California readers: Please come to our CalPERS hearing or encourage CalPERS retirees in the Bay Area to attend. It’s this Friday, May 2, 2014, 9:30 a.m., Superior Court of California, Department 302. That’s on the third floor of 400 McAllister Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 (map).
Merck’s Former Doctor Predicts that Gardasil will Become the Greatest Medical Scandal of All Time Health Impact News (furzy mouse)
Higher risk of being fired for women CEOs Financial Times. Wow, this article manages to miss that a women CEO will be perceived to be higher risk regardless of whether that is actually true. Every study ever done show that identical material (resumes, writing samples) are scored lower when attributed to a woman as opposed to a man.
China plots massive state sector shake-up Japan Times
Al Jazeera sues Egypt for $150m after crackdown on journalists Financial Times
Confessed Brazilian Torturer Found Murdered Counterpunch (Chuck L)
Ukraine: Useless Sanctions And Then What? Moon of Alabama. Putin must be laughing.
U.S. Sanctions on Russia Don’t Nail Energy Sector Keith Johnson, Foreign Policy
Wimpy Sanctions Will Embolden Putin Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg
Russia cancels debt sales as crisis grows Financial Times
15 people sought medical aid after radicals assault on demonstrators in Donetsk Strategic Culture Foundation
Europe’s Act in Ukraine’s Tragedy Project Syndicate. We need a new expression for “extreme propaganda.” This is a case example. “Big Lie” has lost its punch.
Ukraine: Hate in Progress Tim Judah. More of the same, starting with the astonishing first paragraph.
Big Brother is Watching You Watch:
A New Pencil-and-Paper Encryption Algorithm Bruce Schneier
The Prelude to the End of the American Era Ian Welsh (Chuck L)
Mortgage Whistleblower Stands Alone as U.S. Won’t Join Lawsuit Bloomberg. Appalling, and parallel to when the DoJ would not join Alan Grayson on his suit versus Halliburton spin-off KBR over Iraq War profiteering.
Obama Administration Argues in Favor of Right to Fire Public Employees Who Testify at Corruption Trials Kevin Gosztola, Firedoglake
Federal judge: Delayed access to court records raises First Amendment concerns Columbia Journalism Review
Apartheid, just less black and white Financial Times. From last week, still important.
Bank of America Suspends Buyback and Dividend Increase New York Times. Not only can Bank of America not keep track of mortgages, it can’t even get its own accounts right. See: How Bank of America Botched Some Basic Accounting Business Week.
FOMC Week Tim Duy
Is the Fisher Effect Stable or Unstable? Angry Bear. On interest rates and inflation.
Markets’ unearthly calm MacroBusiness
When ETFs make things more volatile Izabella Kaminska, FT Alphaville
GSE reform will drive up mortgage rates Housing Wire. This is one of several reasons why my sources on the Hill say will not happen. Plus Johnson-Crapo is widely known to be a gimmie to the banks.
How Much Will Mortgage Rates Rise In Fannie, Freddie Overhaul? Wall Street Journal
Poll Respondents More Embarrassed to Admit Credit Card Balance and Credit Score than Age or Weight National Foundation for Credit Counseling
From Outside or Inside, the Deck Looks Stacked Gretchen Morgenson, New York Times. On Warren’s book…
Piketty Dikitty Rikitty James Howard Kusntler. Entertaining and dead on.
Antidote du jour (furzy mouse):
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