Are Amazon Reviews Corrupt? PC Magazine
Bug makes record noise with penis BBC. “On average, the songs of M. scholtzi reached 78.9 decibels, comparable to a passing freight train.”
Breeder of king cobras dies from snake bite Independent (hat tip Buzz Potamkin)
‘War on terror’ set to surpass cost of Second World War Guardian (hat tip reader May S)
Everyone’s a Helot Now The Agonist (hat tip reader BDBlue)
An Unbelievable Video Of Police Brutality In Greece Today Clusterstock. Be sure to read the LOL Greece post it links to.
Now What? Credit Writedowns
Greece crisis: Greek MPs face second austerity vote BBC. Presumably a done deal, but the public reaction has been very hostile.
The Supreme Court’s continuing defense of the powerful Washington Post (hat tip Ed Harrison)
The Business of America Is War Steve Lendman
Christie Loses Support for Second Term Bloomberg
Federal Reserve Raises Swipe Fee Cap In Victory For Wall Street Zach Carter, Huffington Post v the report from Pravda: Fed Halves Debit Card Bank Fees New York Times. Notice the use of “draconian” on a product that would have had massive profit margins even at the lower level initially proposed by the Fed.
Lehman creditors in pay-out settlement Financial Times
Monsanto under SEC probe for incentives Financial Times
S.E.C. Delays Rajat Gupta’s Trial for Six Months New York Times
Fannie Mae Silence on Taylor Bean Mortgages Opened Way to $3 Billion Fraud Bloomberg (hat tip reader Robert M)
BofA Haunted by Countrywide Deal Wall Street Journal. We’ve pointed it out before, but we said this was a remarkably stupid deal from the get go (as in 2007, when BofA had merely bought a stake in Countrywide).
Despite Fears, Owning Home Retains Allure New York Times. This shows how susceptible poll/survey results are to how the question is phrased. Other surveys have shown record high levels of people disenchanted with home ownership.
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