Happy belated Australia Day! Lambert was running the site yesterday, so apologies for not acknowledging the holiday on a timely basis.
Stephen Hawking Thinks Black Holes Don’t Exist Smithsonian (furzy mouse)
Himmler letters and diaries found Guardian
Cash pours into Aussie joke virtual currency MacroBusiness
All the less reason Prachatai English (furzy mouse)
Afghanistan Exit Is Seen as Peril to Drone Mission New York Times
Emerging Markets Meltdown
A Teeny-Weeny Bit Of Taper, And Look What Happened Wolf Richter
Start of a Global Currency Crisis? Michael Shedlock
When the hedge doesn’t work John Hempton
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
12 privacy-destroying technologies that should scare you Info World (Chuck L)
Adviser: Snowden requires amnesty Guardian. This was predictable.
Debt Collection Industry Poised for Changes Credit Slips. Note that the CFPB has posts a ANPR, which is “advanced notice of proposed rulemaking”. That lets interested parties, including the great unwashed public, chime in. This will also serve to show whether the agency has any guts (and with so many of the incumbents small fry and so much bad press on this topic, they should be able to take significant ground. But I’m not holding my breath).
Maryland Will Limit Hospital Charges Statewide Bloomberg (furzy mouse). From earlier in the month…
States Weigh New Plans for Revenue Windfalls Wall Street Journal
Fox News’ unique approach to polling MSNBC (furzy mouse)
Top MBAs’ pay doubles in five years Financial Times
The Terror of Our Age Greg Grandin, TomDispatch
Antidote du jour. Furzy mouse tells us: “Humphrey was a house pet that became too large and was moved to the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve in South Africa , where he was safe but lonely. Cameroon Pygmy Mountain Goat climbed Humphrey’s enclosure fence and befriended him.”
And a bonus (Swedish Lex):