Brothers Spend Entire Life on Rural Farm mom.me (Carol B). I couldn’t view the images at all in Safari, but they came up just fine in Firefox.
Academics Spy Weaknesses in Bitcoin’s Foundations MIT Technology Review
Macabre fixation with a missing plane MacroBusiness
Why Speculation About MH370 is Evidence of Innumeracy TJ Radcliffe. Haha, my attitude has been “This speculation is a waste of time, we’ll eventually find out what happened, even if “eventually” is a long time from now.” And this story is clearly being pushed hard in the US and UK. You don’t see it getting anywhere near as prominent coverage in the Nikkei or Xinhua, when the crash was in their back yard and the flight had a large number of Chinese passengers.
Angry Chinese Homeowners Vent Frustrations After Price Cuts Wall Street Journal
Phat Dragon on how China will stimulate MacroBusiness
Tom Clancy, Military Man Andrew J. Bacevich, The Baffler (Chuck L)
Russia braced for $70bn in outflows Financial Times
Russia can hit US where it hurts, on Iran Financial Times
Crimea crisis: Russia and Ukraine hold first meeting BBC. I thought Russia was not recognizing the current Ukrainian government. So was this just an informal chat?
The Latest Heist: US Quietly Snatches the Ukraine’s Gold Reserves 21st Century Wire. Deontos points out that Jesse was on to this weeks ago: Ukraine Gold Reserves Said To Be Put On Plane For Safekeeping in the US
G-7 major powers snub Sochi summit over Ukraine crisis Nikkei versus Russia Is Ousted From Group of 8 by U.S. and Allies New York Times
Petition for Alaska to join Russia gains 15k signatures Intellihub (1 SK). And in only three days.
Russia excluded from True Detective finale Daily Mash
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
After Reports on N.S.A., China Urges End to Spying New York Times Guardian
Why enrollment numbers aren’t the final story for Obamacare success Daily Kos (Carol B)
Uninsured People Don’t Like or Understand Obamacare Atlantic. Lambert: “Tax on time”.
Health insurance basics stump many Obamacare shoppers, survey finds Los Angeles Times. Also increases odds that some of the supposedly happy Obamacare policyholders don’t understand what they bought and will be less happy when they find out that they have high deductibles and/or are in narrow networks.
The Missing Link to the Democratic Party’s Pivot to Wall Street Counterpunch (Chuck L)
Revealed: Visitor logs show full extent of Pierre and Pamela Omidyar’s cozy White House ties Pando. And this today: First Look publishes new editorial independence statement after Pando reveals Omidyar White House ties Pando. These statements about independence are not terribly credible in the light of reports that Omidyar is the most active person on First Look’s internal e-mails.
Janet Yellen’s Bigger Problem Bloomberg
Bankers’ Deaths Shine Light on Stress in Industry, Tunnel Vision Bloomberg. The industry has long demanded insane hours, so I am wondering why this is happening now, as opposed to 30 years ago. It may be that the gap between what high end banking and any exit options pay (even in finance) pay that the incumbents feel locked in (that in the old days, people would find new jobs and now they won’t even consider that). When I was at Goldman, the partners would remark when someone got married, “Now we really have him.”
What the Wolves of Wall Street can teach us about risk Robert Skidelsky, Project Syndicate
US loses edge as employment powerhouse Financial Times
More Evidence that Half of America is In or Near Poverty Nation of Change (RR)
Hurt in Crisis, TPG Pursues Smaller Deals New York Times. Big private equity firm has feet of clay.
The Overprotected Kid Atlantic
Antidote du jour. Merlin sent this picture of her son’s Australian sugar glider: