World’s oldest flamingo dies in Australian zoo, aged 83 Agence France Presse
Drilling surprise opens door to volcano-powered electricity Conversation (Chuck L)
Kazakh mathematician may have solved $1 million puzzle New Scientist. Richard Smith: “http://t.co/CFa7ZAfh1U For anyone who can read mathematics in Russian (and it turns out, most of the world mathematical community outside Russia can’t do that, so checking this proof may take a while).”
California legalized selling home-made food and created over 1,200 local businesses Forbes (furzy mouse). I think I’d be a bit happier if they had parsed the types of food that could be prepared at home. Bread and baked goods have to be cooked, so sanitation/safety issues are low, while other types of food could pose a problem. For instance, improper canning can produce botulism.
We Are Giving Ourselves Cancer New York Times
Change Tracking, Excel, and Subjects Patrick Durusau
The rise and fall of Bitcoin mining DailyDot
Emerging Markets Meltdown Meets Taper Tantrum
Investors pull billions from EM stocks Financial Times
The Chinese Shadow Banking System Just Dodged A Bullet Business Insider. Not sure I agree. A lot of people argued it would be better to let Credit Equals Gold No. 1 fail (and it was NOT a WMP but a trust, which is a different structure) to cool off the market. Underlying article: Shadow banking: China’s wobbly house of cards Fortune
Markets Jittery Again Wall Street Journal
Appeal over ‘soft’ ruling Business Daily, New Zealand. The reference to “international bloggers” is to NC’s Richard Smith! He notes: “The NZ ministry is appealing against a sentence that it thinks is too soft on a nasty conman.”
No deal behind Thailand’s polls Asia Times. Lambert: “From the Department of Now It All Makes Sense. This makes the role of the “people’s council” quite clear: Asset distribution.”
Poll likely to hit further snags Bangkok Post
Danish government near collapse on Goldman Sachs deal Financial Times
London New Home Registrations Reach Record High Bloomberg. Richard Smith: “UK’s ridiculous new line of business: providing more hoardable objects for SE Asia.”
CAIRO: Egypt charges 20 Al Jazeera journalists with running terrorist cell McClatchy (furzy mouse)
U.S. accuses Syria of not complying with chemical weapons agreement McClatchy. We predicted this would happen irrespective of whether Syria was substantially in compliance or not. Recall also the deadlines were recognized by the cognoscenti to be unattainable.
If Hillary Doesn’t Back Obama on Iran Washington Spectator
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Spy Agencies Work On Psychologically Profiling Everyone George Washington. Pre-crime is coming!
Beer buzz? FAA grounds plan to deliver 12-packs by drone Star Tribune (Chuck L)
Lawsuit: KBR transported soldiers’ ice in unsanitized morgue trailers Military Times(1 SK). Wow, Alan Grayson was pursuing this years ago, when he was suing contractors for violations, prior to his incarnation as a Congressman. As Vanity Fair reported, the government, contrary to prior practice, wasn’t taking up the cases. So they file this NOW?
A defamation lawsuit may kill National Review Salon (Chuck L). Haha, couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch. But some rich right-winger might use legal woes as a way to buy it for the right price (which would be just agreeing to fund the operation; often money-losing rags extract a premium well above their negative enterprise value for the vanity/brand name).
Michelle Celarier is sitting on a major story John Hempton (bob)
US seeks $2.1bn from BofA over mortgage fraud Financial Times
U.S. Banks Loosen Loan Standards Wall Street Journal
Wall Street’s New Housing Bonanza New York Times
Pete Seeger: a Dissenting View Counterpunch (Carol B)
As Overseas Costs Rise, More U.S. Companies Are ‘Reshoring’ NPR. Translation: the race to the bottom strategy worked.
Stretched food pantry runs out of food CNN (furzy mouse)
A visit to Fair Foods in winter Cathy O’Neil
Antidote du jour (Richard Smith). Story here.