Oldest? Youngest? Birth order doesn’t influence personality, study says. Christian Science Monitor
San Francisco techies hiring Wiccan witch to protect computers from viruses Business Insider. We have generally friendly spooks in our system, so I’m not sure I want to mess with them.
Federal judge gives FilmOn the copyright win Aereo couldn’t get ars technical. Chuck L: “I hope this gutsy judge’s decision stands. There is no rational reason the cable TV industry should exist any more in the internet age.”
In Windows 10, automatic updates are mandatory re/code (furzy mouse)
Gold just got destroyed Business Insider
Australian dollar tipped to drop below US60¢ in Canadian-style plunge Sydney Morning Herald (EM)
Murder at Sea: Captured on Video, but Killers Go Free New York Times
Foreign investors continue to sell Chinese stocks despite market support measures South China Morning Post
A little taste of freedom Bangkok Post
European Commission prepared extensive report on Grexit ekathimerini (IsabelPS)
Grexit remains the likely outcome of this sorry process Wolfgang Munchau, Financial Times. Note he’s not reading the IMF correctly on this one (as in they want serious debt relief but aren’t requiring haircuts, which is a German red line). But that still does not mean a deal can’t go pear shaped. Schauble would prefer that and Tsipras could lose control on his end too.
Merkel Rules Out Greek Debt Write-Off, But Open To Other Relief Huffington Post
Greece budget update Bruegel
Greek maritime industry fears being punished for its success Financial Times
Ireland and Greece Mainly Macro
Greece: Donald Tusk warns of extremist political contagion Financial Times
This is what Germans thought of Greeks in 2013 @EconBizFin
Endless Enemies – How the US is Supporting the Islamic State by Fighting it CTuttle, Firedoglake (resilc)
The Persian Gulf Wars to Come Daily Beast (resilc)
In an IS training camp, children told: Behead the doll Associated Press. US propagandists during World War I included claims that Germans were bayonetting babies to the then-pacifist American public. The flip side is that child soldiers played a meaningful role in the civil war in Sierra Leone. (furzy mouse)
Bib Brother is Watching You Watch
Interview with Julian Assange: ‘We Are Drowning in Material’ Der Spiegel. Today’s must read.
Imperial Collapse Watch
America: Addicted to War, Afraid of Peace National Interest (guurst)
CIA Reactions to Finding No WMD in Iraq Big Picture
Saying No to the Warmongers Project Syndicate
A Pharma Payment A Day Keeps Docs’ Finances Okay ProPublica (Kevin C)
Is the IRS Abandoning Its Duty to Stop “Dark Money” From Ruling the 2016 Election? TruthOut (furzy mouse)
Jeb is Headed for Little Bighorn Washington Monthly
YouTube Takes Down Jeb “Work Longer” Video PEU Report
Re-Reintroducing Hillary New York Times. Li: “In which NYT sends a reporter out with Hillary, who pretends to be a person but remains wrapped in tissue. Starts out as a puff piece then gets to reality.”
A Wizard at Prying Government Secrets From the Government New York Times
Dodd-Frank architect hits at left critics Financial Times. Who paid for this?
A Tiny Bank’s Surreal Trip Through a Fraud Prosecution Gretchen Morgenson, New York Times. Appalling.
Survey shows growing U.S. shortage of skilled labor Reuters. That says firms are not willing to pay enough and/or are not willing to train (as in are specifying job requirements very narrowly).
Antidote du jour (Claudia):