Good news, everyone: Larry Summers has withdrawn his name for consideration as the Federal Reserve Chair. Good job, good peoples -- for, as Alex Pareene reminds us, Larry Summers is wrong about everything, and we can't let people wrong about everything have every position of power in this great country.
Meanwhile, for your edification, ProPublica offers an update on its March article "Everything We Know About What Data Brokers Know About You." Not the NSA, of course -- these are private data collectors who generally use your information for marketing purposes, though they also give it out to folks looking to do a credit or employment check on you. Long story short: there are a lot of data brokers, they have a lot of your info, and you can review and/or amend not nearly enough of it.
Bloomberg tells us that the top 50 carbon emitters in the world are responsible for around 75 percent of the world's global emissions. So next time your Rep or Senator claims that carbon emissions regulations will hurt small businesses, throw this fact in their face.
The Heritage Foundation puts up an anti-Affordable Care Act ad in Times Square. It's like they've forgotten that the Affordable Care Act was mostly Heritage's idea in the first place.
Finally, some don't-tread-on-me tantrum thrower in Idaho plans to construct a pretentiously-named walled city so that some 7,000 like-minded nutjobs from all over America can live far away from rules and laws and suchlike. But has anyone told these "survivalists" that it's generally not a good idea to gather all the people who think like you in one spot?