9 arrested as NY raids rescue more than 3,000 birds from cockfighting, AG says Associated Press. Bob: “Schneiderman brings in 3,000 cocks. Not a single one from Wall Street”
Fredericton man builds $300 solar furnace, decreases heating bill CBC (Francois T)
UGA discovery uses ‘fracture putty’ to repair broken bone in days UGA Today (Chuck L)
Lottie Dexter should quit – and take the Year of Code board with her Adrain Short. Richard Smith: “The Paxman interview is gorgeous, particularly the contentedly Luddite Paxman taking down the idiot PR person undermining her own message about the essentialness of programming. All this stuff about “skills shortage” is bunk as usual. We preferred to
ship the skills to India rather than increase salaries so that local “programmers” could afford to buy a house here.”
What Is Happening To Alaska? Is Fukushima Responsible For The Mass Animal Deaths? Truth (Deontos) Note this site does have a section on UFOs(!) but this piece is almost entirely compilation of media reports.
Why Australia’s economic debate doesn’t rate Steve Keen, Business Spectator. This is funny as well as acute.
US blames China for rising tensions in South China Sea Financial Times
SE Asia Legitimacy in Crisis Asia Sentinel
Eurozone banks face £42bn ‘capital black hole’ Telegraph (Swedish Lex)
The Troika and the New York Times Bury the Issues, not just the Lead Bill Black, New Economic Perspectives
Spain Exports Its Construction Model, With Predictably Dire Consequences Don Quijones, Testosterone Pit
RBS Twitter Foot-In-Mouth (Richard Smith)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
The NSA’s Secret Role in the U.S. Assassination Program Jeremy Scahill, Glenn Greenwald, First Look. Very detailed and impressive reporting, but I don’t see the “so what” as a stunner. The supposedly surgical drone strikes were known to be very inaccurate (as in way too many civilian deaths). The NSA is supposed to be using intel to get terrorists, so the use of their data for this purpose shouldn’t be a surprise (if you accept the legality of assassinating US-declared terrorists on foreign soil, which I don’t but TPTB do, the NSA’s involvement is to be expected). They were also clearly managed from afar (as in not based on much if any human intel). So the big revelation is in showing that the targets have already figured out that Administration is using geo-location. That and raising visibility (as in more people may start taking interest in the drone murders, um, strikes).
Moreover, the site was down at 4:30 AM (“An internal server error occurred. Please try again later.”) So the traffic crashed it. So much for all of Omidyar’s tech connections.
The Internet is Broken – Act Accordingly ThreatPost
Of gunsmiths and strategic analysis. Sic Semper Tyrannis (Chuck L)
Selling Your Secrets, The Invisible World of Software Backdoors and Bounty Hunters Pratap Chatterjee, TomDistpach. From last week, still germane.
HealthCare.gov firm has had a series of stumbles Washington Post
Corporate backing is helping Obamacare go mainstream Los Angeles Times
The Dust Bowl Returns New York Times
Farmers face bankruptcy as California drought persists Washington Post
If You Thought You Couldn’t Go To Jail For Debt Anymore, You’re Wrong Business Insider (Francois T)
Chinese Official Made Job Plea to JPMorgan Chase Chief New York Times. As if we needed it, but more evidence that Dimon belongs in jail.
US biotech IPO fever stokes bubble fears Financial Times. As a deal attorney observed, “What’s the difference between high tech and biotech? How long it takes you to learn you’ve lost all your money.”
Fight Over Minimum Wage Illustrates Web of Industry Ties New York Times. The Grey Lady racks up some rare good karma points, outing a think tank that has been attacking minimum wage increases as being run by a PR firm that is in bed with the restaurant industry.
The Fed’s waning magic in Yellen’s era Ed Luce, Financial Times
The economics of ‘Downton Abbey’ Washington Post
Finally, a query: a buddy who is downwardly mobile but still has some scratch left asked about programs that would give you an EU passport if you bought a house in Portugal. I said I didn’t know about that but I thought there was one in Spain if the investment was €220,000 or something like that.
Please let me know:
1. If I am hallucinating
2. If not, if the Spanish and/or Portuguese programs are still operative and a link to details
Antidote du jour (Tim F from HPJ):