Secret life of the cat: What do our feline companions get up to? BBC (Lambert). Just like the NSA can do to us! But still interesting.
What makes good people do bad things? The mere smell of money, study finds Daily Mail (May S)
Ancient Roman Concrete Is About to Revolutionize Modern Architecture Bloomberg (Richard Smith)
France lifts block on EU-US trade talks Financial Times. As predicted, they were just looking for a bribe.
Iain Banks: squeeze a Tory, Blairite or Lib Dem and Thatcherite pus oozes out Guardian (Richard Smith)
Tucker will be a ‘huge loss’ for the BoE Telegraph. Done in by the Barclays smear job. And they won. He would have been much tougher on banks than Mark Carney.
IMF denounces US over fiscal tightening Financial Times
Why Obama is Declaring War on Syria CounterPunch (Carol B)
Heavy Pressure Led to Decision by Obama on Syrian Arms New York Times
Big Brother is Watching You Watch:
On PRISM, partisanship and propaganda Glenn Greenwald
The Sickening Snowden Backlash Daily Beast
Hong Kong lawmakers urge Obama to ‘tread very carefully’ on Snowden case South China Morning Post
The Real War on Reality Peter Ludlow, New York Times. Be sure to read this.
Retired Federal Judge: Your Faith In Secret Surveillance Court Is Dramatically Misplaced ThinkProgress (Lambert)
The ‘secrecy industrial complex’ David Rodhe (Richard Smith)
NSA gets early access to zero-day data from Microsoft, others ars technica. Explains one of the key takeaways of an important Bloomberg piece yesterday in a concise manner.
The influence of spies has become too much. It’s time politicians said no John LeCarre, Guardian (Richard Smith)
U.S. Chamber of Commerce drops Yes Men lawsuit, avoids Discovery Process cgibson, Firedoglake (Carol B)
10 years in prison for exposing Steubenville? UltraViolet (Richard Smith)
Drug War Makes It Frighteningly Easy to Frame Someone Jon Walker, Firedoglake (Carol B)
Offshore Tax-Haven Data Made Public As Companies Brace For Scrutiny Huffington Post. Link to the actual database in the post. Reader Chris E: “I was playing around with it using some search terms, and if, for example, you enter the word “China” you can get an idea of the scope of the entities escaping tax offshore. It’s absolutely huge.”
Finra Regulator Resigns After 1993 Bingo Fraud Is Leaked Bloomberg (Richard Smith)
Kickstarter almost enabled a $120,000 fraud, and it’s not the first Quartz. Quelle surprise!
IT FINALLY COMES OUT: Elite Traders Are Getting Access To Data Before Everyone Else Clusterstock (May S)
Time to Buy a House? Not on Your Life! CounterPunch
Clay Shirky guest-bleg: How do you describe bad economics reporting? Crooked Timber (Richard Smith)
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