Uber Now Delivering Kittens For 15-Minute Cuddle Sessions Gizmodo Australia
What We’ve Learned From Nafta: It Successfully Undermined Regulations Yves Smith*, Room for Debate, Times. “‘[I]nvestor-state’ arbitration panels … give foreign investors greater rights than those of home country citizens and businesses.”
$13 Billion, Yes, but What Took So Long? Gretchen Morgenson, Times. “Had the Justice Department aggressively investigated the banks’ practices using its full array of powers, who knows how much more it could have generated?”
Shadow Banking and Systemic Risk Regulation Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
If this is “secular stagnation”, I want my old job back Crooked Timber
A Temporary Deal With Iran Moon of Alabama
Follow the money: How lobby interests are spinning Iran nuclear deal Pepe Escobar, RT
Now for the Hard Part Foreign Policy
The Geopolitics of a US-Iran Détente The Diplomat
World recognizes Iran’s nuclear rights: Rouhani Teheran Times
Iran sanctions deal to unleash oil supply but Saudi wild card looms Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Telegraph
Learning to Live in the Anthropocene Truthout
The federal health-care exchange’s abysmal success rate WaPo. Keen interactive charts.
In rural Kentucky, health-care debate takes back seat as the long-uninsured line up WaPo. Note that Medicaid expansion requires neither the Exchange nor the mandate. It would have been just as simple to lower the eligibility age for Medicare and call that ObamaCare as it was to raise the income eligibility for Medicaid.
Obamacare Ain’t Lookin’ Too Caring Economic Populist
Chief of Hawaii’s O-Care exchange to resign The Hill. Finally. A scalp.
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
US spying fuels popularity of secure messaging app Wickr FT. Funded by a VC late of In-Q-Tel? Gee, I’m not so sure about this…
Shaken NSA Grapples With an Overhaul Online WSJ
NSA deputy director skeptical on sharing data with FBI and others Guardian. So Feinstein’s “reform” bill would let the FBI and DEA search NSA’s data? Alrighty then.
Cryptography Part 1: Drunken rambling introduction Self Evident (parts 2, 3, and 4).
Multi-term Synonym Mapping in Solr Another Word for It. Whatever tool the NSA is using for data mining, it’s not stock SOLR or anything like it.
How word targets help creative procrastination John Quiggin
Swiss Voters Reject High-Pay Initiative Online WSJ
Questions raised about role of British company in South African mining massacre The Bureau of Investigative Journalism
Black Magic, White Soul The New Enquiry
I is for Ideology Michael Hudson. “Ideology: A set of assumptions so appealing that one looks at their abstract logic rather than at how the world actually works. (See Insanity.)” I love this series.
Antidote du jour (From Mexico). They promised me a pony and now my pony is here!!!!!!
NOTE * Yves apologizes for the lack of an original post; she’s been doing a lot of work back stage for the site relaunch.