My cat Gabriel is asking to become a fur coat. He managed to delete nearly all of my links. No joke, he destroyed over a hour of work.
Snowy Owls Spotted in Tri-State Area NBCPhiladelphia (Carol B)
Brinicle’ ice finger of death filmed in Antarctic BBC (Carol B)
Cotton Ball Diet Gaining Popularity, Worrying Health Officials Inquisitr (furzy mouse)
Chemotherapy needs gut bacteria to work ScienceNews
Scout [NLP, Move up from Twitter Feeds to Court Opinions] Patrick Durusau (Lambert)
Growth zombie feasts on Australian brains MacroBusiness
Korea and world fear Fukushima’s radiation Korea JoonAng Daily
OECD educational report: Pisa fever is causing east Asia’s demographic collapse Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Telegraph
China must not copy the Kaiser’s errors Martin Wolf, Financial Times. The one part I’m not sure about is Wolf’s assumption that China would suffer more in a full-blown conflict. The US has stupidly allowed China to assume a monopoly in at least two critical goods: rare earths and ascorbic acid, which among other things is an important food preservative. China is also an important source of computer chips. I am sure reader can add to this list.
Will the Generals Intervene Again in Thailand? BusinessWeek
Can Greece’s SYRIZA Change Europe’s Economy? Yanis Varoufakis, Boston Review
Unions fire warning shots over privatisations Cyprus Mail
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
GAO Report Highlights Compelling Reasons for New Federal Privacy Law Verdict (Deontos)
Editor Describes Pressure After Leaks by Snowden New York Times
Iron Cagebook Counterpunch (George E). Enough to make you never never want to go near Facebook or for that matter, even a smartphone
GOP Governors’ Decision Not to Build Exchanges Was One of the Smartest Political Moves in Years Jon Walker, Firedoglake (Carol B)
HealthCare.gov Says It Got 1 Million Visitors Monday Huffington Post
GOP cure for Obama: Impeachment Dana Milbank, Washington Post
Alec in crisis after donor exodus Guardian
Detroit Eligible for Bankruptcy Protection, Judge Rules Wall Street Journal
Detroit: Eligibility and Pensions Adam Levitin, Credit Slips
Federal Regulators Expected to Approve Toughened Volcker Rule Next Week Wall Street Journal. Mirabile dictu.
The $5 trillion dilemma facing banking regulators Felix Salmon. I hope to address this. I think the framing is all wrong. Liquidity that depends on government backstopping is a subsidy to financial markets at the expense of the real economy. Being an investor is about bearing risk at a price. Investors need to factor in liquidity risk. And investors invested in the stone ages of lower liquidity (as in the 1980s) and didn’t bitch about bonds being not that liquid.
Europe to unleash heavy rate-fixing fines Financial Times
Is gold headed for bear capitulation? MacroBusiness
Grace and the Cycle of Abuse Ian Welsh
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