A ton of today’s links come from Lambert, including the antidote. If it’s interesting and not attributed to a reader, assume it was due to Lambert.
Yes you were right Charles: Plants really can communicate with one another In the Stone Age, when the Wall Street Journal was available only in print, in one section, and had its center column devoted to human interest stories, it has a story on a scientist measuring plant reactions (I don’t remember how, but this was a real study). Someone came in the room and shredded up one plant in front of the others. They “fainted.” Every time he came in the room after that, they all “fainted” again.
How Globalization Nearly Exterminated the Buffalo Conservable Economist
Rare snowfall blankets Rome Associated Press. The pictures are cool.
Drug addiction ‘may be hereditary’ Daily Mail (hat tip reader May S)
High-Tech US Corporations Deny Skilled American Workers Jobs Through Abuse of Visa Loophole BuzzFlash (hat tip reader May S)
‘The vice president of the U.S. is… Bill Clinton!’ Shocking video shows high school students are woefully uninformed Daily Mail (hat tip reader May S). To quote David Einhorn: No matter how bad you think it is, it’s worse.
Yakuza labor structure formed base of nuclear industry Asahi Shimbun
Bird numbers plummet around stricken Fukushima plant Independent :-(
Church of England doubles hedge fund investments Financial Times
Syria Live Blog Aljazeera
U.S. Skies Could See More Drones Wall Street Journal
Atheism in America Financial Times. Living in godless NYC, I can’t relate to this sort of thing, but if I were surrounded by aggressive Christians, I imagine being a non-believer would be mighty uncomfortable. It seems that the path of least resistance is to call oneself a Unitarian, since Unitarians believe in at most one god.
Let them game the model mathbabe
The Non-Farm Payrolls Report: Air Brushing History – Nominal Work Force for Nominal GDP Jesse (hat tip Scott). A must read.
Real US Corporate Tax Rate Falls to 12.1 Percent, the Lowest Level Since 1972 Wall Street Journal (hat tip reader May S)
As the Plutonomy Powers Ahead, the “Realonomy” Remains in Recession Truthout (hat tip reader May S)
Foreclosure Accord Said to Ensure Same Terms for All 50 States Bloomberg (hat tip reader Deontos). This seems to be an affirmation of an earlier leak.
We’re More Unequal Than You Think Andrew Hacker, New York Review of Books
Antidote du jour. You can read about this rabbit here.