Indiana State Prison, Michigan City, Indiana: A Better Place for Everyone Cat Odyssey (hat tip reader bryanw). Even though dated, this is still a great story. Puppies Behind Bars has achieved similar results.
Experts stunned by swan ‘divorce’ at Slimbridge wetland BBC (hat tip reader Tim C)
Voices of the ancients Bad Science (hat tip reader Crocodile Chuck)
In Standoff, Insurer Seeks More Control Over Costs New York Times
A Rant About Women Clay Shirky (hat tip reader Alexis). Frankly, I think this is sample bias. I know women more than a few women who are shameless self-promoters, just not in the chest-thumping style he describes. And to the extent there are gender differences, he does not consider that this behavior amounts to risk-aversion, and given women’s less certain hold on corporate positions, it might maximize expected outcomes. For instance, an MIT study found that female academics in the sciences had to have on average 2.5 times as many articles published as men to get tenure. How far is bullshitting going to get you in settings like that?
Business Should Mind Its Own Business Act Library of Congress (hat tip reader Doru). This bill by Alan Grayson would impose an excise tax of 500% on corporate campaign contributions. Will never pass, but you have to give Grayson credit for nerve.
CA-Sen: Fiorina continues to lie about fundraising Daily Kos (hat tip reader John D). Somehow, everyone airbrushes out of her record that she destroyed Lucent, which was once a fine company. She was ultimately responsible for selling equipment to dot-coms who clearly would never generate a dime of free cash flow, so she took stock or equity linked paper, which proved to be totally worthless. But she got paid a ton and her central role in wrecking a company didn’t prevent her from becoming president of HP.
Krugman fed up with Fed chair suggestion The Daily Caller (hat tip reader Skippy)
Lord Myners calls time on ‘greed is good’ bank culture Guardian
Details of Iraq whistleblower’s alleged suicide to be sealed 70 years Raw Story (hat tip reader John D)
Spartan solutions from Brussels will be fought by Athens Wolfgang Munchau Financial Times
The China Fix James McGregor, Time (hat tip reader Michael). After the Person of the Year idiocy, I’m a little loath to take anything in Time at face value, but this is what amounts to an op-ed, and it’s an informative piece.
US eyes bond issues to offload bank assets Financial Times. “One option being considered by the FDIC is selling bonds with a US government guarantee in order to ensure they have triple A credit ratings.” That is a revealing statement on a lot of levels.
It’s Not Rahm’s Fault. It’s Obama’s Fault Mickey Kaus, Slate (hat tip reader DoctoRx). Today’s must read. Includes a fantastic punch line.
Antidote du jour (hat tip reader Joe). This is from a post “Cat Who Has A Special Friend That Visits Every Morning.” The photo link warned it would not be operational for long, so if you come back later and find no pix, try clicking on the link.