Incredible chart shows how intelligence changes as we age Business Insider (David L). I wonder how much of the decline in short-term memory is due to no longer having to cram for exams. Would we be better at that if required to exercise that skill more often?
Facebook enters money transfer market Financial Times
Black Hole “Firewalls” Could Change Physics Forever Scientific American
Japan debt: It’s not what it looks like Adair Turner, Project Syndicate (Scott H)
Greeks find support for German reparations claims — in Germany Financial Times
Could Greece swing to the right? Golem XIV
The Rage of the Cultural Elites Yu Shan, ClubOrlov (YY)
Kiev’s every move undermines the position of the United States Vineyard of the Saker (timbers)
Serbia Asks People To Please Stop Throwing Their Grenades In The Garbage Huffington Post (YY)
US loses drone over Syria, which claims to have brought it down Guardian (furzy mouse)
Netanyahu Wins Israeli Elections Wall Street Journal. So how did it go from “too close to call” to “decisive”?
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
A critique of a review of a book by Bruce Schneier Cathy O’Neil. Moral: never let ex investment bankers review books about surveillance and Big Data.
Imperial Collapse Watch
France, Germany and Italy Say They’ll Join China-Led Bank in Rebuff to U.S.New York Times (Bob H)
SEC Examinations Director Raises Eyebrows With Flattery Of Private Equity International Business Times. Our post yesterday gets picked up and amplified by the MSM.
Aaron Schock resigns after new questions about mileage expenses Politico (furzy mouse)
Nestle Continues Stealing World’s Water During Drought Boston Indymedia. EM: “I was unaware of just how corporate-welfare-ish Jerry Brown’s apparently cynically-named Delta Conservation Plan is.”
In Shift, Firms Give Investors New Clout Over Board Seats Wall Street Journal. The SEC is missing in action.
Dalio warns Fed of 1937-style rate risk Financial Times
IMF Fears “Taper Tantrum”; Rear View Mirror Discovery Michael Shedlock
“Right To Work” law’s racist inventor, Vance Muse Mark Ames, Pando
Fixed Fortunes: Biggest corporate political interests spend billions, get trillions Sunlight Foundation (EM)
NCAA heads to U.S. appeals court over athlete pay Reuters. EM: “Guffaw at the NCAA ‘[being] determined to enforce amateurism in college sports.'”
Class and the Classroom: How Elite Universities Are Hurting America Foreign Affairs (furzy mouse). Today’s must read.
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