Octopus Houdini escapes boat via tiny hole TreeHugger (Lance N). Missed this in my inbox, still fun
Trans-Pacific Partnership and Monsanto NationofChange (Elizabeth M, AbyNormal)
Real progressives believe in breaking up Google Financial Times. Where do I sign up?
Japan’s Shoppers Start to Buy, Tentatively New York Times
Viva la Siesta: Should Southern Europe Really Be More German? Der Speigel. Of course, that assumes southern Europeans work fewer hours than their northern counterparts, which at least in the case of Greece, is simply untrue.
Anglo Irish Bank scandal ‘damages democracy’, Angela Merkel says Guardian. Wow, how much hypocrisy can you pack in one statement? Merkel is in the process of stripping democracies of national sovereignity (and hence democratic rule) as a condition of assistance. And it was the Troika, under German influence, that forced Ireland to assume the liabilities of its bust banks.
Mervyn King Was (Eventually) the Right Man for the Job Clive Crook, Bloomberg. King was openly critical of banks and pushed hard for a UK version of Glass Steagall, but was stymied by Treasury.
Big Brother is Watching You Watch:
NSA leaker’s father says son would return to face charges, US renews calls for his return Washington Post. This looks seriously not good for Snowden.
Ecuadorean Disarray Clouds Snowden Bid Wall Street Journal. In case you missed this bit of the story….looks like the Wikileaks folks didn’t have all the moving parts figured out.
Diplomats from Several Countries Set Up Meeting to Discuss Snowden Case SoftPedia (1 SK). Another bad sign.
Trapped in Transit: Orwellian Moscow airport hotel Associated Press (Lambert)
“Intelligence,” Corporatism, and the Dance of Death Arthur Silber (1 SK)
Exposing the Dark Forces Behind the Snowden Smears Max Blumenthal, Alternet
The Government’s Mass Spying Is An Affront To Democratic Values. Let’s Also Not Pretend It’s An Effective And Efficient Way Of Keeping Us Safe George Washington. A good compilation in case you know any people who believe otherwise
The Wonderful American World of Informers and Agents Provocateurs NationofChange (furzy mouse)
License-Plate Readers Let Police Collect Millions of Records on Drivers Cryptogon (Scott)
Some Thoughts On The Snowden Fallout Moon of Alabama (Chuck L)
Why Ignoring the Demographic Time Bomb Would Be Easy for House Republicans Jon Walker, Firedoglake (Carol B)
Off with his head Michael Smith (Carol B)
Is Philadelphia the Next Chicago? Dissent (Paul Tioxon)
FBI Document—“[DELETED]” Plots to Kill Occupy Leaders “If Deemed Necessary” WhoWhatWhy (furzy mouse)
Central banks sell record sums of US debt Financial Times
Chicago PMI: Largest Monthly Drop In Four Years Clusterstock
Housing Recovery Elusive for U.S. Homebuilders Barry Ritholtz
New Bank of America whistle-blower emerges: More customer abuse secrets Dave Dayen, Salon (Deontos)
Bank of America Moves Mortgage Jobs To India Bloomberg (1 SK). Wonder if this also helps them in shielding records from discovery….
Save If Failure Impending James Kwak
The Expendables: How the Temps Who Power Corporate Giants Are Getting Crushed ProPublica (Carol B). This is actually not news, but does warrant more attention than it gets. One of my sisters-in-law was a manager at GM for seven years…but was formally a temp. This was in the early 1990s. And many IT staffers are hired through agencies, albeit under contracts rather than as temps, but the effects are similar: they don’t get benefits and have a no-value-added middleman profiting at their expense.
Reflections on Violence New York Review of Books
The Weirdest Languages idibon (Lambert)
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