100,000 Bats Fall from the Sky in Australia Due to Extreme Heat Wave Alternet. I liked the bats when I lived in Sydney. They commuted along Macleay Street. But this sounds like the end of the movie Magnolia.
Des chauves-souris tombent du ciel, l’Australie ploie sous la chaleur Le Monde (EmilianoZ)
Amazing German Designed Cat Climbing Furniture hauspanther. Lambert: “Maybe this could be an alternative to the router.” By way of background: Gabriel, who got behind the bookcase, was in the process of destroying a VOIP router by sleeping on it (an older version of this, but with lots of small holes on the top for cooling, which meant the case wasn’t very sturdy). He managed to accelerate the procedure while I was away over Christmas. It looked like someone stepped on it.
Maps and Monsters New York Review of Books
Throw off the high-tech bracelets and see through Google Glass Financial Times. The link is through Google, so I believe it will take you past the paywall. The article is unadulterated PR so I hope you’ll use this as “Where’s Waldo?” critical thinking exercise in comments.
A Group Of Miners Has Exposed One Of Bitcoin’s Fatal Flaws Business Insider
Thai insurgents extend their reach Asia Times
Europe Limps on in the Year Ahead American Prospect
Euro plummets after ECB warning Guardian
Mario Draghi: strap on your Pickelhaube and buy fistfuls of German Bunds Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Telegraph
On Iraq: ‘Was it a complete failure?’ Washington Post. Only now is it permitted to ask…
Iran and EU agree details in nuclear deal Financial Times
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
NSA in final push to retain powers Guardian
Enrollees at Health Exchanges Face Struggle to Prove Coverage New York Times. We flagged this yesterday via Counterpunch.
Value-Based Insurance Gains Traction Patient Safety Blog
Administration will dump HealthCare.gov contractor Washington Post
Tech start-ups target digital healthcare Financial Times. And look at how the industry is selling vaporware to entice you to hand over data:
Some 84 per cent of people are willing to share personal healthcare information to lower costs to the system…according to a survey of 12,000 patients across eight countries by Intel.
Boeing Goes to Pieces American Conservative (Bob H)
The Boeing kleptocracy Lambert
The ‘Wolf’ Is Still Bending the Truth, Prosecutors Say New York Times
Change Arriving Across the Curve. Jansen contends the new swaps execution facility will increase concentration.
Why Zions needs to bite the bullet and sell its CDOs Felix Salmon
Obama’s Corporate Plantations Counterpunch (Carol B)
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