6 charts that show renewable energy is getting cheaper Grist (furzy mouse)
Why Geoengineering is “Untested and Untestable” Naomi Klein (martha r)
Researcher responds to study claims that cancer risk is a matter of luck MedicalXpress (Robert M)
Robot to probe melted Fukushima reactor Japan Times (furzy mouse). It’s taken them this long to figure out how to do this? This is essentially greatly scaled up technology of the sort Olympus uses in surgeries: snaking miniaturized cameras through veins, for instance. Or were they assuming they could get the Yakuza to round up homeless people who’d wear hazmat suits to do the job and not tell them the protection wasn’t anywhere near good enough?
‘Uncertain Radiological Threat’: US Navy Sailors Search for Justice after Fukushima Mission Der Spiegel. Glenn F: “It appears that the German newspaper cares more about our military personnel’s plight than our own MSM.”
Europeople EUObserver (Swedish Lex)
Los Indignados to Podemos: The Making of a Party Real News Network
Dijsselbloem gives Greece a Feb 16 deadline ForexLive. Jim Haygood: “Jeb Diesel-Boom gives Greece ten days before the plug is pulled and Greek banks go dark.”
Greece intends to reject bailout extension ekathimerini
A kick in the teeth from the ECB ekathimerini. A must read.
Michael Pettis explains the euro crisis (and a lot of other things, too) FT Alphaville (Jeffrey C). We have cross posted the underlying Michael Pettis article today, so be sure to read it and the comments.
Greece – a Varoufakis Conversion Pieria (martha r)
Yanis Varoufakis, Greek finance minister Financial Times
My, how things have changed in Greece Daily Kos
ECB split points to sensitivity of Greek liquidity curbs Financial Times
Muslim clerics lash out against Islamic State Japan Today (furzy mouse)
Houthi Rebels Take Over Yemen’s Government Wall Street Journal
Merkel-Hollande mission ends with promise of more talks Financial Times
Introducing Obamcare Lite: What the new GOP health reform ‘alternative’ really tells us Washington Post (furzy mouse)
SCOTUS at the Front Lines of a Partisan War in Obamacare Case Taegan Goddard (furzy mouse)
Critics pounce after Obama talks Crusades, slavery at prayer breakfast Washington Post (furzy mouse). “Offensive to Christians”? Since when did the clearly dominant religion in the US get such a glass jaw?
Oh Sweet Irony: Walker Caught Lying About Removing “Search For Truth” from UW Mission Statement Daily Kos (furzy mouse)
Cuomo Officials Directed State Loan To Cuomo Donor At Center of Corruption Probe David Sirota, International Business Times
Kansas To Issue Bonds and Invest Proceeds to Boost Pension Returns Wall Street Journal. Great. Playing amateur hedge fund.
Protesters Target Municipal Court In St. Louis Suburb That Survives On Traffic Tickets Huffington Post (martha r)
Go digital by all means, but don’t bring the venture capitalists in to do it Guardian (david r)
Four signs of the improving U.S. jobs situation Pew (martha r)
I was wrong about private equity reform Dan Primack, Fortune. Primack is THE lead beat writer on private equity. This is almost like Andrew Ross Sorkin admitting he was wrong. We see way too little of this sort of public recanting, and good for Dan for being willing to do it.
Pathetic Regulators Watch
SEC, Big Four Accounting Firms in China Settle Dispute Wall Street Journal. Adrien: “I am sure they spend more money on their counsel. It has to be over four long years..and then they have 4 years to get their house in order…”
Pension Funds Criticize Transparency at KKR Wall Street Journal. Notice the inadequate disclosure. Guaranteed the SEC will do nada.
40 Years of Economic Policy in One Chart Mike Whitney, Counterpunch (Carol B). We’ve featured that chart regularly, but it can’t be emphasized enough.
Only 20% are Middle-Class, Most Don’t Come Close Economic Populist
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