California readers: Please come to our CalPERS hearing or encourage CalPERS retirees in the Bay Area to attend. It’s this Friday, May 2, 2014, 9:30 a.m., Superior Court of California, Department 302. That’s on the third floor of 400 McAllister Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 (map). But be sure to check here after 2:00 PM PDT on Thursday! The judge may postpone the hearing, so double check that it is still on before you drop by.
However, if it is on (probable), this looks to be an unusually fiery hearing, so please come if you can. More explanation here.
Mad Magazine’s Al Feldstein Dies at 88 New York Times
Kittens reaching peak cuteness Daily Mash
Animals in the military DW. Link to slideshow on the first page under “Editors’ Choice”
Mysterious Kidney Disease Slays Farmworkers In Central America NPR (furzy mouse)
Programming Sucks Still Drinking
Bloomberg’s folly Columbia Journalism Review. On how Bloomberg caved when pressured on investigations into official corruption.
China’s pollution plagues coastal waters Financial Times
U.K. Economy: Goldilocks and the Three Charts WSJ Economics
House price boom ripples out of London Telegraph
Syria ‘stalling’ on giving up chemical weapons, U.S. says Washington Post
Ukraine Says That Pro-Russia Militants Won the East New York Times. Wow, the Grey Lady can’t put lipstick on this pig.
Ukraine: Coup-Government Acknowledges Defeat Moon of Alabama
Ukraine and Georgia: Different Approaches Counterpunch
IMF Warns Further Sanctions Will Prolong Russian Recession Wall Street Journal
White House urges business to snub Putin Financial Times. Another pathetic gesture.
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Report: 67% of Obamacare enrollees have paid so far CNN. Note so far this isn’t off track with the rule of thumb that 80% of enrollees will pay. The last-minute ones haven’t been billed yet.
DCCC: “Final notice” Lambert
Shifting Demographics Tilt U.S. Races Wall Street Journal
White House opens door to tolls on interstate highways, removing long-standing prohibition Washington Post (Carol B)
As New Shipping Rules Are Studied, Another Oil Train Derails New York Times
For more states, execution means improvisation Washington Post
US unemployment: A long-term trap Financial Times
Fast Food Pulls a Fast One Michael Winship, Moyers & Company
A new housing bubble? UCLA (Lisa E)
Post-Crash economics clashes with ‘econ tribe’ Cameron K. Murray (Richard Alford)
Antidote du jour (furzy mouse). Before and after pet photos:
And a bonus, the trailer for a movie about Aaron Swartz, which has gotten good reviews at Sundance. Please circulate.