New drug mimics the beneficial effects of exercise Gizmag (Chuck L). I am skeptical because: 1. This messes with your liver function. 2. It elevates the patient’s metabolism, which is the opposite of the apparent mechanism in underfeeding experiments (where animals who ate 60% of normal caloric intake had longer lifespans as a result of apparent slower aging, as in they were old, lean, and frisky). So it might well improve the quality of obese people’s lives but I’m not sure it will increase longevity (they are also suggesting short-term uses which sound a lot less troubling).
Facebook Removes March Against Monsanto Event NationofChange (furzy mouse)
World Bank sees $1 trillion bill for rising seas MacroBusiness
‘Crude Solution’ – The Truth About The Gulf Oil Spill 60 Minutes Australia (Deontos)
Japan raising Fukushima leak alert BBC (Lambert)
Greenpeace’s Arctic Sunrise Vessel Blocked From Northern Sea Route By Russian Authorities Huffington Post (furzy mouse)
EUROZONE RECOVERY GATHERS SPEED: Flash PMI Report Is Best In Over Two Years Clusterstock. Wonders never cease. When exactly is the German polling date? Before the next PMI report?
Cyprus Bank’s Bailout Hands Ownership to Russian Plutocrats New York Times (furzy mouse)
Israel, Anti-Semitism, and Negotiations Without End Real News Network
Syria: Another False Flag “Chemical Weapon” Attack Moon of Alabama
Big Brother is Watching You Watch:
‘Sending a message’: what the US and UK are attempting to do Glenn Greenwald
NSA collected thousands of US communications Associated Press (Lambert). More pointed: Court Slams NSA for “Third Instance in Less Than Three Years” of Substantial Misrepresentation Kevin Drum
Olympic Fact-Checking of the NSA Marcy Wheeler
Obama administration asks Supreme Court to allow warrantless cellphone searches Washington Post. I’m liking my “so old it’s an antique” cellphone more with each passing day.
Bradley Manning’s Excessive Sentence New York Times editorial
Buzzfeed reporter Michael Hastings’ autopsy reveals traces of drugs Guardian. Well, of course, that means everything is settled.
DeMint: Republicans who oppose Defund Obamacare ‘need to be replaced’ Washington Post (furzy mouse)
Detroit Institute of Art Collection–Available to Creditors? Adam Levitin, Credit Slips
Unionized SF strip club closing its curtains Associated Press (Lambert) :-(
Goldman Sachs Makes Bad Trades, Wants Money Back DSWright, Firedoglake
Wanted: A Boring Leader for the Fed Amar Bhide, New York Times
Measuring the Complexity of the Law: The United States Code Patrick Durusau
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