Jesus died to give us two bank holidays Daily Mash
Crows Like My Pal George Aren’t Just Smart, They’re Also Jokers Scientific American
What It’s Like to Spend 20 Years Listening to Psychopaths for Science Wired (furzy mouse)
Deadly Viral Disease MERS Spreads From Middle East to Southeast Asia Wall Street Journal. Death rate higher than 1/3 of those infected.
Why Are Search-and-Rescue Drones Grounded? IEEE Spectrum (JSC)
China admits widespread soil pollution Financial Times
Thailand charges reporters over Pulitzer-winning article Agence France-Presse
ECB moving closer to unconventional policy Walter Kurtz
Uber taxi service suffers setback in Berlin Financial Times
Ukraine Talks Gain; Putin Keeps Force on Table Wall Street Journal
Kiev’s Military Campaign in East Ukraine Collapses DSWright, Firedoglake. In case you wondered why diplomacy suddenly ramped up….
The specter of civil war hangs over Ukraine DW. As in the Great Powers may not be able to arrest what they’ve set in motion.
Demands That Jews Register in Eastern Ukraine Are Denounced, and Denied and Groups Deny Link to Leaflets Threatening Jews in Ukraine City New York Times. Readers yesterday were duly skeptical of the original story.
US financial showdown with Russia is more dangerous than it looks, for both sides Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Telegraph
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Is This the Missing WikiLeaks PayPal Order? Marcy Wheeler
Here’s how we got to 8 million Obamacare signups Washington Post
Privatization is a Ramp for Corruption and Insouciance is a Ramp for War Paul Craig Roberts, CounterPunch
Holder and Mueller Spent $7.8 Million Taxpayer Dollars on Personal Travel Peter Van Buren, Firedoglake
Democratic donor pleads guilty to campaign fraud Financial Times
G.O.P. Discovers Useful Voter Outreach Tool: Gun Sweepstakes New York Times
Jobless claims edge up, but 4-week average falls to prerecession level Los Angeles Times
The problems of HFT, Joe Stiglitz edition Felix Salmon