Filmmaker’s close encounter with great white shark Sydney Morning Herald (YY)
M is for Makeover: Inside the new ‘Sesame Street’ set Mashable (Lambert)
Monsanto’s Covert War on European Food Security Near Eastern Outlook (OIFVet)
US regulator probes ‘sharing economy’ Financial Times
It’s all fun and games until war breaks out Japan Times
Ghost Cities of China by Wade Shepard review – unpopulated replica towns explained Guardian. Important.
China’s Smartphone Market Slows Down Wall Street Journal
IMF Works With Bank Regulators on Contingency Plans for Greek Default Wall Street Journal
Which Countries Stand to Lose Big from a Greek Default? Council of Foreign Relation (Santiago)
Yet Another Greek Secret: The Case of Phantom Assets Cato (Lambert)
How the European Central Bank became the real villain of Greece’s debt drama Telegraph. This recaps what we have been saying for months: first, that the ECB is the real heavyweight in this drama, and second, it has quite deliberately been tightening the vise on Greece whenever it can.
Tsipras: Agreement Only According to Greek People’s Mandate Greek Reporter
Greece’s ‘war cabinet’ prepares to battle EU creditors as anger mounts Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Telegraph (Chuck L)
Today’s Victory Day celebrations in Moscow mark a turning point in Russian history Vineyard of the Saker (Chuck L)
In Talks With Merkel, Putin Calls for Improving Relations With Europe New York Times. So Merkel, despite her well-known antipathy for Russia (as in her East German residual loathing), still behaves in a classier manner than other Western leaders. But she still got some digs in: Merkel Raps Putin Over Ukraine Wall Street Journal
Saudi Arabia Says King Won’t Attend Meetings in U.S. New York Times
China ‘negotiates military base’ in Djibouti Aljazeera (furzy mouse)
Anti-Gay GOP Politician Comes Out After Being Caught Sending Explicit Photos On Grindr Huffington Post (furzy mouse)
California senators approve ban on grand jury investigations into police deaths Sacramento Bee (Dr. Kevin)
Relentless: The Georgia Sheriff Who Always Gets His Man—Well, Almost Always Atlanta Magazine via Sunday Long Read
Oil leaked into the Hudson River after a fire at a nuclear reactor near NYC Business Insider (David L)
Fed faces limits on lending powers during crises Financial Times
The strategic under-reporting of banks’ risk VoxEU. Banks lie when they are in trouble!
Does Finance Benefit Society? Luigi Zingales (Mark Thoma via Brent C)
Cuomo Orders Emergency Measures to Protect Workers at Nail Salons New York Times. The NYT series embarrasses the government into action. Proof of success will be higher prices.
As the world gets richer, inequality grows worse Kenneth Rogoff, Bangkok Post (furzy mouse)
The Killing of Osama bin Laden Seymour M. Hersh, London Review of Books (YY and others)
Osama bin Laden Compound Raid Mock-up Cryptome. From 2012, a Billmon reminder via Lambert.
Antidote du jour. OMG, these underdressed models are in the snow! The text from a link by YJT: “The bear, named Stepan, weighs more than 1,400 pounds and stands at a height of over 7 feet, but he is completely docile and willing to pose with his human collaborators. Stepan was rescued from hunters as a cub by his owner, professional circus trainer Yury Panteleenko. The bear was raised to be people-friendly, and has played roles in over 20 Russian films. For this shoot, Stepan was coaxed into different poses by his trainer with the help of mozzarella and sweet cookies, two of his favorites treats.”