Willow the cat story makes strong case for microchipping Christian Scientist Monitor.
Born to be Viral: Kung-fu mantis thumb-wrestles human New Scientist (hat tip reader Robert M). This is actually kinda mean.
Child Bodybuilding: How Jacked Is Your Kid? Bloomberg. Dancers typically have a lot of physical problems as they age, particular back and hip ailments. The high impact aerobics set of the 1980s has also paid a big price for what was fun and supposedly healthy exercise. I bet these kids are going to regret loading up their joints this much this young.
UBS ‘Rogue’ Trading Lasted 3 Years Wall Street Journal
Troy Davis and the Politics of Death Democracy Now (hat tip reader Thomas R)
NY joins federal suit against AT&T, T-Mobile deal Wall Street Journal. Go Schneiderman! I am a happy T-Mobile customer and want to stay that way.
Secure Communities Task Force Members Resign Rather than Endorse the Program Dave Dayen, FireDogLake
Support for Obama Slips; Unease on 2012 Candidates New York Times
Obama Fails To Address Homeless Crisis While at Kitchen Eric Sheptock (hat tip Lambert Strether)
European finance ministers ignore US Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner’s warning of ‘catastrophic risk’ over debt crisis Telegraph (hat tip reader Michael M) and Advice on Debt? Europe Suggests U.S. Can Keep It New York Times
Alabama County’s Debt Deal Averts Bankruptcy New York Times
DANGEROUS JAILS: Part 1 Matthew Fleischer Witness LA (hat tip reader bob)
Defence cuts could boost US unemployment ChannelNewsAsia (hat tip reader May S)
Recession Job Losers Take Bigger Hit to Future Earnings Wall Street Journal (hat tip Mark Thoma)
Killing Jobs and Making Us Sick Joe Nocera, New York Times
Antidote du jour (hat tip Richard Smith, to prove he can provide a non-subversive offering):
This is a more typical Richard selection (I have told him no more carnivorous plants):