Dear patient readers,
Apologies re the thinness of my own posts. I desperately need to get back on a less abnormal sleep cycle.
Where cats are more popular than dogs in the U.S.—and all over the world Washington Post (Stephen V)
Study: Popular, Ineffective Antibacterial Chemical Found In 100% Of Pregnant Women, May Interfere With Fetal Development Consumerist. A biomedical engineer turned FDA lawyer long warned me against antibacterial soaps, that if they did what they claimed they did, they’d need to be licensed as drugs.
Fukushima Spews Radiation World-Wide George Washington
U.S. can’t deliver on FATCA promises Cayman Financial Review (furzy mouse). This is amusing. This isn’t the most credible source, but FACTA is another example of US financial imperialism.
Banking with a Difference, Part I Triple Crisis. An assessment of the new BRICS development bank.
Commonwealth Bank chief Ian Narev rejects housing market warning Sydney Morning Herald. EM: “Right … it’s not Australia’s but rather China’s housing market which is a systemic risk to the Australian economy.”
China’s shocking data has a message MacroBusiness
New Yuan Loans and Shadow Banking Collapse in China; Record Bank Deposit Slump Michael Shedlock (EM)
How to Blindly Score 43% Profit Overnight in China Stocks Bloomberg (EM)
Occupy Central protest ‘would need 20,000 participants for effective blockade’ South China Morning Post. Lambert: “It’s pretty amazing that this article is even being written. They actually do the calculations.”
German Economy Contracts as France Stagnates Wall Street Journal. As predicted, austerity at the periphery has infected the core.
Henry Siegman, Leading Voice of U.S. Jewry, on Gaza: “A Slaughter of Innocents” Democracy Now (Bob V)
Russian Convoy Rolling Again Toward Ukraine New York Times
Cheese-loving Russians turn to Emmental as Swiss dodge embargo Sydney Morning Herald (EM). Where is Marc Rich when you need him?
The Way Out of the Ukraine Crisis Atlantic. Lambert: “Making Hillary’s meddling all the more mischievous.”
Iraq And The “Replacing The Head” Fallacy Moon of Alabama
US scales back Iraq rescue mission plans Financial Times
سنقاتل أى دولة ستقف ضد نشر الإسلام على أراضيها Memri TV (David L). Notice the female interviewer’s body language. Decidedly not comfortable.
The Empire Reaps the Jihadist Whirlwind Glen Ford
Syria: The Other Threat New York Review of Books
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Automatic Scanning for Highly Stressed Individuals Bruce Schneier
Solving a 2014 Obamacare problem pushes premium hikes in 2015 Politico
Thousands might lose health insurance over missing documents McClatchy (Chuck L)
How Money Warps U.S. Foreign Policy Atlantic
White House loosens restrictions on lobbyists Reuters. EM: “Cognitive dissonance by Reuters: How can this be ‘a setback to the president’s efforts to tamp down special interest influence in Washington’ if it is the president himself who is loosening the restrictions?”
Zephyr Teachout: The modern trust buster Aljazeera
Police State Watch: Ferguson
Ferguson: Militarized police use force against protesters, arrest journalists Boing Boing. Lots of images. This is what America has become.
I am Mike Brown Live from Ferguson, MO (Deontos)
Huffington Post Reporter Arrested In Ferguson Huffington Post (furzy mouse)
Manager Of Ferguson McDonald’s Where Reporters Were Arrested: ‘It’s Just A Terrible Thing’ Huffingto Post. Lambert: “Very good twitter feed at bottom. Cops out of control is the story, but nobody seems to be trying to get them under control, as the tweets on political leaderz show.”
The situation in Ferguson, MO Financial Times. The fact that the FT is weighing in is significant, plus the story has links to reporters who are on the ground.
America Is Not For Black People Dead Spin (barrisj)
California police use of body cameras cuts violence and complaints Guardian (furzy mouse)
State ethics panel again proposes fining CalPERS board vice president Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles To Vote On Killing Major Wall Street Deal As City Drowns In Financial Fees David Sirota, IBT. The big deal is that LA intends not to pay the termination fee.
Here are the job descriptions for Gannett’s ‘Newsroom of the Future JimRomensko. I regard this heavy use of corporate-speak and rigidity as a form of class warfare.
Deconstructing Fed Vice Chair’s Grim Economic Forecast Real News Network
Significance of MMT for Progressives and the Left heteconomist (BLM)
Antidote du jour. Richard Smith: “A missed snack for Minsky [one of his Bengals].”