Objective: The IMF has made it clear that their current goal in Greece is not a budgetary surplus as such, but a surplus achieved by cutting pensions by 25%. And they will accept no substitutes. The IMF either does not want a working agreement with the Greek government, or is serving the interests of some specific financial group.
Informative: “GDP does not measure the economic elements that directly impact the quality of life of its citizens.”
The Stable: Disposing of the Confederate battle flag is a minor side issue, long overdue but not particularly vital and useful only to those who want to divert our attention from the real task: defending and expanding voting rights, reforming our criminal justice system, and addressing the systematic evils of our economic system.
Here's Booby! Louisiana's Bobby Jindal has bought a ticket for the Republican Clown Car.
Details, Devil: “The Trans-Pacific Partnership... would transform world
Modern Art: The MOMA has long been dedicated to conning patrons into believing what they're told and not their lying eyes. Now MOMA director Glenn Lowry has conned the board into giving him a 15% pay increase, to $2.1 million. Part of the increase was in recognition of his efforts to force employees to pay more for their health benefits. Lowry gets, among other bennies, free housing. The Met, which exhibits real art, pays it's honcho only $1.3 million.
Because They Can: the default setting for Google's Chromium web browser turns on your computer's microphone and lets Google eavesdrop on everything said near the computer.
If Only: Canada's Alberta has passed a bill that bans both corporate and union donations to politicians, forcing them to go out and meet actual voters and pretend that they matter.
Cash Cows: The White House brags that Uncle Sam collects $1.23 on every dollar it lends to students. Odd thing to be proud of.
Porn O'Graph: The geography of hate.