New Zealand ‘cat burglar’ caught stealing men’s underwear BBC (Richard Smith). She looks so proud of her cache!
India’s red tape causes trouble for exporting cats Financial Times. Try bringing a pet to Australia. The Aussies can out-do any other Commonwealth bureaucrats on those rare occasions when they put their minds to it. Ditto when I tried bringing my garden variety dietary supplements in when the Olympics were on.
Warmer Winter Brings Forest-Threatening Beetles North New York Times (David L)
The exhausting uber-violence of Netflix’s superhero shows Washington Post (furzy)
Brussels airport explosions – live blog Politico
Terrorist Attacks in Brussels Kill at Least 27 Wall Street Journal
These 25 Companies Are More Powerful Than Many Countries Foreign Policy (resilc). Amazon is ranked higher than Google, now Alphabet? Ditto Nestle? I think readers will have a party with this list…
Is Britain better off outside the EU? Financial Times
The ‘SYRIZA experience’: lessons and adaptations Open Democracy
Last Chance, Amigo? You Can Never Be Too Late in Havana Der Spiegel. Glenn F: “This article by a former East German is very interesting and provides a perspective on Cuba not available through the MSM.”
Obama has risked US credibility in Middle East Financial Times. Very hawkish subtext. Is this becoming the new conventional wisdom?
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
3andMe to Share DNA Data with Researchers Using Apple iPhone MIT Technology Review (David L). Are these people nuts?
Radio Attack Lets Hackers Steal 24 Different Car Models Wired (resilc)
FBI may not need Apple to unlock San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone Washington Post (furzy). Timing awfully convenient, when the Feds were at risk of a loss in court, Apple’s products have so much support that it isn’t being dented by the government’s criticism, and the actual data is unlikely to be worth anything.
U.S. Says It May Not Need Apple’s Help to Unlock iPhone New York Times. Bill B:
It’s highly likely the NSA already has a bypass mechanism. This kind of tech filters down into the underworld because government spies like to outsource work to criminal freelancers. Helps to enable plausible deniability.
Imperial Collapse Watch
Is Putin Weaponising Stupidity? BlogMire (John Helmer)
ISIS and Endlessly Expanding War National Interest (resilc)
Non-Interventionists Don’t Want an “Aggressive U.S. Posture in the World” American Conservative (resilc)
Bernie Slanders: How The Democratic Party Establishment Suffocates Progressive Change Social Europe (Sid S)
Hillary Clinton Lays Out Her Own Middle East Approach — And It’s Not Obama’s Huffington Post. Hillary kisses the AIPAC ring. And then some.
If Hillary Isn’t Indicted, the Rule of Law and the Republic Are Dead Of Two Minds (Chuck L). I think we passed that event horizon a while ago.
Warren steps into 2016 fray, calls Trump a ‘loser’ The Hill (furzy)
Trump questions need for NATO, outlines non-interventionist foreign policy Washington Post (resilc, furzy). Even with doubts about whether Trump really means it, heads will be exploding. Also lists who his advisors are.
Donald Trump will (almost certainly) never be elected president. Here’s why. Washington Post. Furzy has doubts.
Donald Trump, Republican Establishment Start Getting Along at His Rally in Washington, D.C. Charles Pierce, Esquire. As I said, hostile takeovers eventually become friendly.
The Real Reason Republicans Won’t Rally Around Ted Cruz Charles Pierce, Esquire (resilc)
Mitt Romney Stabs John Kasich in the Back Vanity Fair
Illinois College Students Say They Were Threatened With Arrest And Turned Away From The Polls ThinkProgress (martha r)
Kaleidoscope Eyes Michael Shedlock. Dissing Fed rate hike talk.
Saudis to freeze oil output without Iran Financial Times
Americans think they work harder than everyone else — and they don’t Quartz (resilc). Ahem. 1. Americans do work longer hours than people in just about any advanced economy due to sucky vacations (and that’s before you get into “always on duty” demands of a lot of employers). 2. Whether all that work is useful is a the responsibility of management. The fact that a lot of work is a waste of time (meetings!!!!) does not make work any less hard. 3. Having said that, American love to brag how hard they work and then believe their PR.
How the Legal System in New Orleans Is Screwing the Poor Vice (resilc)
New Rules for the Monetary Game Reghuram Rajan, Project Syndicate. Today’s must read. Rajan was the economist who earned the ire of just about everyone at Greenspan’s last Jackson Hole by delivering his paper, “Has Financial Development Made the World Riskier?” which concluded “Yes”. This article is (as required of someone at his level) coded, but it’s not hard to discern that he is leveling serious criticisms.
Antidote du jour (furzy). @MsWZ: “Caught a family portrait”:
Video and related story via Reuters. Look how the eagles, who are awkward moving around in the nest, are so careful around their chicks.