Human personality just a reaction to weather Daily Mash. Sydneysiders are definitely more cheerful than New Yorkers.
How We’ll Talk To Aliens Popular Science (Deontos)
As EPA Launches War On Emissions, U.S. Plays Catch Up With Europe On Renewables OilPrice. Shorter: Obama is a hypocrite, not that that is news.
Energy watchdog in investment warning Financial Times (Joe Costello)
Beyond Obama’s Plan: A New Economic Vision for Addressing Climate Change Huffington Post (David L). I’m a bit concerned at the aggressive promotion of devices that monitor homes, since that assures “all surveillance, all the time.” And look at the benign moniker: “The Internet of Things.”
Chinese blockade agents as house prices tank MacroBusiness
Sex, drugs and GDP calculations Bangkok Post (furzy mouse)
Is Europe Overbanked? European Systemic Risk Board. A rigorous yet accessible document.
Obama Proposes $1 Billion European Defense Fund Wall Street Journal $1 billion? Isn’t that the equivalent of couch lint in the defense procurement game?
Corruption redefined as tourism in Czech Republic BBC. Linda: “These could be held in NYC, couldn’t they?
Unveiling “Western” Hypocrisy Russia Connects Syria And Ukraine Moon of Alabama
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Google inundated by 12,000 take down requests in one day through right to be forgotten page The Drum (Richard Smith)
Apple seeks to make iPhone a health hub Financial Times. Looks more like aNSA item rather than a consumer product. I’m a health junkie and I wouldn’t touch this with a 15 foot pole. And monitoring your performance overmuch, like getting on the scale every day, is often counterproductive. Athletic progress is not linear and trying to make it so is the path to neuroticism and/or injury.
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden seeks asylum in sunny Brazil Agence France-Presse
US companies warn on foreign tax threat Financial Times
Washington‘s Shale Boom Going Bust New Eastern Outlook. From last month but a very good overview.
New experience for GOP: No heir apparent McClatchy (furzy mouse)
Adventures in Smartness, Assassin’s Edition New Yorker (furzy mouse). You need to read this.
The Betrayal of Cecily McMillan Reader Supported News (RR)
Hospital Charges Surge for Common Ailments, Data Shows New York Times
War Makes Us Poor … And Drags the Economy Down Through the Floor George Washington
U.S. Factories Expanded in May Wall Street Journal
Is the Market Crazy? Treasurys Are Screaming Crisis While Stocks Yawn Pam Martens. No, this is what the Fed wants, financial markets disconnected from fundamentals.
French Officials Twist U.S. Arms in Bank Investigation New York Times
Burt Reynolds faces foreclosure WCPO (Deontos)
ECONOMISTS’ ADVICE Stumbling and Mumbling (RA)
US apartments in debt deal rent for less Financial Times. Hahaha! PE guys can’t command what traditional single family landlords get, either because they bought crap house or they are getting a bad name as landlords and tenants will chose non-PE firms if they have any choice.
Fed’s Junk-Loan Caution Spurs Creative Accounting Alchemy Bloomberg (AE). From a few days ago, still germane.
Back to the Dark Ages of Feudalism CounterPunch
Watch 40 Years Of State By State Unemployment Changes On This Awesome Map Movoto. The map is impressive even though what it shows is depressing.
Minimum wage: Seattle approves $15/hour, will other cities follow? Christian Science Monitor. An important step. See more at Seattle City Council approves historic $15 minimum wage Seattle Times (Paul Tioxon)
A neat solution to the high class jerk problem Cathy O’Neil
An Empire Without a Military Strategy for a Military Strategy Without an Empire Voltaire Network. (Lambert). Today’s must read.
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