Second Biggest Flare Of the Solar Cycle NASA (hat tip Lambert). Really cool, and it should be hitting just as I am composing this post.
Nanotrees harvest the sun’s energy to turn water into hydrogen fuel PhsyOrg (hat tip reader Robert M)
Monsanto’s Roundup Shown to be Ravaging Butterfly Population Nation of Change (hat tip reader furzy mouse)
‘She was the mom next door’: Banker who ‘worked with Manhattan madam’ defends woman accusing of making $10MILLION from selling call girls to the rich and famous Daily Mail (hat tip reader May S). Ooh, this trial could be fun. I’ve always wondered what the economics of a high end brothel were.
How to completely, utterly destroy an employee’s work life Washington Post (hat tip Lambert). Huh? This is the amateur version. Public humiliation is a much faster way to this end.
U.S. Warns Apple, Publishers Wall Street Journal. Huh? This case strikes me as backwards. Amazon is selling below cost. That’s generally called predatory pricing, since the only way it makes sense is if you kill enough of your competitors that you attain monopoly power. But instead it is going after the parties that tried to find a response. And before you tell me you want your cheaper e-books, authors need to be paid, and the pay for writing books sucked even before this race to the bottom.
Facebook reveals ‘fake’ user accounts Financial Times. Lambert thinks 5% to 6% is low….
Lei Feng in the age of the microblog Danwei (hat tip Lambert)
China offers other Brics renminbi loans Financial Times. Who with an operating brain cell would borrow money in a currency expected to appreciate (although it is possible the RMB will rise less than other BRICs currencies)
Intractable Afghan Graft Hampering U.S. Strategy New York Times (hat tip Lambert and Mark H. who called it “Pravda Irony Alert”)
And by dint of synchronicity: Afghan Air Force Probed in Drug Running Wall Street Journal
US will ensure Israel’s “military superiority”: Panetta Al Akbar (hat tip reader May S)
Minimum wage to be frozen for 20-year-olds Independent
Finally, Spain Paul Krugman
Euro Crisis Fuels South Tyrolean Separatist Dreams Der Spiegel (hat tip Lambert)
The Disruptive Rise of Niche Unions in Germany Der Spiegel (hat tip Lambert)
Violence Stoked Fear to Fuel Putin’s Strong-Arm Rise to Power: Book Review Bloomberg (hat tip Lambert). Quelle surprise!
So, Eric Holder, we should just trust that the president won’t assassinate us? Guardian (hat tip reader May S)
The cost of America’s police state Salon (hat tip reader May S)
Congress Votes to End Protesters’ Rights Alternet (hat tip reader furzy mouse)
As Usage Rises, Libraries Struggle to Stay Open Atlantic (hat tip reader May S)
Houston’s County Joins Texas Suit Seeking $10 Billion From MERS, Banks Bloomberg (hat tip reader Paul T)
Tax treatment of private equity: Questions over a quirk Financial Times
‘Officers, Why Do You Have Your Guns Out?’ New York Times (hat tip Damian)
Not So Encouraging Michael Panzner
35 Shocking Statistics That Prove That Things Have Gotten Worse In America The American Dream (hat tip reader May S)
Police: Kidnapped MoveOn.org Staffer’s “Please Help” Emails Went Completely Ignored Onion (hat tip Lambert)
Antidote du jour (hat tip reader Valissa):