Astonishing pictures show how a Devon kayaker got up close and personal with a humpback whale feeding frenzy Daily Mail (hat tip reader Steve L)
The resurrection of Howard Dean Politico (hat tip Ed Harrison)
Working people’s blood for sale — prices lower than ever! Workers (hat tip reader Warren C). From last year, but this story does not seem to be making the rounds.
17,000 potentially harmful chemicals kept secret under obscure law Raw Story (hat tip reader John D)
SS Trust Fund – 2009 Full Year Results – Ugh Bruce Krasting
Sovereign Debt, Hither and Yon – You Know, Like Japan Paul Kedrosky
Carnage Continues: PHK (Who Smells Smoke?) Karl Denninger (hat tip reader Scott)
Personal Bankruptcy Filings Rising Fast Wall Street Journal
America is losing the free world Gideon Rachman, Financial Times
Levin apologises for ‘worst deal of century’ Financial Times. A call by the former CEO of Time Warner for the big banksters to join him in ‘fessing up to their sins. Think it will happen? Nah. But good for Levin, he singled out the self serving Sandy Weill piece in the NY Times as an example of what chief executives should not be doing.
And a tidbit: McKinsey pushed hard for the disastrous deal with AOL to go through. It brought the transaction idea to the board five times, and unfortunately, the board turned it down only four times.
Accuracy and Truth Douglas Smith. This is old, but the distinction he makes is important….and notice the implication: “truth” is a collective construct, and not the same as what is factually correct. It highlights that our modern Ministries of Truth are so effective that the word “truth” has been debased.
Fannie, Freddie, and the New Red and Blue Matt Taibbi
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