Cute gerbils, not rats, to blame for the plague Independent (YY, Chuck L)
Ancient cities grew pretty much like modern ones, say scientists Christian Science Monitor (furzy mouse)
Trouble Ahead? Searching For Google’s Future NPR (David L)
Apple To Invest $2B Building Green Data Centers In Ireland And Denmark TechCrunch (furzy mouse). So this is there way of dealing with their “offshore” profits?
Watch out, coders — a robot may take your job, too InfoWorld (David L)
Meditation for a Good Night’s Sleep New York Times (David L)
Sea level spiked for 2 years along northeastern North America PhysOrg (Chuck L)
Rare Double Cyclones Sock Australia—Where Else Has This Happened? National Geographic (David L)
Everest permits: Climbers want Nepal ‘to honour 2014 promise’ BBC (furzy mouse)
China to Spain cargo train: Successful first 16,156-mile round trip on world’s longest railway brings promise of increased trade Independent. YY: “7 gauge changes in the rail lines makes it not all that convenient.”
Doubts Shadow Deal to Extend Greek Bailout Wall Street Journal
KTG talks to SYRIZA-voters about Eurogroup agreement, elections promises, expectations & hope Keep Talking Greece (Eleni)
Syriza dumps Marx for Blair Robert Peston, BBC
Thousands join anti-austerity rallies in Greece & other European countries Keep Talking Greece (Eleni). I hate to say it, but these protest aren’t remotely big enough to have any impact, although it is nice to see protests in Germany. Vastly larger anti-asuterity protests in Portugal and Spain when bond market contagion was a real worry did not move the authorities. The biggest threat right now is Marine Le Pen, who I am told leads the polls in France.
Ukraine War: A Reverse Cuban Missile Crisis Consortiumnews (furzy mouse)
Yatsenyuk suspends tax agency head amid corruption accusations Kyiv Post (Mark Ames)
Latvia Torn Between Money and Fear of Russia Moscow Times (furzy mouse)
Imperial Collapse Watch
The State Department’s ‘Twilight Zone’ Consortiumnews (furzy mouse)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Gemalto Says Alleged Hack Didn’t Result in Massive Theft of SIM Keys Wall Street Journal. If you believe that, I have a bridge I’d like to sell you. The NSA’s gloating speaks for itself.
Hello Barbie: Hang on, this Wi-Fi doll records your child’s voice? The Register (EM). A new vehicle for child monitoring.
U.S. Won’t File Charges in Trayvon Martin Killing New York Times. Quelle surprise!
U.S. Geological Survey: Fracking waste is the primary cause of the dramatic rise in earthquakes Daily Kos (furzy mouse)
Police State Watch
The great growth destruction? Izabella Kaminska FT Alphaville
Yellen: ‘Patient’ Means Next Couple of Meetings MarketPulse
Yellen Hearing Raises Question: ‘Who Is Scott Alvarez? WSJ Economics. See our related post. This dust-up is getting traction.
The incredible decline of American unions, in one animated map Washington Post
Why a Flat-Rate Tax is Unfair: A Quick Overview of America’s Wealth Inequality and Tax Structure Daily Kos (furzy mouse)
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