NYC airport builds turtle barrier to guard runway Twin Cities (Chuck L)
Dramatic Loss in Snowfall for Los Angeles-Area Mountains Predicted Science Daily (furzy mouse)
Leprosy Genome Sequencing Reveals Disease Has Hardly Changed Over Past 1,000 Years Huffington Post (Carol B)
A new cross-border tax-haven database and its significance Columbia Journalism Review (Lambert)
European car sales fall to lowest level since 1993 Financial Times
Nicaragua OKs plan for cross-country canal, environment be damned Gristmill Some readers deemed this plan to be crazy, but it seems to be lumbering forward.
Big Brother is Watching You Watch:
Edward Snowden Live Chat Guardian. The big story Monday, in case you missed it. Lots of harrumphing from detractors, see here for an example. Wonder if there is a generation or culture gap, that people who are more heavy internet users would be read the tone differently.
Mike Gravel, Senator Who Disclosed Pentagon Papers, Backs Edward Snowden Huffington Post (Lambert)
Make privacy part of the transatlantic trade talks Yochai Benkler, Financial Times
T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless Shielded from NSA Sweep Wall Street Journal. Neglected to include this last week. Less helpful than you might think since they can work back from call recipients.
‘Tis of thee Steve Waldman. Read this.
Supreme Court Decision Will Likely Reduce Prescription Drug Prices Jon Walker, Firedoglake (Carol B)
Supreme Court Rules That Pre-Miranda Silence Can Be Used In Court Huffington Post. Great, now YOU have to recite Miranda to the cops.
Top Court Quashes Arizona Voter Law Wall Street Journal
Obama says Bernanke has ‘stayed a lot longer’ than he wanted at Fed Reuters. I heard from well placed people a while ago that he was definitely leaving. And I’m also hearing that Turbo Timmie has the inside track to replace him. Ugh.
Monday DeLong-Being-Stupid Self-Smackdown Watch: Expansionary Fiscalists vs. Expansionary Monetarists and the Federal Reserve’s Shift from a Time- to a State-Based Policy Rule: Will It End Our “Lost Decade”? Brad DeLong. He deserves big points for a self-smackdown. As much as DeLong is a crazymaking Democratic party tribalist, he regularly admits to error, and that’s all too rare for Serious Economists.
Myerson’s misses the Miasma that is Modern Executive Compensation William Black, New Economic Perspectives
Corrupted credit ratings: Standard & Poor’s lawsuit and the evidence VoxEU. A really fine little piece. I almost cross posted it.
Have We Hit Peak HFT? Advanced Trading
Why Safer Food Workers Mean Safer Food Working In These Times (Carol B)
Walmart vs. Costco: How Do They Really Compare? AOL Jobs (Carol B)
It’s not personal, it’s just business Daily Kos. Notes from the underclass
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