Cat Simulator (Lambert). If you need a new way to goof off on the Internet…
I Noticed This Tiny Thing On Google Maps. When I Zoomed In… Well, Nothing Could Prepare Me. ViralNova. Lambert: “Despite the totally click bait headline and the subtext that appears at the end, this is in fact an awesome work of art…”
Better Out Than In banksy (Lambert)
Brussels tempers eurozone growth forecasts Financial Times
Debt crisis has left Germany vulnerable Satyajit Das, Financial Times
Italy’s Mr Euro urges Latin Front, warns Germany won’t sell another Mercedes in Europe Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Telegraph
Cyprus should prepare to attract foreign lenders, says commission ekathimerini. Translation: the Trokia blew up our banking system, so now we need to rely on the kindness of strangers.
Amnesty International Explains Why It Won’t Oppose All Drone Murders David Swanson, Firedoglake (Carol B)
U.S. Officials See Few Alternatives to N.S.A. Data Sweeps New York Times
Special Investigation: How Insurers Are Hiding Obamacare Benefits From Customers TPM (John L). While true, meant to divert attention from Obama’s “You can keep your plan and doctor” promise.
Sticker shock often follows insurance cancellation Associated Press. It’s also disturbing to see messaging, like this in the USA Today editorial, that it’s OK to throw 5% of the population under the bus to help the 15% uninsured. In other word, an “I got mine” attitude among the 80% on company policies or otherwise covered whose lives don’t change with Obamacare. What about having everyone who can pay a little to help the uninsured, rather than dump the costs disproportionately on the self-employed (oh, who don’t have lobbyists protecting their ox from being gored). I’ve heard enough stories from people in my personal network (not all are well off, but all are pretty savvy and have looked into their options) of the big insurance cost increases they are facing to know this problem is neither a few odd cases nor people who have yet to shop for coverage and factor in the subsidies.
WATT NOMINATION LATEST FIASCO FOR VALERIE JARRETT Chris Whalen, Breitbart. This is all juicy but I am not quite sure right. First, we thought Mel Watts was an awful choice, so the outcome is good news. Second, we heard privately that Watt didn’t want the job, so obvious lack of enthusiasm may have played a role. So if this was Jarrett’s bright idea, the opprobrium is entirely warranted, but for a different reason.
Top 16 NYC charter school executives earn more than Chancellor Dennis Walcott Daily News (Lambert)
Broken Bonds Chicago Tribune (Optimader)
The Weak Economy and Deficit Reduction: Deniers and Terrorists Dean Baker, Truthout
How to Sound Insane by Talking Like a Bi Partisan Expert on Social Security Dan Crawford, Angry Bear
Walmart Is Trying to Block Workers’ Disability Benefits Mother Jones (Carol B). Do Walmart executives spend all day dreaming up new ways to be evil?
Johnson & Johnson to pay over $2 billion to settle Risperdal investigations Modern Health Care
Great Expectations, Deferred Econbrowser (Scott). Far more important than the anodyne headline would lead you to believe
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