Newborns’ blood used to build secret DNA database New Scientist
Internet overtakes print in news consumption among Americans ars technica (hat tip reader John D)
The Home Depot Misery Index Truthout (hat tip reader John D)
France to renew calls for EU carbon tariff EurActiv (hat tip reader Swedish Lex)
Papandreou to outline the mother of all austerity programmes EuroIntelligence
What drives media slant? Jim Hamilton, Econbrowser
Secretary Geithner’s Got Some Explaining to Do American Thinker. I have no idea whether the claims made here are valid, but it makes for an interesting argument. Given that the hastily-drafted Bear deal had an error in the deal documents that proved to be costly, I find it plausible (without ascribing motive, the reasons for the Fed taking majority ownership of AIG seem awfully wild-eyed) that the haste with which this deal was crafted could have led to some problems with it.
How Reagan ruined conservatism Gideon Rachman, Financial Times
Goldman board rejects shareholder demands on pay Reuters. Proof that shareholders cannot contain companies hell bent on diverting profits to management and staff.
Goldman Lists New ‘Risk’: Bad Press Wall Street Journal. So get the logic: it isn’t engaging in bad conduct that is the problem. Heavens no. It is being found out and scolded in public for having behaved badly that is the problem. So clearly the solution (per above) is not to behave better BUT 1) engage in better cover-ups and 2) find ways to muzzle or co-opt the press so any reports of dubious conduct will be muted.
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