“Totally Urbanized” Dog Takes Bus to the Park All by Herself Gawker (martha r)
Hamster Wheel Standing Desk Inscrutables (margarita).
How Amazon Tricks You Into Thinking It Always Has the Lowest Prices Re/code (martha r)
Computer-based personality judgments are more accurate than those made by humans Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (martha r). I have not read the paper, only the summary, but the summary raises big red flags. Um, even though Facebook users are a big sample, and this summary does not show any consideration of sample bias. And the judgement is v. Facebook friends, many of whom aren’t real friends and have no real world relationship, and are too self interested to look at any one FB friend all that closely for the purpose of answering a survey. Honestly, this looks like garbage in, garbage out.
Europas Bürger bremsen Investorenschutz aus Der Zeit (blub)
Thomas Piketty: Strong Anti-Austerity Parties Are Just What Europe Needs Common Dreams (margarita)
EU Explores Russia Sanctions Options, Better Ties Wall Street Journal
The “hybrid” terror cell behind the Paris Attacks (part 1) Sic Semper Tyrannis (Chuck L)
French Man’s Path to Terror Wall Street Journal. Hostility to police played a significant role in his conversion to radical Islam.
Lessons for politicians from the Sage of Omaha John Kay, Financial Times (David L). Better than the headline.
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
An Internet of Treacherous Things MIT Technology Review (David L)
Advocate says ACA will make single payer more attractive VTDigger (martha r)
Intuit gets greedy, nearly doubles price of TurboTax Network World. So is this the reason the comments section has been infested by newbie pushing the virtues of computer programs in dealing with Obamacare IRS reporting?
Obama calls for broadband competition Financial Times. Awfully late for that.
Requiring kindergartners to read — as Common Core does — may harm some Washington Post. Martha r: “Not to worry, the ones who are harmed are the born losers, they are expendable.”
A New Ceiling for Oil Prices Project Syndicate
US oil production to rise Financial Times
NY Fed data confirm revolving door with banks Financial Times (Adrien)
MetLife to Fight ‘Too Big to Fail’ Status in Court New York Times. This is a big deal, since it challenges the authority of the Financial Stability Oversight Council. Cooked up by none other than Rodgin Cohen of Sullivan & Cromwell.
California seeking to suspend Ocwen Financial’s mortgage license Los Angeles Times
Corporate Recidivism? Ocwen’s Charter Problems Adam Levitin, Credit Slips
Why Wages Won’t Rise Robert Reich. Never forget that he supported Nafta.
35 maps that explain how America is a nation of immigrants Vox (martha r)
Antidote du jour. From the Tacoma Zoo (melody):
And a video antidote (Lambert). See a crocodile gallop!