A New York City man left his waitress a $3,000 tip. Here’s why. Christian Science Monitor
ANZAC Day Centenary John Hempton. Late to commemorate this.
Learning to speak the language of cats: How they’re actually telling humans what to do Salon. A confession: my younger cat (the one who got himself stuck behind the bookcase) sometimes hisses at the older cat because of course everything is his fault. I then chew the young cat out for being mean to the old cat. He next hisses at me. Nothing makes him madder than if I hiss back at him.
Calling all muppets! Bitcoin miner has some Bitcoin ETNs to sell Izabella Kaminska, FTAlphaville
World-first remote air traffic control system lands in Sweden GizMag (Chuck L)
IBM just brought us a step closer to quantum computers Business Insider (David L)
Iceland revokes order to ‘kill Basques on sight’ The Local (Chuck L)
Japan’s utility as a US ally is double edged Financial Times
Wang Jianlin, a Billionaire at the Intersection of Business and Power in China New York Times (Bob H)
Map of the Greek Radical Left Lenin’s Tomb
‘We won’t surrender’: Firebrand Greek minister risks fresh schism with Europe Telegraph. Tsipras not having control of his party is a non-trivial problem
Spain and Portugal Can Cope With Grexit Wall Street Journal
NYT Propagandizes False Ukrainian History Moon of Alabama
Saudi Forces Desert Rather Than Invade Yemen Sic Semper Tyrannis. Chuck L: “Holy shit! The House of Saud is a house of cards.”
Obama trade bill in trouble Politico. Do not count your chickens before they are hatched. Please keep calling your Representative and Senators and tell them how deeply opposed you are to the TPP. Letters to the editor of your local paper (or better yet an op ed if you can get it placed) and calls to your local radio and TV station to hector them about their (presumed) lack of concerned coverage are good too.
Obama Laments Poverty In Baltimore While Pushing TPP DSWright, Firedoglake
Obama Doing Republicans Dirty Work for Them With TPP The Hill (RR)
The Trans-Pacific Partnership Is Secret, not “Secret” Beat the Press (DJ)
Clinton Foundation failed to disclose 1,100 foreign donations Bloomberg (furzy mouse)
Give ‘Em Hell, Bernie Matt Taibbi. Lambert featured this in Water Cooler, but wanted to make sure you did not miss it.
Eyewitnesses: The Baltimore Riots Didn’t Start the Way You Think Mother Jones (Chuck L)
Court dismisses appeal in $1 billion divorce of oil executive Hamm Reuters (EM). And due to an unforced error.
Ignore the ‘whiff of panic’ as US economy stalls Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Telegraph
Economy stalls in the first quarter Jim Hamilton, Econbrowser
Fed Signals Tightening, Loosely Mohamed El-Erian, Bloomberg
Wall Street Pushes Back on Foreign Bribery Probe Wall Street Journal
Gross Finds `Visible’ Lack of Liquidity in Bond Market Bloomberg. Duh. The Fed has been the bagholder and no one is keen about stepping in. And going to negative rates in the US would give the Audit the Fed movement new life.
SEC chairman’s past as a defence lawyer haunts former clients Financial Times. Adrien: “As far as the current situation, it could have been easily avoided if the Chair had been selected among dedicated public servants coming from the ranks who have no interest in the revolving door..Admittedly, MJ White is one of the most conflicted regulators alive between her career and her husband’s..so this result was to be expected. A hyper concentrated Wall Street industry defended by a small clique of securities bar lawyers who from time to time pretend to play “prosecutors”..a very sad situation indeed.”
Antidote du jour. True to form, Richard Smith finds an antidote that verges on being an anti-antidote: