45-year-old man files complaint with police against python Thai Visa (furzy mouse)
New Report Destroys Biofuel Claims OilPrice. I heard this back in 2008, so wonder why the information is so slow to get out.
Team finds hydrogen production in extreme bacterium PhysOrg (Chuck L)
In Sweden, Remote-Control Airport Is A Reality NPR (David L)
The Danish Don’t Have the Secret to Happiness Atlantic (furzy mouse). This article looks more than a tad desperate to take the Danes down a peg. Remember, this is a country with terrible winter sunshine. And as I’ve discussed, the American penchant for its unsustainable version of happiness, which looks a lot like giddiness, is dubious. In general, the ancients and a lot of philosophers prize contentment as the best human mental outlook.
Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn to go on trial for ‘pimping’ Agence France-Presse
France offers support for Greece amid bailout tensions Associated Press. The “support” is not tangible, just to act as an intermediary. So this is in the “positive gesture” category.
Eurozone alarm grows over Greek bailout brinkmanship Financial Times
Germany has a convenient but flawed collective memory Bill Mitchell. Scroll down to see how bad the IMF forecasts are.
Greece, the US and the Neo-Liberal Coup Counterpunch (margarita)
Obama says Greece needs growth, not more austerity ekathimerini (Swedish Lex)
Leo Panitch on Syriza New Left Project (Nikki)
Plutocrats and their puppets expose themselves in every level failed evolution
Why the Irish political elite is terrified of Syriza openDemocracy (martha r)
U.S. Takes New Look at Arming Ukraine Forces, Officials Say New York Times
Obama Admits US Role in 2014 Ukraine Coup Strategic Culture Foundation
Russia’s Priorities in Europe and the World cirsd (margarita)
Imperial Collapse Watch
Editor of Frankfurter Allgemeine says that he planted CIA stories Digital Journal (Nikki)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
The Internet of Things growing with help from declining sensor costs ImpactLab (David L). Not what I want to hear.
Clinton Consults to Define Economic Pitch Wall Street Journal. Notice the accurate headline focus on managing perceptions as opposed to fixing things. As reader Li noted:
“‘One major focus of the meeting was the miserable recent performance of wages in general and middle-class wages in particular, and what if anything the government can do about that,’ said Mr. Blinder.”
Ooh, maybe stop and reverse 30 years of deliberate policies that have hammered wages?
Obama 2016 Budget Proposal: Foreign Earnings Tax Would Pay Half Of $478B Public Works Program International Business Times (furzy mouse)
U.S. to Overhaul Medicare Payments to Doctors, Hospitals Bloomberg (furzy mouse)
Senator Bernie Sander’s presents Tcherneva’s research to Show How Reagan Helped Destroy the Middle Class New Economic Perspectives
Jeb Bush Smoked Marijuana And Was A Bully In High School, Say Former Classmates Huffington Post (Li)
U.S. judge quits commission to protest Justice Department forensic science policy – Washington Post. Martha r: “Jed Rakoff in action again. Is he all we’ve got?”
Even 40 Inches of Snow Would Be No Problem for These Trains WNYC (martha r)
If Corporations Are People, They Should Act Like It Atlantic (furzy mouse)
Justice Department Investigating Moody’s Investors Service Wall Street Journal
For markets there is such a thing as too much information Financial Times (David L)
As of Yet, Fed Not Changing Tune Tim Duy
Fiscal policy explains the weak recovery VoxEU. So only now is someone willing to say that?
Capitalism has broken free of the shackles of democracy Financial Times (David L)
Bill Maher Says Socialism Created America’s Successful Middle Class Huffington Post (Li)
A Tale of Two Snowballs Corey Robin (martha r)
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