Banana Fungus, Insect Outbreak Threaten Global Supply Huffington Post (Carol B)
F.D.A. Questions Safety of Antibacterial Soaps New York Times
Copenhagen Wheel. Chuck L deems this to be cool, even if they are hawking a product.
Dozens of Sailors From USS Ronald Reagan Suffering From Cancer After Japan Earthquake Assistance American Live Wire (Deontos). Summary of a class action lawsuit.
China bans new Bitcoin deposits Financial Times
Single banking union doomed to fail Bill Mitchell
Italy’s president fears violent insurrection in 2014 but offers no remedy Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Telegraph
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
An open letter to the people of Brazil, from Edward Snowden International Business Times (Deontos)
Brasil não vai conceder asilo a Snowden em troca de informações Folha. Translation: Brazil won’t give Snowden asylum in return for information.
Senate Asks C.I.A. to Share Its Report on Interrogations New York Times
President Obama’s NSA review group is typical administration whitewash Marcy Wheeler, Guardian (Chuck L)
Obamacare Death Spiral Looks Unlikely, Study Finds Huffington Post. Notice the 25% assumption (25% young people signing up v. assumed 40%). That number allegedly won’t cause a problem. But I wonder about the mix on the total population. I’d hazard this assumes young people are all representative (as in mainly healthy). But if the older and younger enrollees have a heavier representation of people with costly conditions, this analysis could be unduly optimistic (as in it’s looking at the wrong critical variable).
Advertising is Just One Small Cog in the Gaint Health Care Waste Machine Jon Walker, Firedoglake (Carol B)
If I Were Emperor Counterpunch (Carol B)
Michael Bloomberg Is Starting A Consulting Firm That Won’t Charge Clients A Dime Business Insider. “Free” is never free.
Christie Official At Center Of Probe Bought Domain Names Of Governor’s Political Opponents DSWright, Firedoglake (Carol B). Tacky!
How Risky Is It to Make a Non-QM Mortgage? And Is QM Going to Hold Back Access to Credit? Adam Levitin, Credit Slips
New ruling puts Fannie, Freddie in line for windfall MBS recovery Alison Frankel, Reuters (Deontos)
Did Someone Say “Crash”? Counterpunch (Carol B)
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