Game of Thrones writer George RR Martin offers to ‘kill off’ one of his fans for $20,000 Daily Mail. If that’s what it takes to finish the damn thing…
Sperm-Inspired Robots Controlled by Magnetic Fields Scientific Computing (optimader)
Billionaire Johnson heir gets brief jail term in sex assault case Journal-Sentinel. “Brief” like a misdemeanor, not a felony.
Barclays Fine Spurs U.K. Scrutiny of Derivatives Conflict Bloomberg. Richard Smith comments: “FCA will never get to the bottom of this. Any structured product is pretty likely to have a barrier option embedded in it, and there have been an awful lot of structured products. They were Bob Diamond’s Big Idea.”
Pope sacks whole board of Vatican bank watchdog The Tablet (savedbyirony)
Corporate gnomes become kings of the cash mountain Gillian Tett, FT
Uber Gets an Uber-Valuation Online WSJ. Yves: Deep pockets for the trial lawyers.
Airbnb testing group dinners for strangers Reuters. Can libertarians regulate for salmonella with “likes” and online reviews?
The Case Against Sharing Susie Cagle, Medium
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
IEA Says the Party’s Over Post-Carbon Institute
U.S. sending advisers, gear to Ukraine USA Today
Yanukovich’s palace and the essence of ‘tyrannical taste’ FT. “Those of us who have a sense of architecture can see that’s where fascism got their visuals wrong.”
Spain’s Game of Thrones Foreign Policy
What Are the Brazil World Cup Protests All About? Boston Globe
Americans fared better after Great Depression than today Al Jazeera America
The Biggest Policy Mistake of the Great Recession David Dayen, Fiscal Times. Review of Mian and Sufi’s House of Debt. Fun fact: “During the Panic of 1819, when falling commodity prices squeezed indebted farmers, state governments immediately put a moratorium on foreclosures, and Congress easily passed a debt-forgiveness law for farmers who had credit with the federal government.”
Summers: Helping Homeowners Would Have Hurt Banks David Dayen. Summers reviews Mian and Sufi.
Educating Brad DeLong Econbrowser. On Piketty.
The Scariest Chart Ever Is Dead Joe Weisenthal, Business Insider
No, the Jobs Market Isn’t Back to Normal Bloomberg. Employment-to-population ratio.
Polanyi’s substantive theory of a decent society Understanding Society
If the Left Had a Tea Party… Politico
Do Liberals Believe in Liberalism Anymore? Matt Stoller. “The identity politics of the Democratic Party has been utterly inverted, turned into mechanism to crush unionism and economic justice.” Simple answers to simple questions: No.
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