A buddy from Queens said De Blasio had sent a clear message: no more special treatment for rich neighborhoods. Under Bloomberg, the Upper East Side got its streets cleaned much better than the outer boroughs. She reports that the plowing in the East 70s after last week’s storm was on par with a usual Queens job.
Selling social media clicks becomes big business Asian Correspondent
Flu pandemic spreads across HALF the U.S., killing at least six children and targeting young adults Daily Mail. Recommends a flu shot yet reports they are ineffective against this strain. Help me.
Bitcoin Is On A Gigantic Tear Business Insider
China outlines new shadow banking rules Financial Times
Angry Workers Swarm Seoul’s Streets, Demand President Resign Michelle Chen, Firedoglake (Carol B)
Rising tensions in Thailand pit urbanites against rural poor Globe and Mail
130 ‘radioactive’ Japanese cars banned from entering Russia RT (Michael Hudson). However, also notice that Russia has been monitoring fish imports and none have been rejected for radiation levels.
US to press Germany over domestic demand Financial Times
Iraq faces all-out war in Falluja Guardian
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
OLC Memos and FOIA: Why the (b)(5) Exemption Matters Just Security (Chuck L)
Obviously Bogus Clapper Exoneration Attempt 4.0 Marcy Wheeler
Obamacare Medicaid Split Creates Two Americas for Poor Bloomberg. Um, Lambert pointed this out months ago.
Obamacare Advocates Struggle To Convince Rural Uninsured Huffington Post
On the Horizon after Obamacare Angry Bear
Top 10 Proofs People Can Be Completely Manipulated Without Hypnosis David Swanson, Firedoglake
Dems seize on income inequality Politico. After Obama made it worse? This is like calling the arsonist to put out a fire.
Koch-backed political network expands its reach Washington Post
Morningstar Executive Gives Assessment of New CFPB Rules [on servicing] DSNews
Paying for Foreclosure Delays New York Times. Yowza, what a misleading title. In New York, it’s “paying for being in a state where the courts require foreclosing attorneys certify the validity of documents.” In other words, borrowers in other states get only a very modest rate break (worth less than $6 a month on a typical mortgage) in return for the servicer having the the right to screw you over.
Junk and war overtake gold as the sure investment bets John Dizard, Financial Times
J.P. Morgan to Pay Over $2 Billion to U.S. in Penalties in Madoff Case Wall Street Journal
The Bubble Is Back Peter J. Wallison, New York Times. Wallison is a regular bank water-carrier, so he’s not a likely source for this sort of piece.
An elderly veteran delivering pizza? The system has failed us … Daily Kos (Carol B)
Why Do Governments Hate Workers? masaccio, Firedoglake (Carol B)
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