New study finds the flu virus ‘paralyzes’ immune system Science News Examiner
Google book settlement has librarians worried Ars Technica (hat tip reader John O)
Chrysler won’t repay bailout money CNN (hat tip reader Matthew)
Let’s Get Some Bad News Dean Baker
Stress test haiku Corrente
SC court halts thousands of home foreclosure sales Associated Press (hat tip reader Russell, who asks, “Why South Carolina?”)
Is company cost-cutting company throat-slitting? Reuters, The corporate version of the paradox of thrift.
Washington sets out Tarp payback rules Financial Times
Fed Directors’ Ties to Banks Spur Calls for Changes Wall Street Journal
What’s left of central bank independence? Willem Buiter
New Allegations Of White House Threats Over Chrysler Clusterstock (hat tip reader Bruce). Wall Street has gotten so piggy that up to a point, I’m not bothered by a show of force back. Without having a bit more detail, it’s hard to know whether Team Obama stepped over the line. Remember, J, Edgar Hoover supposedly had dossiers on everyone who counted in America (recall the public had more privacy than it has now), and Nixon had an enemies’ list. DC is more thuggish than we like to believe.
Subprime lobbyists in $370m battle Financial Times
Antidote du jour (hat tip readers Barbara and Ernesto, who sent a clip without the music, which I could not upload. So you can decide whether to turn your speakers up or not);