WANTED: COMMMITTED CAT LOVERS IN MALHEUR!!! Craigslist (Randy K)
Decline of Pollinators Poses Threat to World Food Supply, Report Says New York Times. The jackpot is coming…
The Problem With Evidence-Based Policies Project Syndicate (David L). Important.
When a Brain Surgeon Becomes a Malpractice Lawyer Pacific Standard (Chuck L)
Insulin shortage could affect 50,000 people with diabetes in the UK Diabetes Forum. Furzy’s sister, an MD, flagged this comment on the Archdruid’s latest post:
In other news, the medical malpractice industry may have claimed another victim. My father’s youngest brother was admitted to the hospital Monday night, and died tonight. Word from the family is that he was diabetic but denied insulin for at least 24 hours because the hospital didn’t have any, which could have exacerbated his heart condition. If this is true, as a diabetic, that kind of story leaves me a little nervous about my own future. I mean, I know a day will come when insulin will be an expensive luxury, and later on not available at all, but today any hospital in the USA worth its name should have some Humalog in stock!”
The rising price of insulin RxRights (furzy). “It looks like we have a classic example of pharma executives raising drug prices just for the hell of it!”
World Trade Plunges 13.8% in US Dollar Terms Michael Shedlock
China’s got problems, but it won’t run out of reserves FT Alphaville
At G-20, China Aims to Take Worries off Its Currency Wall Street Journal
What a British divorce from the EU would look like Financial Times (Li). Important.
Beyond cost-benefit analysis: how emotions will play a part in the EU referendum LSE. As Clive pointed out colorfully in comments recently.
Short Cuts Didier Fassin, London Review of Books (guurst). “Those who have said that France is being turned into a police state have had little impact in the public debate, because for most people it is business as usual.”
How Turkey supports the jihadists Voltaire.net. Wat: “Russia may have carved Turkey out of NATO.”
This company hacked an iPhone with Play-Doh MarketWatch
Syria: Another Pipeline War EcoWatch (Glenn F)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
The U.S. has Gone F&*%ing Mad Medium (guurst). A must read.
Obama Administration Set to Expand Sharing of Data That N.S.A. Intercepts New York Times (allan)
UC Berkeley system with data on students, workers, alumni hacked San Francisco Chronicle (Bill B)
Thinking about Intimate Surveillance Bruce Schneier
Imperial Collapse Watch
U.S. test-fires ICBMs to stress its power to Russia, North Korea Reuters (EM). How is this a show of strength? Everyone knows we have them. Do we really need to prove they work?
The neo-colonial booming industry of private mercenaries failed evolution
Supreme Court Trench Warfare
Scalia’s Supreme Court Vacancy Could Leave Companies at a Loss Wall Street (guurst)
GOP groups prepare to unload on Obama SCOTUS pick Politico (furzy). Sight unseen!
Hillary’s E-Mail Hairball
Hillary Clinton Pushes Colombia Free Trade Agreement In Latest Email Dump International Business Times
New Batch of Clinton Emails Points to a Key Role Played by a Deputy New York Times. The story bizarrely has very little about the content of the e-mails released on Friday.
GOP establishment trashes Christie for endorsing Trump Politco. Furzy: “Smart enuf move I’d say…..before Giuliani hops on….” Li pointed out the same thing, that Christie’s endorsement means he believes that he will benefit from being at the front of this parade.
Donald Trump’s Business Record Demands More Scrutiny New Yorker (EmilianoZ). Why is it only now, when Trump in on the verge of being unstoppable, that the media starts digging into his history? Were the elites so convinced that he’d implode that no one bothered doing oppo? Remember the results of a famous study on cognitive biases. Participants were chosen for holding a false belief about the Iraq War (I don’t remember which one, but on the order of there having been WMD in Iraq). They were then shown a short video of prominent people, including President Bush, saying that that view was false. They were surveyed after watching the video. On average, they were more convinced of their incorrect view after seeing the video than they were before. So the Trump true believers are unlikely to be swayed, and the question is how many Republicans are open to hearing new information about him?
9 Key Points About Trump’s Income Taxes (And Many More Questions) David Cay Johnston, National Memo (Kim Kaufman)
Watch Donald Trump’s ‘cameo’ in ‘Game of Thrones‘ CNN (furzy)
Georgia State students holding pro-BLM signs say they were ejected from Hillary Clinton rally Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Apology Not Accepted Statement from Activist Who Challenged Hillary Clinton on Race
Policy as Mock UN Steve Waldman. Really good.
Oregon publisher buys The New Republic Financial Times
Top GOP Pollster: Young Americans Are Terrifyingly Liberal Intercept (martha r). Maybe you should have thought what the result would be of screwing workers economically when workers can still vote, and young people aren’t yet burdened with families and so don’t have to put up and shut up. They will instead see the remedy as more aggressive purging of “liberal” college faculties.
A 90-Year-Old Iwo Jima Veteran Couldn’t Vote in Scott Walker’s Wisconsin Charles Pierce, Esquire (resilc)
As heroin epidemic rages, Hep C cases soar Cincinnati.com. Timotheus:
Pharma double winners in four easy steps:
1. Promote expensive oxy overprescription such that it
2. Generates heroin epidemic leading to
3. Explosion of new Hepatitis C infections requiring prescription of
4. Expensive Hep C drugs
California methane leak was biggest ever in U.S., scientists say Reuters. EM: “And as with the PG&E San Bruno pipeline explosion, you can be sure no one is gonna go to jail or even personally pay a fine over this.”
Momentum matters as earnings estimates go from bad to worse Financial Times
Neoliberalism is being challenged Cathy O’Neil
Antidote du jour (Sharon S. via Timotheus). We’ve gotten lots of bird antidotes of late. Is that because you want spring to be here already?