More Pet Brands Target Owners Who Like to Cook Their Own Dog Food Wall Street Journal
Cynical? You may be hurting your brain health ScienceDaily (Chuck L). This looks like junk to me. How do you define “high levels of cynicism” v. garden varieties of cynicism? Plus in this case, the cynicism may actually be a proxy for other issues that lead to poor outcomes, namely, weak social bonds or financial insecurity (aka stress).
The Enduring Promise of a Thinner You New York Times
Buried Carbon Causes Deep Concern Truthdig (Chuck L)
It’s simple. If we can’t change our economic system, our number’s up Guardian (Lawrence)
After the Sun (Microsystems) Sets, the Real Stories Come Out IEEE Spectrum (Chuck L)
Microsoft shows off real-time universal speech translator for Skype, coming in 2014 ExtremeTech (furzy mouse)
Animated Map Visualizes NYC’s Raging Workaholism Fast Company
Come Saturday Morning: The Worst Places to Work, Worldwide Phoenix Woman, Firedoglake
Southeast Asia’s Regression From Democracy and Its Implications Council on Foreign Relations (furzy mouse). Free download
Want to unwind Thailand’s coup? Look to palace politics Christian Science Monitor
Sex, Drugs and Accounting in Europe Bloomberg
RBS could fail due to ‘£100bn black hole’ – with British taxpayers in line to lose their entire £45bn stake Independent. FYI, the book is by Ian Fraser, a sometimes contributor to NC.
Bank of England governor: capitalism doomed if ethics vanish Guardian. A bit late to be worrying about that. However, as Harry Shearer points out: “Can you imagine a head of the Fed talking like this?”
Venezuela: A plan for coup d’état and assassination of Maduro failed evolution
Russian ForEx Reserves and Balance of Payments Vulnerabilities Menzie Chinn, Econbrowser
Encyclopedia of Ukrainian oligarchs Eurozine (Richard Smith)
Alexander Lebedev and Vladislav Inozemtsev: Western financiers welcomed dirty money but now it must be stopped Independent (Richard Smith)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
What a Drone Can See YouTube (Lawrence)
New federal database will track Americans’ credit ratings, other financial information Washington Examiner (Chuck L)
Another viewing item if you didn’t see it last week: Edward Snowden Exclusive Interview with NBC Brian Williams YouTube
New Law ‘Facilitates Privatization’ of US Water Systems Mint Press (furzy mouse)
Police didn’t search database showing Calif. shooter had bought guns Washington Post (furzy mouse)
Daily Meme: Hit Me With Your Best Shot American Prospect. Revealing Dean Baquet remarks.
The New Paradigm for Banks Mohamed A. El-Erian
Fed Officials Downplay Financial Stability Concerns WSJ Economics
FT v. Piketty
You shouldn’t use a spreadsheet for important work (I mean it) Daniel Lemire. Ahem, some of the problems are not due to spreadsheets in general but Excel in particular. I can’t stand to use Excel because it is a terrible tool. I relied on Improv because even in the early 1990s you could build multi-dimensional models (oh, and easily rotate them), plus it documented formulas using the labels you input (as in your column/row names) making them easy to check. It also has all sorts of complicated financial and mathematical formulas built in as function choices, so you don’t have to generate them. IBM refused to sell Improv after it acquired it, despite many offers, so some developers built an imitation, Quantrix, and then improved on it. Unfortunately, it cost over $1500 , so if a reader connected with the company is feeling generous, I’d love a copy.
Not Walking the Walk on Board Diversity Gretchen Morgenson, New York Times
Fast Food Workers’ Movement: Union 2.0? Real News Network
eBay Shrugged: Pierre Omidyar believes there should be no philanthropy without profit Mark Ames Pando. Important. Also documents more of Omidyar’s relationships to the US security state.
Don’t believe brokers, the government, or Piketty: Your property values won’t grow faster than your paycheck Amar Bhide, Quartz. Today’s must read.
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