Abrupt changes in food chains predicted as Southern Ocean acidifies fast: study Sydney Morning Herald (Chuck L). The jackpot is nigh….
…but not to worry, you will still be able to drive your car: The Earth is not running out of oil and gas, BP says Telegraph
Amazon opens its first real bookstore — at U-Village Seattle Times
Six Ways to Gauge How Fast China’s Economy Is Actually Growing Bloomberg. Note Barclays pegs growth at more like 5%.
Data Mining Reveals the Extent of China’s Ghost Cities MIT Technology Review
Over 40 per cent of goods sold online in China fakes or poor quality, says state media report South China Morning Post
EXPOSED: Beijing’s Covert Global Radio Network Reuters (Chuck L)
Economic ties won’t ensure peace between China and Japan East Asia Forum
The Indonesian Massacre: What Did the US Know? New York Review of Books (resilc)
Osborne seeks two-tier Europe enshrined in law Financial Times
Berlin dismay over UK’s EU reform push Financial Times
Netherlands ‘wants to rein in tax avoidance during EU presidency’ Guardian. Not exactly credible….
New U.S.-Backed Alliance to Counter ISIS in Syria Falters New York Times
Iran Feature: Supreme Leader — US is a “Den of Espionage” Conspiring Against Us EA WorldView (resilc)
The King Of The Shores: An Interview With a Syrian Refugee Smuggler New Republic (resilc)
Imperial Collapse Watch
Drone Company Misled Military into Buying UAVs that Were Basically Toys: Lawsuit Motherboard (resilc)
A New Biography Traces the Pathology of Allen Dulles and His Appalling Cabal Intercept (resilc)
Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: European Opposition To The TTIP Trade Pact Worries US International Business Times
Ben Carson Vaults to Lead in Latest Journal/NBC Poll Wall Street Journal. Also shows Clinton picked up 6 points in her lead over Bernie.
Dr. Ben Carson fears for his Life from Militant Liberals Juan Cole (furzy mouse)
Jeb Bush’s New Campaign Hashtag Is Backfiring Big-Time Wired (resilc). Um, hasn’t he gotten the memo that he’s over?
On suspending my campaign Larry Lessig (Chuck L)
Police State Watch
Police backlash puts pressure on Tarantino’s ‘Hateful Eight’ Seattle Times (furzy mouse). This is looking too close to brown shirts for my taste.
A New Report Shows How Often Cops Sexually Assault Civilians VICE (resilc)
Why The Fed May Wait Until 2017 To Raise Rates Forbes. There’s a much simpler reason that Yellen is going to continue to engage in Penelope-with-her-suitors delaying tactics on rates through 2016: the elections. All the leading Republican candidates are more Fed-hostile than Hillary.
Weak ISM Report Further Boxes In the Fed on Policy Choices WSJ Money Beat
Janet Yellen Turns Over Documents to House Panel Investigating 2012 Leak Wall Street Journal
CfA Report Reveals Payday Lenders Paid for At Least One Favorable “Academic” Study Campaign for Accountability (allan)
Why ‘how’s the economy doing?’ is no longer the right question Jared Bernstein, Washington Post
Larry Summers: Where Paul Krugman and I differ on secular stagnation Washington Post. See the last sentence.
With idle labour equal to 14.5 per cent, the fiscal deficit is too low Bill Mitchell (furzy mouse)
Here’s How Much QE Helped Wall Street Steamroll Main Street Bloomberg (JTMcPhee)
Antidote du jour (@EmergencyKittens). A Siberian forest cat. OMG, how much is fur v. fat?