Wine regional ‘fingerprints’ found BBC. Science confirms terroir.
New Wave of GMO Crops Poised for Approval Despite Public Outcry EcoWatch (furzy mouse)
Why it’s easier to rob bitcoins than banks MarketWatch
The Gaza Carnage Must Stop Triple Crisis
Up to 1Mln Ukrainian Refugees May Flee to Russia During Donetsk, Luhansk Assault Strategic Culture Foundation
Russian Intervention in Ukraine Is Likely, NATO Says New York Times. Um, they would say that.
Move against Nouri al-Maliki deepens Iraq crisis Financial Times
Belief Ian Welsh
Limits of Airstrikes Hinder U.S. Policy Wall Street Journal
US to Supply Kurds with Russian Arms via CIA Michael Shedlock (EM)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Irrational Fear of Risks Against Our Children Bruce Schneier
Surveillance Court Judge Criticized NSA ‘Overcollection’ of Data Wall Street Journal
Obama Admits Arming Moderate Syrian Rebels Has ‘Always Been A Fantasy’ DSWright, Firedoglake
CIA’s Torture Pushback Gets More Artful Marcy Wheeler
Obama and the Revival of Wall Street CounterPunch (tongorad)
The Fire Sale of the Post Offices Consortium News (furzy mouse)
The Wall Street Hype Machine Suddenly Breaks Down Wolf Richter
The battle over chat in finance Economist
Exclusive: Private Equity Seeks Assurances From U.S. Regulators Over Loans Reuters. Remarkably cheeky, but that should come as no surprise.
Hidden Financial Bombs: Margin Calls Hit Hedge Funds Speculating in Freddie/Fannie Bonds With High Repo Leverage David Stockman (furzy mouse). Not quite right on the structure, but the big issue is the denouement.
Markets enter the ‘Great Frustration’ phase Financial Times
Pritzker sells Gold Coast mansion for $7.4 million Chicago Tribune (optimader)
Equality lacks relevance if the poor are growing richer Deirdre McCloskey, Financial Times. Uh, no. All sorts of data shows more unequal societies score worse on social wellbeing metrics, including shortening the lifespans of the wealthy.
Inequality – a key issue of economic research Frances Coppola, Pieria
Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s list of sins on one index card
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