Artist encourages fly larvae to build themselves solid gold shells Lost at A Minor (furzy mouse)
Swell and sea in the emerging Arctic Ocean Geophysical Research Letters. You swirl your drink if you want to melt the ice….
BofA ordered to pay $1.3bn in ‘Hustle’ case FT. Rakoff: “Brazen fraud.” “[O]ther, higher-level individuals arguably participated in the fraud but were, for whatever reason, not charged by the government.” Fine, but where is Judge Sirica when we need him?
San Bruno mayor wants top official removed from blast probe San Francisco Chronicle
Mtg purchase apps, Case Shiller The Center of the Universe
Greenspan Says Stocks to See ‘Significant Correction’ Bloomberg. Irrational exuberance?
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Anti-Surveillance Camouflage for Your Face The Atlantic
NSW prisons declared cashless Government News. Australia.
NYPD gathering evidence in Brooklyn Bridge flag prank Boing Boing. Apparently the artistes didn’t use pristine latex gloves when using zip ties to secure lasagna pans over the bridge’s lights. Also too.
The Charter School Profiteers Jacobin. Charters = Corruption. And that’s not a bug. It’s a feature.
Obamacare Web Cost Approaches $1 Billion as Fixes Needed Bloomberg. “[P]arts of it still don’t work… including features intended to allow health insurers to easily exchange financial information with the government.” Sounds like the 834s are still broken. Beyond belief.
Probe exposes flaws behind HealthCare.gov rollout Politico. Tech-savvy Obama administration can’t build a website for its signature domestic initiative, given almost four years to do it and $840 million. And they were at best ignorant and at worst serial liars on how well the project was going, too, which in either case shows complete managerial collapse.
Cordon Sanitaire: Israel Creating 3-Km Buffer Inside Gaza? Middle East Institute
The Logic of Israeli Violence Jacobin
Gaza: Market Attack A “Ceasefire” Trap? Moon of Alabama
More senators push for military aid to Ukraine, say sanctions aren’t making Russia back down AP. What could go wrong?
The Media Ignores the CIA in Ukraine Counterpunch
The New Thailand-Myanmar Axis The Diplomat
Employees’ Pay in U.S. Is Smaller Slice of Income Pie Bloomberg. Interest and dividends larger.
Fed Maintains Monetary Course but Emphasizes Job Weakness Times and Yellen’s Labor Market Dashboard Bloomberg. Handy chart shows mission of “new normal” high disemployment continues accomplished.
Wife Beating Gets a Standing Ovation in Baltimore Bloomberg. Is the NFL “too big to fail”? If the wife-beating doesn’t do it, maybe the brain damage will.
Rick Perlstein: “Ronald Reagan absolved America almost in a priestly role not to have to contend with sin. The consequences are all around us today” Salon. Must read interview with David Dayen.
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Bonus antidote: A cat in a shark suit rides a robot vacuum round the kitchen.