Brain nerves line up neatly Nature (hat tip Lambert)
In Canada, the Lowly Penny’s Time to Shine Nears an End New York Times. One of the many things I liked about Australia is that they had gotten rid of the penny long ago.
Audit Finds Apple Supplier Violates Chinese Work Rules Wall Street Journal. So much for the tech defenders who took up the Foxconn line that it wasn’t making workers do illegally (and health-endangering) long hours, despite quite a few anecdotal reports to the contrary. A factory is not set up to have oppressive work conditions be an isolated experience.
But Apple has its distraction ready: Apple Labor Plan to Ripple Through China Factories Reuters. No mention of the audit, instead we get a smilely faced story. Reader nathan notes:
This seems like a complete and utter public relations plant. do we have any alternative information? Or a written copy of this supposed “labor plan”?
Spain’s general strike shows first signs of rebellion against austerity Guardian (hat tip Lambert)
Spanish general strike: Notes from the margins RedPepper (hat tip Lambert)
Pasty tax sparks threat of bakers’ march Guardian (hat tip reader John L)
Ireland must vote for an end to its humiliation in Europe Michael O’Sullivan, Financial Times
EU rewards Goldman Sachs for Greek debt scheme Irish Left Review. Aaw, you can call something a “Left Review” outside the US!
Ousted Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed on the Coup that Ousted Him & His Climate Activism Democracy Now (hat tip reader Aquifer)
Grieving survivors describe Afghan massacre CNN (hat tip reader May S)
Rousseff attacks west’s crisis response Financial Times (hat tip Joe Costello). The FT has substantially revised the piece to put more emphasis on Brics muscle-flexing and less on the Western screw-ups that helped precipitate it. The current version is: Brics nations threaten IMF funding Financial Times.
Islamophobia, Obama, and the Art of Acting Muslim John Feffer, TomDispatch
Obama Shifts View of Executive Power Wall Street Journal
Wrapping Up the Supreme Court Arguments on Obamacare David Dayen, Firedoglake
Republicans Tampered With Court Audio in Obama Attack Ad Bloomberg (hat tip reader Scott)
Is There More to Sen. Snowe’s Resignation Than Congress’s “Crumbling Center”? Truthout (hat tip Lambert). The story never did add up.
Update: Tim DeChristopher Is No Longer in Solitary Confinement Kevin Gosztola, Firedoglake
How much are contractors costing? Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight. Quelle surprise! The Army and DHS discussed savings that resulted from “insourcing”.
Bank Of America Sanctioned For Discharge Violation Bankruptcy Law Network (hat tip reader thomas s). More automatic screwing of customers.
Solvay Bank’s Mello named to New York Fed board Syracuse. Reader bob vouches for his bank.
White Collar Watch: Maneuvering for an Immunity Deal New York Times
MF Global: Forbes Sums It Up Well, And My Take, ‘Abandon All Hope, Ye Who Enter Here’ Jesse (hat tip reader Michael C)
The nation-state still matters Occupy Oakland Media (hat tip Lambert)
Is Loaning Money at a 350% APR Evil? Bob Lawless, Credit Slips
Antidote du jour (hat tip reader furzy mouse):