Food labelling underestimating calorie content of some foods, scientists say Guardian. Wow. And I like cooked veg in the winter. Will need to go to blanching instead.
Police Blotter Atherton Imgur (bob). Average home price over $4 million. See what that buys you in the way of service.
Modern diet helping bacteria to wreck our teeth The Age (John M)
Fracking the country side MacroBusiness. Good one stop shopping if you need to educate someone re the environmental issues.
Ecuador’s Correa enjoys re-election, seeks investment Reuters (Mark H)
Exclusive Interview: Meet Alexis Tsipras, the Most Dangerous Man in Europe Alternet. Aside: one reader took note of a story that got picked up by Handelsblatt (it was a reprint of a story from a less well regarded media outlet) intimating that Tsipras appearing in the US at an event that INET helped sponsor was some sort of Soros political plot (it is true that Soros is meddling in German politics, since he thinks austerity is a bad idea, but he is doing it in a pretty visible way, particularly when he visits Germany). This is all pretty bizarre given that the event was part of the Money & Public Purpose series at Columbia (as in a venue that will have no impact on world or even US opinion) and was shambolic. I had planned to attend and when I called a buddy to ask what I had missed, I got an earful. Tsipras showed up prepared to speak only in Greek and the translation was pretty much a disaster. And he apparently had prepared his remarks, so his failure to get them translated so someone could read them in English was mighty peculiar. But I gather it was standing room only with a lot of Greek speakers in attendance, so some of the audience had a grand time.
Sweden shows Australia the way out MacroBusiness
Ben Zygier: The great Prisoner X conspiracy theory Telegraph. More facts emerging; now the claim is that he had been indicted, but that’s inconsistent with the Parliamentary defense panel not being briefed.
Obama Seeking to Boost Study of Human Brain New York Times (furzy mouse). For improved messaging, no doubt.
Congress’s committee chairmen push to reassert their power Washington Post (ab)
It’s official: The feds will run most Obamacare exchanges Washington Post. This is not pretty, the feds weren’t expecting to have to do this
States worry about rate shock during shift to new health law Los Angeles Times
US business hits out at ‘Obamacare’ costs Financial Times. And notice one nasty possible side effect: a lot of low end-employers shifting full time workers to part time to slip out of having to provide coverage
The premises and purposes of American exceptionalismn Glenn Greenwald. Ah, and this is a pet peeve of mine…
Fears at Fed of rate payouts to banks Financial Times
Can the share market carry the economy? MacroBusiness. Framed in the Australian context, but clearly a point of view that has sway in US policy thinking
Bankrupt Churches Bob Lawless, Credit Slips :-(
Incoming SEC head faces early test Financial Times. You have to read this. Corporations insist that “free speech” = the right to anonymous free speech.
I also have a weird reader question. I am stuck with a zillion (well, over 150K) American miles I dutifully accumulated hoping to go somewhere overseas. Now horrible US Air is going to buy and utterly screw up American. I had wanted to go to Sydney again, but it is frightfully expensive even if I can snag a seat (thinking early 2014, just watch me get 50 degree heat to show me!), and I don’t see how I can manage a trip and blogging part of the time which also seems silly (why travel so far if you need to work a lot of the time?). Grr. I may have to go to England and hang out with Richard Smith and his accommodating wife and trek into London a few times instead. So what would you do if you were in my fix (miles rich and time constrained?)
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