Is Pluto a Planet? The Votes Are In Astrobiology
Five myths about billionaires WaPo. Squillionaires. Fixed it for ya.
Why is 2 percent the Federal Reserve’s inflation target? Because it is. Jared Bernstein, WaPo
Drugs groups trapped in tangled M&A web FT. Well, I’m sure none of this is affecting the science.
Shire Settles Claims of Deceptive Marketing of Multiple Drugs for $56.8 Million, No Individual Held Responsible Health Care Renewal. Looks like Big Pharma is too big to jail, too.
CAFTA and the Forced Migration Crisis Eyes on Trade
Grossly Distorted Procedures: Mish Proposal to Raise GDP Calculation Global Economic Trend Analysis. “Imputation.”
The Congress of Vienna Revisited Project Syndicate
A Rare Arctic Land Sale Stirs Concerns in Norway New York Times
If there’s one phrase I hate to see in a headline about a protest, it’s “turn violent.” It’s lazy writing, because there’s no agency. In this case, @OCLPHK (#OccupyCentral) seems to me to have been quite disciplined, and rigorous in its “nonviolent direct action,” but the Hong Kong police managed to inflame matters severely with tear gas and pepper spray; Hong Kong police-style pepper spraying is so heavy that people use umbrellas to protect themselves, as you see; if the umbrella becomes a symbol of these events, that’s why. (In other words, this photo, “iconic” or not, had nothing to do with the reality on the ground; in fact, it’s disempowering, because who uses an umbrella to protect themselves from gas?)
LIVE: Hong Kong democracy protests continue Asian Correspondent. The situation is very fluid and dynamic, so best to use the twitter and live blogs to keep up.
LIVE: It’s Occupy Hong Kong as tear gas fails to deter thousands protesting around the city South China Morning Post. Live blog.
Tear gas used against Hong Kong protesters Al Jazeera. Big thing in Hong Kong.
A Turning Point in the Fight for Hong Kong Foreign Policy
HK gov’t calls for view expression in peaceful, lawful means People’s Daily
Hong Kong’s Mega-Rich Kowtow in Beijing Asia Sentinel
Obama’s Faustian pact with the Saudis Edward Luce, FT
Literally within a matter of days, we went from “perhaps in its final stages of planning its attack” (CNN) to “plotting as ‘aspirational’” and “there did not yet seem to be a concrete plan in the works” (NYT).
Nobody could have predicted….
U.S. lawmakers urge congressional action to back Obama’s Syria war Reuters. Boehner thinks Obama has the “authority” he needs now, but apparently Congressional action would be nice, for some unknown reason.
White House still wants 2002 military authorization repealed The Hill. Even though they don’t need a new authorization, they think it would be nice if Congress gave them one. For some unknown reason.
Kaine: President’s military authority not open-ended Politico. Tim Kaine, D-VA.
Ferguson Police Officer Wounded While Chasing Fleeing Suspects Bloomberg. Nothing to do with the protests.
Carceral Educations The New Inquiry
Anatomy of a Non-Denial Denial Dan Froomkin, The Intercept. Froomkin could teach a master class in official Washington-ese. You’re gonna have to learn your clichés. You’re gonna have to study them, you’re gonna have to know them. They’re your friends. Write this down….