Dream of a better life in the low wage sector Handelsblatt
While Black Friday was a huge success in America, Europe was not so enthusiastic Independent. Hamish McRae. The deck: Retailers in France tried to talk up Black Friday, and there seems to have been a fair bit of additional spending, but in Germany and Italy the day has been notable for something else – strikes
When Affordable Housing Meets Free-Market Fantasy. Dissent. Important.
Opinion: Warning: Social Security faces a 23% cut MarketWatch Expect to see more in a similar vein, although even hysterics concede that a relatively easy fix– such as eliminating the cap on the maximum income subject to Social Security tax– would cover as much as 90% of the program’s shortfall (as defined by the same crowd).
THE PARADOX OF PERSISTENT VACANCIES AND HIGH PRICES Strong Towns
Second skin Times Literary Supplement. An introduction to Islamic fashion.
Wells Fargo Bankers, Chasing Bonuses, Overcharged Hundreds of Clients WSJ. So, it’s not just the little people who got screwed. Let’s see if any real consequences ensue.
U.S. top court spurns challenge to Maryland assault weapons ban Reuters. furzy: ”a speck of good news….“
Big Brother IS Watching You Watch
Supreme court cellphone case puts free speech – not just privacy – at risk Guardian. Supremes scheduled to hear important oral argument today on whether government needs a warrant to access data about a person’s movements collected by cellphone providers.
Extreme Digital Vetting of Visitors to the U.S. Moves Forward Under a New Name ProPublica. From last week, still deeply worrying.
How websites watch your every move and ignore privacy settings The Conversation
Federal student aid site offers one-stop shopping for ID thieves ArsTechnica (Chuck L) Consequences of hoovering up data.
Brexit: for a mere €1 billion a week EUReferendum.com
New Cold War
The Duplicitous Superpower American Conservative. The deck: How Washington’s chronic deceit—especially towards Russia—has sabotaged U.S. foreign policy.
Sniper’s at Ukraine’s Maidan confess to shooting both sides in Italian report ignored by MSM Vineyard of the Saker (Glenn F)
Enabling Genocide Truthdig
Myanmar accused of wiping out secret network of Rohingya reporters Guardian (furzy)
Our Famously Free Press
Media’s complicated relationship with VC funding Columbia Journalism Review. More interesting than the headline promises.
Still No Science Advisor at the White House MIT Technology Review. Quelle surprise! Who would want that job?
Why Democrats are to blame for consumer agency debacle Politico. Yes, they are– but not for the reasons the article advances. Simply put, Cordray doesn’t really have all that much to show from his tenure at the CFPB, as discussed in several previous posts.
New Drone Strikes Underscore, Again, How Much Power We Give Trump Rolling Stone. Matt Taibbi– who understands this threat didn’t originate with Trump, who merely inherited the untrammelled powers bequeathed on his predecessors.
How tech is winning in the Trump era Politico
Sex in Politics… Not!
Scenes from the patriarchal playbook Minnesota Public Radio (Chuck L)
Harassment allegations knock Dems off message The Hill. I’ll say!
Journalists turn the tables on undercover sting attempt Minnesota Public Radio. Chuck L: “Reluctantly have to say it: Good on the WaPo.”
Gujarat Model’s Failure Explains Why the Economy Is a Significant Factor in the Coming Elections The Wire. Jayati Ghosh. Important debunking, because the alleged success of the Gujarati development model is often touted as a factor for supporting Modi’s policies.
Reporters Without Borders seeks to cancel press event critical of White Helmets RT.news (The Rev Kev)
New round of Syria talks opens in Geneva Al Jazeera
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