NASA Adds to Evidence of Mysterious Ancient Earthworks The New York Times (Chuck L)
Indonesia is burning. So why is the world looking away? George Monbiot, Guardian (PlutoniumKun). Today’s must read.
Greater than the sum of its parts Economist (martha r)
If you call it a blockchain, it’s not a single-entry system Izabella Kaminska. FT Alphaville
Hague court deals a blow to China on South China Sea claims South China Morning Post
Pettis on Chinese NPLs FT Alphaville
Too many open issues on bank recapitalization ekathimerini
Obama’s “Limited” Intervention Keeps Expanding The American Conservative (resilc)
What is Russia Doing in Syria? Patrick Cockburn, Counterpunch (EM)
New allies in northern Syria don’t seem to share U.S. goals McClatchy (resilc)
U.S. to Send Special Forces to Syria Wall Street Journal. Li: “‘Advisors’. Haven’t we seen that before?”
Putin Makes Obama an Offer He Can’t Refuse Counterpunch
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Is America completely unprepared for a power grid cyberattack? PBS. William Blunden:
My connections in Pasadena just alerted me that Ted Koppel has written a book on cyber threats to the power grid. Predictable and sad. After four decades of dishing up nightly bias and distortion for his corporate paymasters he’s being rewarded. This is one of the perks of toeing the line: you get promotional blurbs from former officials (Kissinger, Alexander, Clark, etc.) and a book that ranks at #20 on amazon.
Accolades and money for selling Pentagon hype. Those who fail to compromise often end up like the editor of Ramparts magazine, Warren Hinckle. Toiling in obscurity. Or, even worse, like Danny Casolaro.
NYPD Undercover “Converted” To Islam To Spy On Brooklyn College Students Gothamist (martha r)
When We Betray Our Students Corey Robin (martha r)
We Mapped the Uninsured. You’ll Notice a Pattern. New York Times
RNC Disinvites NBC From Future Debate New York Magazine
The 17-year story behind Rubio’s knockdown of Bush Washington Post
Hillary Clinton Had To Have Someone Teach Her How To Type A Smiley Face :) Huffington Post. Li: “The slideshow at the bottom is hysterical.”
While Sanders Scores Small Donors, Clinton and Bush Buoyed by Wall Street CommonDreams. Lambert: “See the quote from Camden Fine.”
Bernie gets interrupted by #BlackLivesMatter activists, cedes microphone
Hillary has them thrown out by security
How the GOP Bought, Rigged, Stole and Lynched the 2014 Election Common Dreams (Judy B)
Pfizer deal provokes further anger over tax inversions Financial Times
Harvard Law Library Readies Trove of Decisions for Digital Age New York Times (Deontos)
Black Injustice Tipping Point
University of Louisville apologizes over Hispanic Halloween costumes Reuters. EM: “Legitimately upsetting or PC-run-amok?”
Fed’s New Rule Would Ease Strain From Dying Banks New York Times
Banks face $120bn shortfall on Fed plan Financial Times
The SEC just made it easier for startups to raise money Business Insider. Translation: More opportunities for small investors to lose money.
New York’s ‘snarling watchdog’ seeks new master Financial Times. The irony of the headline, which voices complaints from aggrieved banksters, is that watchdogs are supposed to snarl. And bite too.
Offshoring the Economy: Why the US is on the Road to the Third World Paul Craig Roberts, Counterpunch
Debt-buying industry and lax court review are burying defendants in defaults ABA Journal. Li: “Despite depressing title, good news from CFPB.”
The Fed’s Wages of Grief Wall Street Journal
Antidote du jour (abynormal):
And a more conventional antidote as a bonus: