Dear patient readers, I am still quite ill, spending 14 hours or so a day in bed and not able to leave my apartment. So forgive the thin offerings today.
Man tries to hug wild lion, you won’t believe what happens Facts FM (Richard Smith). Watch the video!
Your Broccoli Is Way Too Thirsty Barry Ritholtz
‘Fewer crops’ now ing the world BBC
Report: Medical studies still neglect gender differences Newsday
Fed ‘has no authority’ over Bitcoin Guardian
Choosing Secure Passwords Bruce Schneier
Report from an MSRI MOOC conversation Cathy O’Neil
Forget The “Comfort Women” Row: Here’s Postwar Japan’s Biggest Abomination And It Is Still Unresolved Forbes (Bob H)
Thailand: Will the Yingluck government cease to be a caretaker government soon? Asian Correspondent
UK patients’ data uploaded to Google servers, serious privacy concerns ensue Engadget. Lambert” “Neo-liberal trolls and griefers wrecking the NHS, no doubt.”
David Cameron’s porn-filter advisor arrested for possession of images of sexual abuse of children BoingBoing (Richard Smith). Surely he had this material for strictly professional reasons, to test that the filters were working…right?
Iraqi Government Killing Civilians in Fallujah TruthOut
Obama warns of ‘fallout’ for Israel if peace effort fails Reuters
Putin orders troops near Ukraine border back to bases Telegraph. Mr. Market liked this.
Russia Calls Ukraine Intervention Legal Citing Yanukovych Letter Bloomberg
Ukraine crisis: UK prepares to rule out sanctions against Russia amid threat to global economy Telegraph. As we tweeted, with Europe dependent on Russian oil and gas, the idea of anything other than token sanctions against Russia is a non-starter. Or if I turn out to be wrong, this will be a circular firing squad.
Top Russians Face Sanctions by U.S. for Crimea Crisis New York Times. Sanctions against officials? So the US is gonna what, seize three apartments in Brooklyn? Putin must be laughing.
UK seeking to ensure Russia sanctions do not harm City of London Guardian. More of the same.
Inside Ukraine: Mish Reader Who Speaks Ukrainian and Russian Challenges Western Media View of Events Michael Shedlock
Cold war over Ukraine? AlJazeera (Richard Smith). This is a “cut the bullshit” analysis.
Why Russia no longer fears the West. It’s the offshore, stupid Tax Justice Network. Richard Smith points out that one should be wary of single-factor analyses, but this is indeed likely to be part of the equation.
Crimean Foreshadowing Slate. Wikileaks cables.
What Neocons Want from Ukraine Crisis Robert Parry, Consortium News (Lambert). A really solid piece.
Russia’s 2010 Military Doctrine Just Security
Russia’s central bank hikes overnight rate, ruble continues to weaken Walter Kurtz
Russian stocks rise as Asia keeps watch Financial Times
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Telecoms giants reportedly join tech firms in pushing back against NSA Inside Bay Area. Chuck L: “Seeing is believing.”
U.S. Fine-Tunes Messaging for Home Stretch of Obamacare Sign-Ups Bloomberg
January Spending Was Driven by Health Care Dean Baker
Obama ignores the fundamental collapse of the black American family Guardian. Ahem, but bias in prosecution and sentencing plays a very big role in higher levels of incarceration among blacks too. White kids particularly affluent ones, get away with all sorts of stuff that puts black kids in jail.
Lies Our Political Elites Tell Us As They Rip Us Off Down With Tyranny (RR)
Secrecy at the Border On the Media. Francois T: “About the incredible lack of accountability of the US Border Patrol Agency and DHS in general. THAT is a great example of a fascist police state. Downright scary.”
Scott Walker’s little-known scandal: When he treated welfare recipients like dogs Salon
Philly Gas Works to be sold, pending City Council approval, for $1.86Bil, proceeds to fund pension benefits Philly.com. But: No quick OK by Council seen for PGW sale (Paul Tioxon)
How Colleges Could Get Rid of Fraternities Atlantic. Lambert: “I know! Let’s ask a billionaire for a big fat check! No, I’m not kidding.”
William White: Central banks making it up MacroBusiness. White was the chief economist of the BIS and started warning central bankers about housing bubble in many advanced economies in 2003. He was ignored because (I am not exaggerating) all he had was empirical information, and not a formal theory (and since neoclassicals believe prices are always right and virtuous, basically that was like asking to square the circle).
Ocwen plans $2 billion in mortgage principal reduction Housing Wire
Citi Affiliate’s Troubles Multiply With Subpoenas New York Times
Carmakers Say Sales Were Sluggish in Chilly February New York Times
Top 20 Heterodox Economics Books Lars P. Syll
Antidote du jour. From Strange Real Animals (Richard Smith):