Apologies for having fewer posts than usual today. I’m really tired and have been having trouble concentrating. No particular trigger, just seems to be a weirdly low energy day.
Cheese maker warned against supplying Gloucester cheese rolling BBC (Richard Smith)
Solar plane sets distance record Bangkok Post (Lambert)
Roll over Einstein: meet Weinstein Guardian
Pope defends atheists: Atheists who do good are good, says Pope Francis Christian Science Monitor
Why Has Humanity Always Fantasized About the Capture and Rape of Women? Lynn Parramore, Alternet
Spain’s banks face €10bn more provisions Financial Times. Quelle surprise
Pessimism and priorities in advanced economies Cardiff Garcia, FT Alphaville
Misreading the Global Economy Ashoka Mody, Project Syndicate
The humble hero Economist
Obama’s Finger Is On the Trigger Except Where It Matters Marcy Wheeler
Penny Pritzker’s Financial Disclosure Off $80 Million DSWright, Firedoglake
Colgan: Jobs recovery expected in 2016 Bangor Daily News. Lambert: “2016 == never.”
A Journey Through Oligarch Valley Yasha Levine, NSFW (mookie). Will be locked again after today…
The Fed and Mr. Market’s hissy fit:
Bernanke’s test finds the market wanting Business Spectator
Bernanke confuses all MacroBusiness
More Fed – It Never Ends Tim Duy. Wow. Proof that the Fed has a serious case of confirmation bias. They’ll look at unemployment and exclude the effects of “fiscal drag” but not factor in the impact of long-term unemployment or underemployment?
Many investors may not be living in the real world Financial Times
Monetary Rapture: The Incredible Disappearing Gold Inventories – Ocean Receding Jesse versus Risk of vicious circle for gold as hedging returns Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Telegraph
Banks’ Lobbyists Help in Drafting Financial Bills New York Times. Richard Smith: “Department of Duh”.
“Children Are Dying” Washingtonian (rich). Today’s must read.
Antidote du jour (photo by Daniel Parent, taken in Quebec, via martha r):