Lambert mistakenly though he was on today, so most of the links and some of the snark come from him, not me.
Literary Sensation: The Rise of a Danish Immigrant Poet Der Spiegel (FM)
Einstein and Pi Sean Caroll
Mathematical Patterns in Sea Ice Reveal Melt Dynamics Scientific American
How shockingly perfect the Bitcoin bubble was The Infront Blog
What You Think You Know About the Web Is Wrong New York Times
Airpnp: The app that lets you rent out your restroom for $5 per visit Daily Mail. The sharing economy.
Missing airliner flew on for 7 hours Washington Post
Like a lingering cloud of tear gas: how do you reconcile the two Brazils? Sports Illustrated
Renminbi deposits in Taiwan reach record RMB247bn Want China Times
Transatlantic trade talks hit German snag FT Financial Times
Merkel warns of massive damage as Russia masses forces Sydney Morning Herald (furzy mouse)
Crimean independence vote and Russian annexation: A primer Washington Post. Far from neutral.
Deadly clashes in east Ukraine ahead of Crimea vote BBC. This is the dangerous part, where violence can start feeding on itself.
Navy SEALs ‘took turns dumping HUNDREDS of bullets’ into Osama bin Laden’s dead body, a new report reveals Daily Mail. Included: The famous Situation Room photograph. One can only wonder if this is what they were watching.
The Torture Cover-Up Craig Murray
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Stanford Researchers Spot Medical Conditions, Guns, and More In Phone Metadata Slashdot (furzy mouse). So all men and elderly women should call an abortion clinic and healthy people should call a chronic disease center (hang up while on hold) just to mess them up.
New NSA Slides Reveal Tailored Access Run Amok Electronic Frontier Foundation
Why millennials have abandoned Obama Dana Milbank, WaPo. And why? Because — get this — Obama betrayed the public option magic sparkle zombie pony crowd. What this really means is that Milbank has some career “progressives” in his Rolodex and they gave him that answer. Yay!
Poor people’s health care Suburban Guerrilla
West Texas Gets 1,000-Foot Wall of Dust With Cold Front Claims Journal
Measles Outbreak Hits New York City I Fucking Love Science (JL)
When hedge funds lobby Felix Salmon, Reuters
FDIC sues banks over Libor manipulation Financial Times. Another cost-of-doing-business fine, no jail time. Yawners.
Housing Air Pocket?
Investors Pulling Back — What Happens to Housing Now? House of Debt (Scott)
The Cold, Hard Lessons of Mobile Home U. New York Times. Trailer parks as asset class. Not exactly new; you had subprime manufactured housing deals in the 1990s.
Wall Street Investors Take Aim at Farmland Mother Jones. Um, I heard about this “trend” in 2007 from a hedgie who was loading up.
People Think We’re in a Recession. Don’t Blame Them Josh Barro, New York Times
Inside The Barista Class The Awl
My Life as a Retail Worker: Nasty, Brutish, and Poor Atlantic. Hey, stop whining. You could have one of those middle-class jobs in an Amazon warehouse.
A Relentless Widening of Disparity in Wealth Eduardo Porter, New York Times
How Finance Gutted Manufacturing Boston Review
Buddhist economics: oxymoron or idea whose time has come? UC Berkeley News Center
Antidote du jour (Richard Smith). A nice backstory here.