Floods Spread Across Australia as Brisbane Residents Clean Up Bloomberg. The American Australian Association has set up a website to take donations from US residents to help provide relief (and yes, the IRS says donations are tax deductible). Please give if you can!
Swine flu gives its survivors supercharged immunity io9 (hat tip reader May S)
Neanderthals’ ugly faces weren’t adaptations to cold NewScientist (hat tip reader May S)
Obama’s Tucson Speech and the Progressive Moral Vision Swopa, FireDogLake. There’s a scary anecdote in this piece.
The Vehicle of Street Food Is Getting an Overhaul New York Times
States Will Soon Have To Start Paying Interest on Their Massive Unemployment Borrowing ProPublica (hat tip reader furzy mouse)
Large bets fuel commodity bull run Financial Times
Consumer Spending Collapses in Early January, But So What? Seeking Alpha and Sales Up, But Stores Fret Over Outlook Wall Street Journal versus Banks Loosen Purse Strings Wall Street Journal
JP Morgan threatens small depositors Felix Salmon. Hhm, is there a relationship between banks threatening to no longer serve customers and this measure, which may be intended to widen the use of debit cards in lieu of bank accounts? Treasury program gives tax refund on a debit card Reuters (hat tip reader Tertium Squid)
A Mixed Bag of Data Tim Duy
Is China Really Funding the US Debt? Barry Ritholtz. And that’s if you don’t believe in MMT.
Broad Tack Expected in Implementing ‘Volcker Rule’ Wall Street Journal
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