Religion may become extinct in nine nations, study says BBC. Not at all surprised re Australia.
Moore’s Law for gene sequencing. Prices drop, power increase…genetic medicine here they come! SingularityHub (hat tip reader Francois T)
GM maize trials done on the sly: Nitish Kumar Times of India (hat tip reader furzy mouse)
Tougher Sentencing For Pharma Fraud? Pharmalot (hat tip reader Francois T)
Judge throws out Google book deal Financial Times. Hooray!
Radiation fuels fears over Japanese fish Financial Times
Quake leaves Tokyo waiting for the Big One Financial Times
Saudis prepare to abandon Yemen Financial Times
Shock and Awe in Libya: From Civil Unrest to Armed Rebellion Pater Tenebrarum (hat tip reader tap). Good historical background.
‘Death and After in Iraq’ Chris Hedges. Warning: very graphic.
Iron ore in the crosshairs MacroBusiness. Actually has more to do with China.
ESM / EFSF: An Inverted Capital Structure Morally Bankrupt, self evident. A crisp discussion of wrong way risk in the Eurobailout mechanism.
FBI helps with probe into cross burning in Arroyo Grandev SanLuisObispo Tribune (hat tip reader Buzz Potamkin)
The National Sheriffs’ Association Endorses Legislation Calling for Broad Examination of the Nation’s Criminal Justice System ACLU (hat tip reader Francois T)
Incentives Don’t Work James Kwak. Important but I think not fully correct. I have a flat 20% copay which is enough to trigger a bit of cost sensitivity and am (as one can imagine) not particularly intimidated by authorities like doctors. I don’t know how many times I’ve had to argue them about overtesting and overmedicating (NYC doctors hand out drugs like candy). And I’ve still been hit with real abuses when I let my guard down (like a $1300 supersensitive echocardiogram, of course conducted in the doctor’s office, when my prior GP, a board certified cardiologist affiliated with Mount Sinai, had declared I”d be immortal based on my heart).
Ignoramitocracy Paul Krugman
Educating College Graduates So They Can be Unemployed Mike Konczal, New Deal 2.0
Foreclosure crisis: Common ground between investors and homeowners Tampa Bay (hat tip Lisa Epstein)
Banks Hit for Credit Union Ills Wall Street Journal. This is interesting. A comparatively unknown regulator, the National Credit Union Administration, is suing some of the big mortgage backed securities sponsors for securities law violations. Where is the SEC?
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