Thanks for your kind notes yesterday. I appear to have gotten food poisoning. I’m getting back to normal. If you do not see an antidote, that is due to considerable tech difficulties we had overnight. I was unable to get to the backstage and you are lucky to have Links at all. We’ve had a bad patch of tech problems since a WordPress upgrade.
“Individual utilized the raccoon…” @NickatFP
Stubborn goat refuses to leave Sask. Tim Hortons CBC (frosty zoon)
Mormon church issues statement about lunar eclipse apocalpyse Christian Science Monitor (EM)
Physics of falling says professional athletes are running wrong New Scientist (Robert M)
China’s industrial profits fall 8.8pc in biggest decline in four years South China Morning Post
China statistics: Making the numbers add up Financial Times
Jamaica calls for Britain to pay billions of pounds in reparations for slavery Guardian (furzy mouse)
Fraud probe into BoE guidance in emergency auctions Financial Times
Putin steals Obama’s thunder on the world stage CNN (Oregoncharles)
Obama and Putin Clash at U.N. on Crisis in Middle East New York Times
Leave it to Vlad (and the Supreme Leader) Foreign Policy. Lambert: “A howl of pain and rage.”
Why the US should give Putin a free rein in Syria Quartz (resilc)
The Power of False Narrative Robert Parry, Consortium News (Chuck L)
Saudi royal calls for regime change in Riyadh | World news | The Guardian (furzy mouse). Note we linked to a story like this from a Middle Eastern source last week. The death of the old king was long feared by the US, since the crown prince was not well liked domestically and is perceived to be heavy-handed, even by the autocratic standards of the region.
UK deal to back Saudis exposed Australian. Lambert: “Sadly paywalled and no independent source.” Hopefully derivative stories will run shortly.
Petraeus reborn! Sic Semper Tyrannis (resilc)
Trump’s Tax Plan: The Best, Most Luxurious Tax Plan For Those Already Living In Luxury ThinkProgress (furzy mouse)
Is the end near for ‘anti-immigrant Democrat’ Trump? CNBC (furzy mouse)
How Journalism Helps Lunacy Become Reality Al Jazeera America (furzy mouse)
Record number of guns found in U.S. airport searches: TSA Reuters. EM: “Self-licking ice cream cone PR.”
Whole Foods Market to cut about 1,500 jobs Reuters. EM: “Not including the CEO position, alas.”
General Electric to shift engine plant to Canada, creating 350 job Globe and Mail. Frosty zoom: “What on earth?!?”
Dow Industrials Sink 313 Points Wall Street Journal. Can’t threaten those rents!
Big US banks lose patience with Fed Financial Times. Gee, you’t think this was their decision. And this will become self-fulfilling as the Fed won’t want to whack bank equity by raising rates.
Rarely enforced SEC rules may give green light to earnings manipulation Francine McKenna, MarketWatch
As Banks Retreat, Private Equity Rushes to Buy Troubled Home Mortgages New York Times. Important. Wish I had time to post on this. Yet more proof that the regulators have not done remotely enough to crack down on predatory servicing.
GoPro CEO Nick Woodman has lost $2b this year Sydney Morning Herald. EM: “OMG, his annual comp. is threatening to plunge below the $100 million mark. His hedge-fund buddies might be forced to start disinviting him from their soirees at that point. Scary!”
Antidote du jour (martha r):