BIC For Her Medium Ballpoint Pen (Box of 12) – Black Amazon. Richard Smith continues on his Consumerist beat of finding products designed for special tastes with suitably discerning reviews.
Humanities Fall From Favor Wall Street Journal. :-(
Roman seawater concrete holds the secret to cutting carbon emissions PhysOrg (Robert M)
Japan’s radiation disaster toll: none dead, none sick The Age. Some interesting (as in not knee jerk) issues raided at Slashdot: Some of the radiation readings were shielded; big life saver/exposure reducer was the fast evacuation of 200,000 people, which per the article, resulted 1000 deaths. Shouldn’t that be attributed to the disaster?
Wisconsin child porn suspect doesn’t have to decrypt hard drives—for now ars technica (ScottS)
‘Emerging markets displace Europe as fulcrum of risk’ Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Telegraph
The Asian Housing Bubble Burst Triple Crisis
Debate rages over sale of Greek bank ops Cyprus Mail (Antonis)
Bilderberg Group? No conspiracy, just the most influential group in the world Telegraph. This is a zeitgeist indicator, but I’m not sure what it signifies.
U.S. Sinks Nails in Iranian Economic Coffin OilPrice. Tone too triumphalist for my taste, particularly given how we botched the Syrian adventure. But this certainly is the plan.
CIA chief ’spilled secrets’ to Hollywood: report Sydney Morning Herald (YY)
Revealed: NSA collecting phone records of millions of Americans daily Glenn Greenwald and Verizon forced to hand over telephone data – full court ruling Guardian (GR). Holy moley. Metadata, but the scope is still astonishing. And remember, we know only about Verizon.
Paris threatens EU-US talks as China trade war looms Financial Times. Oh, it would be SO nice if France really were to throw a spanner in the works, but they are probably just angling for a sufficiently large bribe.
Philadelphia building collapse: ‘Ground-shaking’ Christian Science Monitor. Another example of America’s rapid descent into third world living standards. Gawker reports that the mayor has put the death toll at six so far. Detailed commentary by Philadelphian Paul Tioxon.
Hearing Examines Role of Proxy Advisory Firms House Financial Services Committee (MS). Retaliation for JPM shareholders pushing for separation of Chairman/CEO roles?
FEC General Counsel Announces Departure Back to Covington, natch.
Why gold is different from Bitcoins John Quiggin
Quant hedge funds hit by bonds sell-off Financial Times
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