Saudi Threats And US/UK Bribes Hit Us In The Guts Culture of Life News. This post includes a very lengthy and useful discussion of the history of the Sauds and who did what to whom in the Arabian peninsula from roughly 1800 onward.
Secret lives of badgers revealed BBC. Aaaw.
Setting rules for sovereign wealth Financial Times. Australia is trying to set an example, but despite their current account deficit, they have far more leverage than the US, since they have commodities that everyone wants.
Prevention or Treatment? ArthurDeVany. Argues that preventive health care may not be all that cost effective. The problem is that in the US, “preventive care” = lots of testing, and many of those tests are either not that effective (mammograms are bad at capturing the dangerous-fast moving cancers and product a lot of false positives which lead to unnecessary procedures) or are looking for ailments that occur in such a small proportion of the population as to not be worth testing for unless other risk factors suggest it.
Latest U.S. Economic Forecast: Apocalypse Boom2Bust. And you think I’m bearish….