Ant Has Given Up Sex Completely, Researchers Confirm Science Daily (hat tip reader Michael T)
Are Photo IDs a waste of time? h+ (hat tip reader David C)
Taliban make ‘undetectable’ bombs out of wood Independent (hat tip reader John D)
Factory Farmed Meat Can Trigger a Global Pandemic That Wipes Out Sixty Percent of Those Infected Truthout (hat tip reader John D). The headline is sensationalistic, but the fact set is not pretty.
New Study: Wal-Mart Brings Zero Jobs to Chicago Huffington Post. Frankly, it seems entirely logical that Wal-Mart would destroy jobs. The smaller retailers it displaces presumably have higher store staff costs relative to sales.
Disappointment ahead for UK — and big test for euro Anatole Kaletsky, Times Online (hat tip reader Albert S)
Sea slug steals genes for greens, makes chlorophyll like a plant Science News (hat tip reader Paul S)
The Shadow War : Making Sense of the New CIA Battlefield in Afghanistan Tom Engelhardt and Nick Turse (hat tip Crocodile Chuck)
Census as Jobs Program Still not Good Enough DoctoRx Uncle Sam is hiring more than twice as many workers in 2010 as it took to conduct the census in 2000.
Geithner Has Support of Obama, Democratic Lawmakers, Aides Say Bloomberg. Probably more important, no media follow through. Reader John L channel surfed the Sunday TV news programs and didn’t catch a single question re Geithner.
China banks eclipse US rivals Financial Times. Shades of Japan. In the years before the crash, Japanese banks were not just the highest market cap banks in the world, but among the highest cap companies. And we know how that movie ended. To give an idea of how rich three times book is, that’s the HIGH end of the range investment banks used to sell for (meaning that price includes an acquisition premium)….in the days when investment banks were vastly more profitable than commercial banks.
America slides deeper into depression as Wall Street revels Ambrose Evans Pritchard, Telegraph (hat tip reader Albert S). I had wanted to write a post on Friday’s tape painting (of course, it is ongoing, but Friday was SO blatant) but I ran out of steam.
The Americanization of Mental Illness New York Times. Today’s must read.
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