Reprogrammed bacterium speaks new language of life New Scientist (Robert M)
How to Help Protect Yourself from Fukushima Radiation George Washington. Warning: not sure re any of the advice, but the fact that this sort of post is being written is a testament to legitimate concerns.
Sony issues profit warning Financial Times
Japan Salaries Extend Fall as Abe Urges Companies to Raise Wages Bloomberg. So much for inflation expectations…
Are China’s Banks Next? Simon Johnson, Project Syndicate
Russia Denies Reports It Spied on Group of 20 Officials New York Times
US Treasury attacks Germany over surplus Financial Times. This is a BIG deal. One can only hope that this + NSA spying will put nails in the coffin of the EU-US trade deal.
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
NSA Non-Denial Denial 241,352,052 Marcy Wheeler
Rep. Mike Rogers Angrily Defends Bathroom Spycam Techdirt (Chuck L)
Get round internet censors using a friend’s connection New Scientist (Robert M)
Obama’s Insider Threat Program Turns “Colleagues Against Each Other” Real News Network
No U.S. Action, So States Move on Privacy Law New York Times
Glenn Greenwald rips apart the ‘most radical and criminal conduct’ of Dick Cheney Raw Story (furzy mouse)
Another Obamacare Deadline Blunder Is Worrying Democrats Huffington Post (Carol B)
Time to Investigate Those Insurance Company Letters Beat the Press. This in combination with the story above makes me wonder if this is actually to soften people up for rate increases next year….
WSJ/NBC Poll: Obama’s Approval Hits New Low Wall Street Journal
15 Ways The United States Is The Best (At Being The Worst) Huffington Post (Carol B)
Feds proving Internet-adept and inept at same time Associated Press
Tiny Plastic Beads Are Invading The Great Lakes. Here Huffington Post (Carol B). Ugh.
Real estate opens checkbook for de Blasio Crains New York
Detroit Will be Democracy’s Decisive Battle Glen Ford (Carol B)
Education Department Records Student Loan Profit For First Time Since 2000 Huffington Post (Carol B). You need to see the actual accounting to know what is going on. Cash flow doesn’t give you a complete picture (you can be wringing the last interest payments out of borrowers who are about to go delinquent, for instance. And the deferrals in student loans considerably complicate the picture). But the fact that student loans can’t be discharged in bankruptcy and often have parents as co-signers means it’s hard to see how it wouldn’t be a profitable type of lenging.
Recovery? What Recovery?
A Bit on the Hawkish Side Tim Duy
‘Economics, Good and Bad’ Mark Thoma
As Interest Fades in the Humanities, Colleges Worry New York Times
My Syllabus for “Class, Status, Power” tressiemc (Lambert)
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