Pure manure: City uproots FL couple’s 17-year-old garden Florida Watchdog (JL)
Drop in Traffic Takes Toll on Investors in Private Roads Online WSJ. If the owners of the private roads are foreign, could they sue the government for lost profits under TPP?
U.S. to Consider Cellphone Use on Planes Online WSJ. Anybody want to make book on the first assault case? I give it 30 days, tops.
Brookfield’s Looking-Glass World Southern Investigative Reporting Foundation. There seem to be rather a lot of Brookfields, including the one that owns Zucotti Park, which Mike “Mayor for Life” Bloomberg cleared, naturally and entirely not on behalf of his paramour, who at the time sat on a Brookfield board. Couldn’t happen to et cetera.
Fed Minutes Reveal a Dangerous Power Grab by New York Fed Wall Street on Parade
Tom Udall, Jeff Merkley clock ‘nuclear’ win Politico. Until the Republicans take over, of course.
The Obama Enabler’s Big Lie: “We Never Had the Votes” Naked Capitalism, 2012-07-12. “[T]he ‘nuclear option’ which, again, was just as available to the Democrats in 2009 as it will be in 2013.”
Obama holds off-record meeting with MSNBC hosts, liberal pundits Politico. The
nomenklatura “thought leaders”: Brian Beutler, David Corn, Garance Franke-Ruta, Ezra Klein, Judd Legum, Josh Marshall, Lawrence O’Donnell, Ed Schultz, and Juan Williams.
Long-Term Unemployment Is Associated with Short Telomeres in 31-Year-Old Men: An Observational Study in the Northern Finland Birth Cohort 1966 PLOS. So disemployment shortens life expectancy. Of course, the elites already knew this from the collapse of the Soviet Union, which is why they adopted the policy, but it’s good to have academic confirmation.
Behind the Scenes of Rahm Emanuel’s Poor Mayoral Strategy Alternet (OIFVet)
Nicole Hopkins: ObamaCare Forced Mom Into Medicaid Online WSJ. Yes, that’s how it works. One dollar below 138% of the Federal Poverty Line, and into the Medicaid bucket you go. Note, as the writer did not, that if you are over 55, Medicaid expenses will be clawed back from your estate, so in this case Medicaid is best thought of as a lien.
Florida in secret talks to accept funding for Medicaid from Affordable Care Act Guardian. Probably a
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
NSA Spying EFF. All the documents in one handy location!
Repeated attacks hijack huge chunks of Internet traffic, researchers warn Ars Technica. Man-in-the-middle attacks.
NSA 5 Eyes Sharing Counterpunch. “‘[D]id the NSA diddle with traffic patterns”?
Meet the Spies Doing the NSA’s Dirty Work Foreign Policy. The FBI.
Survey: 1 in 6 writers have self-censored because of NSA surveillance Al Jazeera America. Mission accomplished!
Online Anonymity in a Box, for $49 MIT Technology Review (Howard Beale IV)
The US Renounces the Monroe Doctrine? The Diplomat
Ukraine drops EU plans and looks to Russia Al Jazeera America
The Winners of the ‘Chase Twitter Fail’ Haiku Contest Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone. Since this is a family blog, I’ll quote only one of the two winners:
My mom wants to know
How you like her house, her porch,
Her climbing roses.
Readers, anyone up for a haikus? Propose and propound in comments!
Buddhist Extremist Cell Vows To Unleash Tranquility On West America’s Finest News Source (AbyNormal)
Why I Make Terrible Decisions, or, poverty thoughts KillerMartinis (Marianne J)
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