Are Americans a Broken People? Why We’ve Stopped Fighting Back Against the Forces of Oppression Alternet (hat tip reader Uncle Billy)
Interview with US Economic Recovery Advisory Board Chair Paul Volcker Der Spiegel. Notably better questions than in most US interviews.
Unemployment Insurance in a War Bill After Downing Street (hat tip reader John D)
This Chase Customer Service Rep Is An Impenetrable Fortress Consumerist. I stupidly opened a business account at Chase last year for a tip jar that never happened (yes Virginia, nothing ever happens on the tech front on my blog because I do not do tech and my old tech guy was not very motivated, it turns out because unbeknownst to him, he had Stage 4 cancer. He is getting chemo and I hope he makes it, but he is very sick). Point is they told me what I had to do to have it be fee free, I did that, and of course, their verbal representation the branch business officers made (which I made them give me not only at account opening but they also repeated one and three months in verbatim) are now denied by Chase, so I closed the account. Scum. I knew Chase to be scum, so this is a “shame on me” incident. The exchange in the post is classic Chase.
Laverntiy Beria in the US Independent Accountant
Scepticism’s limits Economist. Today’s must read. Debunks Eschenbach climate change data “smoking gun.”
Romancing the Stone-Cold Killer: Ayn Rand and William Hickman Michael Prescott (hat tip Dave Johnson). OK, it’s Sunday, so you get a second “must read.”
Antidote du jour (hat tip DoctoRx). From the LA Times (click to view full image; I’ve found if I try rescaling it, some readers complain they cannot see it at all):
Magneto, left, and Jackson bail from their surfboards after a long ride during the inaugural Surf City Surf Dog competition, a fundraiser for animal welfare organizations. Each dog had 12 minutes to catch as many waves as possible.