Dear patient readers: I went out to vote (and if you are in NY, you should too!), so you will get a few additional links after our normal 7:00 AM launch time. Please check back later.
Snow Leopards WWF (guurst). Watch the video.
Octopuses are super-smart … but are they conscious? The Conversation
El Niño: Feeling the heat Financial Times (David L)
Dinosaurs ‘already in decline’ before asteroid apocalypse PhysOrg (Chuck L)
Simulated smells and other tricks to make training stick Financial Times (David L)
Psilocybin reduces psychological pain after social exclusion Medical Express (Chuck L)
Tax Havens Radio Monocle (Richard Smith). Nicholas Shaxson speaks!
China is tightening its grip on the world’s commodities markets Business Insider
The Guardian view on Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment: a tragedy and a scandal Guardian (Richard Smith)
Dilma Rousseff vows long impeachment fight Financial Times
Can we believe what the Treasury says about the cost of Brexit? The Conversation
Farmers’ union backs staying in EU BBC. FWIW, a recent FT sotry on Brexit, on Obama saying it would be bad for the UK to leave (as in he has a say!) got what looked like a record number of comments, over 700. One reader estimated that 80% were pro-Brexit. If you don’t have FT readers on your side, you are really in trouble.
Wolfgang Schäuble Tries to Save the Euro Wall Street Journal. This is an example of the sort of thing you get on the WSJ editorial page, which is why it’s generally best avoided. But it can nevertheless be instructive to read the rationalizations of the German case.
Forget Brexit – Italian banks are a bigger worry for Europe The Banker (Richard Smith)
Obama to Visit a Saudi Arabia Deep in Turmoil New York Times
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Smart Mattress With Lover Detection System Will Alert You Of Illicit Shagging, Rat Out Cheaters HotHardware. Chuck L: “Just what a Hedge Fundie needs to make sure his arm candy isn’t wrapped in the embrace of the wrong arms.”
Imperial Collapse Watch
A Nationalist Foreign Policy? National Interest (resilc)
The tragedy of ‘foreign policy elites’ Washington Post
We are encouraging ALL independent and disenfranchised NY voters to VOTE on April 19th by provisional ballot. Voters should tell poll workers that there is a motion pending in Federal District Court [docket CV-16 1892] to declare the Primary open, and they are casting their vote in the expectation of a favorable ruling by the judge on April 19th and subsequently. ElectionJusticeNY (Deontos). Please circulate.
Bernie’s Israel Heresy New York Times (David L)
Why Sanders Does Better With Independents FiveThirtyEight (resilc)
Polling for Clinton Versus Sanders In New York Is Mostly Garbage Connor Kilpatrick. Finds errors in all the polls on NY, and when reweighted, the race looks super close.
Why Upstate New Yorkers Have Turned on Hillary Clinton Vice (resilc)
One Simple Question for Ted Cruz Talk 2 Action (Chuck L)
Sanders wins support from New York’s climate movement Toxics Targeting. John C points out that the article is from Denmark.
Why Secrecy Rules Apply to Everyone American Conservative. Resilc: “I would have lost my security clearance in a nanosecord and drummed out of the foreign service for a fraction of what Clintoon and her crew did with servers and outside employment.”
Betrayal is at the heart of U.S. politics Reuters (resilc)
Republican Energy Committee Chairs Shutter Fundraising Committee Bankrolled By The Fossil Fuel Industry International Business Times. David Sirota takes a scalp.
Culling of the Unicorns
Theranos Is Subject of Criminal Probe by U.S. Wall Street Journal. Still a remarkable number of comments trying to make Holmes out as a victim of meanie jealous journalists. I suppose that’s the best the media consultant could come up with.
Breaking Free from Fossil Fuels Project Syndicate (David L)
Theranos Lab Subject of U.S. Criminal Probe New York Times
Low interest rates neuter oil windfall Financial Times
Saudis Mix Politics and Oil Policy Wall Street Journal
Central banks feel pain of negative rates Financial Times
No consequences, no justice in Goldman Sachs settlement Phil Angelides, Sacramento Bee
Hedge funds in US regulators’ spotlight Financial Times
Getting Past Slow Growth Project Syndicate (David L)
When Lies Are Allowed in a Business Deal New York Times
Robber Baron Recessions New York Times (Dr. Kevin)
Review — Bleak scene of unequal America Financial Times. Subhead: “Democrat leaders have sacrificed blue-collar workers for elite.”
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