Tony Benn dies, aged 88 Telegraph. The Telegraph has made the death of this great Socialist its lead story, while it is below the fold at the Guardian.
Success mainly down to having a loud voice Daily Mash
Beautiful Games: a complete illustrated history of football Guardian. Lambert: “That is, soccer.”
Silicon Valley is turning our lives into an asset class Financial Times (David L)
Bitcoin’s Evolution toward Self-Destruction Dan Kervick, New Economic Perspectives
Troubled waters: Nuclear radiation found in B.C. may pose health concerns Vancouver Sun (David L)
Desperately seeking (Chinese) stimulus MacroBusiness
Fresh corporate default tests China’s resolve Financial Times
Markets fall on weak Chinese data, Fed worries and Ukraine fears – as it happened Guardian. Notice Chinese data was so bad that the Guardian went into live blog mode.
When Should Government Officials Be Criminally Liable for Failure to Prevent Corruption? Reflections on Thailand, and Beyond Global Atlantic Corruption Blog
Prince Charles letters: attorney general acted unlawfully, say senior judges Guardian (Richard Smith)
Washington’s Back-to-the-Future Military Policies in Africa, America’s New Model for Expeditionary Warfare Nick Turse, Tom Engelhardt
Russian Troops Mass at Border With Ukraine New York Times
Ukraine crisis: John Kerry and Sergey Lavrov to meet in London for talks Guardian. This is a climbdown by the US. Kerry had attached conditions to a meeting and has been forced to drop them.
Kiev’s protesters: Ukraine uprising was no neo-Nazi power-grab Guardian. Lambert: ” Fascist iconography is never accidental. While the headline is IMNSHO technically correct, it’s what comes next that is the issue, right?”
Ukraine: EU Parliament Warns Of Association With Svoboda Party Moon of Alabama
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Facebook CEO Calls Obama Regarding Out of Control NSA; Change You Can’t Believe In Michael Shedlock. Godzilla v. Mothra.
Late Night: Ass Forward cocktailhag, Firedoglake (Carol B)
Study Proves Campaign Donations Buy Access DSWright, Firedoglake (Carol B)
U.S. Criticized for Lack of Action on Mortgage Fraud New York Times. I wish I felt more excited about this. But all this means is the critics of the DoJ have been vindicated. It does nothing for borrowers, particularly since the statute of limitations for the best legal theories for going after the perps have expired. And so what if Holder et al get hauled up before the Senate and roughed up? The fact that they’d do so little to address a problem of this magnitude means they are beyond shame.
Lawsky Prepared to Name Individuals at BNP in Crackdown Bloomberg (Richard D)
RELEASE OF OFFSHORE RECORDS DRAWS WORLDWIDE RESPONSE ICIJ (Richard Smith)
Countdown to taper mark III MacroBusiness
Far from the Wolf of Wall Street: how did young people become so risk averse? New Statesman (Chuck L)
The Surprisingly Large Cost of Telling Small Lies New York Times (Lambert)
Antidote du jour (furzy mouse):