I am still sick, behind the eight ball, and have tasks in addition to post-writing on my plate. I had wanted to give you another post after our 7:00 AM launch, but I am feeling worse and need to turn in. Apologies.
Girl Scouts asked to end partnership with Barbie Capital Gazette (furzy mouse). Wow, Mattel figured out how to monetize space on Girl Scout uniforms?
16th-century manual shows ‘rocket cat’ weaponry Journal-Gazette (1 SK)
How to Find Out If Your Doctor Has Been in Trouble Patient Safety Blog
AP EXCLUSIVE: MAN SAID TO CREATE BITCOIN DENIES IT Associated Press (Ed Harrison)
Yet another exchange hacked: Poloniex loses around $50,000 in bitcoin ars technica. Richard Smith: “Another day, another bitcoin….theft.”
Japan Says Bitcoin Not a Currency Wall Street Journal. Ouch. Means transactions are subject to sales AND capital gains taxes.
Thatcher’s Britain is the wrong economic model MacroBusiness
How the Indian Man Leads the World in Preening WSJ IndiaRealTime
Brussels plans fresh rules on executive pay Financial Times
Ten handy phrases for bluffing your way through the Ukraine crisis Spectator (Richard Smith)
Flashback: Why Ronald Reagan Invaded Grenada Kevin Drum
US and allies punish Russia over Ukraine Financial Times
Punishing Putin Will Hurt the U.S. and Europe, Too Bloomberg. Editorial. Even the Administration’s proposed wet-noodle lashing has Bloomberg nervous.
President Obama, Vladimir Putin speak on Ukraine crisis Politico. Wow, how can Obama and Putin talk past each other for a full hour?
The ‘We-Hate-Putin’ Group Think Consortium News
Ukraine Recruiting Its Oligarchs To Prevent Pro-Russia East From Seceding Agence France-Presse
Russians sink a boat off Ukraine coast — their own Stars and Stripes (1 SK)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Late Night: Opera Bouffe cocktailhag, Firedoglake
Declassify the torture report Washington Post. Editorial so significant.
Colleges Straining to Restore Diversity Wall Street Journal
The Intercept’s Interference: Notes on Media, Capitalism, and Imperialism Cats, Not War. Quite the shellacking.
Exclusive: Pimco’s Gross declares El-Erian is ‘trying to undermine me’ Reuters. Digging a hole deeper. See Felix for background.
Goldman discovers money buys respect Gillian Tett, Financial Times. Who’d have thunk it?
GOLDMAN SACHS ELEVATOR HAS LOST HIS BOOK DEAL Business Insider
Tapering is Sooo 2013 Tim Duy
On Latest Jobs Data, It’s Anybody’s Guess New York Times. But expectations are generally low.
Antidote du jour. This is Josie B’s Dougie: