Why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes BBC. Still a must read.
Press release: It is now 3 minutes to midnight Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
The Financial Problems in Your Head WSJ. And it’s not like fraudsters, con men, and financial predators would be part of any “problem.”
Samaras Clashes With Tsipras as Greek Campaign Wraps Up Bloomberg. Syriza ahead, but coalition likely.
Greece Is About To Make A Leap Into The Unknown Business Insider. As opposed to being crushed by the known.
Obama to go to Riyadh on Tuesday to meet new Saudi king: White House Reuters. Kissing the ring.
Martin Rowson on the death of King Abdullah – cartoon Guardian. “The great moderniser.”
Hugging the Saudi floggers Economist
Before he was king, Salman was the family disciplinarian who put princes behind bars WaPo. And now that he is King, he’s got dementia.
Meet the Saudi royal family’s rising star, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef WaPo. Next up, the Interior Minister. Ulp.
Experts See Signs of Moderation Despite Houthis’ Harsh Slogans Times. Terrible headline; the perpetual quest for “moderates”!
Fatal clashes as Yemen protests spread Al Jazeera
Salesforce who? Party heralds dawn of new era Gillian Tett, FT
Slaying the Octopus Dublin Review of Books. Long form history of Brazilian politics, now heating up again.
Imperial Collapse Watch
7 heinous lies “American Sniper” is telling America Salon. Well, at least LBJ isn’t in it.
The Hidden Hand Behind American Foreign Policy Douglas Feith, Wall Street Journal. Oh my. Hagiography from Douglas Feith, Iraq architect, living exemplar of the Beltway slogan that “Nothing succeeds like failure,” on Andy Marshall.
King Tut’s mask, world’s ‘most famous archaeological relic,’ has been permanently damaged WaPo. For sourcing connoisseurs:
…speaking on the condition of anonymity because who in their right mind would want to be linked with this debacle…
Odd we don’t see more like this, say in Syraqistan coverage. Or finance.
Cash for passports: How much it costs to buy a visa CNN. Headline is deceptive; it’s citizenship. Minimum $100K. I sense a market opportunity!
Income Inequality Here and There InContext. A bit stale, but a useful chart on inequality by county. Stunning to see great swaths of the Red States have the same Gini co-efficient as Manhattan.
The Gutting of Dayton: Why My City Is Gone Ted Rall, A New Domain. Must read, and a cautionary tale of the effect of arbitrary financial ratios on the real economy.
Sappho’s New Poems: The Tangled Tale of Their Discovery Live Science. Amazing and wonderful, so but and reads like a sketch for a William Gibson novel.
A fault in our design Aeon. “The Carrington Event.” Great title for a novel.
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