By lambert (Yves being on vacation).
‘Rare’ Genetic Variants Are Surprisingly Common, Life Scientists Report Science Daily
Kansas town to auction first flush of giant public toilet on eBay McClatchy
“The anatomy of the eurozone bank run” FT
Merkel Resists G-8 Spending Pressure as Soccer Breaks the Ice Business Week.
Austerity-only cure for crisis out of fashion, but growth rhetoric covers difficult realities Pravda. I thought that Bsns W article was mush.
Germany resists sense Macrobusiness
“Supply Lines Cast Shadow at NATO Meeting on Afghan War” Times
Nato talks security and peace, Chicago has neither Guardian
Citizen Journalists Detained at Gunpoint by CPD NBC Chicago. Tim Pool.
Rising US recession risk poses the real threat to Europe Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
“China buyers defer raw material cargos” FT
Wen changes his tune Macrobusiness
Vietnam Economic Slowdown Seen in Cobweb-Covered Crates Bloomberg
The Current Post-Recession Labor Market in Historical Perspective Brad DeLong. Awww. Just when I was buying into the happy talk!
Riot in privatized AL prison Chicago Tribune
“Factories begin to shift back to US” FT
“Seeing Bailouts Through Rose-Colored Glasses” Gretchen Morgensen (Dean Baker comments).
JP Morgan executive to walk away with millions following trading loss Telegraph ($32m)
JPMorgan CIO Risk Overseer Said to Have Record of Trading Losses Bloomberg
Zombie Preparedness Week: Are you ready? From the British Columbia government.
The end of fish, in one chart Brad Plumer for Ezra Klein™
Gazprom Hopes to Build Second Baltic Sea Pipeline Der Spiegel
U.S. Government Authorizes Killing of Endangered Bighorns in Path of Wind Project East County Magazine (KH)
How did James Hansen’s 1981 global warming predictions work out? (America Blog)
What Makes Countries Rich or Poor? Jared Diamond
Does “culture” require microfoundations? Understanding Society
“Philip K. Dick, Sci-Fi Philosopher, Part 1” Times
What Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman Heard New Yorker
House approves East Coast missile shield site in $643 billion defense bill The Hill. Missed this one.
Joe Strummer: The angry young man who grew up. [Harvard Square Theatre, February 16, 1979.]
And in Montreal band wars, I’ll see the good professor’s Arcade Fire and raise him one Me Mom and Morgentaler.
World cosplay summit Bangkok Post
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D – 110 and counting*
I got elected, Sweetscent, but the drats knocked me right out of office in a no-confidence recall thing they cooked up. Having to do with the Pact of Peace. They were right, of course; I shouldn’t have gotten involved in it. But who wants to make a deal with four-armed shiny bugs who can’t even talk, who have to go around carrying a translation box like an indoor potty?’ –Philip K. Dick, Now Wait for Last Year
These links are lighter than usual. Sorry! Tomorrow I’ll do much more extensive work on both Chicago and Montreal. For now, it’s quite late….
Occupy Montreal: “The camera loves you, baby!” Good, detailed, vivid blog of today’s march. Not getting a clear picture of what the march is achieving other than, well, occupying the streets. (Not “unfiltered” because the reporter’s sensibility is clear, but better than the official Gazette story.) Oakland: Portraits from the Occupation. Representatives of the Oakland Police Department, and the police union, declined our invitations to participate, as did the editors of Adbusters magazine.
NATO summit Bobbleheads translate MTP: “GREGORY: wow look at these crazy violent NATO protestors! Audience: ooh white people.” The summit actually opened: “The global leaders met over a large round table” (around, surely). Bernard Harcourt: “Welcome, Nato, to Chicago’s police state”. And a hearty thank you to President Obama, his BFF, Rahm Emmanuel, and D operatives and enablers everywhere for making it all possible! RNN video of march (DCBlogger). “In the age of camera phones, the message is that protesters are watching police too.” Miscellaneous Chicago NATO Links (Bob).
CO (Swing state). Moms battle fracking.
FL (Swing State) “Most of Bern’s Steak House produce is not organic or locally grown on its own farm.” Another revered institution #FAIL! (Ha ha ha ha!)
OH (Swing state) Shalersville speaks out against fracking.
NC (Swing state) – “The Romney and Obama campaigns also seem to be behaving as though their internal polling is showing at least a very close race.”
WI (swing state) Journal-Sentinel endorses Walker (again): “It’s time to end the bickering and get back to the business of the state. We’ve had our differences with the governor, but he deserves a chance to complete his term. We recommended him in 2010. We see no reason to change that recommendation.”
Inside Baseball HCR in classic NYRB letters exchange. Martha Angell: “So the mandate that requires uninsured people to buy private insurance, which is at the heart of the Supreme Court challenge, would cover only 16 million people, a mere 5 percent of the population.” So (to my mind) it really is the mandate — forcing citizens to purchase a defective product, private health insurance — that’s the goal. Not the care. Think of the possibilities! How the Senate “avoids unpredictable democratic floor action, and the accountability of public debate. Picking the speakers for the RNC in Tampa. Whenever you read “delicate balancing act,” stop and do something else. The phrase is a tell for insiderese. (And if you’re attending the RNC, check the FL listening above). The issue nobody mentions: “Can Washington govern?” No, but I bet a man on a white horse could!
Ron Paul MN GOP convention: “They took over, basically. Nobody else was organizing.”
Romney Romney’s new ad introducing himself: Squee! Gary Wills: “Everyone has noticed by now the non-laugh laugh of Mitt Romney, a kind of half-stifled barking.” (I’m trying to remember what Obama’s laugh sounds like. But I can’t.) Bain gives more campaign money to Democrats than it does to Republicans.
Obama Obama 2.0 is the Wanker of the Day. (Leading one to ask the obvious question…) Of course, Axelrod used ____ for a fundraising pitch (____, in this case, being the Ricketts/Wright flap).
Feeding frenzies. None.
* 110 days ’til the Democratic National Convention ends with bottomless steins in a giant beer garden specially constructed by Walt Disney and the Department of Homeland Security in a public/private partnership on the floor of Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC. The Sears Tower in Chicago has 110 stories.
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