Apple faces new sanctions on ebook sales Financial Times
Germany ends spy pact with US and UK BBC. Lambert: “Kayfabe”
IMF sounds warning on Spain Guardian
Places go begging at top universities Telegraph
Big Brother is Watching You Watch:
If Only DOJ Hadn’t Burned AP’s Sources … Marcy Wheeler
Grand Jury Probes Firm That Cleared Snowden Wall Street Journal
Our man in Moscow Pepe Escobar, Asia Times
33% Bad Data at the FBI Tim Durusau (Lambert)
Edward Snowden and the Political West A Fistful of Euros. Particularly astute.
Drew Johnson: I Was Fired Due To ‘Political Pressure’ Over Anti-Obama Headline (VIDEO) Huffington Post (Carol B). In case you had any doubts.
Chomsky: America’s Imperial Power Is Showing Real Signs of Decline Alternet. Not exactly news, but good that Chomsky is watching the fever chart
Chester on the Edge CounterPunch (Carol B). A different sort of American decline story.
Supreme Court Ethics Act Proposed In Response To Controversial Behavior By Justices Scalia, Thomas Huffington Post (Carol B)
Congress to get Obamacare fix: reports MarketWatch (Jim Haygood). Neglected to include this yesterday.
The Sleeper in Health Care Payment Reform New York Times. The fallacy is the idea that patients have bargaining power with their doctors. Try negotiating and see how far you get. You are sick, they have the leverage. And you have even less leverage in Obamacare, where as I understand it, most plans have you in an HMO. See here for one big reason we have a problem: More Medical Care: The Wrong Prescription for Health Reform Everyday Health. Now tell me how many patients are prepared to tell their doctor, “I’m not taking that test?” (I do but I’ve gone feral).
Medicare for All’ Would Cover Everyone, Save Billions in First Year: New Study CommonDreams (Carla)
Warning lights are flashing in America’s credit markets Financial Times
In Complex Trading Case, Jurors Focused on Greed New York Times
J.P. Morgan’s Commodities Chief at a Crossroads Wall Street Journal. Long overdue.
Housing Shifts Into Reverse CounterPunch (Carol B). I’m hearing the same thing from people who put houses on the market (outside the NYC area), they’ve seen action dry up.
Antidote du jour, all from YY (more here). I believe this is considered to be feline performance art, and the cats are mainly Scottish folds,. That means they are closer to being dogs than most cats are, in terms of willingness to indulge their humans. Still, I must note virtually all have a “boy my treat better be good” look on their faces:
And YY’s bonus: