one less wing in the Obama presidential library…
US policy makers fear flying blind Financial Times
Shutdown will stall home loans for thousands Washington Post
The National Weather Service Sends Hidden Message To Congress In Forecast Techdirt (Chuck L)
Dennis Hastert: ‘There Is No Hastert Rule’ Nation (furzy mouse)
If there are any technical people in the ObamaCare effort who want to get anything off their chests, we’d love to hear from them….please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Key Part Of Obamacare Website Going Dark This Weekend Huffington Post. Wow, if anything, Lambert was too charitable in his assessment of what a mess the exchanges looked to be from the pre-startup timetables, body language, and heaving of major deliverables over the side.
Wonkbook: Obamacare’s Web site is really bad Washington Post
What Developers Can Learn from healthcare.gov O’Reilly (Chuck L)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch:
NSA and GCHQ target Tor network that protects anonymity of web users Guardian. We had said earlier that using Tor was waving a big red flag at the NSA. It appears, however, that Tor still can’t be cracked. My concern still is whether mere mortals who try using Tor (as opposed to hard core techies who know how to secure their computers and communications better) can wind up exposing themselves
NSA Spying Makes the Internet and Computers LESS Safe George Washington
Lavabit’s Levison’s Really Bad Call Simple Justice. I’ve noticed this in other walks of life. A lot of people who are otherwise experienced but haven’t had a reason to hire a lawyer often make stunningly bad choices and even worse, don’t have a clue until it’s way too late that they are getting bad advice.
IJ Scores Two Major First Amendment Victories Institute for Justice (Chuck L)
Use of force in Capitol Hill shooting debated Washington Post. Notice the heavy official spin, that she tried to “ram through” the barrier at the White House. Other accounts say she just bumped it.
The “Hyper-meritocracy” – an Oxymoron Led by Criminal Morons Bill Black, New Economic Perspectives
Does Proposed Senate Media Shield Law Hurt Independent Journalists? Real News Network
Why are Nurses at Vanderbilt Medical Center Cleaning Bathrooms? Portside (Carol B)
Ken Rogoff Takes A Swipe At Econ-Bloggers For Misinterpreting His Work On Debt And GDP Business Insider (Paul Tioxon). This would be funny if it weren’t also pathetic.
The Ten Ninety Nihilists Kevin Carhart, Real News Network
Freedom of Information Ken Auletta, New Yorker (Bob S)
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