Study finds warming speeding up rainfall cycle AFP (Aquifer)
What Foreign Corporations Will Obama Empower to Undermine Environmental Laws Near You? Jane Hamsher, Firedoglake (Carol B)
Food Security Slipping Ever Further Away IPS (Aquifer)
CISPA: What now? Digital Trends (Jerry F). Decidedly not cheery.
The Journal Misses on Ebooks and Antitrust Ryan Chittum, Columbia Journalism Review
Texas, Amazon agree on sales taxes, says statement from Combs’ office Houston Chronicle. Oh ho ho, give it a few years and we’ll see how much of Amazon’s dominance was due to sales tax breaks. I hate to say it’s been a consideration in a lot of my Web orders…
My Father Li Dexin Frank Li, Global Economic Intersection
Merkel Blasts Hollande as Spain Worries Increase Der Spiegel (Aquifer)
Austerity Backlash Unites European Leaders Der Spiegel (Aquifer)
The Midas Touch – Swiss style Golem XIV (Ed M). This is happening to more and more of London, too.
Egyptian Spring 2012 Outside the (Cardboard) Box
Why Do They Hate Us? Foreign Policy
Most Dangerous Cities For Women: The Top 10 Huffington Post (Carol B)
Oil Speculation Imposes “The Most Insidious Tax” On Americans: Leo Hindery Market Ticker (furzy mouse)
American Taxpayer Liabilities Just Went Up, Again – Why Isn’t Congress Paying Attention? Simon Johnson. True but we don’t ha (let alone a balance sheet), and what about parsing out transfers v. expenditures v. investments, at a minimum?
Saving Social Security, Simplified Rdan, Angry Bear (Aquifer)
Now Is the Time to Increase Social Security Jon Walker, Firedoglake (Carol B)
Trying to Shed Student Debt Wall Street Journal. The fact that this is rising to the level of being treated as a serious news story is a positive sign.
The Student Loan Tax Alan White, Credit Slips
My Faith-Based Retirement Joe Nocera, New York Times
Breaking Down First Quarter 2012 GDP Numbers Credit Writedowns
Falling home prices drag new buyers under water Reuters (April Charney)
Short Sales Soar as Home Foreclosures Fall JD Supra. The short sales stat is useful, but new foreclosures are rising in the wake of the mortgage settlement.
US banks to put stress tests case to Fed Financial Times. Even Sheila Bair has politely said the stress tests were inadequate, but the banks will never miss an opportunity to see what they can get away with.
Several Dozen Signs of the Apocalypse Esquire (Lambert)
Locking down an American workforce Le Monde diplomatique (Lambert). Today’s must read.
Antidote du jour (Maura). I thought this was hysterical: