Major Arctic Ice Survey Finds a Significant Drop in Ice Thickness Yale environment360
In Praise of the Crack-Up Jeanette Winterson, Wall Street Journal
New Report: Conservative Republicans Are Delusional Paranoids FireDogLake (hat tip reader John D). We need new terminology. Traditional conservatives will not doubt take offense at being included with the extremists. But the underlying phenomenon is pretty scary.
Going ‘deep’, not ‘big’, in Afghanistan Gareth Porter, Asia Times
Look beyond usual suspects in countdown to next crisis Francesco Guerrera Financial Times (hat tip Swedish Lex)
SP Weekly Chart Updated Jesse. I think this chart is cool, even though all properly trained finance people are supposed to think technical analysis is bunk.
Words from the Wise? Michael Panzner
Subprime mortgages: Myths and reality Kent Cherny, Yuliya Demyanyk VoxEU. Not sure I buy all the conclusions, the reason being any analysis that looks at first mortgages alone tells you nothing (you need to look at seconds and HELOCs for each borrower to get full picture, and what I have read suggests that is brutally difficult to do and therefore has not been done)
Antidote du jour (hat tip DoctoRx, these are Japanese serow at the LA zoo):