World’s Prettiest Tarantula Takes Best in Show 2014 Natural Geographic. A Richard Smith find.
Do biologists really need dead animals? Article inflames debate. Christian Science Monitor
Apple in Gigantic marketing cock up TechEye (EM)
China cannot follow America’s route to world leadership Financial Times
U.S. Gains in a Spat With China Over Tariffs New York Times
Thai coup leader tightens grip Asia Times
Iran Offers Data on Detonators, Atomic Agency Says New York Times
Bad U.S. Policy Pushes Russia, China and Iran Closer Together George Washington
Crimea: an EU-US-Exxon Screwup CounterPunch
THE CHAOS ENGULFING EASTERN UKRAINE New Yorker
Russia’s central bank chief deems crisis over as capital flight is halted Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Telegraph
How Putin’s comrades washed their money in Switzerland and the UK Tax Justice Network (Richard Smith)
Twitter “micro-censors” Ukrainian neo-nazi accounts at Russia’s request Yasha Levine, Pando
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Peter Watts on the Harms of Surveillance Bruce Schneier
FBI withdraws national security letter following Microsoft challenge ars technica (Chuck L)
Government Treating Peaceful Left Activists Like Terrorists–Again American Prospect
US ‘must force-feed Gitmo inmate’ Guardian
FACING THE TRUTH: THE CASE FOR REPARATIONS Bill Moyers with Ta-Nehisi Coates.
Oregon’s GMO Sellout Rebekah Wilce, Firedoglake (jo6pak)
Hillary Clinton’s Speaking Circuit Payday: $5 Million (and Counting) Economic Policy Journal (rich)
Geithner Pants on Fire
Macho Bullshit and Bailouts Matt Stoller
Geithner’s Stress Test Failure Barry Ritholtz, Bloomberg
Poor Americans Direct 40% of Their Spending to Housing Expenses Wall Street Journal
New technology: who wins, who loses? Pieria. On a different sort of class line.
Dispute Arises Over Number of Mortgage Denials to Blacks New York Times
Dear Graduates: Don’t Follow Your Dreams (A Commencement Speech For the Mediocre) Alternet. Personally, I have long thought that the corporate exhortations for passion of the non-romatic kind in the workplace is merely a way to tell potential hires that they need to be so dedicated that they will convince themselves that submitting to abuse is a proof that they have what it takes to succeed.
The myth of the omnipotent central bank Frances Coppola
The threat facing online comments Financial Times. Hah, FT Alphaville struggles with comment moderation too, and they have way more staff than we do!
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