Bank of America is still eating my life…
Maisto Fresh Metal Tailwinds 1:97 Scale Die Cast United States Military Aircraft – US Air Force Medium Altitude, Long Endurance, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) RQ-1 Predator with Display Stand (Dimension: 6″ x 3-1/2″ x 1″) Amazon (Richard Smith). You must must must read the reviews. I went to the one stars. A treasure trove.
Jocks Beat Bookworms On Brain Test Science Daily (Chuck L). Junk study. I can’t believe people get funding for stuff like this.
Today’s Front Pages: 780 front pages from 81 countries Newseum (furzy mouse). This by contrast is completely cool.
Power and the Internet Bruce Schneier
Uninvited From TEDx Manhattan: An Open Letter The BLK Project (Lambert). Quelle surprise! The culturally non-white are not welcome at TED. Oh, and TED apologized but did not reverse its decision. Tacky and telling.
Can a Small Community Throw a Monkey Wrench Into the Global Fracking Machine? Alternet (furzy mouse)
As Self-Immolations Near 100, Tibetans Question the Effect New York Times
The Monroe Doctrine Turned on Its Head? Counterpunch (Chuck L)
Italian court investigates derivatives at five banks Reuters (Richard Smith)
Mis-selling scandal: banks let off the hook Independent (Chuck L)
White House releases photo of Obama shooting gun at Camp David Guardian. I’ve never seen skeet guns, just real rifles. My God, these are silly! Really big to shoot clay pigeons???? You can see the all the manhood issues at work…I grew up in a household with guns, where their sole purpose was to kill things for the purpose of eating them. Later that was relaxed when my father took up trapping (yes, how utterly redneck) at the behest of a friend who had a sheep farm and was losing too many lambs to varmints. So my father took to trapping and caught mainly coyotes (he used only humane traps, BTW) although he also got a silver fox (a big deal if you are a trapper) and a Rottweiler (which was very grateful when he set her loose).
Deep Military Cuts Begin as Congress Dawdles Military (furzy mouse)
Alabama bunker standoff leaves town baffled Los Angeles Times
New York Sued Over Arrest And Interrogation Of Seven-Year-Old Boy Over Missing $5 Bill At School Jonathan Turley (Chuck L)
More than 40% of Americans are one crisis and less than 90 days from poverty Daily Kos (Carol B). The “one crisis” understates the situation. More than 40% of Americans would last less than 3 months if they suddenly lost their income.
Half-Full Glasses Mark Thoma. One of my buddies, by contrast, says, “Things always look darkest before they go completely black.
Banks, at Least, Had a Friend in Geithner Gretchen Morgenson, New York Times
Few Convictions After Crash, Even Here New York Times. Now Iceland is being used as an excuse for America. Help me. I suspect Michael Hudson could address this.
FDIC Sues Bank Directors: What’s Wrong with this Picture? John Lounsbury
Welcome to Galt’s Gulch Chile! (furzy mouse)
Letters to Vogue: ‘Come, Come, Nuclear Bombs’ Et tu, Mr. Destructo? Go look at the pix. Yes, the house has nice bones, as they say in the trade, but it looks like a fashion victim. It’s pretty bad when you yearn for the days when the rich had better taste.
Antidote du jour (martha r):