Down Pompeii? The ruin of Italy’s cultural heritage Independent (hat tip reader May S). Pompeii may not be the best example. Most of the artwork and artifacts have been stripped and are at a museum in Naples. The site is pretty barren and not as interesting as one might hope, although it is instructive to see the scale and layout of a Roman city and the various establishments (houses, various merchants, even the brothels).
People with a university degree fear death less than those at a lower literacy level Medical Daily. Hhm, strikes me as sus. Study methods not clear, but surveys and even interviews are not exactly a great way to get an accurate reading on primal emotions like fear (and how do you keep out researcher bias if you are interviewing?). Probably has to do with illusions of greater control in life generally extending to sentiments about death. Or it could also be that people of lower literacy levels are more willing to cop to negative feelings than more educated people.
Government agencies restrict employee access to WikiLeaks Raw Story. This is surreal.
Shutting Down the Internet, One Seizure at a Time danps, FireDogLake
All the President’s Captors Frank Rich, New York Times. Directionally correct, but still far too kind to Obama. I met a law school classmate of Obama’s last week, and heard the long form version of reports on his conduct then: he’d get up and consistently make completely pedestrian, middle of the road comments (his classmate put them on the order of “rain is wet”).
United Nations Silent as NATO Destroys Potentially Thousands of Afghan Homes Kabul Press (hat tip reader May S)
The roof falls in on Ireland’s Millionaires Row Guardian (hat tip reader Swedish Lex)
Shane Ross: Bankers who peddled the poison Independent (Ireland, hat tip Swedish Lex). Wow, a long form rant, and well done at that.
Record levels of poverty among families with wages Independent (hat tip reader May S)
Running Backwards in the US Economy Gregor Macdonald (hat tip reader Crocodile Chuck)
FRBSF: Disinflation – It’s Not Just Housing Mark Thoma
Uncertainty Over Bush Tax Cuts is Not Hindering Economy Christine Romer, New York Times.
‘It’s Ugly Out There’ Michael Panzner
Mounting State Debts Stoke Fears of a Looming Crisis New York Times. Note this is at odds with the optimistic take, that the fact that state tax receipts and spending are up 5% means things are getting better.
Taking Sides in a Divorce, Chasing Profit New York Times. A symptom of growing income disparity. This sort of thing makes sense only if the amount at issue is large.
Wells Fargo to submit affidavits: Reviewing 55,000 pending foreclosures seems to be taking longer than planned Charlotte Observer (hat tip April Charney)
What Jamie Dimon Won’t Tell You: His Big Bank Would Be Dangerously Leveraged Anat Admati, Baseline Scenario
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