Loyal Service Dog Gets A Place In The Yearbook Alongside Her Boy The DoDo (Chuck L)
Review: Pat’s Backcountry Beverages Wired. Chuck L: “Instant Beer!! This will revolutionize back-country outings for us hikers and paddlers.”
AUSTRALIA WILL UNLEASH HERPES ON INVASIVE CARP Newsweek (vlade)
Remembering Slavery At Whitney American Conservative (Chuck L). Put this on your list for your next visit to Louisiana.
Zimbabwe to print own version of US dollar BBC (furzy). Taking currency pegging to a new level…
The wildfires ravaging Canada might have a lot to do with climate change Business Insider (David L)
Math Stumps Your Doctor, Too Bloomberg
IRS First Look Media Works 2015 Cryptome. See p. 37 of the PDF. Greenwald gets $490,000 a year through a shell company. A source says, “Insiders have told me other schemes are used to boost his pay to well over a million….The big missing story that has yet to be written is the super-high-security setup holding the Snowden secrets here in NYC, in the First Look Media building one floor above the editorial floor. It’s a kind of private super-hi-tech secured NSA vault with all kinds of security and hi-tech shit. No one talks about it publicly, but it’s about the worst kept secret.”
China’s rapidly ageing population is an economic ticking timebomb Business Insider
Costco starts selling cut-price coffins in Australian stores Sydney Morning Herald. EM: “I’m waiting for the in-store eco-friendly quick cremation service, myself. Coming up with tasteful-yet-catchy potential ad slogans for that is fun … ‘Every Wednesday is Ash Wednesday at your friendly neighborhood Costco!’, or maybe ‘Allow your dear departed to get fired in style! – they’ve urned it!'”
ECB should change course before too late Financial Times
EU Approves Deal With Turkey (Then All Hell Breaks Loose) Michael Shedlock (furzy)
Russian orchestra, Putin’s friends, play Syria’s Palmyra Reuters. Furzy: “This was so beautiful, touching….CNN played a long segment….trying to find that, as well as the riveting, modern? composition …..”
Russia’s Valery Gergiev conducts concert in Palmyra ruins BBC. Resilc: “Obomba could send Beyonce.”
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Cops deploy StingRay anti-terror tech against $50 chicken-wing thief The Register (Dr. Kevin)
Requests for data rise sharply under secretive U.S. surveillance orders Reuters (EM). Quelle surprise!
Subject: Tell Representative Speier: No ID for cell phones Color of Change. Please consider signing this petition. “Burner” phones are used overwhelmingly by blacks and elderly people (my mother has two since she always seems to wind up with phones that crap out, so she has a backup at ready), and IDs are an impediment to getting one (and what about the homeless?)
Clinton E-mail Hairball
FBI likely to interview Clinton soon in emails probe: CNN Reuters. Does anyone know if Huma has finally gotten independent representation?
“You can’t always get what you want” – the Rolling Stones dump Trump euronews (furzy)
Ryan fans GOP civil war over Donald Trump The Hill (furzy). A rearguard action against Trump’s hostile takeover. Notice the anonymous Republican saying, basically, “The voters have spoken and the leadership needs to get used to it.” The fact that Cruz and Kasich withdrew well before the convention gives Trump longer to complete his mopping up operation, and he has stump speeches in the upcoming primary states to keep him in the media spotlight and let him rally his troops. Which won’t stop his opponents from make this as painful as they can….but can they really keep this up for even as long as two months?
Trump raises prospect of replacing Yellen Financial Times
Democrats slap Trump with a nickname: Dangerous Donald. That name is popping up over and over in conversations with top Dem operatives. @JenniferJJacobs. Alice M: “Yeah, that will really work with The Donald.” Lambert: “The Democratic Consultant Class.” Moi: “Even if this gets traction in the punditocracy, it’s not hard to see Trump turning this into an ‘I welcome their hatred’ badge of honor.”
Trump Can’t Win White House With White Men Alone New York Magazine. Resilc: “The over confidence is amazing.”
Hillary forces target Bush donors Politico. Lambert had this in Water Cooler yesterday, but worth underscoring.
How Not to Make a Campaign Ad Scott Adams Blog. Chuck L: “One of a series of Adams’ blog posts on Hilary bringing knives to advertising contests that are gun fights. My erstwhile copy writing and advertising manager wife generally agrees with his analyses.”
2,000 doctors say Bernie Sanders has the right approach to health care Washington Post (resilc)
2020 Republican Presidential Race Already Going New York Magazine
At Maine convention, Democrats to vote on eliminating superdelegates Bangor Daily News. Martha r points out, not effective till 2020 election…
U.S. to end bid to close major California pot dispensary: lawyers Reuters. EM: “In related news, news broke yesterday that legalization, having garnered over a half-million signatures in support, will be on the CA general-election ballot this November.”
NYC lawmakers impose 5-cent charge for plastic bags Associated Press. One annoying thing is the tote bags you see for sale in stores as an alternative are all solid material, which makes them a bit bulky when you fold them up. In France, decades ago, mesh bags were common and I would assume they pack up smaller. However, an even bigger priority ought to be outlawing colored plastic, which as I understand it can’t be recycled (I believe white can be, along with clear).
Police State Watch
One Week in April, Four Toddlers Shot and Killed Themselves New York Times
Measuring the Value of Free Project Syndicate (David L). Some really misguided thinking here. He notes the decline in music sales as streaming and downloading supplanted CDs, and argued, “.. its contribution to GDP (as we currently measure it) may be falling, even as the quantity and quality of services are increasing.” Huh? I have a lot of CDs and have bought virtually no music online because the sound quality is inferior to CDs, and that was after having to accept that CDs were worse than vinyl. I could regularly hear the difference between the vinyl and a remastered CD, which typically was thinner and brighter/brassier. And I’m not a music snob. I listen to far more pop recordings than classical or jazz.
Betting and investment both require skill and luck Financial Times (David L)
US stock funds suffer $11bn of outflows Financial Times
OTC derivatives statistics at end-December 2015 Bank of International Settlements (guurst). Notice the decline, but derivatives are higher at US banks, so one wonders if this is due to the sick state of Eurobanks and measures like the Swiss forcing high capital levels on UBS and Credit Suisse, both of which had been big derivatives players. And the fall was in interest rate swaps, which are overwhelmingly plain vanilla and low risk. So despite the decline in notional amounts, I wonder if the risk reduction is less than proportional. Informed reader comment appreciated.
“During a wellness panel on “Adventure Travel: Journey As Wellness”, someone asks the instructor Fabian Piorkowski about privilege.
“We’re so privileged to come to these spiritual places – Further Future, Tulum – but not everyone can,” the audience member says, asking Piorkowski how he should reconcile that.
“It’s all about balance. We are the ones meant to be the air, not the earth,” Piorkowski said. “So you have this group who can travel. The purpose can never be to enable everyone to travel because that would create imbalance.”
CCRI Daycare Center Being Moved Out for Goldman Sachs GoLocal. Peter K:
I wish I was making this up, but RI’s venture capital Governor, who invested heavily in hedge funds while she was State Treasurer, recently announced a partnership with Goldman Sachs to help them burnish their image. So to bring them to RI, she’s displacing a daycare facility at the state’s Community College.
So Sue Them: What We’ve Learned About the Debt Collection Lawsuit Machine ProPublica. Additional commentary at Credit Slips
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