How Dangerous Are Tough Mudders? Huffington Post (Carol B). Wow, a stupid craze I never heard of. This looks like a stealth Darwin Award to weed out the excessively macho and those who overestimate their physical prowess.
A Scientist Wants To Issue A Bond That Pays Big Once We Find Alien Life Business Insider. Um, that assumes we survive the encounter.
Hacker Receives 10-Year Sentence for ‘Causing Mayhem’ New York Times
More Congo Propaganda: M23 and the High-Tech Genocide Unseen Black Agenda Report (Carol B)
Burying typhoon victims overwhelms Philippine city Los Angeles Times
US offers $1 million for Lao Wildlife Trafficker Daily Kos (Carol B)
Young and Educated in Europe, but Desperate for Jobs New York Times
No wonder the Mafia are nervous. This pope is not one to indulge the wishes of gangsters Independent (Chuck L)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
4 New Ways to Smuggle Messages Across the Internet IEEE Spectrum (Chuck L)
Polygraph Probe Leads To Spying On American Public At Large DS Wright, Firedoglake
Proposal for Russian GPS on U.S. Soil Stirs Spying Fears New York Times
Lavabit and The Definition of US Government Hubris bmaz, emptywheel (Chuck L)
Krebs’s 3 Basic Rules for Online Safety Krebs on Security (furzy mouse). From 2011 but still germane.
Health reform’s problems run deeper than a glitchy website Bangor Daily News. OMG, Pelosi endorses single payer!
Warren gains momentum as alternative to Clinton Guardian. She didn’t vote for the ACA plus the Dems can’t let all that female pride messaging go to waste. But at least, unlike Obama as of 2008, she has demonstrated executive skills. The CFPB startup was no trivial task and she hit that out of the park.
Elizabeth Warren won’t save the Democrats in 2016 Zack Exley, Guardian. The R versus Dem comparison is priceless.
Yellen Will Be Less Dovish in the Chair: Jakobsen Bloomberg (furzy mouse)
Change quantitative easing for the banks to quantitative easing FOR THE PEOPLE in the form of $300 per month per citizen White House (Chuck L). Text mistakenly equates QE with money-printing, but I still like any excuse for annoying TPTB over their “soak the poor to help the rich” policies, so please sign!
How big data is changing insurance BBC. This is of course presented as a boon, but this is really incredibly intrusive surveillance, which Matt Stoller warned was coming; “Getting you to buy into being monitored”
Work and Consumption; Neo-liberal Economics BBC4. Philip Mirowski on why neoliberalism survived the 2008 crash.
Neat Trick riverdaughter. Carol B: “Never mind the article, go to the clip of Sylvie Guillem. Really, how does she do that?!”
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