Wine Critics More Sensitive to Flavors Bloomberg
Software gives visual representation of who’s following you online Raw Story (hat tip furzy mouse)
Playboy and Virgin Galactic want to build a gentlemen’s club in space Space. Why go to space just to go to a Playboy club? And I bet sex at zero G isn’t all it’s cracked up to be either.
When You Pay Google For A Service, Don’t Expect Any Actual Help Consumerist (hat tip Lambert). “We haven’t been able to solve the mystery of how to extract customer service from the impenetrable Googleplex.” Ha, I did (I am also probably the only person in the history of Australia to beat Telstra twice). But it took having a buddy who is the brother of a top Google executive, and you can go that route only if you have a Serious Problem.
Mansion servant enslaved by uber-rich New York family for nearly six years Sideshow (hat tip reader Ludd). Something is not quite right with the account. The servant was allegedly enslaved for over five years in the grotesequely over the top mansion (it might look fine from the inside, but the exterior is ghastly). But the owner bought it in 2009. The flip side is the last time I heard a story like this, the prep was Sante Kimes.
More Americans Rejecting Marriage in 50s and Beyond New York Times. This makes it sound horrible to be single. Elderly single people can move into retirement homes or find roommates or communal living situations for companionship, and I suspect we’ll see more experimentation with living arrangements among unattached old people.
Horse emerges as emblem of British scandal Financial Times
5 U.S. soldiers responsible in Afghan Quran burnings McClatchy (hat tip Lambert) and Chain of Avoidable Errors Cited in Koran Burning New York Times
Is Greece a Failed State? Foreign Policy (hat tip reader May S). Isn’t this expected to be moot since it is about to be under new management? And this article seems a bit confused as to cause v. effect (as in weirdly not pointing out the role of the global financial crisis and austerity in the mess).
Chart of the Day: EU youth unemployment MacroBusiness (hat tip reader Michael T)
Accord Reached Settling Lawsuit Over BP Oil Spill New York Times. This is just the private suit.
Corruption and the Citizen, American-Style AntiWar (hat tip reader May S)
Is Drug War Driven Mass Incarceration the New Jim Crow? Forbes (hat tip reader May S). Wow, even Forbes has finally figured this out.
Koch Brothers sue Cato Institute, president Washington Post. Hahaha….
NC Republican’s Foolproof Strategy For Winning The War On Poverty Eli, Firedoglake (hat tip reader Carol B)
That Stuck Feeling Ryan Chittum, Columbia Journalism Review
California Man Sues Geithner to Stop “Bankrupting” the U.S. Global Economic Intersection. The idea is interesting, but the excerpts from the complaint read as if drafted by a crank, so I guarantee this will go nowhere fast (it was destined to go nowhere regardless).
Lessons from Lehman Part 1 Satyajit Das, MacroBusiness
Year-end bank filings offer clues to SEC/DOJ MBS probes Alison Frankel (hat tip reader George R)
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