Agency nixes proposed rafts where walrus can rest off Alaska Associated Press. Lambert: “No QE for walruses!”
Firms eye jumbo profits from elephant life insurance Bangkok Post (furzy mouse)
Don’t Have Sex With Robots, Say Ethicists Gawker (Chuck L)
Could the Fed. Govt. be Forced to Offer Publicly-Funded Internet Service, Just Like Mail Service? Ring of Fire (furzy mouse)
Uber: Backseat driver Financial Times. On regulatory backlash in Europe.
Inside the Legal Challenge to Chicago’s 9 Percent Netflix Tax Motherboard (DF)
Genetic Engineering Is (Probably) Protected By the First Amendment Motherboard (Chuck L)
The risk of a ‘Made in China’ global recession Martin Wolf, Financial Times
A Portuguese Town Welcomes Migrant Families WBUR (IsabelPS)
Refugees scramble for ways into Europe as Hungary seals borders Guardian (furzy mouse)
Refugee surge to Europe raises concern about militants Associated Press (furzy mouse)
Eurozone races to restructure Greek banks Financial Times. Nasty.
Very Serious People Atrios
Manifesto backed by prominent NDPers calls for overhaul of capitalist economy National News Watch (Sid S)
40 years ago the US sent Mexico into a financial crisis — and it transformed the narcotics industry Business Insider. Resilc: “Powered by US banks.”
The West dismissed Russian offer to help remove Assad in 2012, says top diplomat Washington Post (resilc)
One in five Syrians say Islamic State is a good thing, poll says Washington Post (resilc)
War On Syria; Not Quite According To Plan Part 2. The Plot Vineyard of the Saker (margarita)
Accomplishments of US-led airstrikes against IS in Syria questioned as France joins campaign Associated Press (furzy mouse)
Analysts Detail Claims That Reports on ISIS Were Distorted – The New York Times (resilc)
U.S. training helped mold top Islamic State military commander McClatchy (resilc)
Lebanon: Doctors warn of spread of cholera in refugee camps as rubbish crisis intensifies International Business Times
Imperial Collapse Watch
Americans trust the military most. 29% are ready for a coup. Ready for fascism? Fabius Maximus (resilc)
Using Behavioral Science Insights to Better Serve the American People White House. Dan Froomkin: “Brainwashing”.
Rush to please US Bangkok Post (furzy mouse)
Jeb Bush Has Made a Huge Mistake New York Magazine Resilc: “Not holding his brother under water in Maine for 30 min as a kid?”
A Pro-Clinton Super PAC Is Going Negative On Bernie Sanders Huffington Post
Joe Biden Backed Bills To Make It Harder For Americans To Reduce Their Student Debt International Business Times
America’s Voting Machines at Risk Brennan Center for Justice. Chuck L: “‘Voters decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything.’ Josef Stalin.”
When Whitey Bulger Was an FBI Informant New Yorker (guurst).
US Treasury market suffers steep sell-off Financial Times
Emerging markets face Fed meeting forewarned, inadequately armed Reuters. After all the best international institutions and experts told them to liberalize their financial markets.
Kentucky Pension Fees Much Higher Than Previously Reported Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting (Chris Tobe). Expect to see a raft of reports like this. As we’ve described, a standards-setter, CEM Benchmarking, has taken the view that a 2012 change in government accounting standards requires investors in private equity to go to greater lengths than before to identify and report private equity fees.
Young Americans ‘Fed Up’ with country’s economy Joseph Stiglitz, Project Syndicate (furzy mouse)
Timeline: Democracy in Recession New York Times
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