Yesterday’s comments on the Links section started with reader FoolTheBastids recommending TrueCrypt to hide encrypted data inside other encrypted data. Richard Smith pointed out that this was steganography and pointed to a TrueCrypt enhancement but even so, it can be cracked. But there are other fail-safe methods.
Richard is on a roll: VEGETARIAN TAXIDERMY Rumpus
Giant, fluorescent pink slugs found on mountain Yahoo (Lambert)
Beavers attack people in Belarus, fisherman dies Reuters (Associated Press)
Rogue Monsanto Wheat Sprouts in Oregon Mother Jones
A Lone Voice Raises Alarms on Lucrative Diabetes Drugs New York Times
50 Secrets Your Surgeon Won’t Tell You Readers’ Digest (DC Medical Malpractice and Patient Safety Blog). Some of this is very useful.
Will Saudi Arabia Allow the U.S. Oil Boom? Interview with Chris Faulkner OilPrice. Readers will choke on his policy views, but the rest is informative.
Report Finds Chinese Elderly in Dire State Wall Street Journal
IMF warns over yen weakness Financial Times
Northern Ireland Town Fakes Prosperity for G8 Summit PRI (Matt Stoller)
EIB says would consider backing Cyprus LNG terminal Reuters (Lambert)
Brazil faces 1970s stagflation as resource boom wilts Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Telegraph
Israel ‘to build’ new outposts in Jerusalem Aljazeera (Lambert)
Syrian Rebels Turn on Their Political Leadership CounterPunch (Carol B)
A Proxy War Is Raging In Syria George Washington
I THINK I KNOW WHAT MIGHT SAVE MSNBC No More Mister Nice Blog (Lambert). Remarkable how Good Dems will go through hoops to attribute their loss of credibility and therefore traffic to anything other than their continued fealty to Obama
Cops Taser Then Shoot Man to Death After Family Calls 911 for Help for His Depression Alternet (Lambert). Holy moley.
Costco’s Profit Soars To $459 Million As Low-Wage Competitors Struggle Huffington Post (Carol B)
Goldman attracts 17,000 intern applicants Financial Times
Why Citi blinked in FHFA MBS cases – and what it means for other banks Alison Frankel, Reuters
What’s Inside the Government’s Deal With Citigroup? Jonathan Weil, Bloomberg
Swoon in Bonds Puts Eye on Fed Wall Street Journal
Rethinking macroeconomic policy: Getting granular Olivier Blanchard, Giovanni Dell’Ariccia, Paolo Mauro, VoxEU. A post by the chief economist of the IMF and colleagues. Neoliberalism still is alive and well despite its rampant failures. What is scary is that it treats reducing government debt as a first order objective, when cutting debt levels when growth is less than robust kills economies, as multiple test cases in Europe demonstrate vividly.
Like a Wasting Disease, Neoliberals, Libertarians & the Right are Eating Away Society’s “Connective Tissue” – Part 1 and Like a Wasting Disease, Neoliberals, Libertarians & the Right are Eating Away Society’s “Connective Tissue” – Part 2 Michael Hoexter, New Economic Perspectives. There’s a lot of good stuff here, but I cringe a bit at his emphasis on empathy. Social species operate that way because collaboration is pro-survival.
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