I actually like Friday the 13th because I’ve twice had Tuesday the 17th be a landmark good day.
Random Acts Of Kindness Multiplying At Bluffton Coffee Shop WSAV (hat tip Lambert)
Worm-Eating Plant Found—Kills via Underground Leaves National Geographic (hat tip Lambert)
Oxford don quizzed over the death of professor who was his best friend (in a case with echoes of Inspector Morse) Daily Mail (hat tip reader May S)
Retraction Watch (hat tip Lambert). This site looks cool.
Monsanto Continues Expansion Despite Massive Public Opposition Natural Society (hat tip reader furzy mouse)
Scientists: UN Soldiers Brought Deadly Superbug to Americas ABC (hat tip Lambert)
Rivals Eye American Airlines Wall Street Journal. Delta might buy American? Eeew. And how can this pass anti-trust muster?
Beijing Apple Store Pelted With Eggs at Botched IPhone Debut Bloomberg and Apple aborts China debut of iPhone 4S Financial Times
China: Get Ready for Turbulence The Diplomat
U.S. Sends Top Iranian Leader a Warning on Strait Threat New York Times
Roach Sees ‘Relatively Contained’ Recession in Europe Edward Harrison
Russian Official Implies Foul Play In Mars Probe Failure Slashdot (hat tip furzy mouse)
How a self-sufficient America could go it alone Philip Stevens, Financial Times
US right steps up fight to halt Romney Financial Times. Huh? Do these guys want to throw the election to Obama? Romney is electable, not clear that any of the hard core right’s pick list is. Or is this really anti-Mormonism?
Transcripts show Fed wanted housing slowdown Financial Times (hat tip furzy mouse). This is funny in a sick way. It might be a good idea to have a decent reading on how big speculative excesses are before you decide to squeeze them out.
In an OWS Era, Americans Are Much More Aware of Class Tension Good News. Since readers sometimes get NC
downer reality toxicity beyond the remedial powers of our daily Antidote, you can visit Good News, which sets out to find hopeful stories.
NY Fed in new move to sell AIG assets Financial Times (hat tip Buzz Potamkin). The Fed has been eager to unload this garbage barge for over a year. I take this to mean they think this is as good as the market is gonna get.
Virginia Bill to Consider Establishing a State-Owned Bank American Banker (hat tip Lambert). Mirabile dictu! The bill comes from a Republican.
US corporate creditworthiness falls, says S&P Financial Times. What do you expect with cheap credit on offer?
Banks Overhaul for Leaner Era Wall Street Journal. Right. Not much more opportunity to get consumers to lever up, and big companies are levered up.
Some Lenders to Students Face Greater U.S. Scrutiny New York Times
Foreclosure Nation: 2012 Could Bring Wave of Foreclosures Common Dreams (hat tip reader furzy mouse)
Queens Broker Is Accused of Bringing Immigrants’ Ruin New York Times (hat tip Buzz Potamkin). Awful.
Refusing To Take Yes For An Answer On Bank Reform Simon Johnson
Should The Times Be a Truth Vigilante? New York Times. They have to ask this question in the wake of Jayson Blair and Judith Miller? Put it another way, if they weren’t genuinely confused about truth v. truthiness, they would have trouble running stories that are largely dictation or bald faced propaganda (like the output of our modern Lord Haw-Haw, Adam Davidson).
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