The Cats’ House in San Diego closes, cats go east Associated Press
Upgrades Slow as ‘Wow’ Factor Fades Wall Street Journal
Black Stuff Found Around Eastern Japan May Be Fukushima Nuclear Fuel Nancy Foust, Firedoglake
Nissan resurrects Datsun Guardian. I have a soft spot in my heart for Datsun, since I drove one as a teenager.
Universities in U.S. Besieged by Cyberattacks From Abroad New York Times
On refrigerants and Cypriot euros A Fistful of Euros
Card transaction fees to be capped under EU proposal Financial Times
I Hereby Resign in Protest Effective Immediately Brandon Toy, Common Dreams (Deontos)
Canadian house prices set new record MacroBusiness
Big Brother is Watching You Watch:
NSA leak fallout: LIVE UPDATES RT (Deontos). At points, you need to read past the Russian spin, but the American is pretty thick too. Notice that Wikileaks says US has sent extradition requests to Venezuela et al even though Snowden is not there. I hope the recipients have fun sending bureaucratic responses as to why the request is invalid.
Russia receives Snowden temporary asylum request Human Rights Watch
Travyon Martin/George Zimmmerman:
Obamacare penalties spawn ‘skinny’ plans Politico. A feature, not a bug.
Health Plan Cost for New Yorkers Set to Fall 50% New York. Are these NYC HMO benchmarks valid reference rates? I’m an old fart who has an individual plan in NYC, I’m not restricted to an HMO or a PPO, and all the rates they are touting here are way higher than what I pay.
Barclays fined for fixing US power prices Financial Times
Central Banking Needs Rethinking Amar Bhide and Edmund Phelps, Wall Street Journal. I don’t agree with all of it, but they do call for the Fed to do less macroeconomy meddling and a hell of a lot better job regulating banks.
Funding securities purchases with reserves Sober Look
John Lanchester asks what is to be done about the banks London Review of Books
Protecting Capitalism Eliot Spitzer (Chris E). Free ebook! Download now!
Antidote du jour: A Busch Gardens Tampa Bay/Adventure Islands baby aardvark: