Found: the clue to van Gogh’s ear Times Online
Obama’s troubles are at their most desperate in Afghanistan Michael Crowley, Guardian
What Iceberg? Just Glide to the Next Boardroom Gretchen Morgenson, New York Times
The Long Decline of the American Economy John Kozy, Global Research (hat tip reader John D)
In Search of Work, but at What Cost? David Segal, New York Times
Pricing a CDO – Not only Bad Math, Bad Computation too Robert Oak, Economic Populist. George Washington posted on the underlying paper last week, but this is a very important finding, and this take is from an engineer who knows more than a bit about computer science.
How Overhauling Derivatives Died Wall Street Journal (hat tip reader Don B)
The Case For the Millionaires Surtax Economists for Firing Larry Summers
Teflon Buffett Felix Salmon
How the status quo can kill: the example of free trade Lambert Strether. Today’s must read. Provides a fresh and useful perspective on why the US has ceded manufacturing to China.
Antidote du jour (hat tip reader Richard). I have a soft spot for oddball critters. This is a Patagonian mara, which is a rodent.