Facebook AI Software Learns and Answers Questions MIT Technology Review (David L)
World Health Organization: GM-Crop Herbicide a Probable Carcinogen Triple Crisis. This story is not going away.
Two New Independent Reports on the Death of Dan Markingson, But Now What Will Happen? Health Care Renewal. A casualty of an Astra-Zeneca drug trial.
Rio Tinto, Chinese Steel dismiss Andrew Forrest’s cartel proposal as unworkable nonsense Sydney Morning Herald (EM)
Australia: one of the worst housing bubbles ever MacroBusiness
Japan’s Zero Inflation Is a Setback for Abenomics Wall Street Journal
A New Irish Rebellion, This Time Against Water Fees New York Times
Frances Stonor Saunders on MI5 and the Hobsbawm File London Review of Books (Balaji)
Greece Hammers Out Policies to Satisfy Creditors Wall Street Journal
Charting Greece’s Draining Coffers Bloomberg
Russia faces ‘hostile forces’, says Putin Financial Times
The Wahhabis’ War On Yemen Moon of Alabama. Important.
Saudi battle for Yemen exposes fragility of global oil supply Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Telegraph. Notice the comparison to the US departure from Saigon.
Why the U.S. Will Fail by Winning in Mosul (and Tikrit) Peter Van Buren, Firedoglake
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Passphrases That You Can Memorize — But That Even the NSA Can’t Guess Intercept (Chuck L)
Imperial Collapse Watch
How the US Government and US Military Became Murder, Inc Counterpunch (Gabriel)
DOJ Pissed Away $2.1 Million on Drones that Don’t Work Marcy Wheeler. IMHO, the % failure rate is way more impressive than the dollar amounts.
Obama touts consumer watchdog’s plans to regulate payday loans Reuters. EM: “‘If you lend out money, you have to first make sure that the borrower can afford to pay it back,” Obama said. [Cough – Student loans – cough].”
Kentucky’s New Heroin Law Marks A ‘Culture Shift’ Huffington Post
Bank of England guru: We’re crowdsourcing economics New Scientist (Dr. Kevin)
As Dollar Heats Up Overseas, U.S. Manufacturers Feel a Chill New York Times
Is this the start of the revolution, Russell? Millionaire comedian Brand outlines vision for new chain of businesses boasting their own currency the day after being voted one of the world’s greatest thinkers Daily Mail (Li)
House Rich, Land Poor Bloomberg
Antidote du jour (Rick):