We had some serious WordPress issues overnight which took my and Lambert’s time and undermined my posting. As a result, the Grexit posts are very light given the bombshell of the Yanis Varoufakis statement rejecting the tender ministrations of the Trokia in a press conference with Jeroen Dijsselbloem, chairman of the Eurogroup of Eurozone finance ministers. It appears that Varoufakis had presented his position privately before the conference, but it is simply not done to show such disagreement publicly. As we’ll discuss longer form tomorrow, we were concerned from statements made during the campaign that Syriza was not taking a bold enough stance relative to its financial overlords. That concern has certainly been put to rest. But also understand what Varoufakis meant. He is not rejecting negotiating with the Troika on a restructuring. As he stated in later interviews, he is rebuffing having Troika bureaucrats come to Greece, inspect progress, and act as unappointed administrators.
Zombie Cat: Buried Kitty Believed Dead, Meows Back to Life ABC (OIF Vet). OMG, I’d feel SO guilty for having buried him!
Refutation to the Patriots fumble stats FiveThirtyEight
Ebola virus mutating, scientists say BBC (David L)
The Purpose of Silicon Valley MIT Technology Review (David L)
Editor of major newspaper says he planted stories for CIA Digital Journal (martha r). In Germany.
Greece will no longer deal with ‘troika’ Financial Times
Dijsselbloem: “You just killed Troika” – Varoufakis “WOW!” (video, pics) Keep Talking Greece (Nikki)
A Greek Burial for German Austerity Project Syndicate (David L)
As Neoliberal Forces Lash Out, Solidarity with Syriza is Needed David Bollier (martha r)
Afghan soldier denied asylum, ordered back to Afghanistan Buffalo News (Andrew S)
Administration has unexpected allies against SCOTUS challenge to Obamacare subsidies Public Citizen (Deontos)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Most Republicans Say They Back Climate Action, Poll Finds New York Times (David L)
Police State Watch
NYPD Commissioner Bratton compares Black Lives Matter protests to Paris and Mumbai terrorist attack Partnership for Civil Justice Fund
Wall St. For President? Project Syndicate (David L)
California lawmaker aims to raise smoking age to 21 Reuters (EM)
Chris Christie Council Clears Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker In New Jersey Pay-To-Play Probe International Business Times. Article questions the logic of the decision.
Hanjin cargo ship turns away from Portland as port labor issues near crisis OregonLive (martha r)
While Deflategate and Chaitgate Rage, America Quietly Robs Its Elderly Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone
Economy grows, incomes shrink David Cay Johnston, Aljazeera
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