This amazing rainbow insect is actually a wasp Gizmodo. An anti-antidote, from Lambert for a change.
Giant hole appears at ‘the end of the world’ in Siberia Independent (Chuck L)
Opinions divided over mysterious 80-metre wide crater in northern Siberia Sydney Morning Herald
Microsoft To Cut Workforce By 18,000 This Year, ‘Moving Now’ To Cut First 13,000 Tech Crunch. Cuts falling heavily on Nokia staff, which is producing ire in Finland
China Traders Jittery Over Huatong Bond Default Warning Wall Street Journal
War climate in Crete as Syrian chemicals approaching its shores! failed evolution
We single Israel out because we in the west are shamefully complicit in its crimes New Statesman (Nikki)
How the West Chose War in Gaza New York Times
The Whys Behind Israel’s Gaza Slaughter (interview with Vijay Prashad) Consortium News (Nikki)
Israel Firing Experimental Weapons at Gaza’s Civilians, Say Doctors Blacklisted News (John C)
Malaysian Passenger Plane Crashes in Ukraine Near Russian Border Wire. Has a detailed timeline.
Malaysia Airlines crash: Rescuers recover second black box Financial Times
The Risk of Tougher Sanctions on Russia Real Clear Politics
Kiev deployed powerful anti-air systems to E. Ukraine ahead of the Malaysian plane crash — RT. Lambert: The Russian side of “he said/she said.”
A List of People Who Supported the War in Iraq Rogue Nation. A cheat sheet for discourse on Gaza, Ukraine, and of course Iraq (for the record, Stoller recanted)
If Iraq Were in Central America David Swanson, Firedoglake
Imperial Collapse Watch
The Anglo-American Data Empire Marcy Wheeler
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Peeling the onion: Almost everyone involved in developing Tor was (or is) funded by the US government Yasha Levine, Pando (bob)
Snowden: NSA employees routinely pass around intercepted nude photos ars technica (Nikki)
Amend HJR 119 To Abolish Corporate Constitutional Rights! Move to Amend (Carla)
SFO’s alleged fake screener is a high-powered financier SF Gate. EM: “Another victim of Dominique Strauss-Kahnitis, apparently.”
MA mayor: City to donate $5 for every angry, anti-LGBT caller Glenn Beck sends after us Raw Story (furzy mouse)
Fed kicks off global dollar squeeze as Janet Yellen turns hawkish Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Telegraph. Important. And we warned readers in our Yellen post that she was the most hawkish member of the Administration in the 1990s, and was more of a monetarist than she pretended to be in her New Yorker interview (notice her fixation on NAIRU).
The Fed’s Bully Pulpit on Wall Street New York Times
Senator Warren Lets Yellen Know She’s Had It With the Fed’s Charade About Too Big to Fail Pam Martens (Chuck L). Be sure to read the part about Stanley Fischer.
Young adults drive record U.S. trend of multi-generational homes Reuters. EM: “I’m sure the spinmeisters at the NAR will manage to cast this as ‘bullish for housing’.”
Real inequality: why things are better than they seem and will almost surely get worse PBS. A reader critical thinking exercise! A starter issue: notice the focus on costs and not on greater work force instability and the rise of part-time jobs?
Billionaire’s bid to block beach goes to judge Associated Press. In Australia, there is no such thing as private beaches.
Reflections on an Unforgiving Day Stratfor. Paul Tioxon:
On days like this, it is not the meltdown on Wall St or some other critical financial exchange that stops the world. It is that very old power of the warrior society within society that stops the world in its tracks and demands attention. The Stratfor piece is remarkable in its lack of speculation, lack of a rush to judgement, and a revealing pause to empathize with those people in other parts of the world who now know what it is like when violence, military violence of the most devastating order reaches out grabs and you by the throat. And even if you survive, you never forget the choking sense of death, your death, can happen on any ordinary day. And on a scale that includes your family, your community and your whole country. And we have witnessed such a day where the military power of nations is unleashed on civil society, for whatever reason, in several places, in escalating scope.
Antidote du jour:
And a bonus video of a very cute platypus (Lance N):