Study: Mice Actually Enjoy Running On Their Spinning Sisyphus Wheels Gawker. This still reminded me of a study done by the University of Maine which concluded that lobsters didn’t mind being steamed to death.
Fucked Dr. David Healy. How an effort to make clinical trial data was designed to be a headfake and is working out as planned.
A Mathematical Proof That The Universe Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing Physics arXiv (furzy mouse)
Rogoff on negative rates, paper currency and Bitcoin Izabella Kaminska, FT Alphaville. Kaminska has pointed out that Bitcoin is likely to have the unintended effect of legitimating electronic-only state currencies, something central banks would have found doing on their own. One of Rogoff’s conclusions:
…any attempt to introduce a fully anonymous state currency would probably transform the central bank into a universal bank — something we’ve suggested is already happening due to the Fed already expanding its balance sheet to money market funds.
China calls for new Asian security structure Associated Press
Citi: China property bust risks growing MacroBusiness
Martial law in Thailand Economist
US: Thailand martial law will not trigger sanctions Associated Press
European Central Bank ‘unlikely to fire the big bazooka’ Financial Times
The Non-Disastrous Russia-China Alliance Moon of Alabama
China to delay Russia gas deal in blow to Vladimir Putin Financial Times
Far Right Fever for a Europe Tied to Russia New York Times (furzy mouse)
Mastermind of Odessa Massacre Embarrasses Ukraine’s Jews George Washington
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Fine Line Seen in U.S. Spying on Companies New York Times. Quelle surprise! Somehow it’s OK to spy if it relates to trade policy. I’m not making that up.
No One Should Ever Trust Top USA Intelligence Officials in the Obama Administration Jon Walker, Firedoglake
NSA data-gathering may run into California roadblock Reuters. EM: “Right – because clearly the NSA needed states’ cooperation to run its post-9/11 mass domestic surveillance. [/sarc]”
PhRMA Wants You To Know the Silver Plans on the Exchanges Kinda Suck Jon Walker. Another point made by the study released by drug company lobbyist PhRMA (see our post for more detail)
Obama: ‘In five years it will no longer be called Obamacare.’ Washington Post. So what does Obama know that he’s less willing to be identified with the ACA?
V.A. Accusations Aggravate Woes of White House New York Times
Sign the Petition Opposing Investor-State Dispute Settlement in Trade Agreements Public Citizen. This is the single worst element of the TransPacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. Please sign!
Tea Party candidate falls in Idaho The Hill (furzy mouse)
America dumbs down Macleans. Not exactly news…
CREDIT SUISSE GOT OFF LIGHTLY John Cassidy, New Yorker
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