Category 1 Typhoon Haiyan Hitting Vietnam; Extreme Damage in the Philippines Weather Underground (hi-res image).
Typhoon deaths climb into thousands in Philippines Asian Correspondent
Man Nails Testicles to Red Square Cobblestones in Bizarre Protest Moscow Times (RS)
Should the Yellen Fed rely on optimal control models? Gavyn Davies, FT
“We have a radical philosophy:” The right-wing plot to stop the public option Thom Hartmann, Salon. Career “progressive” disinformation, pure and simple. The article claims that FOX messaging initiated on October 27, 2009 “forced Democrats to drop the Public Option from the health reform law.” Unfortunately for Hartmann’s thesis, Obama cut a deal with the for-profit hospital industry in summer 2009 that there would be no meaningful “public option” (assuming that to be possible; see also here). “Public option” advocacy has been marked by, to say the very least, disingenuousness throughout its sordid history, and Hartmann’s effort continues that sorry tradition, adding to it the blame shifting so characteristic of Obama’s Democrats. If you want to know why career “progressives” fail, you don’t need to look much farther than this little episode. See PNHP here and here for the best background.
Limits of Maine Plans on ACA Marketplace Frustrate Consumers MPBN. Only one of the two plans offers out-of-network coverage. Caveat emptor!
Codebases Information is Beautiful. Spoiler: healthcare.gov is quite large.
Dramatic scenes as tanker train carrying crude oil derails and bursts into flames in Alabama Daily Mail. This keeps happening.
France Blocks U.S. Pivot To Persia Moon of Alabama
Navy christens newest, most efficient carrier – the USS Gerald Ford CNN. Will General Van Riper please pick up the white courtesy phone?
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
NSA revelations unleash flood of new customers for privacy products San Francisco Chronicle
Former NSA Codebreaker: I Tried To Tell People About Government Spying CBS Baltimore (GW)
How Australia Is Spying On Its Own – Analysis Eurasia Review
Has civil disobedience become too predictable? Waging Nonviolence
Food Friggers and Costs of Living High Arka
Seattle Suburb Passes Highest Minimum Wage in Country Real News Network (LN)
We still are our jobs, but no longer by choice Bonnie Kavoussi’s Blog
Tea Party Yankees Jacobin
The Devolution of the Seas Foreign Affairs
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