Belated Antidote du Jour and Mini-Links

Dear patient readers,

My host Richard is being a good sport about my transformation into The Man Who Came to Dinner thanks to airport closures in London. Since he is a glider, he is also better able than most to assess the likelihood of my returning to NYC, at least via Heathrow, as now scheduled (for Saturday, which he deems as possible. Of course, that begs the question of whether the equipment and a crew will also be available).

Using Your Thought-Controlled iPhone to Dial Home h+ (hat tip reaer David C)

When the Starved Beast Bites Back Noam Scheiber, The New Repubilc

Alfred McCoy, Our Man in Kabul TomDispatch

Vatican massively confused about nature of sex, says therapist Mike Lew

Puppet show on the financial crisis Dylan Ratigan

The Government’s Loan Mod Bizarro World Tim Iacono

Also, readers in DC might consider attending the Fiscal Sustainability Conference this April 28.

Antidote du jour:


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    1. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

      Greenspan: the width, or diameter, of a green bubble (see, bubble, green).

      Bubble, green: In myth and also in the minds of truly delusional, a sustainable bubble.

    2. ndk

      On my first trip to Australia, there was a business function that had koala bears invited as guests of honor. They’re apparently difficult to show off because they like to sleep a lot. You’d better bring some eucalyptus for the show, too.

      But the really distinctive thing about koalas is that they’ve got incredibly pendulous testicles. I’ve never seen anything like them. Breathtaking. Every single nature documentary I’d ever watched had carefully concealed them(miraculously, IMHO). The adorable little guys are just sitting there, munching, smiling, and swinging.

      Don’t think about that in concert with your prior comparison, btw.

  1. Marc Andelman

    I just got back from Erie, PA, and upstate NY. So much of America looks like someone ate it and threw the peel away. I saw a boarded up Morgan Stanely in Geneva NY. What struck me was the cheap sign they used, which they left up.

  2. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

    Thank you for the antidote.

    Definitely needed the antidote after the post about ‘strategic defaults.’

    Technically, I think it should be called tactical default, as strategic default implies some sort of visionary thinking, whereas tactical default suggests something more near-sighted.

  3. MichaelC

    Volcanic eruptions in Iceland crippling trans Atlantic commerce is a bit too cooincidental. Goldman’s private equity arm had to have had a hand in this. Didn’t they just close a deal to buy every Icelandic thermo generator at fire sale prices from those banks recently driven into the ground?. God’s work?

    Good luck getting home.

  4. Sundog

    Andrew Bacevich, “Remembering Iraq”:

    My own view is that every American war, large or small, ought to be commemorated smack dab in the middle of the nation’s capital. Crowding every inch of the Mall with granite and marble war memorials—the bigger the better—just might help deflate the continuing American illusion that we are a peaceful people desirous of nothing except to be left alone. It might help us see ourselves as we really are.

    I would only add that our Cold War proxies be recognized as well. Guatemalans soldiers trained at the School of the Americas who murdered anyone in highland indigenous communities found to possess eyeglasses, on the grounds that they could be literate, certainly deserve to be memorialized.

    On the Mexico thing yet again, looks like full-auto AK fire in mid-afternoon on the major route through Acapulco’s foreign tourist hotel district. Seems they got clean away. Six dead, including an eight-year-old girl.

    Tom Ricks:

    I’m voting for growing drug-related insecurity along the U.S.-Mexican border as the sleeper national security issue of the year.

    1. Jack Parsons


      These are the most important because they were just massive interventions out of the blue. In Panama we kidnapped the president of a country and threw him in jail for (15?) years. We let him out, so it’s ok.

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