Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman Found Dead Wall Street Journal. I first saw him in Magnolia and always enjoyed his performances. Sad. Lurid details here, accolades from fellow actors here, and film clips here.
Stephen Hawking Thinks Black Holes Don’t Exist Smithsonian
A Mystery Illness Is Causing Starfish to Rip Themselves Into Pieces Gawker. Is there anything in Revelations about this? Or a horror movie I missed?
Get your opiates for free: Capitalism meets the zombie apocalypse John Hempton. You must read this.
Pettis: Chinese banks are signaling more slowing MacroBusiness
Crazy Abenomics Orgy In Japan Is Ending Already – Pounding Hangover Next Wolf Richter. Japan wanted inflation, but is inflation on imported goods the kind of inflation it wanted?
Protesters Disrupt Thai Voting, Forcing Additional Elections New York Times
How Putin’s cronies seized control of Russia’s Facebook The Verge (Chuck L)
Ukraine: “West” Playing With Fire – Intentions? Moon of Alabama
Press Used to Print Millions of Counterfeit US Banknotes Seized Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Reader bob asks if anyone in Canada has more detail to add. I want to know if the Mounties still ride horses (save at parades).
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Fraudster paid government to help promote fake bomb detectors Guardian (Richard Smith)
Self-powered cyborg cockroaches are coming engadget (Richard Smith)
HealthCare.gov can’t handle appeals of enrollment errors Washington Post
Method of Study Is Criticized in Group’s Health Policy Tests New York Times
Real Life Obamacare Small Business, Benefit-Shifting Example Michael Shedlock
Millions Are Now Realizing They’re Too Poor For Obamacare Huffington Post (Carol B)
US trade deals remain on track, says Froman Financial Times
Obama’s trade agenda hangs on a thin Reid Edward Luce, Financial Times. Wellie, it looks like Luce has decided to carry water for the Administration. Notice no mention of the House, where there is big opposition among the Dems and rising among the Republicans. The positioning is that Reid is the only problem. Really misleading reporting.
Private-Equity Firms’ Fees Get a Closer Look Wall Street Journal. Anodyne headline when the subject is a probable industry-wide tax abuse.
Seventh Circuit Rules Prosecutor Can Be Sued For Abusive Investigation and Misconduct Jonathan Turley (Chuck L)
Drought monitoring Angry Bear. Wow, Western Oregon is in “severe drought”? West of the Cascades usually gets lots of rain. Lordie.
Now It’s Time to Talk About Chicago’s Tale of Two Cities American Prospect
Gender Diversity On Broadcast Sunday Shows Unchanged Over Last 5 Years Media Matters (Carol B)
Jim Armitage: Goldman Sachs, the cleverest of banks, was always going to find a way around Brussels’ efforts to put a limit on its lavish bonuses Independent. Bonuses are now “role based allowances”. My guess is they are being treated as expense accounts.
The Rise of ‘Insourcing’ Gives Internet Companies a New Way to Exploit Workers Next New Deal (Carol B). Not news but curiously underreported by the MSM.
The Middle Class Is Eroding. Just Ask the Business World. New York Times. Implies they are innocent bystanders.
Antidote du jour. Another animal friendship tale from furzy mouse: A five week old boar plays with Candy, the jack Russell terrier in Ehringhausen Germany.