Saving 30 Dolphins Wimp
Missing hiker found with cat in New Mexico forest Yahoo (hat tip Lambert)
Commentary: Liberals’ sexist slurs are as bad as Rush Limbaugh’s Houston Chronicle (hat tip Lambert)
Google Begins to Scale Back Its Scanning of Books From University Libraries Chronicle (hat tip Lambert)
Waste-water injection well caused 12 earthquakes in Ohio, investigation show Cleveland Plain Dealer (hat tip Lambert)
Why Egypt doesn’t trust us LA Times (hat tip reader May S)
Bahrain’s Shias demand reform at mass rally Aljazeera (hat tip reader May S)
Greece’s CDS: more lucky than smart Felix Salmon
Greek debt swap triggers massive payouts Financial Times. Did ISDA pay for this headline? The payouts are “massive” in percentage terms. $3 billion is not large in relationship to Greek debt outstanding.
Cold weather delays blooming of early cherry blossoms Asahi Shimbun (hat tip reader Lambert). The tracking of the sakura line is an annual ritual.
Japan’s nuclear crisis: Fukushima’s legacy of fear Nature (hat tip Lambert)
Fukushima: a strange kind of homecoming Financial Times
Japan Earthquake: One Year Later Atlantic (hat tip Lambert)
China Has Largest Trade Deficit Since 1989 as Imports Rebound From Holiday Bloomberg. Have you notice how China manages to produce crap announcements about its trade balances in March, which just happens to be on the eve of when Treasury has the opportunity to certify China as a currency manipulator (April and October)?
Jobs Data Improve, but Growth Picture Darkens WSJ Real Time Econonmics
Fed Said to Balk at Bank Payouts Over Loan-Loss Estimates Bloomberg. Mirabile dictu. Of course, they aren’t pushing back on the other drain on what would otherwise become retained earnings, namely pay. Former Goldman co chairman John Whitehead declared 2006 bonus levels to be way out of line, and I bet we still aren’t back to a level he’d deem to be reasonable.
Another Plunge in 3-Month Rolling Average of Petroleum and Gasoline Usage Michael Shedlock. Does anyone have electricity use or production data? This looks awfully bearish but we have had a super warm winter.
Matt Taibbi on Bank of America. More about MBS, but engaging nevertheless.
Anecdotes of Mortgage Fraud Randy Wray
Goldman Sachs Raises Conflicts to a High Art Jonathan Weil, Bloomberg
Antidote du jour. We’ve had a run of cats, so we don’t want dog lovers to feel neglected: