900-Year-Old Viking Message Decoded, Reads ‘Kiss Me’ Huffington Post (Carol B)
‘Mother Lode’ of Amazingly Preserved Fossils Discovered in Canada LiveScience (Chuck L)
Sid Caesar, pioneer of live television comedy, dies at 91 Los Angeles Times
The Limbo of Asian Markets New York Times. Lambert: “Note picture of boats.”
China offers cash to tackle air pollution Financial Times
China’s Jade Rabbit rover comes ‘back to life’ Yahoo (Lambert)
China’s iron ore build a dodgy dash for cash? MacroBusiness
China Banking Outlook 2014: A Turbulent Flight Ahead Standard & Poors (John Jansen)
World asleep as China tightens deflationary vice Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Telegraph (Scott)
Euro’s fate is now in Germany’s hands MarketWatch
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Pakistani Drone Victim, Who Has Sought to Hold CIA Accountable, Kidnapped & Disappeared Kevin Gosztola, Firedoglake
Facebook Deal on Privacy Is Under Attack New York Times
Rand Paul sues government over NSA spying Financial Times
French journalist “hacks” govt by inputting correct URL, later fined $4,000+ ars technica (Chuck L)
Daily Meme: Northern Liberal Elites Are the Real Racists American Prospect. Um, if he had the target more specific, “Pandering Fauxgressive Political Operatives,” then it would probably be harder to take exception to Thomas’ point of view.
Whose Distressed Baby Is It? New Yorker (furzy mouse). Wow, Armstrong has a history of harassing women with costly pregnancies.
Propane, drying corn, and cold winter Angry Bear
Buffett’s Pal Munger Heads a Very Weird Company Jonathan Weil, Bloomberg
Anti-Debt Group Happens To Be Nearly Broke Huffington Post. This is not an “anti debt” group. It is a Boomer hate group, as in stoking antipathy towards older people (explicitly) to justify budget cuts aimed at their “entitlements”. In other words, another “let’s make old people die faster” initiative.
Some Reasons for Guaranteeing Both an Income and Job Heteconomist
IMF Paper: No U.S. Manufacturing Renaissance WSJ Economics Blog (Scott)
Comcast Acquiring Time Warner Cable for $45 Billion Wall Street Journal. More crapification. An OK cable provider is to be bought by a terrible one.
Cisco unnerves with profit margin squeeze Financial Times
There is no such thing as the banking profession John Gapper, Financial Times
RealtyTrac: Monthly foreclosure filings reverse course, rise 8% Housing Wire. So far, just a blip in a long term downward trend.
This is nuts. When’s the crash? FT Alphaville
Death by Finance Dani Rodrik, Project Syndicate
The Best Government Money Can Buy Counterpunch (Chuck L)
Antidote du jour. A 2012 flood picture, but still timely. Richard Smith adds: “A familiar sight from my school days, as it happens: a flooded towpath in Worcester, and lots of swans avoiding the fierce current out in the river.”