Praying Mantises Can Catch And Eat Hummingbirds IFLScience. Lambert warns that this is an anti-antidote.
Natural gas to gasoline for $1/gallon SFGate (Tom H)
Ebola crisis: This is why ‘75%’ of victims are women Times of India (Tim F)
Prabowo goes home empty-handed after a dramatic day in Indonesia Asian Correspondent
Europe Fears Banks Lack Cash Cushion New York Times
Shale gas in Argentina: Dead-cow bounce Economist
Argentina and Elliott – was it really a bond play? FT Alphaville. Michael C and yours truly are surprised to see the writer treat this as a new phenomenon. But it is a good, detailed treatment nevertheless.
Ukraine Suffers Heavy Losses in Counterattack by Pro-Russia Rebels Wall Street Journal
Islamic State: British fighters make up a quarter of foreign jihadists Independent (Nikki)
Imperial Collapse Watch
America in Decay Foreign Affairs (Richard A)
A temporary turn of 180 degrees by the neocon hawks failed evolution
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Staying safe on public Wi-Fi CNET (furzy mouse)
Many Chrome browser extensions do sneaky things InfoWorld. More proof that Google avoidance is always a good idea.
Microsoft Leaves ALEC: Horsetrading & The Price to Pay anotherquestion, Firedoglake (Rick V)
U.S. Probe Examines GM Lawyers Wall Street Journal
Video of Kajieme Powell’s Killing Differs from Police Description of Incident Vanity Fair (Swedish Lex)
St. Louis Police Killed Kajieme Powell Because They Were Following Insane Rules New Republic (Swedish Lex)
The Killing of Kajieme Powell and How It Divides Americans Atlantic. If you’ve ever taken real self defense courses (and hint, effective self defense courses aren’t defensive, they teach you you need to inflict major trauma on the other person first), you find out that a knife is actually one of the least threatening weapons an assailant can use against you, plus most assailants don’t use them in the manner that will reliably do major damage (using them to puncture as opposed to slash). Bludgeons and of course guns are much more dangerous. So look at the video again and consider whether the response was warranted, say, if Powell was carrying a short metal pipe.
What Does the Fed Have to do with Social Security? Plenty Dean Baker, CounterPunch (Nikki)
Central Bankers Wrestle With Easy Money Wall Street Journal
Developing Nations Anxiously Watch Fed at Jackson Hole Foreign Policy
No need for banks in an era of intellectual capital Financial Times (David L). Be sure to read the comments.
Bank of America Adds a Mortgage Settlement to Its Collection Matt Levine, Bloomberg. Interesting in that Levine does an very valuable service in tallying up the settlements, but rather than do the usual “ooh, look at all that money! How unfair” instead treats the result as normalizing settlements, which he contends is not a hot idea. This is why, as we’ve said repeatedly, real investigations are necessary so you know the extent of bad conduct and can devise the right sort of punishment. Not know ing the scope of what happened is almost guaranteed to lead to a piecemeal approach.
The Agent-Based Method Rajiv Sethi
Why inflation remains best way to avoid stagnation Financial Times (David L)
Polanyi’s Paradox and the Shape of Employment Growth Business Insider (David L)
At Burning Man, the Tech Elite One-Up One Another New York Times. Lambert: “Oligarchs behaving badly.”
This Economy Is Ruined For Everyone Wolf Richter
One Paragraph Cuts Through The Hype Of Robots Taking Your Job Business Insider (David L)
How the Largest Worker Owned Co-op in the US Lifts People Out of Poverty TruthOut (Nikki L)
Antidote du jour (Lance N):