Pilot turns back after snake pops out of dashboard Associated Press (hat tip reader May S)
IBM chief hits glass ceiling in Augusta Financial Times
The US Has Made No Progress on College Graduation Rates in 30 Years (Chart) Truthout. I’m not sure this is all that meaningful. The caliber of what constitutes “tertiary education” varies a lot (but the flip side is that a fair bit of what is college education in the US is accomplished in secondary schools in other countries). The bigger problem is that US educational levels (literacy, numeracy) are falling, and the US is alone in that among advanced economies.
Troubling Flaws in a Heart Device Shake Implant Makers New York Times
Saudi Billionaire to Invest $600 Million in Ethiopia Cooking Oil Bloomberg (hat tip reader May S)
How to Start Your Own Power Company, Stop Coal and Nukes, and Transform Your City Alternet (hat tip reader May S)
‘Jackie Kennedy of China’ at Center of Political Drama Wall Street Journal
US weapons ‘full of fake Chinese parts Telegraph (hat tip reader Pat Caddell)
ANOTHER US drone crashes off the Seychelles… the second in just four months Daily Mail (hat tip reader May S)
5 Big Media Stereotypes About the South (And the Real Story Behind Them) Alternet. I can’t speak for the rest of the South, but as far as Alabama is concerned, she is just wrong on 2 and 4, and the use of “stupid” in 3 is disingenuous. Educational standards suck in Alabama, period.
More on Private Equity, Carried Interest, Wealth, and Romney Linda Beale, Angry Bear
Hidden Dangers Makes Fiscal Cliff More Treacherous Dave Dayen, Firedoglake
New Limits on Courting U.S. Officials Vex Lobbyists New York Times. Notice the inside headline: Limits on Lobbyists as Hosts? Simply Unworkable, They Say
Sharp slowdown in US jobs growth Financial Times
Some Dreary Forecasts From Recovery Skeptics New York Times
Number of the Week: How Long Before Job Seekers Give Up? WSJ Real Time Economics
America’s hall of mirrors recovery Robert Reich, Guardian
Credit Card Borrowing Falls; Car Lending Is on the Rise New York Times
Young People Are Driving Significantly Less Jon Walker, Firedoglake
Tamara Mellon puts the boot in to buyouts Financial Times. Her comments are devastating, not that that should be any surprise.
Pasco couple stymied in trying to fix lender’s mistake Tampa Bay Online (hat tip Lisa Epstein)
An angry priest scatters the money lenders The Age. Notice an anti-bank story is picked up in Oz, not here.
Antidote du jour. This is Brighty the guard donkey (but Scott thinks the lambs in the accompanying photos would make for a nice Easter meal):