Skeletons Found Under Parking Lot In Scotland May Belong To Medieval Knight Huffington Post (Carol B)
How relationship contracts are growing in popularity: ‘Sex twice a week and I agree to stay under 120lbs’ Mail Online (Lambert). Wow, I thought a relationship meant you were into the person, not just certain well defined behaviors. I mean, why not just hire an escort?
These Amazon Products Are No Joke, But the Online Reviews Are Wall Street Journal. The MSM catches up with a leisure activity of Richard Smith (finding bizarre products, particularly with suitably wacky reviews)
Steady stream of space debris rains down on Earth PBS. Always something to worry about!
People may welcome talking tissue boxes and other smart objects PhysOrg. Not moi! I recall over 20 years when someone at the MIT told me how his belt buckle could talk to his fridge. I don’t want my devices having conversations among themselves or with me.
Sherpas who attacked Everest climbers angry at ‘luxury adventurers’ Telegraph (Lambert)
Australian farm bubble? MacroBusiness
Oz manufacturing PMI signals full blown crisis MacroBusiness
Eurozone jobless rate hits new high Guardian
Germany will think twice before saving France next time Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Telegraph
Why the Baltic states are no model Martin Wolf, Financial Times
Actually Obama, Your Health Care Law Will Not Stop Medical Bankruptcy Jon Walker (Carol B)
On Congressional Kayfabe Michael Brick, Harper’s (mookie). NC readers had this one FIRST, and it was duly amplified by Lambert. Grr.
Government Seeks Broader Power For Wiretapping Americans On Facebook And Google DSWright, Firedoglake (Carol B)
Fired LAPD officers seek reviews of their cases in wake of Dorner rampage Guardian (Lambert)
Hacking Oakland’s Budget East Bay Express (mookie)
The US Food Aid Debate: Major Reform on the Horizon? Triple Crisis
Why did Reddit get the wrong guy? (Or: the Wisdom of Crowds vs. the Madness of Mobs) Noah Smith. I find the assumption that Reddit types should have been able to find the Boston Marathon perps a bit strange. 1. The images of so-called Suspect 1 weren’t great; 2. They could have been disguising themselves (fake noses, say?) 3. They could have been the sort of anti-social youth we are all warned about that don’t use Facebook.
High-Speed Traders Exploit Loophole Wall Street Journal
Here We Go Again – Builders Hold Lotteries for Right to Buy a House Michael Shedlock
Time for Some Publicly-Owned Banks Counterpunch
Fed weighs tighter cap on bank leverage Financial Times
The Lethal Lemons on the Road to Bangladesh Bill Black, New Economic Perspectives
The Debt We Shouldn’t Pay Robert Kuttner, New York Review of Books. Mookie: “NYRB finally gets around to reviewing Graeber’s Debt.”
The Myth of the Manufacturing ‘Renaissance’ WSJ Economics Blog
The Question of Socialism (and Beyond!) is About to Open Up in These United States Gar Alperovitz, Dangerousminds (mookie)
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