Update on Our Brave New Slavery: Yes, It Applies to American Citizens, Too Chris Floyd (hat tip reader Warren C). A follow-up on his post of the Supreme Court’s effective gutting of due process protection. Confirms our contention that anyone could be designated an enemy combatant and disappeared.
Blogger who blew the whistle on hedge fund Sydney Morning Herald (hat tip Crocodile Chuck). Congrats to John Hempton, but as Chuck points out, the only reason Hempton was able to get ASIC (Australia’s SEC) to pay attention was he sent the letter through Treasury….where he once worked. In other word, it appears you have to be a card-carrying member of the establishment to get the authorities to investigate hedge fraudsters. And this is post Madoff. Exactly how many card carrying members of the establishment are prepared to be whistle-blowers?
For Some in Japan, Home Is a Tiny Plastic Bunk New York Times (hat tip DoctoRx)
North Korea Calls For End Of Hostile Relations With U.S Huffington Post
Irish atheists challenge new blasphemy laws Guardian (hat tip reader John L)
Uranium Is So Last Century — Enter Thorium, the New Green Nuke Wired (hat tip reader DoctoRx)
Ten Albums that Defined the Dot Com Era – Part 2 Steve Robles (hat tip reader David C)
New Year’s Resolutions from the Nation’s Capitol Outside The (Cardboard) Box (hat tip reader TomoftheNorth) Rude at points and very funny.
Where We Are, Where We’re Heading (2010) Karl Denninger (hat tip reader Steve2241).
Goldman Sachs Evades Taxes, Takes Tarp Funds Anthony Freed
An AT&T Mystery: Abrupt New York iPhone Shutdown Business Week (hat tip reader Michael T)
A Nation of Do-It-Yourself Lawyers John T. Broderick Jr. and Ronald M. George, New York Times. Yet another beneath-the-radar indicator of economic stress. It also allows me to bring up a tangentially-related matter: the movie Find Me Guilty is a real sleeper, very much worth seeing.
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