Thanks for the many kind notes from readers. I’m on some pretty heavy duty pain meds to contend with what is politely called a complication post some oral surgery (how can anyone get addicted to this stuff? It’s awful, but the alternative, which is taking the OTC version every hour, isn’t recommended either. And I happen to have a high pain threshold). As a result, I didn’t do much of anything at the AEA/ASSA conference except appear and I hope perform adequately at the two panels I was on (these were non-mainstream panels, by definition), and my productivity continues to stink.
German dioxin scare spreads to meat Telegraph (hat tip reader May S)
Nick Turse, The Pentagon’s Planet of Bases Tom Engelhardt
The News Doesn’t Sleep — Except on Weekends Harry Shearer, Huffington Post
No happy new year for the eurozoneWolfgang Munchau, Financial Times
Media creating frenzy Roger Ehrenberg
So, A Statisticatian Walks Into a Bar, And … Paul Kedrosky
The truth about tax havens: part 2 Guardian. Yours truly is blurbing this book, it’s out in the US in April.
State guilty of ‘delusional behavior’ in slow response to foreclosure chaos, critics say Palm Beach Post (hat tip Lisa Epstein)
“Zombie Economics and Just Deserts” Mark Thoma
Naked Capitalism Ben Fountain, New York Times (hat tip reader furzy mouse). Someone needs to clue in the headline writers at the Grey Lady.
Deepening crisis traps America’s have-nots Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Telegraph
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