‘Animated Life: The Living Fossil Fish’ New York Times (furzy). This is a great story with nerd appeal. I recall reading a book about it when I was a kid and being intrigued.
Kim Dotcom loses US extradition hearing Financial Times
Cartoon: Year in review, part one Daily Kos
FDA overturns 30-year ban on blood donations by gay men Reuters. EM: “‘…they can now donate 12 months after their last sexual contact with another man.’ And how does the FDA propose verifying that, exactly? Via access to NSA feeds?” Actually, if you use FitBit, that will tell you. But a one-year celibacy requirement for a gay man is tantamount to saying that gay men still can’t give blood. As one gay man once said to me, “If they [straight people] knew how much sex we have, they’d kill us all.”
I Asked A Computer To Be My Life Coach NPR (David L)
Target Practice for Robots Scott Adams Blog (Chuck L)
Apple opens board choices to big investors Financial Times
China’s consumption blues Japan Times
Political uprising in Spain shatters illusion of eurozone recovery Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Telegraph
Hope and fear in the endless Greek crisis Martin Wolf, Financial Times
How the Turkish mafia organizes the trafficking of refugees failed evolution
21 heartbreaking photos of the ongoing refugee crisis Business Insider
Turkey Moves to Clamp Down on Border, Long a Revolving Door New York Times (furzy)
Veteran Intelligence Officials Call for Proof on Syria-Sarin Attack George Washington
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
“The Medieval Origins of Mass Surveillance” Bruce Schneier
Little Hitler’s Minion Had Plot to Kill Muslims: Another Trump Day The Ring of Fire
Hey, Hipsters: Please Save Us From Ted Cruz The Daily Beast (furzy)
Trump’s crude comment reveals his biggest problem: women voters (+video) Christian Science Monitor
The Two Big Political Mistakes of Obama Alternet. Steve C: “Of course with Barry O, these “mistakes” are features, not bugs.”
Police State Watch
Virginia to Stop Recognizing Concealed Gun Permits From 25 States New York Times (furzy)
The Trouble With Sovereign-Wealth Funds Wall Street Journal
Deutsche Bank’s probe into Russian trades widened Financial Times. I’d love to know the politics behind this one….
Financialisation compounds commodity rout Satyajit Das, Financial Times
Sued Over Old Debt, and Blocked From Suing Back New York Times. A must read.
Shkreli and the true cost of high drug prices Financial Times. Subhead: “Gouging has made reform inevitable; it should be market-based.” Guess what they mean by “market based”? Having the government haggle over prices, just like those “socialized” medical systems do everywhere else in the world.
For New York’s Best New Public Sculpture, Thank the Sanitation Department New York Times (David L)
Reshoring Myth Explodes: Offshoring Outpaces Onshoring Every Year Since 2004 Except 2011 Michael Shedlock (EM)
Republican Poverty: 93 Of The Poorest 100 Counties In America Are In Red States Addicting Information
Antidote du jour. From The Atlantic via Olivier: