Links 8/18/09

Killer whales visit ‘social clubs’ BBC

Better Monkeys? h= (hat tip reader Sugar)

Dow Jones: Home prices have not bottomed Bubble Meter

Tax Bills Put Pressure on Struggling Homeowners New York Times

Structurally High Unemployment For A Decade MIchael Shedlock

“Odd WSJ Story on Vermont” Tim Duy

Insurance Fraud Paul Waldman, American Prospect

Lack of Medicare Appointee Puzzles Congress New York Times (hat tip DoctoRx).

“Public Option versus Co-ops: The Market Test” Mark Thoma. Today’s must read.

Antidote du jour (hat tip reader Pica), This squirrel made the Guardian:

Once the squirrel masters Photoshop – tricky with those little paws – he’ll get the two annoying blurry humans out of the background of his beautiful holiday snap.

He persuaded them to set up their camera by Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park, and as he heard the motor of the timer whirring, adopted the position – beautifully centred, alert yet relaxed, perfectly in focus, unlike his amateurish assistants.

He then ensured his postcard was circulated to relatives all over the world – you may well sense them lurking just within eyeline of this computer screen, or dashing for the trees with a sheet of newspaper tucked under one arm – by causing Melissa Brandts, who owned the camera, to forward the image to National Geographic, where photo editor Susan Welchman chose it for her Daily Dozen gallery. It has now been picked up by myriad media and websites.

Brandts, who appears hilariously to think the whole thing was her idea, explained: “We had our camera set up on some rocks and were getting ready to take the picture when this curious little ground squirrel appeared, became intrigued with the sound of the focusing camera and popped right into our shot.”

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  1. Dave Raithel

    The Mark Thoma piece: Well, that just proves that everyone opposed to the public plan on the grounds that no private insurers could survive against it were correct!!!! No, wait, that just proves that everyone insisting on a public plan on the grounds that private insurers would not otherwise compete were correct!!! No, wait, wait, has this got something to do with the Efficient Market Hypothesis, where speculation on the future amounts to what information you got?

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