New TSA Precheck Program Offers Expedited Interrogations For Muslim Passengers The Onion (Chuck L)
Buildings collapse, hundreds killed as 7.9 magnitude quake strikes Nepal South China Morning Post
Why Bad News Is Good News Pacific Standard (Bob H)
How a Giant Ball Will Help This Man Survive a Year on an Iceberg Outside Online. Chuck L: “Darwin Award watch.”
Liquid mercury found under Mexican pyramid could lead to king’s tomb Guardian (Chuck L)
The Anti-Corruption Drive and Risk of Policy Paralysis in China Center for Foreign Relations
Europe Has Completely Lost It Ilargi ‘
Eurozone Finance Ministers Contemplate ‘Plan B’ for Greece Wall Street Journal. The ECB is the one that has to make the most serious preparations, and they have been thinking about this for a while.
Scrip tease Economist (Li)
Greece and its lenders must reach a debt reform deal ‘by early May’ Reuters. As we pointed out yesterday, news reports quoted Eurogroup head Djisselbloem saying that the Eurogroup would not consider a Greek proposal at its May 11 meeting. Per the Financial Times: “Mr Dijsselbloem suggested next month’s meeting of finance ministers, scheduled for May 11, would only ‘take stock’ of the situation rather than serve as a chance to reach a deal.”
Ukrainian analysis by the Saker: no hope for peace left Vineyard of the Saker (Chuck L). Conclusion: “War therefore appears to be inevitable.” And this means a bigger-scale war.
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe’s problem Independent (Chuck L)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Imperial Collapse Watch
Army morale low despite 6-year, $287M optimism program USA Today (Chuck L)
A tale of two cities: Part 1, The epicenter of America’s transportation system Affordable Housing Institute (Qrys). From the beginning of this series of posts: “Within a year, two at the most, Chicago will be the next ‘biggest US municipal bankruptcy ever,’ overtaking Detroit for that dubious honor….How did Chicago become to large to be sustainable?”
The Revolution Will Not be Fast-Tracked Counterpunch
Police State Watch
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner Accuses Unions Of Manipulating Elections International Business Times
New Reverse Mortgage Policy Leaves Widows and Widowers Homeless Philly (Paul Tioxon)
Why can’t we read anymore? Medium (Bob H). Wow, I can’t relate to this. Do you? I assume not since NC posts are long! I’ve read four books in the last three months despite having virtually no leisure time (although I do read books on the treadmill). This information processing issue is alien to me. But 1. I do not own a smart device of any sort (when I leave my desk, I do not want the Internet following me) and 2. I suspect I do not have the dopamine reaction this article describes (I get so many messages I find them to be an intrusion and stress inducer, save for ones from certain key people).
Antidote du jour. chitownrdh: “Poor bugger, he has been hanging on since last night. He is alive just trying to wait out this cool, 39 degree, with wind gusting at 20mph, Chicago day.”