Dear readers: We will be doing a meetup in Washington, DC on Tuesday March 18 at 6:00 PM. A couple of readers voted for Vidalia. It sounds like a really nice place, but a key criterion is that we be able to mingle. If it’s all sit-down, that won’t be so easy. Does Vidalia allow for that? If not, what would you suggest? Will update re venue by the weekend. Either way, be there or be square!
Woman gets slapped in the face by a whale Independent (Chuck L)
Are you smarter than a 5-year-old? Preschoolers can do algebra ScienceDaily (Chuck L)
The Fat Drug New York Times. Wow.
China Reports Unexpected ~$23 Billion Trade Deficit In February Business Insider. Puhleeze. How many years running have China’s trade stats taken a turn for the worse right before the April-October dates when Treasury is required to name currency manipulators? When is the media gonna wise up?
Greek Banks Need A Few Extra Billion DealBreaker
Saudis Bankrolling Israel’s Mossad: More Confirmation? Barry Lando Firedoglake
Obama talks Crimea solutions in phone calls with world leaders Christian Science Monitor
London’s Laundry Business New York Times (bob)
Sovereignty vs. Self-Rule: Crimea Reignites Battle New York Times
Ukraine Decries Crimea Separatist Referendum as Unfair Bloomberg. Quelle surprise!
In response to sanctions, Russia may halt inspections Washington Post
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
On ‘Freedom and Security’ Angela Merkel, New York Review of Books
DOJ’s Leaky SCIF Double Standards Marcy Wheeler
You Know Who Else Collected Metadata? The Stasi ProPublica (Chuck L)
Auto Regulators Dismissed Defect Tied to 13 Deaths New York Times
The Geographical Dispersion of U.S. Inflation Menzie Chinn
Grover Norquist Is Open To Eliminating The Carried Interest Loophole Business Insider
JPMorgan whistleblower gets $63.9 million in mortgage fraud deal Reuters. A rare winner.
A Whistle That’s Lost in the Crowd Gretchen Morgenson, New York Times
Which Side Is Your Pension On? Jacobin
Antidote du jour. Gretchen’s Byxbe: