No Leftovers for Tyrannosaurus Rex: New Evidence That T. Rex Was Hunter, Not Scavenger ScienceDaily (hat tip reader furzy mouse)
Governments stockpile food staples Financial Times. Um, the time to stockpile is when supplies are abundant.
25 Years of Digital Vandalism William Gibson, New York Times
U.S. cash crude – Grades hold gains as spreads blowout Reuters (hat tip reader Michael Q)
Watching terror coverage on TV University of Haifa (hat tip reader Paul S)
Small Explosion at Davos Hotel Shatters Glass and Calm New York Times
Their Own Private Europe Paul Krugman, New York Times
Koch conference under scrutiny Politico (hat tip reader Paul T)
Dubai’s artificial islands “sinking” BoingBoing (hat tip reader Don B)
Andrew Bacevich, Pentagon, Inc. Tom Engelhardt
New York Sets Hearing To Review Fraud Claims By Bond Insurers Automated Trader. Reader Arthur notes:
You might remember Morelle as the guy who was trying to get CDS regulated as insurance back in ’08. The feds shut him down, but he’s still interested in this stuff.
Property: Overarching problems Financial Times. Richard Smith points out that the observation attributed to McKinsey has also been made on this blog….
States May Require Redocumenting Loans in Foreclosure American Banker (hat tip reader Mary S)
The FCIC archive: A nearly complete listing Lambert Strether. Per his e-mail: “A data conversion effort that shows FCIC’s “Resource Library” is farcically bad and obfuscatory.”
U.S. Chamber Attacks FCIC as “Job-Killing” WikiLeakers Mary Bottari, Huffington Post. If the CoC cared a rat’s ass about generating jobs, I might take this a hair more seriously.
Nearly 1 in 4 Nevadans who were foreclosed on could’ve made payments but chose to walk away RGJ.com. Reader Timo points out:
Supposedly 23% of foreclosures out here are ‘strategic defaults’ but they quote people who essentially ran through all their savings or were told by their bank that they needed to be in arrears before qualifying for a mod first. And the report seems to throw people like that in with the ‘real’ strategic defaulters. Guess they have to if the “real” strategic defaulter remains mostly a myth.
The comments on the newspaper/blog article are also quite interesting…
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