Afghan police flunk drug tests The Nation (hat tip reader DoctoRx). Some of this may be a tad overblown, given that doctors in the US hand out psychoactive substances like candy (although one would hope that the cops are less medded up that the populace as a whole).
Your Own Private Hydrogen Power Station Barry Ritholtz (hat tip reader Sundog)
New Mexico House Votes 65-0 To Move State’s Money To Credit Unions, Community Banks Huffington Post (hat tip reader Swedish Lex)
Congress opens probe into Anthem Blue Cross rate increases LA Times. DoctoRx notes:
In its usual cynical and corrupt fashion, Congress, having fallen in the mud allegedly trying to do something for us on healthcare, now is pretending there is a Federal issue rather than a State issue within California on a rate case affecting a tiny fraction of Californians (2%) (not that Anthem isn’t a horrible company, just that we already know these guys are all gonefs, and Congress was supposed to have DONE SOMETHING already about this obvious, known problem).
Berlin looks to build Greek ‘firewall’ Financial Times
A Uruguay – Greece Story Bruce Krasting
Wars sending U.S. into ruin Toronto Sun (hat tip reader John D). Whether or not you agree on the deficit hawkishness, the factoids on defense spending are useful
Long-Term Care Hospitals Face Little Scrutiny New York Times
Richard Curtis and Bill Nighy team up in new film urging Tobin tax on bankers Guardian. When “Tobin tax” becomes a household word, you know things are changing. As reader Sean said, “The people are stirring.”
BofA and Citi warned over credit ratings Financial Times
Midas Touch Lost? Paulson Hits Hurdles in Gold Fund Wall Street Journal
Europe’s stragglers need German consumers Martin Wolf, Financial Times
Nick Turse, America’s Shadowy Base World TomDispatch
Antidote du jour (hat tip reader Robert M). This one has a surprisingly ambivalent narrative from Asylum, “Woman Keeps Giant Rodent As Disgusting Pet.” Now that is not fair, every Norway rat I have ever seen in New York has always looked very sleek and well fed. And I am told that rats make nice pets, although I don’t think I could deal with cleaning up after them, or that they only live for two years or so (if you are going to have a pet that isn’t housebroken, ferrets seem like the most fun).
But this is not your average rodent:
For most people, the idea of keeping rodents as pets is off-putting, if not downright creepy.
However, it’s possible all these reservations could be put aside if we just embrace the capybara as a household pet. The semi-aquatic rodent native to South America can grow to be around 100 lbs. and about 2 feet tall at the shoulder.
Click through to check out the pictures of Melanie Typaldos and her pet capybara Caplin, and try to deny this is the cuddliest giant rat you’ve ever seen.