The super-abundant virus controlling your gut bacteria New Scientist
The new Google? Baidu’s big plans to bust out of China New Scientist
‘Hello there’: eight lessons from Microsoft’s awful job loss memo FT. And whenever you hear the word “team”, put your hand on your wallet.
The Open Source Identity Crisis Model View Culture
What the Hobby Lobby Ruling Means for America Times. Better make sure you can find it in yourself to wear whatever sigil and say whatever words your employer wants you to.
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Can Any Government Agency Nominate Anyone to the No-Fly List? Observations on Credit and Surveillance
The Will to Make Legible Why Nations Fail
Why I Am I Moving Left? Thomas E. Ricks, Politico (flora). Note that Ricks’s “left” is well outside the Overton Window as defined by Democrats.
DCCC poses as debt collection agency in sleazy online fundraising gambit Corrente. Because what institution could be more trusted than a debt collector?
As fighting continues in east Ukraine, U.S. releases images said to implicate Russia WaPo Front page teaser says “purported.” Ouch.
Ukraine: Government Attack In Breach Of UN Resolution Moon of Alabama
Russia Bashing: Hatred, Hysteria and Humbug Counterpunch (RS)
The Russian-Chinese Geopolitical Game Immanuel Wallerstein, Fernand Braudel Center
Israel-Gaza conflict: The secret report that helps Israelis to hide facts Independent. Frank Luntz wrote the playbook for Israeli talking points. Guess that explains the Senate’s 100-0 vote.
Wild speculation on a highly controversial subject Yorkshire Ranter. Terrible headline, interesting article on how the Palestinian rockets really are a strategic weapon, for good or ill.
Imperial Collapse Watch
In Seattle, Barack Obama talks of unease about world Politico. “[T]he old order isn’t holding and we’re not quite where we need to be in terms of a new order.” Six years after “hope and change”? Why do I get the feeling that Obama and his owners and handlers know exactly where “we” need to be, and that it involves throwing even more people under the bus? Something flipped recently in elite discourse, though we can’t see the shape of it yet.
THE CHIMERA OF GLOBAL CONVERGENCE New Left Review
New Yorker Cartoonist Roz Chast’s Remarkable Illustrated Meditation on Aging, Illness, and Death Brain Pickings (furzy mouse)
BuzzFeed Writer Resigns In Disgrace After Plagiarizing ‘10 Llamas Who Wish They Were Models’ The Onion. Note the date: May 29, 2013.
Blood and Gore: ‘Capitalism is in danger of falling apart’ FT. Look, they call it “the pink paper” for a reason.
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