Bear Okay After Three Weeks With Its Head in a Jug Gawker (hat tip reader Crocodile Chuck)
The Price is…ummm….errrr…. Wrong (Part 2) Cassandra. Criminey, I still get meds from Oz and figured I might go there if I needed something expensive done, but France is closer and might even be better for medical tourism (hmm, John Hempton’s father rents apartments in Paris….maybe he can be persuaded to extend his business scope and provide vetted medical referrals…)
Small amounts of antibiotics generate big problem Medical Press (hat tip reader Robert M)
The euro crisis will give Germany the empire it’s always dreamed of Telegraph (hat tip reader Lee S)
The Afghan misadventure Financial Times. Reader Lee S highlights this quote:
We asked a top Nato officer to define success in terms of the mission. The tongue-in-cheek response was instructive: “When Afghanistan becomes like any other normal third-world basket case.”
Parliamentary Funk Foreign Policy (hat tip reader Paul S)
#OCCUPYWALLSTREET (hat tip reader Diego Méndez). As much as I am a big fan of making life miserable for Big Finance, I don’t see this having a snowball’s chance in hell of working in Wall Street. The terrain is all wrong. The advantage of demonstrating in a square is the surface to mass ratio: you have a crowd at the center and a specific perimeter to defend, and you can communicate reasonably well (people in the center can see a fair bit of the field of action if they get only slightly elevated, say stand on a car). The long narrow streets of Lower Manhattan prevent any massing. And there are a fair number of subway stops which police could use to emerge in the center of the protests.
Barack Obama is Gutting the Core Principles of the Democratic Party Glenn Greenwald, Common Dreams (hat tip reader G3)
It’s so gratifying to leave you wallowing in the mess you’ve made One Salient Oversight
Financial Sector Helps Barack Obama Score Big Money for Re-election Fight Open Secrets (hat tip Mark Ames). Key sentence:
One-third of the money Obama’s elite fund-raising corps has raised on behalf of his re-election has come from the financial sector, according to a new Center for Responsive Politics analysis.
Drop in liberal support pushes Obama approval rating down CNN (hat tip Debra C)
Dodd-Frank Backers Clash With Regulator New York Times
Elizabeth Warren Makes It Personal Atlantic (hat tip reader Michael Thomas)
Koch, Exxon Mobil Among Corporations Helping Write State Laws Bloomberg (hat tip reader May S)
States negotiating immunity for banks over foreclosures Reuters (hat tip reader Mary). This is heinous, and I may sputter about this yet again (it’s tiring to have to keep harping on the blatant effort by AG Tom MIller to give away the store to banks. He should be in jail).
Save the Gambling Bankers Michael Hudson
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