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Blessing of the Animals in NYC. Sunday at 4 PM. You can see from past years that it’s mainly dogs that get the benedictions. Cats remember when they were gods and think this is de trop.
Deadly lake turns animals into statues New Scientist. Where does Richard Smith find these anti-antidotes???
Books by Christie Sims Amazon. An antidote to Richard’s anti-antidote. Be sure to read book descriptions and reviews
The Autopsy of Chicken Nuggets Reads “Chicken Little” American Journal of Medicine (furzy mouse)
VIDEO: Snow storms hit central US states BBC. In the meantime, we had a cool summer in the East and an unusually warm September. Go figure.
FACEBOOK BUILDING MAJOR ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE SYSTEM TO UNDERSTAND WHO WE ARE Singularity Hub (furzy mouse). So those of you who do FaceBorg, please mess up your profiles. Go like something that you have absolutely no interest in and that is at odds with your presumed interests, like Nascar or child beauty pageants or authors of trash literature or really pompous intellectuals or extreme sports or taxidermy.
Why Are There Still So Few Women in Science? New York Times
The Lessons of Aaron Swartz MIT Technology Review (Chuck L). This is offensive and the subhead is a hatchet job. I hope alumni give the school a big piece of their mind.
The End Of The Power User BuzzFeed (Chuck L)
Families hoard cash 5 yrs after crisis Associated Press (Lambert)
Canadian-Based Company Sues Canada Under NAFTA, Saying That Fracking Ban Takes Away Its Expected Profits TechDirt (Jeremy). A precursor of the type of suit you’d see all the time if the TPP and EU-US trade deals get done.
Spanish court convicts 53 in corruption trial Associated Press
U.S. strikes Somali militants, al-Qaeda member Washington Post
Food for Thought on the Effectiveness of Drone Strikes Just Security
The shutdown and the economy Walter Kurtz
Confusion over 4506-T and The Shutdown – Lenders & Aggregator’s Various Policies Mortgage News Daily
Inside the GOP, a report from Democracy Corps mathbabe (Chuck L). Explains why the Republican behavior (as a party, not from an individual perspective) is not as nutty as it seems. Having just been in Texas, I can attest to the pervasiveness of Fox News and the pretty close to overt racism among people you’d expect to keep it under wraps.
Big Brother is Watching You Watch:
Spies versus Scribes Naomi Wolf, Project Syndicate
What happened to Obama’s NSA reforms? Time. Someone believed Obama was sincere?
In Months Before Wild Capitol Scene, Miriam Carey Battled Psychosis Associated Press. Brace yourself for blame the victim. First she had post-partum depression. Now she’s bipolar. Um, my impression was that mania is highly productive (see Churchill, plus various personal accounts) and the problem was the depressive part of the cycle.
Majority of US executions stem from 2 percent of counties, study finds Aljazeera (Lambert)
NYPD youth cricket league marred by spying scandal Aljazeera (Lambert)
Getting Older, Growing Poorer New York Times
At the S.E.C., a Question of Home-Court Edge Gretchen Morgenson, New York Times
A Truth Slips Past MSM Gatekeepers Heteconomist
Blackstone, big investors slow their $800 million Tampa Bay home-buying binge Tampa Bay Times (Lisa Epstein)
Notices of default spiked in days before Homeowners Bill of Rights kicked in Las Vegas Review Journal (Mark A)
Occupy vaporware Felix Salmon
Commodity hedge funds face bleak future Financial Times
Hedge Funds Used Obscure Bond Bet to Win in GM Bankruptcy Bloomberg (Lambert)
The White Man’s Last Tantrum? Consortiumnews
Global cities revisited Economist
Financial Literacy, Beyond the Classroom Richard Thaler, New York Times. Debunks the “teach financial literacy” meme
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