Consciousness may be the product of carefully balanced chaos Science (Chuck L)
Please Stop Saying Humans Aren’t Causing Climate Change Wired (resilc)
Theranos Lab May Pose Threat to Patient Safety, Regulator Says New York Times (allan)
Three new Zika virus cases confirmed in the USA: Los Angeles, Virginia, Minnesota Boing Boing (resilc)
With Zika outbreak, Brazil’s slump is becoming a nightmare Slate (resilc)
IMF, World Bank move to avert oil-led defaults Financial Times
OPEC Economies On Their Last Legs OilPrice
Hysteria over China has become ridiculous Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Telegraph
Doing the Math: Why China’s Exports Aren’t Adding Up Bloomberg (furzy)
Google and Apple hit back on EU tax deals Financial Times. The headline misleadingly makes Google and Apple sound as if they are in a strong position when deals to settle tax liability are being questioned on a widespread basis as too secretive and way too generous-looking.
The EUs banking union: a recipe for disaster Pieria (Chuck L)
Tories accused of shortchanging public as £26bn privatisation haul revealed Guardian (Dr. Kevin). Wait, that’s the point of privatization…the mistake is the bad PR.
Sweden ‘to expel up to 80,000 failed asylum-seekers’ – BBC (furzy)
EU Report: Greece Has Neglected Border Obligations Wall Street Journal. Duh. Greece has lots of coastline, a not-heavily-populated border in the east, and a broke government.
Iran Daily: Khamenei Issues His Biggest Challenge With Election Ban of Khomeini’s Grandson EA WorldView. Resilc: “Can we be progressive like iran and have an election ban on more Clintons?”
The War on ISIS Expands to Libya American Conservative (resilc)
Yemen and Crimes Against Humanity American Conservative (resilc)
SECDEF has been ambushed by reality. Sic Semper Tyrannis
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Ted Cruz Is the Genuine Extremist in the Republican Race Charles Pierce, Esquire (resilc)
Ta-Nehisi Coates on Hillary Clinton’s Strange History of Reconstruction Atlantic (resilc)
Hillary Clinton Doing Finance Industry Fundraiser Just Before Iowa Intercept (resilc)
Ha Ha: Hillary Clinton’s Top Financial Supporter Now Controls “The Onion” Intercept (resilc)
Bernie Sanders’s Radical Environmental Proposal New Republic
Bernie Sanders finally answers the God question Washington Post (curlydan)
Angry White Men
The Fed in a Bind Mohamed El-Erian Bloomberg
Fed Keeps Rates Unchanged, Signals Concern About Growth Fiscal Times
Paul Allen megayacht destroyed most of protected coral reef, officials say Seattle Times (agreenie)
Paul LePage Floats Idea of Publicly Beheading Drug Dealers With Guillotine New York Magazine (resilc). As sadistic-looking as the results are, we have not improved over the guillotine in terms of immediate (therefore no unnecessary suffering) pretty fail safe ways of killing people. Separately, I want to have a mini guillotine business. They could be the Pet Rocks of Christmas 2016. You have kitchen sized ones, say big enough to cut a grapefruit or a carrot. But how do you get the force on such a short run to cut a carrot? The physics don’t work very well scaled down. Plus image the liability with kids who decide to play with them.
The World’s Favorite New Tax Haven Is the United States Bloomberg (resilc). Not news if your read Nicholas Shaxzon’s Treasure Islands.
School Desegregation Lawsuit Threatens Charters American Prospect. About time.
The continued surveillance of poor black kids Cathy O’Neil
Drivers’ suit against Uber to go to trial Financial Times
Antidote du jour. From Chet:
From Monday’s release of a golden eagle in central Pennsylvania via Centre Wildlife Care.
Golden eagles are particularly special because they no longer live in the eastern United States (need I say why?), but goldens do pass through here during their migrations north and south.
I’ve a fuller account of the release on my site at