Forgive the pet peeve: I’m getting tired of the fear-mongering regarding, “If you are from a state where your drivers’ license does not conform to the requirements of the Real ID act, you’ll need a passport to fly next year.”
Bollocks. I know people personally who’ve flown with no valid government issued ID. The TSA puts you through additional screening. This story describes the process. Allow extra time.
The reason for this press barrage, I suspect, is that the officialdom does not want the TSA swamped by people who don’t bring passports. But on the other hand, if you want to throw a bit of sand in the gears of the security apparatus, or if you are reluctant to risk losing your (probably only) government IDs by carrying them both at the same time, you might want to go this route. But be really nice and give a reason as to why you are not carrying the docs they’d like you to have.
Melting permafrost could cause $43 trillion worth of economic damage Business Insider (David L)
Bank of America files patent for cryptocurrency wire transfer system FierceFinanceIT. Patent squatting is not a plus for market development.
China manufacturing index at 78-month low Financial Times
With King in Declining Health, Future of Monarchy in Thailand Is Uncertain New York Times. Furzy mouse: “I saw that a newspaper publisher in Bangkok won’t print the Times because of this article…”
Marine Le Pen faces trial for inciting racial hatred after comparing Muslims to Nazis Daily Mail. I wondered why she was so quiet in the face of refugee crisis.
E.U. votes to distribute 120,000 asylum seekers across Europe Washington Post (furzy mouse)
Vote to Take In Migrants Tests Limits of Unity in Europe New York Times
Cameron’s Animal House
What the British are really laughing about The Leveller
Greece budget update – September Bruegel
Ukraine can rely on NATO, Secretary General says in visit to Kiev NATO. Guurst: “Gotta pinch yourself to believe it.”
The Utter Folly of Arming the Syrian Opposition American Conservative (resilc)
Stratfor looks at Iraq, the Center of a Regional Power Struggle Fabius Maximus. Resilc: “Mission accomplished by the neoconjobs.”
US Trained rebels surrender to Nusra. Allen to depart – Walrus Sic Semper Tyrannis
Les espions contrôlaient les caméras des hôtels lémaniques Le Matin (guurst)
Iceland announces boycott of Israeli goods Fox (Judy B)
Syria: Has Putin Called Obama’s Bluff? OpEd News
Imperial Collapse Watch
Volkswagen Angry Bear (resilc)
How Volkswagen’s defeat device really works @BreakingViews
Kochs Demand Walker Return Nine Hundred Million Dollars New Yorker (Chuck L)
Rick Perry’s Wealthy Donors Want Their Money Back: Sorry Millionaires, Buyers Beware YouTube (furzy mouse)
Black Injustice Tipping Point
EME vulnerabilities and the Fed Perry Mehrling
How UBS Spread the Pain of Puerto Rico’s Debt Crisis to Clients Bloomberg. Lmabert: “They never change the playbook.”
Goldman C.E.O. Lloyd Blankfein Has Lymphoma New York Times
Harvard endowment warns of market ‘froth’ Financial Times
‘Pharma Bro’ backs down: Martin Shkreli will roll back outrageous Daraprim price gouge Raw Story (furzy mouse). Big big mistake targeting a drug used by people with HIV. Gays and their allies are very savvy media campaigners.
Central banks have made the rich richer Financial Times. In case you still harbored doubts…
Robots’ Next Big Job: Trash Pickup? Dice Insights (furzy mouse)
Mapped: how the sharing economy is sweeping the world Telegraph. I wish there was a way to fine every journalist who promotes the new push push to pauperize labor via the “sharing economy” Orwellianism.
Health Insurance Deductibles Outpacing Wage Increases, Study Finds New York Times. We noted that the way health care costs were being shifted onto workers was not included in the raft of recent “stagnant real wages” stories (and that’s before you get to more unpaid overtime among salaried workers and erosion of pension benefits). This confirms that the real standard of living of typical workers has fallen.
Antidote du jour (Rich B):
And a bonus antidote from guurst. This is a trailer for a documentary about a bear family that was filmed over the course of a year.