Everyone else’s life better than yours Daily Mash
What Caused a 1300-Year Deep Freeze? Science Magazine
Scientists Warn of Rising Seas as Antarctic Ice Sheet Melts New York Times
Monsanto Meets its Match in the Birthplace of Maize Triple Crisis
How ‘Big Corn’ lost the ethanol battle to Philadelphia refiners Philly.com (Paul Tioxon)
Protect Canadians from FATCA NDP (Timothy S)
China data comes in weak MacroBusiness
The Economist editorial: Thailand close to the brink; compromise needed Asian Correspondent
China presses housing panic button MacroBusiness
Pfizer says its AstraZeneca vow over big UK presence is binding Financial Times. Right. Read the fine print.
A Deal to Dodge the Tax Man in America New York Times
Nuclear Talks Will Confront Iran Over Enriched Uranium New York Times
East Ukraine Votes For Independence As Reports Claim 400 Blackwater Troops In Country
DSWright, Firedoglake (Chuck L)
Ukraine separatists seek union with Russia Al Jazeera
Global Capitalism, the US Empire and Russian Nationalism Real News Network
In Ukraine, Donetsk People’s Republic lurches to life Globe and Mail
COMMENT: After referenda, a window of opportunity opens up in Ukraine BNE (Richard Smith). Even though this piece makes some useful observation, the emphasis on Russian meddling with no mention of US interference is frustrating.
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Anti-surveillance mask lets you pass as someone else CNET (Nikki L)
Heartbleed bug still a threat after flawed patches IT Pro (Richard Smith)
Report claims Anonymous will protest Glenn Greenwald for ties to PayPal billionaire Raw Story (Howard Beale IV)
GOP goes quiet on ObamaCare The Hill
Only 8% Of Independent Voters Call Obamacare A ‘Success’ Business Insider
Security and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) “Neither Admit nor Deny” Settlements Continue to Draw Controversy National Law Journal (Adrien)
Barclays’ Fed lobbying efforts fall flat Financial Times. Just because they lobbied a lot does not mean they were necessarily good at it.
The New York Public Library Comes Around New Yorker. A rare bit of good news.
As Hedge Fund Managers Rake In Record Pay Obama’s Economic Advisor Attacks Piketty DSWright, Firedoglake
US taxes and inequality FT Alphaville
Yul Brynner’s Tax Spat Augurs Rush to Give Up U.S. Passports Bloomberg. James R:
All articles (including this one) I’ve seen try to blow this into a huge issue. Yet as this article states, the number of people renouncing amounts to 0.05% of American expats (the “rush” of the article’s title), and I suspect disproportionately on lower-income folks who don’t have the resources to make this a non-issue for them. Meanwhile, well-known wealth offshoring continues unabated.
Despite Falling Revenues, Walmart Increases Pay for Top Execs Peter Van Buren, Firedoglake
Billionaires Are Just Different From You and Me Matt Stoller
Tim Geithner: More Banker Than the Bankers Noam Scheiber, New Republic
Geithner’s Other Ad Hominem Attacks on Barofsky Bill Black, New Economic Perspectives
What Confucius Teaches Those Who Want a Better World Ian Welsh. My one quibble is with his discussion of rituals. I associate them too strongly with cults and in-group behavior to regard them as benign.
Antidote du jour (mark w):
And a bonus! Richard Smith submitted this as an antidote, but I think it is yet another of his anti-antidotes: