Can kindness movements make a difference? BBC. Australia is number one! I forget the cute tag expression, but it was common in Oz to have a “clean up the park” afternoon, where people did more than pick up garbage (parks are generally pretty well kept) but would rake leaves, clear out broken branches, tend the grass and plants.
Washington state sues lobbyists over campaign against GMO labeling Reuters (furzy mouse)
BP’s silent disaster Aljazeera
Winds of Change Blow in Asia Triple Crisis. TPP update.
Is China consuming more than we think? MacroBusiness
Europe’s debt crisis credibility hangs on thin Irish thread Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Telegraph
VAT Increase Backfires in Spain, Supermarket Sales Plunge 7.2% Michael Shedlock
Banking Inquiry Casts a Cloud Over Bailout of Greece New York Times
U.S. Campaign Against Turkish Spy Chief Continues Moon of Alabama
Clearest Indication Yet That Some Chemical Weapon Sites in Syria Are Under Rebel Control Jim White, emptywheel
For House conservatives, a time to face up to defeat Washington Post
‘Walmart moms’ air disgust with D.C. Politico. Wow, first soccer moms, now Walmart moms? More downward mobility.
The US Debt Ceiling Strife from a European perspective Yanis Varoufakis
Ebay warns of tougher US trading Financial Times. Sales fell sharply when the shutdown took effect.
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Documents reveal NSA’s extensive involvement in targeted killing program Washington Post (Deontos)
NSA director set for early departure Guardian
‘Obamacare is a bit like the astronaut on top of the rocket’ Washington Post. OMG, you need to read this. Lambert: “This is just inconceivably bad. As others have mentioned, the Republicans did Obama a huge favor by distracting attention from this.”
Massachusetts Teenager Disciplined For Serving As Designated Driver For Drunken Classmate Jonathan Turley (Chuck L)
Regulator Suggested Dimon Shift Wall Street Journal
California homes sales drop Housing Wire
Labor market is improving, but hanging high Angry Bear
Snowden Journalist’s New Venture to Be Bankrolled by eBay Founder New York Times. This all sounds not at all well worked out for a deal. Greenwald says he’s going to be a journalist. That’s great, but it means he’s not in charge from a managerial perspective….so is he more like a star hire with an equity cut? I’m hoping my concerns are overblown, but he could either have made himself a driver of the journalism side (which would mean hiring and editing and a lot less writing) or being the luminary but also signing up blind for an enterprise to be built around him.
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