Umberto Eco, Italian Scholar and Novelist, Dies at 84 New York Times
Yosemite ‘firefall’ has hikers transfixed BBC (David L)
Male Sellers on eBay Have an Edge Over Women, Study Finds New York Times. Um, why used a gendered handle on eBay? The study did say they asked users to guess the gender of the seller where the name did not reveal gender, and they were correct a very high percent of the time. However, at least on the very few parts of eBay that I look at, the vendor pages are heavily decorated, and often in colors and typefaces that scream “female”. So a lot of vendors seem to find it necessary or desirable to reveal their gender. Nevertheless, the results part of a predictable and disheartening pattern.
North Korea’s Air Koryo: Why You Should Fly With the World’s Worst Airline Bloomberg (resilc)
All the Ways Humans Have Smuggled Drugs Inside Food Vice (resilc)
Cold-weather friends Economist. From December, but still germane. Looks to explain winter weight gain.
Open Europe responds to UK-EU agreement Open Europe
The Terrible Turks – Part Two Sic Semper Tyrannis (resilc)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
US slams Apple CEO Tim Cook’s refusal in FBI standoff over terrorist iPhone Sydney Morning Herald. EM: “Good reader discussion.”
Preliminary thoughts on the Apple iPhone order in the San Bernardino case: Part 2, the All Writs Act Washington Post (guurst)
Political risk looks underpriced if stocks are a tracking poll Financial Times
When Will the GOP Defend Economic Patriotism? American Conservative (resilc)
Why Trump’s tiff with the Pope endangers his Political Future Juan Cole (resilc)
The Party Is Deciding On Rubio FiveThirtyEight
Superdelegates, Clarify Your Role New York Times. Editorial.
Black Injustice Tipping Point
Fannie Mae at risk of needing a bailout Financial Times (David L)
Look on my NIM, ye Mighty, and despair! FT Alphaville
Siding With Foreclosure Victim, California Court Exposes Law Enforcement Failure Dave Dayen, Intercept (Glenn F)
Arbitration as Wealth Transfer American Constitution Society (concerned-citizen)
Drug Offenders in U.S. Prisons: An International Comparison Washington Monthly (resilc)
Antidote du jour. Sharon S: “A pair has lived on her lake for 20 years, raises a brood every summer, then chases them off when they mature.”