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Whoa! Milky Way, Auroras & Thunderstorms Stun In New Time-Lapse Video Space (furzy mouse)
Good2Go Smartphone App Gauges Partner’s Informed Consent Before Having Sex CBS San Francisco (EM). Um, if the program gets it wrong, is the app maker liable?
How Twitter became the LinkedIn of the adult industry Pando. Replacing Craigslist?
How Human-Robot Teamwork Will Upend Manufacturing MIT Technology Review (David L)
Google’s Confidential Android Contracts Show Rising Requirements Information. Oligopoly power in action.
Nigeria’s Actions Seem to Contain Ebola Outbreak New York Times. Note the sorta reassuring lead story at the Grey Lady, now that the dread disease is in the US, and not by virtue of having doctors flown in for treatment. Oh, and the next story there is about the Dallas case.
Health officials tracing Dallas Ebola patient’s path Fort Worth Star-Telegram (furzy mouse). Seems to have the best info so far.
Why Japan’s beaches are deserted – despite the sunshine BBC (Chuck L)
Hong Kong. In the interest of brevity, I am only giving a few updates; Lambert has been doing a very able job in the Water Cooler with protest coverage (he’s made this one of his specialities during Arab Spring and remember, was actually on location during the Thai uprisings), so check in later!
Hong Kong Businesses Worried Wall Street Journal
Beijing power play in Hong Kong Nikkei. A backgrounder.
Land sale revenue plunges in Chinese cities South China Morning Post
Chinese house prices tumble for fifth month in a row Agence France-Presse
ECB pushed to take ‘junk’ loan bundles Financial Times
Italy and France throw out fiscal compact Eurointelligence
ISIS at the Gates of Baghdad Patrick Cockburn, Counterpunch
Chertoff warns ISIS could hit US targets The Hill (furzy mouse). So what changed the consensus from the opposite view as of about ten days ago? The need for more funding?
The 9 Biggest Myths About ISIS Debunked Huffington Post
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Piracy Police Chief Calls For State Interference to Stop Internet Anarchy TorrentFreak (furzy mouse). Notice this is led by the City of London, which is a teeny but very powerful undemocratic little state. Even the Queen has to get permission to visit.
Your medical record is worth more to hackers than your credit card Reuters. I’ve refused to see doctors and labs that want to use a SSN as an identifier for this reason, plus doctors’ systems are vastly less well protected than those of financial services firms.
U.S. Cannot Subsidize Health Plans in States With No Marketplace, a Judge Rules New York Times. Ooops.
Wonkbook: The latest Obamacare surprises Washington Post
Obamacare doctor networks to stay limited in 2015 Los Angeles Times
No Price for the Mad Charles Pierce, Esquire. The big piece piece that Pearce refuses to notice is that Republican extremism is terribly useful to the Democrats. It allows them to sell out on economic matters, which is what matters to wealthy backers, and sorta hold the line on their main point of branding difference, social identity group issues.
California governor vetoes drone warrant bill Reuters. EM: “Brown’s explanation turns the 4th amendment on its head – the cases where a warrant is *not* required should be the “exceptions”, not the other way around.”
Now as Provocateur, Summers Says Treasury Undermined Fed New York Times
Why inequality is such a drag on economies Martin Wolf, Financial Times
The Middle-Class Litmus Test for the Economy Wall Street Journal
Prison bankers cash in on captive customers Center for Public Integrity
Higher Education’s Aristocrats Jacobin. Jacob Lew’s obscene pay arrangements at New York University called some, but not enough, attention to the way gold-plated university administrators have taken the Wall Street looting playbook to higher education.
Antidote du jour (hat tip David L). OK, confession time. How many of you have cats who’ve managed to train you to turn on the tap for them?