Meet the Beetles: big squirmy beetle larvae sold as novelty pets in Japanese shops BoingBoing (Richard Smith)
Japan sharply revises up Q1 growth Financial Times
SWOLLEN ELBE POWERS NORTHWARD THROUGH GERMANY Associated Press
Choke on banks stifles Cyprus economy Financial Times
McCain Excuses Syrian Rebel War Crimes, Suggests He’d Tolerate Extremist Takeover Of Syria Information Clearing House (May S)
Israel is Losing in the Syrian War CounterPunch
Big Brother is Watching You Watch:
Blanket Surveillance. Total Secrecy. What Could Possibly Go Wrong? TechCrunch (km4)
Backlash over US snooping intensifies Financial Times
Truck-sized Holes: Journalists Challenged by Technology Blindness Rayne, Emptywheel
The Logic of the Surveillance State Ian Welsh
Obama has hurt himself and business over privacy Ed Luce, Financial Times
Some Tricks To Keep The Government From Spying On You Clusterstock. Wellie, my one habit change is I am turning my old stupid phone off unless I really need to use it (no GPS so turning it off makes it no longer a tracking device).
Pardon Edward Snowden White House (WS). Sign now and tell your friends
Pragmatic Spinelessness masaccio, Firedoglake (Carol B)
The New (Old) Family Doctor: Cheaper, Better Care Without Insurance Daily Finance (Carol B). Not sure if true v. unduly hopeful.
Another Phony Jobs Report From A Government That Lies About Everything Paul Craig Roberts (May S)
When did you get hooked? London Review of Books (Lambert). Dunno about you, but even though I am reading GOT (just started Book 4), I’m doing it in a very leisurely manner (Books 1-3 took a full five months in little bits on the treadmill, and I got in the vastly more important The Dispossessed in after finishing Book 3). By contrast, when I read Dune, I had to stay up all night (and that was not normal for me back then) and had a lot stronger sense of engagement in other books I’ve read (such as Gene Wolfe’s Urth series). Even though GOT is a completely different beast, my relationship to it is more like Stephen Saylor’s books on Gordianus, a “finder” (detective) in the Roman Republic. It’s not my genre (I’ll grab one if I need something light when visiting my mother, she’s a mystery addict) but it’s still sufficiently well rendered and engaging to be worthwhile.
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